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|07-05-2016 03:03 AM|
Originally Posted by maxtmill View Post
Ask the owners of the well behaved dogs you admire in Costa Rica. Don't be surprised when they tell you they have never leashed their dogs.
|07-04-2016 08:39 PM|
|maxtmill||Yes, I do see the merit in allowing a dog to be a dog and run free, but safety is a concern. A solid recall first will be essential, I assume!|
|07-04-2016 04:22 PM|
|Jenny720||Growing we had a dog that lived down the block his name was mulligan- he was a beagle mix- medium small sized. The owners always let him roam the streets. My mother nicknamed him Mulligan Stew because many neighbors would get angry with him as he got quite a few female dogs pregnant or raided their garbage. they were not happy with him. I heard 1 man shot him in the eye with a bee bee gun because he impregnated his dog- yeah the man was not well like regardless. Mulligan was blind in one eye because of that and yet the owners still let him roam free. We would see him trot down the middle of the road always looking like he had somewhere to go and was late. Anyway this dog out lived 2 of our dogs- I swear he lived to be around 18-20 if that is possible. I was in 2 grade when he was a pup still around when I was in college. Mulligan I'm sure he can tell quite a few stories. Not that I would let my dogs free roam Just always thought mulligan was a mystery.|
|07-04-2016 04:06 PM|
Originally Posted by maxtmill View Post
I don't know, maybe it has something to do with just letting a dog be a dog unfettered. I can't fathom how a dog can be mentally and emotionally healthy when constantly restrained.
|07-04-2016 09:41 AM|
|Julian G||Leerburg is against anyone petting your dog or any dog parks. I can see why.|
|07-04-2016 07:44 AM|
|Way Too Quiet||I have to say that I was very concerned about our GSD's temperment after bringing him home at 8 wks. He seemed too shy and a bit nervy. Bringing him out to a park seemed too much for him and he would mostly bark and acted like a wild animal in public. And he had had come from a great breeder who exposed the litter to noises and people/kids, etc. Consistent training at home and plenty of car rides within the comfort of his crate have paid off. My husband and I took him out this weekend to a very busy downtown area and farmer's market and he was really good! He's 6 months old now and I will be bringing him out much more now that he can handle it. I think if I would have pushed him with too much when he was younger it wouldn't have turned out so well. I questioned myself a lot during the last 4 months though. Everyone says, socialize, socialize, socialize. I think you can only do what your pup is ready for.|
|07-02-2016 08:19 PM|
Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
|07-02-2016 08:10 PM|
Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
|07-02-2016 07:55 PM|
Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
|06-25-2015 11:36 AM|
Bailiff reinforces exactly what I have been saying !!!
just read pages 3 and 4 of this http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...rywhere-3.html
I said it here http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ne-repeat.html -- keep on going and you'll need the book Fired Up , Frantic and Freaked Out
more from Bailiff "
Doesn't matter what their day was like.
They are conditioned to relax in the house. I don't allow them to play in the house or do anything high intensity in the house outside of something that has a cue to start and finish.
When we go outside or in the training room they go nuts. When they are in working mode they are wired. In the house or crate it is chill time.
People always go assuming a tired dog is a good dog. No. A tired dog is a tired dog. If you went to a maximum security prison and saw a serial killer who had just gotten done lifting weights all day because that is all he had to do, and he was asleep in his cell would you go and say oh what a good man? No. He is still a psycho killer he is just asleep. Same with dogs.
People who don't understand dogs and training assume keeping them calm is about tiring them out and it isn't the case. Keeping them calm is about managing and training their mental and emotional states. "
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