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Borrowed the idea from another thread. I thought this would be a cool place for those raising puppies to post what they might be working on and some picture & video updates as they grow!

I can start with Carma. She's now 11 weeks and her most current weight at the vet (on Monday) was 14.2 pounds. I'm not concerned about her growth or anything, but I am so curious to know how big she'll get. I'd love her to stay as small as her dam (55lbs or so). Her sire is a smaller male as well, so I'm assuming the chances are higher because of that. I don't have any idea is 14lbs is small for an 11 week old puppy or not anyways..

As far as obedience goes, we're working on puppy heeling, focus, rear end awareness, recall, spinning, sit & platz and a few other random fun things. She recently made me bleed for the first time when working for dinner..Little shark. I'm hoping to start tracking in the next week or two once it really warms up with the sun and we get some grass back. With the food drive she has, I don't foresee it being any problem.

House & crate training are coming along nicely, and now I just need to find a good balance to controlling her water intake without her acting like she's dying of dehydration. She's still picky about her kibble, but loves pumpkin so that helps entice her and helps her poop too. She chews through toys/treats like a little monster. Loves the antler I got recently, so I'm hoping it'll last a little longer than the rest.

A few videos, from most recent to a few weeks ago.




And a couple photos

Training 3/10/13 by Gator_Dog, on Flickr


Training 3/10/13 by Gator_Dog, on Flickr


3/12/13 by Gator_Dog, on Flickr

Here's the link to our blog - Sharp Shepherd | Life with my dogs & a training blog

Please post with your pups! Tell us what you're working on & update us as they learn and grow! :)
 

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I hope more people post here! I would like to hear more people's training updates. My little girl comes home in two weeks and I can't wait to get started with her.
 

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Lara: 13 weeks / 28.2 lbs last vet check - healthy, ear infections gone.

For the past several weeks Lara's been working on sit, down, get up, paw, crawl, wait, her name, targeting, and manners. Completely housebroken, even in other peoples houses. Tested this by showing her the backdoor while at a friends, she had to pee so went to the door about an hour later and scratched and whined until I let her out. No accidents in 2 weeks, minimal ones the week prior, my fault.

Seeing a lot of solid understanding on the wait concept. I set her food bowl down, put her in a sit, and make her wait until the release command "okay". Same for doors, crossing streets. We also practiced this while approaching one of her dog friends today for self control as well as people she likes.

Today we worked on introducing placing her paws on an object and remaining there in preparation for heel rear movement and we worked on sitting when I stop while walking on a short leash.
Tomorrow morning we are going to the Schutzhund club nearby for an evaluation and more socialization. Wish us luck!
 

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Ollie(long coat) - 6 1/2 months old, somewhere between 50-55lbs and adult coat sloooowly coming in.

Ollie's training is coming along nicely, we are attending two different classes a week now both held outdoors so GREAT for distraction training. We're still having some focus issues because he's not super food or toy motivated so I'm always on the search for new and exciting training treats.

So far he knows sit, down, shake with both paws, touch, down/stay, sit/stay, look, find it, go get it, leave it and wait/stay. I practice NILIF with him, we also practice sitting and staying when I open a door, before he's allowed into the car, etc. He's very smart and pics up on things quickly, he learned the concept of down/stay in about 5 minutes... I don't know why but he really loves working on stays! His recall is becoming better and better, before and after his training classes I'll take him out in the field and work on recalls and stays. His biggest issue right now is excited barking at other dogs while on lead.

I'm looking into various sports right now, he had his herding instinct test done which he passed and he really, really loved it! We're going to get an IPO evaluation done soon but I'm also going to look into agility too... I can only do one sport so just dipping our toes in, seeing what he enjoys the most. If I had my way it'd probably be herding but it is very expensive so I'm not sure how its going to work out yet.

Are we allowed to keep posting here? I'm sure I'll have more on training especially after I get my new camera? :D

Video of him growing and some from his herding test as well

IMG_0331 by Carriesue82, on Flickr

Untitled (2013-02-25 02:48:51) by Carriesue82, on Flickr

Untitled (2013-03-05 15:17:02) by Carriesue82, on Flickr
 

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Ollie(long coat) - 6 1/2 months old, somewhere between 50-55lbs and adult coat sloooowly coming in.

Ollie's training is coming along nicely, we are attending two different classes a week now both held outdoors so GREAT for distraction training. We're still having some focus issues because he's not super food or toy motivated so I'm always on the search for new and exciting training treats.

So far he knows sit, down, shake with both paws, touch, down/stay, sit/stay, look, find it, go get it, leave it and wait/stay. I practice NILIF with him, we also practice sitting and staying when I open a door, before he's allowed into the car, etc. He's very smart and pics up on things quickly, he learned the concept of down/stay in about 5 minutes... I don't know why but he really loves working on stays! His recall is becoming better and better, before and after his training classes I'll take him out in the field and work on recalls and stays. His biggest issue right now is excited barking at other dogs while on lead.

I'm looking into various sports right now, he had his herding instinct test done which he passed and he really, really loved it! We're going to get an IPO evaluation done soon but I'm also going to look into agility too... I can only do one sport so just dipping our toes in, seeing what he enjoys the most. If I had my way it'd probably be herding but it is very expensive so I'm not sure how its going to work out yet.

Are we allowed to keep posting here? I'm sure I'll have more on training especially after I get my new camera? :D

Video of him growing and some from his herding test as well
Ollie 6 days to 6 months old - YouTube

IMG_0331 by Carriesue82, on Flickr

Untitled (2013-02-25 02:48:51) by Carriesue82, on Flickr

Untitled (2013-03-05 15:17:02) by Carriesue82, on Flickr
:wub::thumbup: Looking good!!
 

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Lara: 13 weeks / 28.2 lbs last vet check - healthy, ear infections gone.

For the past several weeks Lara's been working on sit, down, get up, paw, crawl, wait, her name, targeting, and manners. Completely housebroken, even in other peoples houses. Tested this by showing her the backdoor while at a friends, she had to pee so went to the door about an hour later and scratched and whined until I let her out. No accidents in 2 weeks, minimal ones the week prior, my fault.

Seeing a lot of solid understanding on the wait concept. I set her food bowl down, put her in a sit, and make her wait until the release command "okay". Same for doors, crossing streets. We also practiced this while approaching one of her dog friends today for self control as well as people she likes.

Today we worked on introducing placing her paws on an object and remaining there in preparation for heel rear movement and we worked on sitting when I stop while walking on a short leash.
Tomorrow morning we are going to the Schutzhund club nearby for an evaluation and more socialization. Wish us luck!
She is too stinkin cute! Keep us posted with your schutzhund eval.


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Recon- 18lbs @ 8 weeks.

Right now we are working on imprinting, sit, down, focus, heel, and come. He is learning his name. Potty training is going well. He already loves his crate so thats good. I also introduced him to a leash but he just drags it around for the most part. I have been hand feeding the begining of every meal and making him work for it. Also lots of rag and ball play. Also working on climatizing. He is not used to the heat here. Most importantly we have been working on socialization and our bond. So far he has been to parks(kids play ground equipment), two different training fields, multiple houses, agility equipment hights, grates, lots of different noises, gun shots and..... So far so good. This guy is awesome!
 

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Recon- 18lbs @ 8 weeks.

Right now we are working on imprinting, sit, down, focus, heel, and come. He is learning his name. Potty training is going well. He already loves his crate so thats good. I also introduced him to a leash but he just drags it around for the most part. I have been hand feeding the begining of every meal and making him work for it. Also lots of rag and ball play. Also working on climatizing. He is not used to the heat here. Most importantly we have been working on socialization and our bond. So far he has been to parks(kids play ground equipment), two different training fields, multiple houses, agility equipment hights, grates, lots of different noises, gun shots and..... So far so good. This guy is awesome!
Sounds like a big guy. Pictures next time!!


Carma's doing well. If anybody has suggestions for nice gloves to use when working with food, let me know. I need something that I can use and still grasp the pieces of food with and move my fingers in. She bites the **** out of my hands, so I borrowed a friend's batting gloves for yesterday.


3.17.13 by Gator_Dog, on Flickr


3.17.13 by Gator_Dog, on Flickr

Legs!!

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I can not stack her. She really doesn't like being held still...She needs lessons from Aiden. I can not believe how much taller she is!!

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Recon turned 9 weeks today. So far working on same things. Focus and body position are really clicking. I can't even walk around the house without him in a decent heel position looking right at me. It has to be gentetic because I'm not that good. He seems to be getting used to my routine. His energy level is sky rocketing. That's making training really nice. Today I took him into a trampoline and some other things and he did great. He is progressing nicely. I can play with the clatter stick while he chases a rag around and he doesn't care about it at all. I even touched him with it and he didn't change his grip. Still was just tugging away. He's doing so well that it makes it hard not to rush things. Tonight I'm going to introduce a "place board" so I can start some rear end awareness.

Gatordog, Carma is coming along very nice! Looks like every video she is 10 times better than the last. Great job! At this rate you will have her ready for her 1 by 6 months of age and have to wait around forever until she's old enough:D

I don't have pictures or video of our training sessions. They are short and sweet and usually by myself so... I don't want any awkward pictures of me in my underwear working my puppy at 2am hahaha. Here is a picture I took today while we did some exploring. It's my favorite picture of him yet.
 

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Fiona is 10 months this weekend. Watching you guys with your babies makes me wish I could do it all over again. And get it right. The trainer said there is two problems with Fiona #1 me and #2 me. Apparently spoiling them is bad. Can't let them get away with stuff just because she is cute. A word to the wise.


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Fiona is 10 months this weekend. Watching you guys with your babies makes me wish I could do it all over again. And get it right. The trainer said there is two problems with Fiona #1 me and #2 me. Apparently spoiling them is bad. Can't let them get away with stuff just because she is cute. A word to the wise.


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Don't feel bad. We all screw them up. The good thing is we can usually fix them with the right trainer:D
 

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I hope more people post here! I would like to hear more people's training updates. My little girl comes home in two weeks and I can't wait to get started with her.
My girl is coming home in two weeks too! I'm super excited, but kind of worried that I'll screw it up. This will be the first dog that is mine, so I really want to do everything perfectly lol.
 

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My girl is coming home in two weeks too! I'm super excited, but kind of worried that I'll screw it up. This will be the first dog that is mine, so I really want to do everything perfectly lol.
Start watching training videos now. Get an idea of how you want to do things before you have the puppy. Remeber to take it slow. Rushing will always screw it up:)
 

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I have a 9 month old (got him at 8 weeks) AKC WL GSD. His mother was a granddaughter of a dog imported from Czechoslovakia and his father was imported from Germany. Mother was a black sable OFA Excellent and had (don't exactly remember what the title was called so I'm googling it and I think this was the one- it was something like the czech equivalent of shutz? Harder to get level 1 title there though) SVV1. She was 65 pounds. Father solid black and either 75 or 80 pounds (don't remember exactly) and had ScHH2 trial or show (don't remember) rated V or VA (forgot so much haha, I should email the breeder soon). OFA either excellent or good.

My baby was 14 pounds when we picked him up, and is now (approx.) 55 pounds! He's grown into a big boy! (compared to our Yorkie and Chihuahua!) We are planning on getting him involved in Schutzhund ASAP; probably going to visit a couple clubs next week. So far, he knows sitz (sit), platz (down), bleiben (stay), fuss (heel), hier (formal come), achtung (watch me), aus (out; drop it), off, wait, and leave it.

Here's a picture of my baby at 6.5 months old :).
 

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We are still working on the same things. It's going really well. I have to keep telling myself not to rush things. I did with Mina and had to fix some things as she got older. I don't want to make those same mistakes. He's my first male dog and I definately see some differences at this age. All in all, he is doing great! I'm very pleased with the progress being made. Sorry still no videos or pictures. I really need to work on that. Oh! My big win for me was getting him to bark for his rag yesterday morning. I didn't think it would be difficult but I'm still happy about it.
 

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We are still working on the same things. It's going really well. I have to keep telling myself not to rush things. I did with Mina and had to fix some things as she got older. I don't want to make those same mistakes. He's my first male dog and I definately see some differences at this age. All in all, he is doing great! I'm very pleased with the progress being made. Sorry still no videos or pictures. I really need to work on that. Oh! My big win for me was getting him to bark for his rag yesterday morning. I didn't think it would be difficult but I'm still happy about it.
BOO to no pictures! We sound like we are on the same schedule with the pups. I keep forcing myself not to keep asking more of her. It's so tempting though when they pick things up so quickly! I have a rag but have mostly just done some chasing on the ground. I'm so nervous about jumping into "protection work" too soon.

Carma got a new fleece tug leash from Danielle (Fraggle Rock Collars). It's awesome and fun!

Fleece tug leash by Gator_Dog, on Flickr


Fleece tug leash by Gator_Dog, on Flickr

I am also thrilled to report that she is finally eating kibble willingly without being a pickly little biotch! I think she just hated the old food (NutriSource Grain free chicken). I bought a bag of Fromm Whitefish and Sweet Potato and she inhaled it! Hoping for no diarrhea now.
 

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BOO to no pictures! We sound like we are on the same schedule with the pups. I keep forcing myself not to keep asking more of her. It's so tempting though when they pick things up so quickly! I have a rag but have mostly just done some chasing on the ground. I'm so nervous about jumping into "protection work" too soon.

Carma got a new fleece tug leash from Danielle (Fraggle Rock Collars). It's awesome and fun!

Fleece tug leash by Gator_Dog, on Flickr


Fleece tug leash by Gator_Dog, on Flickr

I am also thrilled to report that she is finally eating kibble willingly without being a pickly little biotch! I think she just hated the old food (NutriSource Grain free chicken). I bought a bag of Fromm Whitefish and Sweet Potato and she inhaled it! Hoping for no diarrhea now.
Taking it slow is sooo hard haha. Yesterday I took Recon to the drag races. He did great! Lots of people of many different ethnicities and races pet him. The noises didn't phase him a bit and we even snuck in a quick obedience session in all the chaos. He did so well. His focus is intense! I swear he's looking into my soul not my eyes. I have found cheese to be his go to treat for now. He doesn't seem to care about anything else other than his kibble I guess. He will work for that too.

We aren't really "jumping" into protection. I have just been doing a lot of rag work with him on my own. Not back tied or anything just all free play. Working on his targeting and grips. Not that I need to. This little guys is good already! I'm very impressed with him. For the most part I'm just trying to let him grow up. I can't wait until he's older so the fun can start:D
 

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Taking it slow is sooo hard haha. Yesterday I took Recon to the drag races. He did great! Lots of people of many different ethnicities and races pet him. The noises didn't phase him a bit and we even snuck in a quick obedience session in all the chaos. He did so well. His focus is intense! I swear he's looking into my soul not my eyes. I have found cheese to be his go to treat for now. He doesn't seem to care about anything else other than his kibble I guess. He will work for that too.

We aren't really "jumping" into protection. I have just been doing a lot of rag work with him on my own. Not back tied or anything just all free play. Working on his targeting and grips. Not that I need to. This little guys is good already! I'm very impressed with him. For the most part I'm just trying to let him grow up. I can't wait until he's older so the fun can start:D
It's funny how excited I was to get the puppy and now that I have her, I'm so excited to keep moving forward and watch her grow up!

I'm definitely blowing this thread up with my posts, but oh well. ;) Yet another update for today.

She's doing awesome. And even though I've only had her for three weeks, I can't believe how much she's grown and learned in such a short amount of time.

Video from today

12.5 week stack

Carma 3/24/13 by Gator_Dog, on Flickr

And shots from throughout the last week or two.

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So bold

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"Share please?"

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