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>He is a marshmallow to his 'pack' but outsiders wouldnt know...he is aloof to strangers.

Sounds like a shepherd personality... :D

Jasper is first a comedian- he wants to make you laugh! He'll intentionally fumble the ball after he picks it up, bounce it,  bat it with his legs like he can't get a hold of it. Very playful nature.
When he, in fact, has the precision to be deadly to the armadillos who have the misfortune to lumber onto our property. (they insist on digging under my fence!)

He is also a couch potato if that is what we are doing...
he politely lies around napping on his bed and waiting for action. He has full run of house- never has touched my Italian leather couch---even though his Kong gets lost under it.
I do have the Kong Time "daycare in a box" that release 4 kongs during the day that are filled with snacks.
He loves snacking...if the parrot and we are eating celery or carrots, then he enjoys taking a stalk to his bed to munch on too.

Once in his working mode, though, he is a performer.....
"watch this!" as he zooms across the field ---happy to jump on the agility course and run on cue.

At 2 yrs old, he is a little defiant....sti ll...
we have some issues about running out the front gate to sniff the garbage can across the street.
We had him trained to wait while we drove the cars through, but if we walk up to it and open it....he thinks it is time for a walk....

Jasper is pretty friendly to new people who are not men who smell like cigarettes (hmmm- could this have anything to do with the carpenters who worked on the house?)
---if  strangers let him sniff them first and don't grab at him, he is pretty accepting...
he'll sit for them on cue...or shake-- he is gentle with children- but if a male approaches in an abrupt or threatening manner, he is on alert and will announce this intrusion.

He is a big 70 pound cuddler, giving me kisses and letting me hug him all over.
He has GSD personality... which suits me fine. He loves stimulation and the excitement of a job to do, but when the job is done, he is happy to chill and hang with the pack.
It is so important that he gets daily exercise and a job to do....he get bored as he is so smart.

German Shepherd Discussions / no need to breed
« on: November 01, 2005, 05:57:49 pm »
Congrats on taking the personal responsibility to convince a pet owner not to breed! Good on you!
There are other threads here that point to why NOT to breed this dog or another.
If you don't know the first thing about the breed, how can you even attempt to improve the breed?
MY suggestion to this pet owner is to
1. ) neuter it
2.) develop a relationship with it other than tying it up in the backyard:
 take the dog to a CGC class and then train it to do agility or herding....the n maybe you will learn about the breed! More than likely though, they will give up on this and surrender the dog to a shelter when it is 2 yrs old and untrained!
3.) Take them down to the shelter to see how many 'purebred' shepherds are surrendered when they are 10 months to 3 yrs old.
How "excellent" can a breeder be that did not have the purchaser sign a neuter agreement?
Unconscionable to not have a contract...eve n worse that your friend wouldn't take the breeder's advice.
Backyard breeders are a 'sore point' when you see so many dogs suffer and rescue groups are over -run with "purebred or AKC" registered dogs!
If you need an extra buck...have a yard sale- don't breed dogs!
Lymphosarcomas - Breeds of dogs that are at a higher than average risk of developing this disease include Rottweilers, Scottish terriers, Golden retrievers, Basset hounds, and German shepherds. Males and females are affected equally. In dogs, there may be a genetic basis for this disease and, in certain breeds, some families several closely related animals have been affected.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Teach your parents well....
« on: September 08, 2005, 12:16:17 pm »
Maybe a constitutional amendment for common sense? ;)

#1: Parents: Teach your children NOT to approach any dog without prior permission from the adult owner.
#2: Children:Never approach a dog without asking to; just because a dog is in public does not give you the right to touch it.

#3: Dog owners: Protect your dog by a.) having it with you or b. ) containing it safely in private away from public access   
Even if this dog was in a fenced area - still unsupervised- the "public" could poison, torment or otherwise harm your dog.

It is the responsible pet owner's job to keep the dog away from the public, as well as keep the public away from the dog. I think this is about supervision of our dogs, too.
Most dogs would rather be with the owner, lying at their feet, wouldn't they than tied down?

Best advice is to find a canine behaviorist locally to help...
lots of possible things going on....puppy stage? boredom?
The above advice is solid too....
 or actually crate train and leave dog *in* crate for 4- 6hrs....with kong. (How old is dog?)
I swear by crate training, my dog never chewed up things in the house or had an accident in the house.
(and I have an italian leather couch!)
I am trying out a new product to keep my big boy entertained... .Kong Time. It is a timer device that releases 4 kongs a day at 2 hr intervals! Great idea.
Since my 2 yr old  has been trained to have lovely house manners (crated trained/then trained to go to bed), he gets to lie around on the cool tile floors all day and wander about looking for hidden kongs (his entire meal of kibble goes into the kongs)...soon he will have them time released, since he usually has found all the hidden kongs before I am out the driveway.
You leave Kong Time on the counter and it drops the kongs to the floor every 2 hrs. or what ever you set....4 times a day.
I realize not all dogs can be trusted home alone outside a crate....but my dog doesn't cruise the counters or get into mischief- so I want to reward that good behavior by giving him something to do.
Tips to avoid SA:
Don't make a big deal when you leave or get home. Do not say things like "That's okay sweetie, I'll only be gone a little bit", as that can encourage insecurity. Also if you ignore your dog for 20 mins when you get home (after initial calm greeting), then the dog doesn't focus so much on your arrival.
If your arrival home is the most important part of the day for your dog, you may consider getting more involved in activities with your dog so he associates fun with other things than you walking in the door.
You can train a dog to be happy with his own company by providing fun or puzzles to do while you are not there.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: No Dogs Allowed
« on: June 28, 2005, 09:53:55 am »
Does anyone else have to deal with this stupid issue?  What is the logic behind it?
I will respectfully give you my opinion as to why the "stupid issue" is "personal responsibility".
Respecting the laws of your community is your personal responsibility to the public.

Just because I am in the public, I do not want children running up to me or my dog.
I do not stare at others in public that may be different and have handicaps, either.
I was taught to respect a person's privacy in public spaces.
Just like my civic freedom is to be free from secondhand smoke in public places, it is my freedom to be free from strangers approaching me and my dog.
Children should be taught never to approach a strange dog in public.
When I am sitting in the outdoor cafe with my dog and family, I don't want everyone to interrupt my meal with, "Oh, what a big dog!" I don't go by their table and say,"My, what a big child!"
My dog is trained to lie beside me next to the table while I eat. Why would I want your child to disturb us?
Not all dog enthusiasts or owners want to be on public display, but would like to maintain the right to private space in the public.
-I do not invite other dogs to go nose- to- nose to my dog, either.
-I don't go to dog parks either.
But I, like you, am a large dog owner. My dog is part of *my* life, not necessarily part of any dog or person that I meet on the street. I work my dog and train my dog and take great joy and pleasure in including him in the state parks, restaurants, beaches and rivers where I live.
He is usually the best behaved dog in the campgrounds and in public places. He lies quietly while other peoples dogs are barking at everyone walking by....
How long will the restaurants allow dogs outside that are jumping on every patron who walks by, getting tangled up on the chairs and tables?

NO DOGS ALLOWED is becoming more frequent in all communities because of people who don't get it. Like smokers who insist that their SMOKE outside is not harming anyone.....
now we have laws, since education didn't work.
Interesting in England, where there is an accepted etiquette for dogs in public, they are allowed in many places. But in America, we are making laws banning dogs an an uprecedented rate.

For instance, the point of having your dog on a leash is to have it in control, not to let it still run up to another dog even though it is "on leash." I can't tell you how may times this happens in public places. Not everyone in America  picks up their dog poop in rest areas, parks and sidewalks. It is common etiquette in England.

In our fine democracy, for which young men and women are dying for, your freedom ends where mine begins. In other words, just because you see the world in one view doesn't mean that is how everyone sees it.
There would be fewer laws if more people took personal responsibility to respect the rights of others on the roads and in public places.
Simple Civics 101.
The relationship you build with your dog is what is important. Some of us think that relationship is more important than creating a circus in the public arena.
Looking for someplace to take your dog? Try PetSmart...tak e your dog where it is wanted.
Please do not force your yourself in public places where there is a clear policy, as it gives dog owners a poor image.
Every dog owner portrays an image in public. If we want to prevent more bans of dogs in public, a good idea is to act as an ambassador of good will and respect the rights of others.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Neutering
« on: June 27, 2005, 11:56:08 am »
Also, if the dog begins to show any typical stud behavior such as marking territory or being obsessed with looking for girls and ignoring commands from his owner when other dogs are around, then neuter ASAP.  Males showing dominance issues should be neutered earlier too.

May I offer a behaviorist perspective?
First, I totally agree that if a dog owner can not prevent accidental pregnancies or unwanted behaviors, then neutering is a good solution to consider.
However, if it is a behavior that is the problem, then I recommend addressing the behavior with a program of exercises to change the behavior.
Behaviors such as mentioned above can be modified with the right program for owner and intact dog.
Ignoring commands is a behavior that can be modified by building a relationship with your dog that makes you more interesting than any other dog!
Primary rewards (High value treats) can be paired with emotion, like tone of voice and smiling, to encourage the dog to pay attention to you regardless of the distraction.
If the dog thinks you are the "meal ticket" and the most fun, then your dog will find his way to you very quickly. Attention will be on you, if you have built a strong relationship with any dog, even an intact large breed dog!
"Dogginess", or more interest in other dogs than the owner, can be addressed by limiting time spent interacting with a second dog in the family.
Again, if the intact dog is accustomed to looking to you as the leader, he will take your leadership cues in distracting situations. If it is accustomed to looking at you as just a pack member and another dog or itself as leader, the dog (female, spayed neutered or otherwise) will not likely look to you for leadership cues in public or new situations.
BTW "leadership" to me means rewarding your dog when it dogs something right and removing something it wants when it does not pay attention to you. ie.) Time outs -removed from pack and fun.
Typical male behaviors like marking objects, scratching the ground, smelling the ground and licking lips are normal, hormonal responses.
It seems the appropriate response to behavioral problems for the pet owner, such as 'dominance issues", is to train, change or prevent the behavior.
It reminds me of the expression, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water".
Undeniably, the best reason to neuter is to not contribute to the overpet population problem.
I have worked an intact GSD with an intact mastiff in agility who display normal male behaviors, but their attention is on the handler and the handler has control of the dog.
These dogs have trained to have a strong recall with distraction, sit/stay and have a word associated with timeout like Leave it.
NOTE: For any help changing behaviors, seek a professional who has experience in kindly and gently changing behavior-please!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Homemade frozen treats
« on: June 24, 2005, 08:40:12 am »
And all Jasper gets is ice cubes..... :'(
Love this idea...think I will start with something simple like plain yogurt with PB and mashed 'nanas....even try to use ice cube tray.
Yeah, will try this weekend- freeze a simple smoothie in ice cube trays for him when we are out on the hot field waiting for our turn in class...
Fortunately last class is Sunday, cuz it is getting too hot to have fun outside if you have a double fur coat on .......
thanks for the idea.

German Shepherd Discussions / I'd love a Dane, too!
« on: June 24, 2005, 08:20:31 am »
Some day...maybe?
I just like big paws....
I recently met a breeder of Harlequin Danes in California- Payaso Danes....
These lovelies make me love 'em even more!

German Shepherd Discussions / Sable Shepherd
« on: June 22, 2005, 07:12:01 am »
You can see I have a sable, too.
Jasper's sire and dam-Sieger/ Siegren from 1989 (imported to Dallas) are also DDR/E. German lines...
and white shepherd.

We are in agility, now. He is well-suited for it as he loves to perform.
I'm new, too.
Good to find an active board----

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