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I Got Full Of Shepherd Today - Jessie T. Wolf
January 29th, 2009
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I Got Full Of Shepherd Today
I know what you're thinking...

Dirty. ;-P

Today was interesting. Didn't start off too great though... I puked up my breakfast this morning. Not sure what that was all about, but I've had to really watch what I was eating today, so I've mostly been feeling either sick, or hungry all day, which kinda sucked.

Work was neat. We got in two German Shepherds for grooming today, both retired S&R dogs. Really sweet dogs, brother and sister. The male was a friggin' HUGE, handsome man. Big sucky baby, too. :3 I'm glad that both of them were very good and patient, because most dogs would get grumpy with the amount of work Blue and I had to do on them. One thing you learn about real well in a Grooming Salon are how to deal with different types of dog coats, and Shepherds are one of the absolute worst breeds for blowing coat. Didn't help that the two hadn't been properly groomed in about three years, and so they came in wet from the rain, and matted to hell. After Blue bathed them, I had them each tied up to the corner grooming ring, and blew their coats out with the high-velocity dryer like a mofo. There was Shepherd fur EVERYWHERE!!!!! O_____o OMG, I was practically eating it. I had it all over me, up my nose, in my eyes, in my ears. I am still going to be finding Shepherd fur a week from now. The owner was very happy, when he came to pick them up, though, so I think they will be repeat clients.

We've also been getting a lot of calls for Guard Dog/Protection training, lately. Some security company called the other day, asking if we provided protection-trained dogs, because they wanted to start up a K9 Unit.

Another guy called this morning, asking if he could get his 12-week-old Doberman puppy trained in obedience and guarding. I had a very in-depth conversation with him, letting him know that we could help him out with obedience, but that he'd not want to even think about protection work until his dog is at *least* a year old, and is like at *least* 90% spot on with all of his obedience. So I signed him up for Puppy classes to start with, and suggested that he do the Basic, Intermediate, and Advance classes as well, if his dog does well enough. He was totally enthusiastic about it, too! I went over all of the proper training equipment he would need for the class. I gave him a bit of advice on how he could start establishing himself as the Alpha, with his dog.

I said, if after a year, his dog is like super stellar with his obedience, and he's still interested in protection training, we could point him in the right direction, since the old owners of our shop do work in K9 security, and narcotics and bomb detection. Really, the dog also needs to have good enough nerves to do protection work, too, and Dobes are known for being pretty nervy dogs. He seemed like a nice enough owner, just a bit ignorant and inexperienced when it comes to owning a breed like a Dobie. But he lives all the way in Squamish, and is willing to drive an hour and a half to come into classes on Saturday mornings, so at least he is dedicated to his dog. We'll see how it turns out.

I hope that we eventually get into training protection work. I would friggin' LOVE to get into that. At the very least, I know that my boss said she wants to eventually offer alarm protection training, like what I did with Zena back at Gemini K9, with my last trainer. That stuff is so much fun. :3 *wags*

*does a little sheppywuff dance*

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From:darkwolph
Date:January 30th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome! I had no idea you did training work:) Would love to share stories sometime:) Yes, shepherds have amazingly.... mobile coats. Everyone rolls their eyes at me when I tell them how much fur Chaos is able to produce, and shrug it off because he's a German shepherd. If only they knew... Even with regular brushing (and by regular brushing, I mean pulling off 10-20 brushfulls a day) there is still fur EVERYWHERE! Yay for having a big dog, lol.

That would be really neat if you got into protection training. I had a few friends that were very involved in shutzhund training for awhile, though I worked more with strict obedience and behavioral puzzle solving after I left wolf park, and don't have a lot of first hand experience with it. We only used positive reinforcement when we were at the park since clicker training works great when you have 12 hours a day to work with the animal:P That, and you don't want to see what the aftermath is when you put a pinch on a wolf... *snickers*

Best of luck moving forward with that, sounds like you are really excited about it. Let us know what comes of it!

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From:wlfdog
Date:January 31st, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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Yar, I love my job. ^^ And yeah, if you ever get me talking about dogs and training, I will never shut up. :-P It's so much fun.

I totally want to get my next dog into Schutzhund. I want to get a working bloodline Rottie from Germany, once my current dog passes. I'd get another Shepherd, but after my last guy passed away at 10 years old, (back legs eventually failed on him, as is the case with most Shepherds...) I think I need to wait a bit. But yeah, I am totally all about high working drive and competitive obedience. I love the discipline, and I'm glad that they are starting to use more positive motivation and prey drive with the dogs, than just triggering their defense drive.

Behavioral stuff is always a lot of fun, too. ;)
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From:skookumpaws
Date:January 31st, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
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"if you ever get me talking about dogs and training, I will never shut up. :-P It's so much fun."...Yea I know....LOL....I did enjoy our discussion about dogs to ya at Con.....Good luck in your endeavors...*HUGS
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 31st, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
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It was so nice to meet you, and spend time at FC! *snugs!* What other cons are you planning this year?

I so need to get those pics from ya, of the group photo shoot, the dance, and me Lace and Shep chilling on the bed. :-P Did you stick any of those on Shep's laptop? If so, I'm going to his place tomorrow. Maybe I should bring a memory stick with me.
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From:skookumpaws
Date:January 31st, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
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Sent you a PM, RE: Pictures.....Possible to attend RF, unknown on other Cons at this time....*HUGS
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From:darkwolph
Date:January 31st, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
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Hehehehehe, you just get more and more awesome every time I talk to you:) Ask Perro, I won't shut up about dogs and training either:P I <3 Rotties, but I think, especially now, I am always going to have a soft spot in my heart for shepherds. My guy goes almost everywhere with me. It's rough though, he's 8, and knock on wood doesn't have too many issues other than being incredibly emo when I'm gone, but ya never know:/ He had panosteitis when he was a pup. Fortunately that was pretty minor, but I'm kinda waiting for the other shoe to drop. Shepherds do come with the potential for a ticking time bomb:/
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From:fiskblack
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
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You threw up your breakfast?

Obviously pregnant.
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 31st, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
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Obviously. ;) That *would* be the new Miracle birth. And the new Savior would be a Furry. :-P
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From:fiskblack
Date:January 31st, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
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I hope vitamin J hasn't found a way to transmit via airborne vector. I have dreaded this day.

What will become of me. What will become of all of us.
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From:ajpyropup
Date:January 30th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
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We have two shepherds in out house, an Aussi and a huge black lab/sheppy mix so we know all about hair D:
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 31st, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
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*snickers* ^^
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From:iron_raptor
Date:January 31st, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
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knotty doggy. ;)
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