One of my daughters just bought a high-powered German Shepherd pup - the pick of the litter. It's the grandson of a world champion and is from a policeman who breeds dogs for professionals. That SIX WEEK OLD pup is already exhibiting outstanding behaviors. My daughter is so pleased. One example - it's already house broken. Runs to the door when it needs to go out. Can you believe it?!!
Another thing ... don't get into a "staring contest" with him. He refuses to look away. Extremely dominant. She's using the pack mentality way of training him, teaching him SHE is the alpha in that house. (grin) She's having a ball! And she is the one in my own "litter" of kids who never really cared for animals.
She named it NIXON. Yes, after President Nixon. She's ornery in that way. Extremely conservative and delights in doing whatever she can to flaunt it in a liberal's face. LOL
It's fun swapping stories with you. I love animals! And I appreciate your experience with a Pit, because I've never trusted them. It's good to know they are not always the bad guys around. I sure had fun at the website. I spent "forever" there.
The dog I am terrified of, however, is a Chow. Hate Chows.
posted on 12/26/2002 12:42:02 PM PST
I LOVE German Shepherds! My family had two of them while I was growing up. They are so smart, but it's amazing that the puppy is already going outside. That's unbelievable! To tell you the truth, German Shepherds are more agressive towards strange people generally speaking as apposed to Pit Bulls. It's a common misconseption, Pit's are big clowns! I hate to refer you to this web sight because it would break your heart, but it was the thread that I posted a couple of days ago on why Pit Bulls "snap." Prepare to cry if you read it. Our German Shepherds were so loyal and sweet. One of them had hip displacia and only lived until 4. That was really hard, he was such an amazing dog. The other one is 12 now. He has such a big heart, we went hiking this last summer and made the mistake of taking him on a 2 mile hike with us. He ran the entire time, and showed no signs of being in pain. The next day he was so sore he couldn't even lift his leg on a tree :( But the thing I admire the most about him is that he would still force himself to get up and follow my Mom everywhere. She had to tie him up because he would continue to follow her even though he was in pain and could hardly move! I don't think he realizes that he is old!
I am getting a blue-nose pit bull puppy this next month to keep my dog company. I am going to train him in Search and Rescue also.
So, why are you afraid of Chows? I don't think I have ever met any of them.
posted on 12/26/2002 1:43:04 PM PST
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