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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Cute picture...He looks a little plump...Does he get to run and
play a lot outside?

Taking him for walks and meeting and smelling new things will help him.
Plus the more exercise the better he will be..Both for his mind and body.

He is a very good looking boy. Good luck!
Plump ? he is not overweight if thats what you mean , he is just a big boy
yes, we are playing outside everyday
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 11:38 AM
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Stian...I'm a little plump..And very happy..haha...But I know my
dog is always happy the more she is worked..

Between my wife and myself we walk her on and off leash for about 3 miles a day.
And with 4 boys they do a lot of training with her as well.

She loves the work and attention...And i think the more active a gsh is the happier
and more confidence they will have in time..

By the way your Boy is very handsome...
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Dogs that are only raised in one place and rarely taken out in the world as puppies will show LOTS of confidence at home (where they know everything) but may appear afraid/shy when taken to new places and meeting new people.

Also, at his age he could be going through a 'fear period'. Dogs go through several of these as they mature. They will suddenly be unsure of things or people - even though they were fine before.

The best thing to do is take him out as much as you can but do NOT push him to greet people or force him to go up to things that he seemed frightened of.

Using REALLY high value treats (like pieces of cooked chicken) can help him get over his fears.

Most dogs, if they have the genetic background for a solid temperament, can overcome not being socialized enough as a puppy.

As for him being plump , I think I remember you saying he was raised outside in a kennel with other dogs? Most likely he just has a very thick winter coat.
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Dear Lauri-----Thank you...Well put...
I wish i worded it as well as you did!!
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