Wow, some good stuff here...
My responses from the other side of the world may not be timely, right now it is 6:30 AM Friday morning, and Thursday afternoon to evening for you..
All of you have given me great input, and I thank you.. Even the Fast Draw x11... Blunt but to the point... Kyleigh, very kind of you for the warm welcome, and translation of the Quick Draw x11. I thank you Liesje, for the good input. HunterisGreat, I have seen many of your posts, thankyou.. I think maybe further explanation is necessary and you may find it interesting:
To the extreme of PPD, Dogs are offered in Australia all the way to take down "Man Stopper" for around $10,000 and up. Money is not the issue, I wanted to raise the puppy to bond with me to trust him around my family.
I may not need a professional PPD, but aggression on command could be handy when I am having to go down to my Factory premises off hours, or the odd drunken carload out way out thousand of kms in the Bush. One of you talked about animals here, nothing of danger but snakes and I have tried to teach my GSDs to bark but stay out of range... I will give you some interesting details:
My Breeder was recommending a Trainer and Kennel in Melbourne, I will get the name. Here is the missing pieces:
The issue is I am going on the road with Bushtracker my Company, to National Shows, and one big trip is 5 weeks March/April Melbourne and across the Nullarbor to Perth 7000 kms each way. These big Shows are about a week/ten days each and if he went with me he would have to be Kenneled in Melbourne and Perth as no dogs allowed at these National Shows. I am Bush camping across Australia, with around $500,000 in trucks and equipment, in uncivilized or developed wild country like west Texas. PPD? Unfortunately no guns allowed in Australia for Interstate travel. Like a mile of red tape near impossible Interstate. Older Man, with two high end trucks and $250k + in Bushtracker vans?
It can be spooky with the fire flickering of the Bush shadows tired late at night...
Now on the 1 year old concern: Oct 2012 Puppy, I have arranged to leave him with his Breeder for more Obedience training March 2013 for the five weeks, as a 5 month old. Next 2014 Show trip south, I thought at 17 months, he might enter some basic PPD training with that Melbourne Trainer.. I know I said a year, with horses it is year by year, but he would be 17 months, so Questions to you Experts in America:
1) Now I have clarified, do you still think 17 month too early for basic PPD foundation training? Nothing rough, just the beginning.?????
2) Or: Would it be better to leave him in a kennel a week/ten days at a time so he could still travel with me at 17 months?
3) I do not necessarily have to have a Professional PPD, I thought I would just take him in that direction as far as he could handle.
Maybe get another one started in two years for a leap frog overlap of one travelling with me while the other in training. That way in the worst case scenario, snake bit, or .... I would have a back up "Best Mate" and not be left alone again like I am now with Cody fading away.
I am still in shock in shortly to lose Dakota (Cody)..
4) HunterisGreat, I thought the SchH would be good for herding help I could use on my horse property, tracking for a potential rescue servide, and any further direction to PPD is just a bonus.
Maybe my PPD interest is not that serious of a requirement, and I thought if he showed the right temperment it could go on from there... There is not the real crime element here in the Bush, more security around the fire on those dark nights. The Nullarbor is 4000 kms, like West Texas around 1880 without much civilized accommodations, better to camp out Bush out of sight of the road... PPD is just a direction, for a comfort zone to an Older Man...
I thank you all for your kind input, by way of real Thank You with meaning, you are welcome on my Owners Forum for free, thousands of Posts and pictures of very remote Australia with Bushtracker. Google Bushtracker Website, there is a free link to the Owners Forum, I am not selling anything to you, this is free and a gift to see some of remote Australia in 4x4.. (not spam, my way of offering thanks for your help)...
I made all my mistakes with the first two GSDs, and want to get it right this time.
Kind regards from a GSD Dog Lover in Oz.. So much in love with "Dances with Wolves" I am doing a dead of winter expedition by Arctic SnowCat for ten days into Yellowstone to see the wolves in action beginning of Jan...
lone Ranger, out on the "Last Frontier" in Oz ..... (Oz, Australia Mate)...