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06-18-2014 07:16 PM
Pax8
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
I have one of those green LED type lights that I can shine when the animal finally makes it to the clearing......and I finally get to see it's a cow and not a zombie.
I think it's more the chupacabras you have to worry about in your area, isn't it?
06-18-2014 07:13 PM
Lilie
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I may not scream and get nervous around them, but I will calmly give them their space, and I would hope for the same from my dogs!

I'm thinking....I might!!! LOL!

I have a dog that I'm training to track wounded game. When he's a finished dog one of the things he'll have to do is sit quietly in a stand or blind, no matter what comes up. He has to be non-reactive. Very hard to do when he is naturally a reactive dog.

One of the things we do is go out late at night into the field. Sit in the UTV for hours. Cattle, deer, etc. will come up. He has to remain at a down and not a peep. You really don't have any idea how difficult it is for ME not to react when you hear something heavy coming through the brush.....and it's pitch dark....and you can't see.....LOL! I have one of those green LED type lights that I can shine when the animal finally makes it to the clearing......and I finally get to see it's a cow and not a zombie.
06-18-2014 06:50 PM
Pax8 OP means original poster
06-18-2014 06:41 PM
Ruby'sMom Yeah, probably not a career move. I'm pretty sure I would have been the one injured. Moose are big and will charge if threatened. But I see your point on seeing if your GSD would naturally protect, at least that's what I think your inferring. We also have coyotes that have been known to harass our neighbor's dog. He's a lab and thinks it's a game they are playing with him. In the meantime, his back legs get nipped and bloody. My GSD needs to be able to know not to chase deer and moose, but also know when coyotes are not playing and she is out numbered. The coyotes pretty much stay off our property, but moose and deer do come through. Having a pack of dogs tends to keep coyotes away. So far our GSD is really responsive to positive reinforcements. I'm just new to seeing the results in action and knowing if it's the right response. It's one thing to say "sitz, plotz, here....etc" and see your dog do the action and being in a dangerous situation and see it work when you are not sure what to do yourself. and Ruby is just a pup. My springer is bigger than her.
And what does 'OP' stand for?
06-18-2014 06:36 PM
simba405 The point being made is if the OP continued walking in the direction of the moose would the pup follow? Or was it going to run the opposite direction either way.

Some of you make it out like I said the OP should walk up to the moose and touch the thing.
06-18-2014 06:28 PM
Pax8
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I disagree. I think if the OP screamed and ran hysterically away from the moose, it could have set an adverse reaction from her dog(s).

The OP turned and changed direction she showed very little (but enough to keep safe!) reaction to the distraction. Her dog(s) picked up on the reaction and felt no need to react to the non-threat.

GREAT JOB!!! Both to the OP and to the pups!!!
Yes! This! You're not trying to get your puppy to take on a large wild animal, you're just showing them the appropriate reaction. Besides, I wouldn't want my dog thinking it has to keep approaching a moose! I may not scream and get nervous around them, but I will calmly give them their space, and I would hope for the same from my dogs!
06-18-2014 06:14 PM
Lilie
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Dogs that young are looking at you for direction. If you turn the other way and your other dog runs the other way then the pup thinks it should be running away too. You shouldve kept walking towards the moose. That would've told you a lot more about your dog.
I disagree. I think if the OP screamed and ran hysterically away from the moose, it could have set an adverse reaction from her dog(s).

The OP turned and changed direction she showed very little (but enough to keep safe!) reaction to the distraction. Her dog(s) picked up on the reaction and felt no need to react to the non-threat.

GREAT JOB!!! Both to the OP and to the pups!!!
06-18-2014 06:07 PM
lauren43
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Dogs that young are looking at you for direction. If you turn the other way and your other dog runs the other way then the pup thinks it should be running away too. You shouldve kept walking towards the moose. That would've told you a lot more about your dog.
Seriously? I think walking towards a moose means you have a bit of a death wish.
06-18-2014 05:44 PM
simba405 Dogs that young are looking at you for direction. If you turn the other way and your other dog runs the other way then the pup thinks it should be running away too. You shouldve kept walking towards the moose. That would've told you a lot more about your dog.
06-18-2014 05:42 PM
wyoung2153 Yepp keep doing what you are doing! Sounds like it's working very well. I will say, though Titan has been my only shepherd, we used to live in Germany near a woodline and there were always horses and deer runnign around.. on his first encounter at around 5 months, he didn't bark or growl.. no hackles. He stared... checked back with me.. stared.. then went about playing. As long as I had him engaged.. he didn't give a hoot about anything around him like that. So your pup, if I may venture to say, is not abnormal, but just has some solid nerves and a good trainer
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