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    Default Good, then Not So Good.

    I thought it might be fun, to see into the dog life of others.
    There are days, when my boy shines for me. He's everything i ever wanted from a dog friend. There are days when im nearly in tears with frustration too.
    So, please send in your examples of the highs and not so highs.
    Bernie: 5 month old German Shepherd

    Not so good: the previous weekend. It had been raining, the training ground oval was full of smells. A new puppy who is snarling, and Bernie is up for a fight. Suddenly, a completely new, aggressive response. Lunging so repeatedly, my shoulder was badly bruised. Being a complete plonka.
    And to top it off lol
    the trainer suggests to me: i have to learn to stop telling my dog: 'please come and sit here, if you wouldnt mind?'. instead i need to learn to say, Sit! and mean it. This is a very exciteable pup. And stop touching him. He's too exciteable to be touched.
    Which is absolutely perfectly true. So we practiced. and practiced and practiced.
    Good: yesterday, i walked him. We met a dog friend he knows well, a adult female border collie, and a new absolutely crazy delightful to watch, not own dog (poodle x golden retriever), who was white and huge. They chased and lept all over each other for 20 mins. The border collie content to round the silly pups up and bring them to us over and over again. Then down to dog training. This week its at Pet Expo. He trained well, heeled beautifully, his best to date. I walked in a straighter line, he met pigs, dogs, chickens, ducks, babies, toddlers, children, and lots of people wanting to pat him, his idea of haven. a wonderful day.
    Bernie

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    With the exclusion of the very young puppies my dogs are all older so we don't have that many contrasts in behaviour. 16mths is the youngest of the adult dogs.


    But here goes, doing some stacking on table practice with two 8wk old puppies. They are doing OK but not interested in licking the yogurt off the lid as I place feet so I go in search of something more to their liking.

    BBQ chicken it is... holding large pce of chicken between thumb and finger, Moo is nibbling away, I'm placing rear feet all going well until she decides she wants the whole pce of chicken and almost pierces a hole in my finger nail to get it. Ouch. Puppy teeth hurt like hell.

    End of training session, thumb throbbing.

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    I have found through many years of owning dogs that there are highs and lows all the time as just a usual occurrence. Some days I would think fondly about sitting beside a busy road, a sign around their necks saying free and offering petrol money to take them away (for those who do not realise tongue in cheek humour..this is a joke and would not be done in reality) my nearest semi busy road is 20km away hahahahha and other times you wonder why you ever thought badly of them.

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    Agree with Di. They are like kids. Some days you wonder why you have them, other days they make life worthwhile.

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    Tell me about it. Setter just home from visiting next doors creek, covered in farmers friend, a long coated breeds worst nightmare, leeches and is tired and cranky.

    See... no sooner had I said all was going well with older dogs and she decides to ruin my peace of mind.

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    MMM, having to micro manage here. Mum likes to take the 4 1/2 month old pups ranging far and wide. Three are not now allowed out unrestrained together now.. We have her chain and dog box, we have inside, we have the pen, we have......a never ending management issue lol. Things will slow down a bit next week when mum gets desexed. I thought she was booked in for this wednesday, it is next tuesday, lol.

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