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Forum: Finding the Right Puppy Today, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By blackshep
It really depends on the dog. I have a...

It really depends on the dog.

I have a WL, and in theory I like them better, however, mine has a low threshold which makes life a little more difficult. But having said that, it's not what you...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff Today, 01:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,622
Posted By blackshep
If you want a purebred GSD, next time you will...

If you want a purebred GSD, next time you will have to save those pennies and find a great breeder.

But this guy sure is handsome and I'm glad you've warmed up to him. He looks bright and...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff Today, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By blackshep
My dog is horrible with using her paws. Ignoring...

My dog is horrible with using her paws. Ignoring her does nothing to stop it, it just seems to be how she plays.

When I was doing protection work with her when she was younger, I would get...
Forum: Diet & Nutrition Today, 08:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 157
Posted By blackshep
Colostrum has been researched fairly heavily....

Colostrum has been researched fairly heavily. Unfortunately, it cannot be absorbed by the gut beyond the first day or so, this is why it is critical to get a young animal (or human) up and nursing...
Forum: Braggs!!! Today, 07:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 213
Posted By blackshep
Ha ha! Very cute, congratulations. ...

Ha ha! Very cute, congratulations.

Clearly demonstrating the versatility of the breed. lol
Forum: General Puppy Stuff Yesterday, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By blackshep
What certifications? I would stay away from a shy...

What certifications? I would stay away from a shy pup as well. Who is the breeder, can you post a pedigree?

My pup's breeder kept them inside in a big whelping box, eventually they got to...
Forum: Rescue, Foster & Adoption Information (General) Yesterday, 08:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 212
Posted By blackshep
Oh that's so wonderful! How good of you to help...

Oh that's so wonderful! How good of you to help out!
Forum: Training Our Puppy (basic) Yesterday, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By blackshep
My pup was HORRIBLE about her crate at first. Now...

My pup was HORRIBLE about her crate at first. Now she's wonderful. Just keep at it. Don't go to him when he's crying, wait until he settles. It will get better, but you have to persevere.

My...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff Yesterday, 07:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By blackshep
Avoid high traffic area's where strange dogs are....

Avoid high traffic area's where strange dogs are. I would be very careful with introducing your pup to full grown dogs unless they are very gentle. If they are too rough or unfriendly you could have...
Forum: Equipment (how to use/where to find) Yesterday, 07:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 875
Posted By blackshep
Crates are better for me for a number of reasons....

Crates are better for me for a number of reasons. Keeps the dogs separate, keeps the van from being eaten, also when I'm at tournaments or events with them, I can leave all the doors open and they...
Forum: Basic Care 09-15-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 414
Posted By blackshep
I give periodic baths. It's good for their skin...

I give periodic baths. It's good for their skin to wash off dirt and bacteria :)
Forum: Puppies/Raw Diets 09-15-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 131
Posted By blackshep
It's not recommended to mix kibble and raw...

It's not recommended to mix kibble and raw because they digest differently

also, if you're feeding raw, you have to have to right ratio of organ meat, bone (never cooked bone!) and muscle meat and...
Forum: Finding the Right Puppy 09-15-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 398
Posted By blackshep
Yours sounds more like a puppy mill :( ...

Yours sounds more like a puppy mill :(


To the OP - BYB's often ignore health checks. This is a big investment, you're hopefully spending the next 12 years or more with.

Go to a good...
Forum: Schutzhund/IPO Training 09-12-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,451
Posted By blackshep
The one I went to was 2-1/2 hours away. ...

The one I went to was 2-1/2 hours away.

You can watch some vids online too, maybe some here can recommend some good ones.

It's just little things that if they learn it sloppy you have to go...
Forum: General Behavior 09-12-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By blackshep
I never use my recall command without the dog...

I never use my recall command without the dog being on a long training line. They must never learn that not coming is an option available to them.

My dog is horrible with outing as well. She...
Forum: Health Issues 09-12-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 602
Posted By blackshep
Don't panic until you have a definitive...

Don't panic until you have a definitive diagnosis.

((hugs))

Fingers crossed for you and your pup!
Forum: All About Dogs 09-12-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,343
Posted By blackshep
I agree on the cropping issue, I wouldn't take...

I agree on the cropping issue, I wouldn't take one unless it was left whole. If that wasn't an option, I'd find another breed.


Re: Labs, they are a top pick for hearing and guide dogs for a...
Forum: All About Dogs 09-12-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,343
Posted By blackshep
I grew up with them (five of them) and they are...

I grew up with them (five of them) and they are an easy breed, COMPARED to a strong breed like a GSD or Mali who will push back, need a ton of work.

You have to train any breed of dog. Sounds like...
Forum: All About Dogs 09-12-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,343
Posted By blackshep
I've met many lovely Pit Bulls, there was one on...

I've met many lovely Pit Bulls, there was one on my flyball team, who was very sweet.
Forum: Equipment (how to use/where to find) 09-12-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By blackshep
I agree with David, those are probably the most...

I agree with David, those are probably the most secure crates, but can be pricey.
Forum: All About Dogs 09-12-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,343
Posted By blackshep
Aww the Lab haters are breaking my heart. lol I...

Aww the Lab haters are breaking my heart. lol I grew up with them, and I think they are wonderful family pets. They are a much easier dog to own than a GSD, much more forgiving and are still pretty...
Forum: Training Theory & Methods 09-12-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 593
Posted By blackshep
I agree about IPO being a lot of work. When you...

I agree about IPO being a lot of work. When you think about it, it's 3 sports rolled into one. It's certainly doable to train in other sports in addition to IPO, but it will take up a lot of time.
...
Forum: Basic Care 09-12-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 304
Posted By blackshep
www.vaccicheck.com (http://www.vaccicheck.com)...

www.vaccicheck.com (http://www.vaccicheck.com) Vets can buy the kit and do testing in house, WAY cheaper. I asked my vet about it and got NO response.

If you google Dr Becker and Dr Schultz,...
Forum: Schutzhund/IPO Training 09-12-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,451
Posted By blackshep
My limited schutzhund experience was that they...

My limited schutzhund experience was that they work/motivate the dogs very differently than regular pet obedience trainers.

They liked the puppies to be a bit pushy, where in puppy class, that was...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff 09-12-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By blackshep
I think mixed, those don't look like GSD ears ...

I think mixed, those don't look like GSD ears

He's really cute!
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