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Old 12-26-2012, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sudden change for the better at 11 weeks!

I got my baby girl at 7 weeks (which I now know is tooooo young), but it's been an adventure watching her grow so far. She comes from a very successful working line, so I expected high energy.Sudden change for the better at 11 weeks!-imageuploadedbypg-free1356542082.057860.jpg She got into her little land shark habits about a week after I brought her home, and the more energy she had, the worse it was, but I couldn't get her to drain any energy by walking her because she got distracted by EVERY little thing on the ground and would stop and lie down. This went on day after day until this week. She just turned 11 weeks old (and hit the 30 lb mark on the scale) and suddenly our walks have become much more enjoyable. She still stops to pick up a stick here and there, but she'll drop them and move on. She'll also jog with me in intervals. She's still a land shark, but the biting and nipping has gotten much less aggressive and she's more content to chew on bones rather than me. I'm still one exhausted dog mom, but things are getting easier! Just wanted to post this for anyone who is where I was a month ago! There's hope! Haha.


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Going through the Landshark stage s a right of passage for GSD puppy owners!
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Glad to hear things are so much better and thanks for the update.

Find any good puppy classes? Jan/Feb/March is the perfect time to go to those classes. Crappy weather makes it hard to exercise/train otherwise so an organized class makes our job so much easier!!!

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Definitely second the advice about finding a great training club for your pup.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I live in a rural area in Texas. It's been in the 70s and 80s here up until yesterday when a sudden cool front blew in...cold here is 50 degrees. lol. Luckily, my dad trained and worked dogs for the K-9 unit when he was younger (which is why I've always been in love with the GSD breed), so we're both working with her quite a bit, and I don't have to worry about driving to the nearest city for obedience classes. She's got all the basic obedience down (sit, lay down, stay, wait, loose, ect.) I've also realized she's a natural tracker, so about a week ago I started hiding treats everywhere and telling her to "find it"...that keeps her busy for at least 30 minutes. I take her to the golf course close to my house where she can interact with other people, as well as their pets 'cause everyone around here brings their dogs to the golf course. We're probably going to get her involved in some basic schutzhund work when she gets older to help with all that energy. I'm 21 and I do school online and only work three nights a week for 6 hours as a coach, so I have lots of time to devote to her.


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