I am going to start off by saying that this post is just a random one. Not sure what the point of it is, but felt the need to write it down and figured this place was as good as any.
Zefra will be 8 months old on December 15, 2011. She is a mix of Czech/WG/DDR lines and is an extremely high energy, high drive dog with lower thresholds. That said; she has EXCELLENT nerve strength. She has a natural focus and is super outgoing when needed but is very handler motivated. What is meant by this is that she doesn't care what I have or don't have on my persons, she just wants to play with me or be with me. Basically, she a pretty darn nice pup!
One thing I have done with Zefra and am wondering if it is the right choice or not is not work her as much as I did with Stark. She doesn't have a lot of "rules" and I don't put a lot of pressure on her while working (or at home
). She knows her basic commands obviously and has started some heel work but I haven't really went beyond that at this point.
The reason? She is still VERY puppy. I know all 8 month old pups are "puppy" still but mentally, she reminds me of a dog a few months younger than her actual age. I don't really know HOW to explain this (and maybe can step in here and help me out?
) but I hope this makes some sense.
The club we train at, don't really work their dogs much in obedience until about a year old. We do a lot of drive building, bond building and playing. Basically it is a lot of engagement activities with the handler.
Zefra's breeder, who owns both her sire and dam said that Zefra's mother was very puppy-like until she hit about 2ish. Even still at 4? Zefra's dam can be very puppy-like in her actions and behaviours. Not a bad thing at all but I wonder if this is true for her lines? I assume so?
I guess I was wondering if Zefra is puppy-like because I don't put too much pressure on her or if it is 'just her'. I mean, she does have some obedience (and a pretty nice recall) but nothing too formal at this point.
One thing which is neat to see is my friends pup, who is about 1 month younger than Zefra and of WG working lines. He is a calm dog but can turn it on with a flick of the switch. He is further along in obedience than Zefra is mostly because he doesn't jump into drive the second he starts working. He is also a lot more mature than Zefra, seems to be an "older" dog even though he is a month younger. Again, is this the lines? Who knows?
Working with Stark first, who was a complete and total opposite of Zefra in every way shape and form really has me loving working with Zefra. I got very frustrated with Stark because the enthusiasm wasn't there. I feel bad for putting so much pressure on him so young, but live and learn. Stark reminds me of my friends pup, and I wonder if I didn't put so much pressure on Stark or squash his drive as a puppy if he would be further along than he is now. I guess I will never know.
Anyways.. not 100% sure what this post is suppose to be.. take from it what you will.. my thoughts are not complete and I will try to add some more later when I can actually form some sort of idea/though too add.