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02-24-2014 05:44 PM
erfunhouse Thank you all for your support when I was settling her and Sabo in together. I will say- we will never be a single dog home again!

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02-24-2014 04:04 PM
Blanketback Thanks for the happy update and wonderful pictures!
They sure do look like they belong together. Lucky!
02-24-2014 03:51 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Just an update on the darling duo- They are doing great! Play NONSTOP and Sabo is actually better behaved now! No chewing, minimal digging. Still working on the "couch is a safe spot, don't play here" rule, but They are getting it. Kia more than Sabo. She jumps up, waits for him To relax, then it's a full on flying dog bomb!



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Reinforces the reasons I long ago decided to always have at least two. Humans can't replicate or replace the play and interactions between two compatible canines-- it's a wonderful, fun thing to watch.
02-24-2014 03:43 PM
erfunhouse Just an update on the darling duo- They are doing great! Play NONSTOP and Sabo is actually better behaved now! No chewing, minimal digging. Still working on the "couch is a safe spot, don't play here" rule, but They are getting it. Kia more than Sabo. She jumps up, waits for him To relax, then it's a full on flying dog bomb!



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02-01-2014 11:09 AM
4paws This is an awesome thread and I love the pictures!
01-24-2014 03:24 AM
erfunhouse Thank you! I truly do think he bonded hard and fast with her! I am very thankful about that, and I think that's why she settled rather quickly.

Metro 10/2005-5/2013
Sabo 3/2013-now
Kia 1/2014- now
01-23-2014 09:46 PM
LifeofRiley
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They are also learning that playing on the couch when sitting next to mom isn't gonna happen. Play on the floor or outside....

...Now I have to break Sabo of his seperation anxiety. He must be with her 24/7.
Teaching the dogs that there are appropriate places for play is very important IMHO. Trust me, I know exactly what you are talking about re: couch and next to mom! : ) With almost every foster dog I have had, Riley and the foster dog initially think it is most fun to play right next to me on the couch, on-the-move, at the table... I did not think it was all that fun : )

I also want to say that having followed your threads about your new addition, I just love your dog Sabo! He really does seem to be just so enamored with his new friend.
01-23-2014 09:31 PM
erfunhouse I love it... but am still getting used to it! Shepherds play HARD and when you think it's at its hardest, it gets harder!!! They are both learning though, that when mom says to take a break, it's time to chill for a moment. They are also learning that playing on the couch when sitting next to mom isn't gonna happen. Play on the floor or outside.

We had our trainer over today who showed me how to alter Sabos training for Kia since she is very soft when it comes to corrections. One hand clap and whatever she's doing stops. I don't want to scare her so we have to change gears for her. Sabo hears a clap and will look to you for direction but doesn't balk at it.

We are learning. Now I have to break Sabo of his seperation anxiety. He must be with her 24/7.

Metro 10/2005-5/2013
Sabo 3/2013-now
Kia 1/2014- now
01-23-2014 10:39 AM
Blanketback The open mouth thing can get hilarious. We used to call it "head fighting" in my house - we'd tell our dogs to go lie down (to have a break from the ruckus, lol) and they'd sneakily slither over to each other and quietly mouth one another like that. Great fun!
01-22-2014 11:20 PM
erfunhouse They get loud and knock everything in their paths down! But I was mostly concerned with the open mouth thing. Thank you!

Metro 10/2005-5/2013
Sabo 3/2013-now
Kia 1/2014- now
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