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Giant Schnauzer Pictures / Shelby Flower
« on: April 16, 2009, 06:07:17 am »
Ok, finally some pics of Shelby.  Took me several months how to fead the FAQ and figure out how to post them.  Soooo, there is some christmas, etc.  These pics cover about 5 mos.  More to come.  Currently working on making my life even more crazy and bringing a Black Russian Terrier into the mix. 

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: mad dog mad dog
« on: January 02, 2009, 05:07:28 am »
thank you guys for all your help.  made my wife and start laughing at the zingers instead of trying to contain them.  That stopped the nipping during zingers too.  I think she was just trying to herd us out of the way so she could run.  So we go into the other room and wait for her to finish.  But, since you were so helpful, one more thing...its not really the zingers, but after our hour long obedience training sessions, she gets really frustrated and very mouthy.  Now I'm starting to control the mouthing with doggie "time-outs" and "ouch" and "no bite" and everything else.  But she honestly had me scared for the first time after training the other day.  I really thought she was gonna chomp down on me when i took her out once we got home from class.  Am i doing something wrong or is she just frustrated because of being dominated so strictly for such a long period of time.  She seems to have fun during training, i try to make it fun, but it must not be if she gets so wound up.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / mad dog mad dog
« on: December 30, 2008, 07:52:37 am »
okay, i have a 7 month old giant schnauzer.  I know not the easiest dog to train, but she does really well except for a couple things.  One is the couch territory thing, can't keep her off but we're working on it.  The important one is that at least once a day she goes through these BURSTS for lack of a better work.  Doesn't matter how much exercise or stimulation she has had that day.  I've walked her two miles after playing for a good half hour out in the yard and she's done it.  She tears through the house with no abandon, doesn't matter what is in her way including my 100 pound wife and my 40 pound son.  We've been trying to control them, eventually if i am home i get her to sit but she has gotten worse when i am not home even growling with her run and nipping at anything that gets in the way, couches, people, etc.  Not biting or mouthing, just nipping.  My wife is working on dominance techniques but i know i am the alpha to her and i still take a while to get her to stop.  Really don't want this problem 30 or even 5 pounds from now.  help.

Giant Schnauzer Discussions / Best giant toys
« on: November 15, 2008, 09:54:08 am »
Alright, I'm doing my best to keep shelby entertained (with things she should be entertained with; not my sons toys) we're good with a frozen peanut butter king, a rope ball, of course playing outside with any ball that won't break (tuff tennis balls don't last long; wubba kong rules!) but i was sure i saw some more challenging toys that would keep her attention but now that I need to buy one i can't find anything that looks like it will last.  Things either look too boring or too destructible.  so i'll pose the question.  what is your big dogs best toy?

Giant Schnauzer Discussions / New owner in Kokomo, IN
« on: November 10, 2008, 11:43:38 am »
Hey Everyone!  My name is Michael and I am now owned by a 5 and half month old Giant named Shelby.  I used this board a lot for help in making my decision to get a Giant and hopefully will get some more now that I have one.  Anyways thanks and HELLO!

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