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My new K9 - Xena !

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by Safety1st, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. TKC

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    She is a beautiful pup!! She IS going to be a big girl!!
     
  2. Safety1st

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    yeah..i'm never too sure as to how they turn out...

    I had a huge guy in Max.. He was over 100lbs and was 30inches at the shoulders. A giant, even amongst GSDs...

    Although I want Xena to be a decent size, i'm after more speed, agility and drive in this one. A sort of mirror image to Max... who was just a huge imposing beast. God rest his soul.
     
  3. wpowell

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    I did read about Max, and I felt for you.
    I have a "max" too - 115# GSD named Buster
    Plus a smaller, hyper, overly affectionate female GSD
    PLUS a husky.

    I got a lot going on at my house...

    That is a nice looking pup there - might I recommend a Sam's/Costco membership to help with pup food cost!!!!

    Enjoy that Pup!!!

    -w


     
  4. Safety1st

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    That's the end of Day 2...

    :D

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/P1020446.jpg[/img]
     
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    so cute ;D
     
  6. TCW 60

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    This picture I cannot show my daughter.
    She can't resist.
     
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    That second photo cracks me up, she's gorgeous. Looks like there are some happy times to come after all ;D.
     
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    I like the camo collar! :cool:
     
  9. Safety1st

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    Yeah...tactical pup or what.. :highfive:
     
  10. tinyblob

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    what does SHE edc? ;)
     
  11. Safety1st

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    A little bit of diarrhoea at the moment... :(
     
  12. tinyblob

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    Just teething problems, these things will pass!
     
  13. Safety1st

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    If i dont lock myself out of this thread soon im gona have get a pup of my own.

    saftey1st when you say you are having her professionally trained you wouldnt happen to have any internet resources with a general idea of the methods used in protection dog training? Just seems interesting the different methods used to train dogs, some more practical than others. My mums fiance had a GS winning competitions, and ive learned plenty of little things about dog training from him :D But nothing specific regarding protection other than the natural tenancy for the dog to want to protect its owner.
     
  15. Safety1st

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    You have to do what's best for you and your circumstances. If you think you can give the dog the best life you possibly can, go for it.

    As a matter of fact I do. It's a bit of a specialist knowledge of mine, such an enquiry.

    Tell me what you want, need etc..and i'll point you in the right direction. (also, roughly where in the world are you?)

    I'm not going to have Xena professionally trained. I'm going to do it myself, with the help of other people that I know with more experience than me (always good to learn from others etc).. Also, i've joined a working dog club, where other members with working breeds train, exercise etc.

    Although many dogs are protective, few have the actualy character or tenacity to do anything about it. It's not that they don't want to, it's just neither in their blood nor in their life experience.

    How many times have you heard of people being mugged, raped or murdered and their dog has just ran around barking? It happens, unfortunately.

    A dog that is to be trained in personal protection, must be of the right character, nerve and temperament. It's very easy to make an average dog look good, but the motivation of that dog is often fear, which isn't good at all.

    Having said that, if you get a good working line dog, with drives, nerve and the right personality, you have the best protector in the world..

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  16. WhatMACHI

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    Well basically i am looking for varying levels of dog training and methods. As it is at the moment, our family has one Labrador but its my mothers and she has trained it her own way in her own time (seeing as i havnt been living at my mums house for a while). But i hopefully i can get a brief overview of training a dog from a pup.

    For example, if i went out tomorrow and bought a GS, i would like to know the general do's and dont's of training (not to use fear as a method for example, i would like my dog to protect or do a command out of respect/compassionas opposed to fear), then the order i should teach skills such as starting with "sit" for example, all the way through to more complected tasks, and HOW i should teach these tasks.

    Basically a Dog training 101 :D

    Hopefully i can learn as much about training a dog as i can before i actually get one, so i dont start of with bad habbits etc.
     
  17. Safety1st

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    It's my wife's birthday today, and we're having a garden party/BBQ...with friends and colleagues in attendance...

    I don't think for a moment, it's going to faze Xena. However, we've nevertheless moved her into a secluded part of the garden, which is separated by a wall and the conservatory...to prevent anyone standing on her, or her biting/mouthing anyone !..

    She's quickly settled into that part...and gone to sleep on her bed, which we've transferred over...

    I'm impressed at her self resilience and her ability to self calm..... Perhaps i'm reading her wrong...but she certainly seems happy in any circumstance, so far.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena002.jpg[/img]
     
  18. tinyblob

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    :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:
     
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    Awh. She's adorable. So glad she's got the right personality so far.
     
  20. Safety1st

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    I think we're going to become inseparable in the future.... :cool:

    At the BBQ party for my wife's birthday yesterday, my buddy took this picture of Xena and I;

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/DSC06941.jpg[/img]