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Re: How long does it take? [Re: middleofnowhere] #345189
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So! Our first Beginning Rally class today for Lola! Friend of mine and training partner is teaching it. 4 other dogs in it and all are very friendly as are the owners!

Lola FAR exceeded my expectations today. She did really well with the exercises which were mostly just heeling around with stops, fast and slow, and a few weaving things, stays and downs and random other Rally signs.

She "heeled" much better than I expected (we really have not started a formal heel command yet - just attention while walking next to me) but she was great. Only real thing was that she swung wide to my side/front sometimes when we stopped.

So good that 2 of the other owners said "How long did you say you had her?" after they saw her in the ring! I was pleased with that. I had told them she was a rescue and we picked her up three weeks ago past Saturday.

And even better, she was a peach with all the other dogs - OLD Port Water Dog, Daschsund, spaniel and "Other". Friendly with all!

And and equal good with other owners - greeted each and had a few pets and took a couple little bitty treats from between their fingers (I am not sure that everyone believed me when I told them to try it! Heh! Heh! But she did good).

Anyone tell I am very proud of her?

Have to remember today when she doesn't do quite as well!

Re: How long does it take? [Re: Codmaster] #345195
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ohhhhh, congrats but you KNOW what happens when you brag on your dog!!!

Re: How long does it take? [Re: middleofnowhere] #345201
09/14/17 09:13 PM
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Only too well!

See the last sentence of my message above.

Re: How long does it take? [Re: Codmaster] #345209
09/15/17 02:32 PM
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Sounds to me like a great dog and a very well chosen home.

I truly hope that your partnership blooms and you keep us posted.

MJ

Re: How long does it take? [Re: Mary Jane] #345211
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Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
Sounds to me like a great dog and a very well chosen home.

I truly hope that your partnership blooms and you keep us posted.

MJ


Thanks so much. She is a very nice dog and is fitting in very well.

What a difference from our last dog (and that is a very good thing!). Almost the same color - a bi-color and mostly black; but such a VERY different temperament!

Training is also different - he was much more independent, while Lola is much easier to get her focus on me (except when there is a cat around, which we still need to work on!).

A rescue is so different than getting a baby puppy like all of our other GSDs with the exception of one 11 mo we also got from a breeder way back. Different, but so rewarding when you can see the dog actually "bonding" with us.

Re: How long does it take? [Re: Codmaster] #345248
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This dog is doing wonders for you. You just sound HAPPY!

Re: How long does it take? [Re: middleofnowhere] #345252
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She is a difference maker, for sure.

A very very sweet dog. Being a rescue, and only in the first adopters home maybe 5-6 months when they basically gave her to the GSD rescue group. I would really like to know her entire history (impossible I know!).

We had to spray a little single spritz of an anti-itch spray on her upper front leg (from vet as she had been licking it to raw) and she really HATED it, but even then not even a hint of any aggression - just wanted to get away.

So after we did spray it we got this pooch to come back to me to get a little tiny treat with me holding the little spray bottle in my other hand. Lola is so trusting and sweet!

My wife remembered the previous owner saying she used the "Vinegar spray" approach to making her obey probably to stop chasing her cats??? I hate that approach to corrections!
Plus, my previous dog used to enjoy the spray when we tried it with him for something!

Re: How long does it take? [Re: middleofnowhere] #345297
09/22/17 03:10 PM
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Pictures?


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Re: How long does it take? [Re: PaddyD] #345303
09/22/17 04:39 PM
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i got a few so now I will have to look at how to post here (never have i don't believe)

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Re: How long does it take? [Re: Codmaster] #345317
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So here's a quick tutorial... Go to Reply instead of quick reply. Then there are a bunch of buttons at the top of the whatchmacallit thing that you post in. One of those lets you add photos.

See how helpful I can be? (I don't want to clean my kitchen but I want to make jelly = have to clean kitchen = am doing a whole lotta other stuff...)

Re: How long does it take? [Re: middleofnowhere] #345319
09/23/17 01:10 PM
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Fifth icon from the left is the tool to upload photos. The file can't be bigger than 3Mb.


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