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post #161 of 164 (permalink) Old 01-23-2019, 01:41 PM
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Both of us are entering the senior years and like old married couples, we know each other like a book and still remain friends in spite of our "faults" :-p

They become more perfect as they age. Like the old married couple (same for us, ha, ha) we don't have to say much to understand each other but of course we keep chatting, both to dog and DH.
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Nothing. He's a dream boat.
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Not sure if I've contributed to this before, but if I did he was younger.

His "Happy Greeting Threshold". Sounds awful, right?

Environmentally, on the field, in the home, during bite work..no evidence of a concerning nerve threshold issue. I don't see it, experienced helpers and trainers see nothing of the sort. No issues with gunfire, climbing unstable objects, will run up and down a see through fire escape. Is fine with people around as long as a stranger doesn't mug him. He isn't nuts about people in the dark with hoodies..but he is a big face examiner type dog. He doesn't spook, but he does give it a stare as we pass. So that is all fine with me.

He can't, however, contain himself with greetings to his handler when he is released from his crate. Got him to the point where he wont jump ON me, but he does laps around me, accidentally body checks me (oh he has ZERO rear end awareness. Yes we are trying a bowl and positioning methods. Between my novice status and his advanced age we may just have to accept his arse end swinging out a bit during OB patterns. Not going to Worlds anyway). Then he just POOF has an off switch and he is done. If he has an object to carry he can contain himself (and I am not disappointed he makes an effort to do so)..this usually works out well, except for when it is a metal pogo stick or a toy vacuum. Shin smash!

He will sometimes act up a little if my reward is too effusive during OB too. That is easy to control..I just can't squeal "goooood boyyyyyy". A well toned "Supah!" and a tug is all he needs, it makes him happy and he keeps it together. Elmo voice will get you 95lbs tying you up with major celebration lol "Do not use falsetto around this dog"

Then again, he is only 21 months old. Will probably hopefully resolve by ...oh...age 3 lol

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He sounds so fun! How exciting, a new pup on the way too <3 My guy gives me the cutest greetings, all wags and "talking"

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Not sure if I've contributed to this before, but if I did he was younger.

His "Happy Greeting Threshold". Sounds awful, right?

Environmentally, on the field, in the home, during bite work..no evidence of a concerning nerve threshold issue. I don't see it, experienced helpers and trainers see nothing of the sort. No issues with gunfire, climbing unstable objects, will run up and down a see through fire escape. Is fine with people around as long as a stranger doesn't mug him. He isn't nuts about people in the dark with hoodies..but he is a big face examiner type dog. He doesn't spook, but he does give it a stare as we pass. So that is all fine with me.

He can't, however, contain himself with greetings to his handler when he is released from his crate. Got him to the point where he wont jump ON me, but he does laps around me, accidentally body checks me (oh he has ZERO rear end awareness. Yes we are trying a bowl and positioning methods. Between my novice status and his advanced age we may just have to accept his arse end swinging out a bit during OB patterns. Not going to Worlds anyway). Then he just POOF has an off switch and he is done. If he has an object to carry he can contain himself (and I am not disappointed he makes an effort to do so)..this usually works out well, except for when it is a metal pogo stick or a toy vacuum. Shin smash!

He will sometimes act up a little if my reward is too effusive during OB too. That is easy to control..I just can't squeal "goooood boyyyyyy". A well toned "Supah!" and a tug is all he needs, it makes him happy and he keeps it together. Elmo voice will get you 95lbs tying you up with major celebration lol "Do not use falsetto around this dog"

Then again, he is only 21 months old. Will probably hopefully resolve by ...oh...age 3 lol
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