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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Signs of Maturing!

Mia is nearly 14 months, and a highly spirited, people loving GSD. We walk daily, and we see many "regulars on our walks". SInce day one (of puplic walking) we have been working very hard on her sitting as soon as I stop, and then waiting for the release to greet fellow walkers. This has proven to be very challenging for Mia. Yesterday (!) when we saw a trio of women walking towrds us. Before I could even say a command, Mia sat and then went into the down position and waited for the women to approach (the down is new and suggested by our vet to get her into a submission position-for meeting new dogs). The ladies were so impresssed with her progress and I was so proud!
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Yipeeeee Mia....good girl!

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I don't know that I would want my dog in a submissive position when greeting dogs. People ok, but dogs should be on the same equal ground and Mia may feel vulnerable if she is platzing when the other dogs approach. Good girl for her anticipation of your commands, though!
I see my 16month old male having more self control in the last week or so...it is bittersweet to see the puppy leave and the mature dog take over.

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Yes the rapid changes are bitter sweet... Although my sable gsd is only 3 months the days of picking him up are rapidly coming to an end. I can feel the change in his weigh and bulkyness... I was just saying wow my little fellow is changing right before my eyes...
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thats really great! its nice to hear the positives about some of these young dogs, we hear to many of the not so good things! congrats!!!

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I was warned not to let Mac sit on my lap as a puppy because he wouldn't be able to do it as an adult. I didn't listen. It all worked out though...because now he just puts his head and paws on my lap! I do miss being able to pick him up though...

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They grow so fast.... it seems like they are only small enough to be "lap" dogs for a few weeks....then they are wiggling loose (and too bib.) My boy lays his big head in my lap...and looks at me with those brown eyes.

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