|09-02-2013 10:09 AM|
Tom, I hear you.
I have seen people with a ton of property, all fenced in, beautiful. But they do nothing with their dog. Dogs don't just do laps on their own & get excersise. lol The opposite, like you, I also know people in an apartment & they are out and about, engaging their dog & taking advantage of parks in their areas. The dog is well rounded & settles in the apartment, downtime nicely.
|09-02-2013 09:35 AM|
like they say in music It's 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. you
don't have to be talented or gifted to play. you have to practice.
to train a dog you don't have to be a natural or a whisperer you
have to be consistent in your training.
|09-02-2013 09:29 AM|
This has been a very interesting thread for me. Alot of good feedback.
What I have taken away from it is very exciting to me. I will be looking for another GSD in about two years. I want a working line from a solid breeder, don't care about coat color but want a male.
Honestly, I was intimidated by working line breeders when I was researching breeders. I'm not looking for a hardcharger protection dog. That is not my direction. I was wrong by thinking that counted me out with them. Some well respected breeders in this thread have sounded off in this thread, thank you.
What I am looking for is a partner. My husband & I are active. We love the outdoors. We hike & camp all year. We need a dog who is game for that. Long days, hot & cold conditions. Sleeping outside & calm in a tent. Not hesitant to climb over fallen trees, walk through a stream & not be spooked by wild life. My husband has taken Rusty rappelling. Rusty trusts him, we also need that in a new GSD. I want a dog that can visit the local farmers in my area while I buy produce. Who will also be a accepting host when guests are in our home.
Although we are not a working home we believe Rusty knows he has a job with us & shows up every day for work. It's a give & take partnership. I love having him within in my eye sight all the time. This morning we went to the lake & watched the sunrise, he laid there next to me & swear he enjoyed it too.
We allow him to be a dog & nourish his dog spirit He's aloud to chase squirrels out of the yard, get muddy, mark as much as he wants if we are hiking or in his yard, but not on leashed walks in neighbors yards, that's rude. He can take his raw bone, bury it then dig it up & eat it again..that's gross to me but it makes him happy. I even let him bark at another dog sometimes....oh the shame of it all. lol
My point, although not a working home I am a wonderful home for a dog.
|09-02-2013 06:20 AM|
|TommyB681||To me a good home is how much love and care the dog receives. You cant measure it on the size of the house or yard or how much money you spend on your dog. If you have a true devotion to your animals and take care of them as best as you can thats all you need. When I have applied to shelters to adopt I got flak for living in an apartment. Them not understanding that I spend hours outside a day with 4 county and state parks surronding my apt complex. Also I saw a video of a homeless man feeding his dog half of the sandwhich he was eating, food Im sure he was starving for.... anybody think that dog isnt loved in a 'good home'?|
|09-02-2013 01:01 AM|
|09-02-2013 12:53 AM|
I have owned and ridden horses for 36 years and I am just now beginning to understand how moving my left shoulder back 1/2 an inch opens the door for my horse to become sooo forward! How cool is it that after 36 years of doing something I am learning how to make an adjustment that changes something so fundamental as forward?
I have lived with dogs my entire 50 years. And I am just now beginning to consider how intuitive they are and how that informs training. How does my dog know when I am about 10 minutes from pulling into the drive way? How does my dog know to respond to my movement across the room when my intent is to let him out, even when he is sound asleep? And hasn't stirred at all the four times I moved across the room without the intent to let him out?
Life with animals is a never ending learning experience. It never stops. An engaged trainer is ever evolving.
|09-02-2013 12:42 AM|
|09-02-2013 12:30 AM|
|09-02-2013 12:29 AM|
|cliffson1||@ David Winners.....yes I have trained at Lackland, and Fort Benning, I also have been involved with PD academies( training and procurement) since the late seventies.....I have seen a few working dogs....that being military and police.|
|09-02-2013 12:29 AM|
I don't think it's "dirtying" anything to try to understand the dog's perspective and have empathy for its preferences, emotions, and responses. Obviously I'm limited in my ability to interpret and observe, and I'm constrained to use the concepts and language of human emotions in doing so, and on this board particularly I often get lazy about using shortcuts because this is pretty much a just-for-fun place where I can let speculations go freewheeling out into the Internet ether because it amuses me to do so and makes for interesting conversation (to me, anyway).
And As You Know, Bob, I am a fiction writer by trade (well, part-time trade...) and so trying to imagine my way into other heads, and invent the narratives of their lives, is a thing I get paid to do. Sometimes that bleeds over into other stuff.
Anyway, yes, I have no doubt you're right that in 25 years I'll have a different perspective -- and hopefully a wiser and more educated one. All of this is just my messy attempt at getting there.
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