Grimm's overexuberance has scared the pants off of me quite a few times, truly intimidated and unsettled me. (strong exuberant young dog, slightly disabled handler) So, since Grimm is such an enthusiastic fella, I decided to make peace with this attribute.
While Grimm was offlead and could not physically unsettle me by being exuberant, I taught a typical Grimm behavior as a command:
I taught Grimm to joyfully SPRINNNGGG into the air at a command: "YIPPIEEE!!"
He springs skyward, achieves maximum hangtime
, his body in an inverted "U," then he plummets earthward again to immediately SPROOOIIIINNNNGGG skyward again, back and neck arched downwards, unbelieveabe hangtime!
DH Ulrich refers to this as his "Gummiwolf" impression. (a cross between a wolf and a rubber ball, maybe?)
This is HARD to photograph. My cheap digital cam has a "delay."
Here he is doing "YIPPIEE!!" away from me-- he gets incredibly high off the ground each time he springs, he levitates I swear
, but we were on an extreme slope upwards, so it doesn't show how high he gets before landing on stiff legs to SPROOOING back upwards for his mondo hangtime.
Grimm LOVES this command: "Yippiee!!"
Gearing up for another "Yippiee!!"
And here is some of "Yippiee!!" in the forest..
Sorry these aren't clear. Anyway, we found a way for me to make peace with Grimm's exuberant side, and he gets to indulge that exuberance with a funny command we both laugh with pure joy during. YIPPIEE!!
I do correct him if he lets out an overexuberant, bossy-sounding HUGE bark at the beginning of it, though.
But mostly, we just have a blast, he gets to burn energy and do what feels fun to him!
PS-- NEVER say this in the house LOL!!