|10-21-2014 03:33 PM|
|workingk9_Ohio||She sure is and I am. Thanks!|
|10-21-2014 01:36 PM|
|lhczth||Sounds like she is doing very well and you are having fun with her.|
|10-21-2014 12:51 PM|
|10-21-2014 12:17 PM|
I don't know, are you attractive and single?
|10-21-2014 11:45 AM|
4 month update
This dog is *AMAZING*..... we have completed an advanced obedience course (for confidence building & socialization, she already had the skills) and start another class for Rally tomorrow. She goes everywhere with me. She ADORES our family, all the kids, the chihuahuas, the corso, the Ibizan, all of them. She plays and explores but for the most part, she prefers to be by my side. She is very, very athletic-- I take her walking, running, hiking and biking. I never need a leash, you couldn't call her from my side if you tried. I take her on mountain bike trails, river bikeways, etc-- no leash- and she stays right next to me. She responds immediately to all commands, even in the presence of squirrels, lol. She has really blossomed in the last 4 months and I anticipate she will continue to bloom. I have taken her to festivals and through crowds. Everyone comments on how beautiful she is and wants to pet her. There have been several people who just reach out and pet her without asking (with no reaction from Jetta), so I purchased a vest that says "DO NOT PET-- IN TRAINING" so that we can continue our immersion into crowds and such without having to worry about her having her personal space invaded. We got LOTS of compliments at the training facility on how much she had progressed and how impressed they were with her (including several GSD owners).
After living with her for 4 months, it's clear she will *never* be a social butterfly. She is NOT a "nervous" dog-- she doesn't react to wheelchairs, loud noises, umbrellas, cars backfiring, you name it-- it doesn't phase her....she simply does not like strangers to touch her. I'm ok with that. The past week I've had contractors in and out of the house all day doing a remodel on a bathroom....when I first got her, she would have barked, snarled, reacted, etc.....now she of course barks when they first walk in...I tell her to QUIET and she's fine. She lies quietly next to me unless they try to approach her, at which point she will very clearly state she is not interested. When I'm up and about, she walks around and past them quietly but she absolutely would not seek any type of petting or attention from them. That's ok. It's obvious she's quite stable and happy with HER family and doesn't need fawning over by strange people.....I'm actually GLAD she's that way since my husband travels a lot for work (he's a truck driver).
Though I think we still have progress to be made, I am thrilled with where she is, considering where she came from.
We are proceeding with Rally and in the spring will start tracking classes and I still would like to do IPO if she's evaluated as acceptable for it. There is a regional IPO trial coming up in a few weeks about a mile from my house and we will be going down to watch and have her evaluated.
Bottom line-- I got a solid dog who needed a little help in the area of socialization and I couldn't be happier with her. I NEVER wanted a GSD....I had never lived with one or been around them and I definitely didn't want to deal with ALL.THAT.HAIR. LOL....but now, I honestly wouldn't sell this dog for a million dollars and I can't imagine my life without a GSD from here on out. THE most loyal, intelligent dog I have ever owned bar none.
Carey & Jetta
|07-07-2014 02:06 PM|
Carey & Jetta
|07-07-2014 12:31 PM|
|mego||your vid is private|
|07-07-2014 12:27 PM|
Just an update on my girl....she's been here a little over 2 weeks and she is doing GREAT. She has no issues with the stairs any longer and she sleeps in my room with me. She's pretty much *always* with me, as she prefers to be :-) She's definitely become "my" dog. She's integrated well with our pack, with only a few minor skirmishes. She enjoys her daily long walks, and occasional runs. She transitioned very well and quickly from kennel dog to house dog.
Oh, and I did call and speak with her breeder who was very happy to give me some tips and advise.
Yesterday we went out and did a completely unrehearsed obedience practice. I don't know exactly what she knows yet as I've just concentrated on letting her settle in, but I felt she wanted/needed to do a little work so we did a quick little routine. Mind you, I have *never* worked her before, and only guessed at what she may know--as you can see from the brief video, on our very first try she did a great heel, sit, down, stay, sit-stay, down-stay, recall, & finish and I was very pleased with her focus, considering we've never done a single training session. I'm very impressed and am just dying to get her into obedience classes next month and to start training with a Schutzhund Club soon.
Thanks for all the support and information.
Carey & Jetta
|06-27-2014 07:13 AM|
There is def a difference between a protective reaction and a fear based reaction and I think they are very important to distinguish.
I see many dogs labeled as protective, but then you see them in person and they are simply a jumble of nerves.
My goal in getting a GSD is to have a highly intelligent, easily trainable, active companion for myself. I am not looking for a dog that loves every person they meet, I'm hoping for a dog that will be indifferent to strangers. And will be a solid confident, non-nervous dog. My last dog lived in a state of fear and I never want to see a dog live that way again.
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|06-27-2014 05:51 AM|
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