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Forum: General Behavior 12-28-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,009
Posted By Gretchen
This is good advice, this is what our neighbors...

This is good advice, this is what our neighbors did when they were expecting their first child. They also had a few private lessons at home, and practiced walking with a stroller.

Our dog Molly...
Forum: General Information 12-28-2015, 01:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 918
Posted By Gretchen
I like the idea of swimming for fun and/or...

I like the idea of swimming for fun and/or renting it out. You could have swimming for beginners too. Molly is so scared to swim. This really nice lady from our meet up group offered her home and...
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 12-24-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,328
Posted By Gretchen
I agree - the "down stay" has been our best...

I agree - the "down stay" has been our best friend!
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 12-24-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 288
Posted By Gretchen
She is too cute, I wish I could borrow her for a...

She is too cute, I wish I could borrow her for a couple hours and just take in that puppy smell.
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 12-24-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,328
Posted By Gretchen
I have been lucky as none of the trainers I've...

I have been lucky as none of the trainers I've been to reject dogs, although they probably do some one on one prior to enrolling to get a feel for the dog it the owner states it does have issues. Our...
Forum: Training Theory & Methods 12-24-2015, 02:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 682
Posted By Gretchen
We've seen 3 different trainers, we observed a...

We've seen 3 different trainers, we observed a 4th but didn't like her. I learned something different from all three. Two of them let the dogs socialize before and after class which was important to...
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 12-24-2015, 02:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,328
Posted By Gretchen
I think you should try group training classes...

I think you should try group training classes with a trainer that uses the prong. Then maybe one or two private lessons in your neighborhood. Kind of re-start your dog. I like the group classes...
Forum: Puppy Behavior 12-22-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By Gretchen
I'd say it is the beginning of the adolescent...

I'd say it is the beginning of the adolescent stage. This probably would eventually happen even if your life had remained calm. Your pup was doing what is was bred to do - protection. The neighbor's...
Forum: Puppy Behavior 12-22-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By Gretchen
Our current dog and previous dog frequent had...

Our current dog and previous dog frequent had hackles up, it is not always aggression. I copied this info from the Canidae website-


When a dog’s hackles rise it is called piloerection. It is...
Forum: Stories 12-22-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By Gretchen
My Smoke Alarm

I never thought of Molly alerting me to smoke, but she did last night. I often work from home which is great for many reasons, one being that Molly is seldom alone. The down side is when the phone...
Forum: Introductions & Welcome Mat 12-21-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By Gretchen
Welcome, Lucy will certainly benefit from having...

Welcome, Lucy will certainly benefit from having an experienced friend around. Very cute photo, looking forward to more.
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 12-21-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By Gretchen
I love our GSD meetups, I wish I lived closer to...

I love our GSD meetups, I wish I lived closer to the group, I only see them once every couple months. Molly has a crush on a couple of males in the group, but they didn't show this time.
Forum: Stories 12-21-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 329
Posted By Gretchen
I would have called animal control too, because...

I would have called animal control too, because the dog may be in the same situation you found him in today and tomorrow. But I could see how you would want to take immediate action with the dog...
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 12-21-2015, 12:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 580
Posted By Gretchen
How wonderful! Can't wait so see more photos....

How wonderful! Can't wait so see more photos. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 12-21-2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By Gretchen
Molly at Seascape beach with friends

One day with just her friend, Katie and a meet up day with other GSDs.
...
Forum: General Information 11-23-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,775
Posted By Gretchen
cost - 5 yrs ago our female was $1200/ the males...

cost - 5 yrs ago our female was $1200/ the males were $1500
As far as being novice - I grew up with a dog and had two I trained on my own. I thought I had training down until I got our GSD. However,...
Forum: General Information 11-23-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,775
Posted By Gretchen
I'd get a puppy then rather than adopt an older...

I'd get a puppy then rather than adopt an older GSD.
Also I don't know if male/female has anything to do with it, we've only had 2 female GSDs, and both really loved our cats (who were in our...
Forum: General Behavior 11-23-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,215
Posted By Gretchen
I don't have much to add as these responses are...

I don't have much to add as these responses are very good and thoughtful.
Since your pup is only 4 months and is very sweet now, just be on alert to when he reaches the adolescent stage, starting...
Forum: Health Issues 11-23-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By Gretchen
My neighbor's experience with her Husky: Her...

My neighbor's experience with her Husky:
Her dog's murmur was found when she was two. She was having lots of diarrhea, unrelated to any heart issue, she took her dog the the ER and the vet on call...
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 11-23-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Gretchen
Molly had missed Katie, we hadn't seen her for...

Molly had missed Katie, we hadn't seen her for almost two months. I finally had some good time off on this weekend and decided to pick up Katie. Katie's owner, my daughter has had to work a lot of...
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 11-23-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 615
Posted By Gretchen
Fantastic! Beautiful photos and love the "queen"...

Fantastic! Beautiful photos and love the "queen" and "king" on the harnesses. They both look so proud.
Forum: Happy Birthday / Gotcha Day 11-23-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 457
Posted By Gretchen
Happy Birthday Joey! Will Joey get anything...

Happy Birthday Joey!
Will Joey get anything special today?
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 11-23-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By Gretchen
very cute

very cute
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 11-23-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 177
Posted By Gretchen
omg, this is so precious, what a great photo!

omg, this is so precious, what a great photo!
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 11-23-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Gretchen
Molly's busy weekend photos

These photos are with Molly's good friend Katie, my daughter's dog:http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii589/shepherd493/20151121_115248_002_zpslziynu2g.jpg...
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