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Old 03-26-2011, 08:46 PM   #81 (permalink)
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great looking pup !
beautiful face and by the look of the size of his paws, he's going to be a big boy

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I'm going to have to do a little more research and see what I can do to eliminate any chances of arthritis.
my Jack Russell will be 15 this summer and a little while ago we noticed him walking very funny
(looked like his back end was locking up on him)..it would come and go but when it did occur it scared the hell out of me..i took him to the vet and they said it was a combination of old joints and inflammation in his back (possible pinched nerve because of the inflammation)...the vet gave us an anti-inflammatory but when we got home we googled the possible side-effects for the dog and we returned them
instead, my girlfriend went into work and got a natural anti-inflammatory called Traumeel
gotta tell you, this stuff was like a miracle drug
you can buy it in either liquid or pill form

something you might want to look into

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Old 03-26-2011, 08:52 PM   #82 (permalink)
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I just picked up a 7 week old German Shepherd pup yesterday! The little guy is a handful. Needs constant monitoring cuz he pretty much takes a piss every 30 minutes, lol.

Been playing a lot of tug with him to increase his prey drive, I plan on registering in a Schutzhund club once he's at least 1 year old. But for now I'll be doing obedience classes once he's around 3.5 months old. Pretty smart pup so far, already learned how to sit, come, and shake paw in the first day!

I named him Niko (got the name from Nikola Tesla). Here's a pic of him chilling by his bed.
great looking pup dude.

we may come from different dog training schools of thought, and that's perfectly fine of course, but in my experience, tug is that last thing you want to play with a big dog. it teaches them to hold on tight to objects and not to relent when you want something from them. also, it teaches them to have a hard mouth as opposed to a soft one, and they are more likely to destroy than to hold something and not damage it. this is important for family dogs, but also equally important for sport and hunting dogs that ned to handle objects with care.

maybe you are training him for other purposes. i'd love to hear your thoughts on the value of increaisng teh prey drive and what that does for your dog.

have fun with him dude. he's a beaut.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:11 PM   #83 (permalink)
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Great looking pup!
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:12 PM   #84 (permalink)
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Oh, he's gorgeous. Congrats!
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:19 PM   #85 (permalink)
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great looking pup dude.

we may come from different dog training schools of thought, and that's perfectly fine of course, but in my experience, tug is that last thing you want to play with a big dog. it teaches them to hold on tight to objects and not to relent when you want something from them. also, it teaches them to have a hard mouth as opposed to a soft one, and they are more likely to destroy than to hold something and not damage it. this is important for family dogs, but also equally important for sport and hunting dogs that ned to handle objects with care.

maybe you are training him for other purposes. i'd love to hear your thoughts on the value of increaisng teh prey drive and what that does for your dog.

have fun with him dude. he's a beaut.
Noted, I'll talk to the breeder about that then. He informed me that it's a great way to prepare him for a future in Schutzhund but if he's going to be destructive then maybe there's a different option. I'll fire them off an e-mail. Thanks!

Did you guys crate train your dogs? I've never done any crate training in the past but I'm going to start trying it out with him now. If you guys have any tips, that would be much appreciated
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i don't know anything about how to train a dog to be a schutzhund. if that's the goal, the basic strategies for family and hunting dogs probably don't apply.

i crate trained my current dog. it worked really well as a pup but we gave it up after he was about 10 months because he didn't need it anymore. just make sure you can distinguish between whining to come out and really needing to come out and you should be fine. and try to make the crate a fun and comfortable place for him to hang out.
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yeah - I'm pretty sure it's just about the opposite of what you're looking for with hunting or retrieving. It is good to have a command like "out" or give. In schutzhund there is probably a command where they cease holding. It would be best to teach that as early as possible I would guess. They learn a huge amount, especially with vocabulary, in the first few months.

If this guy has been bred specifically for schutzhund then he's likely pretty well put together, which is nice for this breed.

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Thanks for the tip 'trane! I'll try giving him some tough love and crate him tonight.

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yeah - I'm pretty sure it's just about the opposite of what you're looking for with hunting or retrieving. It is good to have a command like "out" or give. In schutzhund there is probably a command where they cease holding. It would be best to teach that as early as possible I would guess. They learn a huge amount, especially with vocabulary, in the first few months.

If this guy has been bred specifically for schutzhund then he's likely pretty well put together, which is nice for this breed.
The breeder did tell me that the father of my pup is a Schutzhund 3 dog, I was able to see it and it's a very impressive dog.

You're right about the "out" command; the breeder used "aus" as he had the dog trained with the german language. I haven't received a reply from the breeder yet but I have a feeling he'll say the exact same thing you did, to teach him how to release on command as soon as possible.

I'll still hold off on the tugging games until I hear from him too and if I really feel comfortable with it afterwards. Thanks!
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I personally have A LOT of pets, as I love them, and enjoy taking care of them.

But heres a list of what I have now:

3 Hamsters (for the kid)
2 Chameleons
1 African Grey
1 Bearded Dragon
2 Bald Pythons
1 Green Tree Boa
4 Dogs (Bull Mastiff, German Sheppard, and 2 Huskies, one is half wolf)
1 250 Gallon tank full of different salt-water fish and corals
1 150 Gallon tank of fresh water fish and such
And finally 3 chinchillas

And had TONS of other different animals.
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felt like posting an update here. My dog turned 1 just a few days ago and thought people might enjoy a few pics of him (with his grandmother)

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4 months old:


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1 year old:


He still has a lot of growing to do. Height wise I think he's done but he still needs to fill out his muscles which should start happening in a few months!

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Oh I thought you only had one dog! owning two dogs is so much more fun. Do they play well together?

Love blue eyes. I was actually tempted to get a husky at one point for that reason.
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I had Two Hybrids at one point. Best Dogs I ever had but they both had unfortunate and early deaths... Bad luck man
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Oh I thought you only had one dog! owning two dogs is so much more fun. Do they play well together?

Love blue eyes. I was actually tempted to get a husky at one point for that reason.
I technically just have one, but they both used to belong to SJ and I. They get along really well, they love each other lots. Daisy, the blue-eyed one, is mine.

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Meh. I call it joint custody!
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hahaha well they're cute together. I like how they share a bed, my dog isn't nice enough to do that. He always pushes his grandmother off of it then lies down.

Aside from that they're great together and play all the time... which is a blessing because sometimes I just don't have time to walk them so they keep each other fit.
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I have a small, mean cat named Chupacabra. She believes she was a Ninja in a former life.
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she's awesome...and still a Ninja.
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