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05-21-2014 10:19 PM
kjdreyer She's adorable!! The teething you mentioned can definitely affect her ears, so they may still pop up. I have no idea if this will work for you, but I gave Jedda chicken feet when she was a pup - they are full of cartilage, and Jedda's got giant upright donkey ears! Your pup is a lucky girl to have you rescue her. There's a lot of helpful info about puppies, socialization, building a relationship, and more on the Leerburg website, too:

Leerburg Dog Training | Puppy Training Articles

Good luck and have fun!
05-21-2014 07:03 PM
Jim_Gk Attachment 211561
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I uploaded some photos.. What do you think about her ears?
05-21-2014 05:53 PM
Jim_Gk Thank you again all!

Very useful information!!
I appreciate it

I ll do my best!!
05-21-2014 12:31 PM
Chip18 Ugh not good! Look at the links I posted. I guess they are mostly what to do "not" what not to do!

Look at the loose leash walking video.

Until I have a 100% 'Recall" "Stay" and "Down" I never allow my dos of leash outside the yard! Use a long leash for exercise, until you have control! You got lucky!
05-21-2014 09:44 AM
Magwart ACK!

Leash walking is a way of bonding. You want her on lead next to you as much as possible as she's learning through the leashed connection to trust you.

This dog hasn't even fully bonded with you yet. She's at least a year away from being allowed off leash, in my opinion.

For the first week or two I have a dog like this in foster care, I leash them even in the house so that they are constantly next to me, getting used to my routine, my sounds, my smell and discovering that good things happen next to me.

Off-leash privileges beyond a fenced yard are something NO DOG should be allowed until you have a rock-solid recall--that's a learned obedience skill that takes time to develop. When I say "rock solid" I mean it doesn't matter what's going on, that dog will return to me upon command. We've "proofed" it under distraction so that I know that dog is absolutely reliable. Even when my dogs' recall is "pretty good" I don't let them off-leash in areas with cars around!

Aside from all that, when you are training a recall, you cannot ever yell and and grab a dog--especially one like this. Dogs get praised and celebrated for coming to you--no matter how mad, scared, or upset you are! That's even more true when you are rehabilitating a scared rescued dog. You are simply not allowed to yell or get mad at this scared dog--take a deep breath, hold the frustration in, go yell into your pillow when you're alone, but don't let it out on her. Otherwise you will teach her to fear you and to avoid returning to you when you recall her.

Remember EVERYTHING at this stage has to be about forming a trust-bond between you and this dog. Positive-only training means just that: positive ONLY. Your job in training is to set her up for success so that she's never in a situation where she can make a choice that would even need a correction.

You MUST get a good trainer helping you. Your heart is in the right place, and it's wonderful you are trying so hard for her. This dog needs you to be there for her--that means learning how to be there for her.
05-20-2014 06:04 PM
sehrgutcsg Letting her run loose now will not work to your or her advantage. Other's will explain why..
05-20-2014 04:33 PM
Jim_Gk Thank you all!!
I have her 2 and a half weeks!
I agree with you all!

Today was the worst day ever.. i take her often for a walk and when i reach an unused parking lot i unleash her and i throw stuff and she runs!!
But this afternoon something went really wrong.. She entered an other lot and i called her! She came and i yelled at her and i grabbed her (very bad idea)..
She scared and she ran away.. I was searching for her 2 hours and then i asked someone and he told me she was hit by a car...... nightmare

Anyways! half an hour ago she was outside waiting

Thank God

Sorry for my bad english
05-20-2014 03:34 PM
Mary Jane
Originally Posted by Magwart View Post
..... Your job is to know where her "shut down" line is. Never take her past that line. ....
Seconding Magwart's post, you throw away the calendar and your own expectations and let your dog set the pace. You will quickly learn how she expresses a tiny bit of stress and then stop whatever is causing the stress.

"Quit while you're ahead" Really, really. You want any interaction to end on a positive note. So please put your schedule aside and listen to your dog. She will tell you and in that conversation you'll build your bond.
05-20-2014 02:51 PM
Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom View Post
I vote a huge NO to dog parks. You will want her to have a lot more confidence before you take her there, if ever! BAD things happen too fast at dog parks, and you don't want ANYTHING negative to happen to her right now!!!

I think the majority of GSD owners on this forum will agree with me on this point.

I agree with this. Do you have any family with friendly dogs? Or friends? That would be a good way to start.

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05-20-2014 02:50 PM
Chip18 Post 8: has some useful links and info on "Why Dog Parks are a Bad idea"
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