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|01-07-2014 02:33 PM|
Originally Posted by Blanketback View Post
|01-07-2014 01:02 PM|
Originally Posted by blackshep View Post
I had my son help me with an experiment to see how he reacts to my sons verbal and mine. My son has to really use a low voice and get close to him for him to listen to him, but he listens to me 99% of the time the first time. When I corrected him in a lower tone, he put his ears back and then does the command. (I read up on avoidance yesterday because a previous poster mentioned it. I saw him do that when I used a lower less happy tone with him. ears back looked away) The thing is he only does this with me and my daughter.
|01-07-2014 12:47 PM|
Originally Posted by Msmaria View Post
If your dog responds to a sharp "AHH!", then do that rather than pop with the prong, if you know what I mean. Some dogs don't give two hoots about you verbally correcting them, and might need a stronger correction, but I always go with the least amount of correction *that yields results*
It also depends on the situation. If your dog is a bit wound up, they aren't as likely to yield to a softer correction, so you have to really get to know your dog and what works best in certain situations. It's a bit of trial and error
|01-07-2014 12:30 PM|
To answer boomers question. I had never thought about therapy until several people told me Dex would be good at it, including his trainer that trains dogs for the blind. He is very well behaved. (I can only take credit for some of that...lol) That is one of the reasons I looked into it.
Now that I see him changing I am looking into other things. Dexter has HD at a young age so im not looking into sporting work. Therapy was and now Nosework is on our list. Of course the therapy trainer said if its a phase a young dog is going through we can always bring him back to the program because she thinks he would do great otherwise. And recommended i work with strangers to pet him. She has certified quite a few GSDs and said they can do very well as a TD as long as it fits them.
Its still something I would love to do, especially since my brother is a veteran with PSD. I would love to help other veterans/veterans in the hospital by sharing Dexter but I wont force him. My brother and his other veteran friends love GSDs because they are usually seen working in the military, and they feel they have a connection with them.
Sometimes when you work as much as I do, its fulfilling to find one or two hours a week giving back and feeling as if your accomplishing something here on this planet. Volunteering has always been on my to do list. I always feels as if I get more from it than they do for some reason. its a feeling I can explain. Unfortuantely, I dont have much time as I used to. If you asked me a year ago if I would ever own a big dog, never mind a GSD I would have said your crazy. But Dexter just popped into my life and here we are. I thank everyone here for all their advice. i dont know how i would have made it this far with out it.
|01-07-2014 12:03 PM|
|GSDluver4lyfe||I think what the other poster was trying to say is that if this particular dog doesnt necessarily solicit attention from others he may be better suited for another task. There are many GSD's who are beyond approachable and love the attention from strangers but alot of GSD's dont and thats ok. As long as being aloof doesnt translate to fearful or nervous or aggressive. That's the beauty of the GSD breed. Nowadays, there is a GSD for nearly every single task and a perfect fit for most because of their versatility. Not saying the breed standard should be overlooked just that there are GSD's on every level of the spectrum.|
|01-07-2014 12:03 PM|
"Never idle, always on the go; well disposed to harmless people, but no cringer, crazy about children and always - in love....he was delighted whenever someone gave him attention and he was then the most tractable of dogs." OK, so which famous GSD lover described their very first GSD in that quote? Nobody help him cheat!
Llombardo, there's no sense in being "insulted" when someone says something that's based on personal musings, lol. You know for a fact that it's not the breed but the personality that's what matters. Heck, you know better than most, since it was the TD evaluator who chose your GSD over your Golden, lol!
|01-07-2014 02:07 AM|
This description of how a GSD should be is what therapy work is all about. They can't react to anything, they have to have confidence and solid nerves. I have a golden that is certified for therapy and he is almost to happy to do the job, sometimes it takes a more serious dog/breed.
|01-07-2014 01:51 AM|
no offense as i think therapy dogs do great work but how is going around letting people pet you "working"? dog isnt really using its mind or isnt doing anything physically taxing; both things that a german shepherd loves. imo if you think a normal gsd would rather walk around a retirement home over running through an agility course you're fooling yourself.
just saying that therapy work is better suited for a breed that likes attention from strangers. i mean gsd are described as one person dogs for a reason. just my opinion, not meaning to insult.
|01-07-2014 12:50 AM|
|01-07-2014 12:12 AM|
Originally Posted by brembo View Post
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