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Old 04-07-2012, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dogs and Jobs; does yours???

i read where a lot of people say a GSD should
have a job. does your dog have a job and if
he/she does what is it?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mine spontaneously and uninvited joined a soccer game tonight. Does Clown count as a job?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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clown would be running up and down the sideline
barking, spinning, etc. job would be coming in as
a player and taking the ball and running in any direction
on the field or off the field and the kids go after
your dog to get the ball back.

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Then by your definition..she had a job! Came in as the sweeper, almost had the ball, never dropped her kong. Nice footwork!
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human retains detection dogs (also called cadaver dogs but they find small old stuff too)
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Schutzhund, agility, utility scent detection, misc acrobatic stunts at my whim, herds cats, therapist, dependable and honest friend! That is Minka's jobs so far and she is not even 2 years old!
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My dogs don't have real jobs yet. We mostly participate in dog sports, but it gives them a sense of purpose and directs their mental/physical energy

Whiskey - Schutzhund mainly. He also has great defense tendencies and is an excellent alert dog which works out for me since I live on a large property with few people around. He's saved my butt a few times when "suspicious" characters were lurking around. He has excellent instincts and is able to read emotions well so I am working on getting him into therapy work as well.

Wiva - supposed to be in IPO training, but it doesn't look like she is cut out for it. I might try agility/flyball with her, but it's doubtful how she will do. We will probably rehome her to a companion household where she can rule the roost

Puddi - moving target for the shepherds so they can get their cardio in for the day
I am actually thinking of getting her a BH. I never thought she would be good in that setting, but she's watched the GSDs long enough to learn a thing or two!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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We initially got our GSD as a pet 4 years ago. We knew nothing about dog sports at the time. We exercised her morning and night, played fetch with her, but we just felt like she was still bored (she never destroyed anything, but she would move stuff around in the house when we were gone). We read up on the internet and realized that she probably had too much energy to be just a pet (she is from a working line) .

We did our research, went to a protection sport seminar, and went through some private obedience training. We initially did not want to pursuit protection sports (we somehow thought it would be too stressful for her , we wanted her to be a happy pet, in hindsight, we were so glad we gave it a try anyway). We wanted to get her into agility. We contacted a local agility trainer for some private classes, once she found out that we had a GSD, she was not very interested . We did some more research and found a protection sports club nearby. They did an evaluation on her and said that she had the drives for it. So we joined the club 2.5 years ago.

We now train for ringsport, GSD loves it, hubby and I are addicted to it. It really helps us to be better handlers. Our GSD gets very excited every time she knows we are off to training. We are so glad we found a wonderful club that introduced us to the world of protection sports .
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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that's what i'm talking about.
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Then by your definition..she had a job! Came in as the sweeper, almost had the ball, never dropped her kong. Nice footwork!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nope. He's a bum.
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