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April 5th, 2008
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Well, one of our modeling guys at work was fired this week, and another guy in Motion Capture quit to go work for Weta in New Zealand. Another 5 guys have quit and are leaving at the end of the month, and many others are currently looking for other work, so that they can get the heck out of that crazy studio as well.

Yesterday was brain draining, and so I decided to chill out and watch some Schutzhund training videos on YouTube. This is what keeps me sane - I love watching these training videos. They really get me feeling motivated. And seeing the way these handlers work with these puppies is amazing. They really care, and the dogs are having an absolute blast. It's great to see that kind of working partnership.





Such good puppies!!! They are going to become wonderful adult working dogs. It'll probably be at least another 2 years until I will be able to get my Rottie, but when I do, it will be a lot of fun training with him. *wishful sigh* I miss having a dog around.

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From:wlfdog
Date:April 5th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
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It's a very high-level obedience sport. There are three parts to it - Obedience, Tracking, and Protection. These puppies are being trained with a puppy rag and bite pillow right now, to prepare them for working with the bite sleeve. The Helper treats it like a fun game of tug-of-war, to build the dogs' prey drive.

The place where I took Zena for training (Gemini K9, in Toronto) teaches this stuff as well, so I got to see a lot of working dogs doing training with Chris. Think kind of like how police dogs are trained to track items and pursue criminals... except that the Schutzhund dogs I've seen in action are MUCH more obedient than even Toronto's police K9 unit. In fact, one officer came to Gemini to get his K9 partner some extra training, because the police K9 department's training program is apparently pretty bad. -___-

When I get my next dog, I totally want to join a good Schutzhund club. It's really good exercise, and it's amazing how working so closely with a canine partner really builds the bond between dog and handler.
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 5th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Whenever I'm back in Canada for a good long while, I would still love to visit your friend's place.:)

Yeah, unfortunately I had to give Zena up. :( The move to BC, plus my relationship with Tim (Zena was used to it being only she and I) really did a number on her - stressed her out to the point where she started regressing back to her fear-based tendencies, and being really destructive/anxious in the house. It got to the point where I couldn't really handle her anymore, and Tim was worried about her potentially biting, when she got into her really weird fearful mind states (at those times you couldn't touch her at all, because she acted like she would try to bite you... like she thought you were going to hurt her or something, and she felt that she needed to defend herself).

It was really weird, and I don't know what suddenly made her act this way... but they were rare times, (maybe once a month or so) and I didn't feel that it was so bad that putting her down was an option. So I had a lady I knew who worked at Animal Control come over and do an assessment on her. Well, Zena just LOVED them, sucked up to them, rolled over for belly rubs... even tried to leave right out the front door with them!! So well, that was that. They took her, and kept her at their kennel for about 4 months, said that she was a joy to work with and they never had any fear-aggressive problems from her.

She was adopted out quite a few months ago, to someone who has another dog, and they say her new owner absolutely loves her. She gets to go out on runs every day, and is very happy, as far as I know. I guess it was just time for her to move on, get a fresh start with someone new. It hurt me pretty badly to give her up, but at least I was able to get her to the point where she was much easier to handle (because when I first got her from that abusive home, she was an absolute basket case, and you couldn't do anything with her at all...). Plus, with us moving to England for work these past 6 months, it would not have been fair to stick her in quarantine for that long. So I guess it all kind of worked out in the end.
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From:bloodhoundomega
Date:April 5th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
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*squeak* You're going to get yourself a Rottweiler? :D Boy or girl? My aunt used to have one and he was a sucker for the ladies. He'd always try to snatch as many cuddles and caresses of them as possible. *g* He was a really unique character.

Mentioning Schutzhunde I have to think of the German law that guarantees such a dog more square metres for his kennel than a regular soldier gets for his room. XD
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 5th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
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I REALLY want to get a Rottweiler. I've been wanting one for years, but was never in a position to care for one, mostly because I already had too many dogs, when I was living with my mom. Well, 3 is less than what Tim had, anyway. ;) I used to have a German Shepherd, but had to put him to sleep a year ago at the age of 10 years, as his hips got very bad and he couldn't use his back legs anymore. :( He was such a great dog. One day I hope to have another dog with a similar kind and happy temperament, who also enjoys working. :)

I will send you an e-mail tomorrow. I've been meaning to, and just have not had the time. O___o I look very forward to meeting you next month! *hugs*
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From:bloodhoundomega
Date:April 6th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Rotties can be such wonderful dog. It's a shame they're on the list of potentionally dangerous dogs here in Germany as well. >_O But at least, with the law prohibiting cropping, the Rottweilers that _are_ around have their wonderful long tails attached to their butts. *g*

Got the mail. Thanks. :) Don't worry. As long as I know the mail made it through I can wait. I'll probably need a while to get to an answer myself as well. ^^;
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 5th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes... my preference is for a male, but if the personality fits, I would be happy with a female as well. :)
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