Kaiser The Shepherd

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Backward head tilt! c:

Backward head tilt! c:

hello kaiser is beautiful and neat may i ask a few questions? how is kaiser on walks does he pull alot? and why did you get the german shepherd. highs and lows of having a gsd? sorry for such questions but im thinking of pets for the future and originally i was keen on a husky and never even considered the gsd but after finding your blog i was woken up! so im trying to research around and hear for dog owners :)

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Hi! c: We chose a German Shepherd because the husband wanted one, haha! I had wanted a dog since I was like 5 years old, so any dog was a-okay with me. The husband grew up with Shepherds and knew what to expect. We also chose a Shepherd because the husband occasionally works nights and out of town, and we wanted a loud intimidating breed in the house just in case. (Kaiser’s just here to look and sound scary, he’s not actually expected to protect or attack.) I wanted to do obedience or agility or rally, so we wanted a smart, trainable breed, too.

Kaiser does occasionally pull on walks, usually at the beginning when he’s super excited. It’s something we need to work on.

If you’ve never owned a Shepherd before, do your research before you get one! The puppies bite, the teenagers disobey and try to test you, and the adults can be a big handful without training. If I had gotten Kaiser on my own, I would have taken him back to the breeder after about a week; Shepherds aren’t great for inexperienced first time dog owners, unless you have someone knowledgeable helping you. You absolutely must take a Shepherd to some kind of formal obedience class, work with them every single day, and give them a job to do. (Retrieving balls counts as a job, finding treats you’ve hidden around the house, putting their toys away, etc.) Shepherds are prone to health problems and hip dysplasia, so you need to find a reputable breeder that health tests their dogs and has their hips x-rayed and rated by the OFA. Shepherds are also massive shedders. Your house will be covered in fur. They also don’t do well as isolated outdoor dogs. They’re social and want to be with you all the time!

Kaiser is a wonderful dog. He’s smart and always ready to learn or play. We talk to him like he’s another person living in the house, and he’s picked up several phrases and understands them. We have to spell things a lot to keep him from getting excited. He’s super social and happy to go new places and meet new people. He knows when we need to cuddle. He’s a big dork most of the time. He follows me around the house and supervises chores and yard work. He’s pretty much the best dog ever! c:

So yes, get a Shepherd, but do tons of research, meet several Shepherds, and find a good breeder first.

Had enough? c:

Had enough? c:

Sooo, we were planning on painting the nursery tomorrow/Saturday, but now the husband has to work. Hey Kaiser, wanna go for a mommy-doggie day?! c:

Perfect tall grass for hiding Easter eggs! I might go get some cheap plastic ones big enough that Kaiser can’t swallow them, fill them up with treats and peanut butter, and hide them in the yard for him. c:

Perfect tall grass for hiding Easter eggs! I might go get some cheap plastic ones big enough that Kaiser can’t swallow them, fill them up with treats and peanut butter, and hide them in the yard for him. c:

Squishy puppy face! c:

Squishy puppy face! c:

We are lazy, lazy dog parents. I can 100% tell when we slack off with Kaiser’s exercise and NILF, because he growls at me. Everything the behaviorist told us works (exhaust him, do lots of NILF and training, spend part of every walk doing focused heeling, take him new places, try not to have hormone-induced screaming/crying jags), until we get complacent.

Again, it was first thing this morning in the dark bedroom. The alarm went off, Kaiser came up from the foot of the bed and gave me kisses, then moved on to wake up the husband. He laid down and the husband gave him belly rubs. I reached over to also give him belly rubs, and he started the  “Grrroooooo…”-ing. I  stopped, got out of bed, turned on the light, and he immediately put his ears back and went all wiggly once he realized it was me.

Really, dog?! You just gave me kisses. Do I smell that confusing? Apparently the answer is ‘Yes Mom, you do.’ Totes over being pregnant. I’m ready to have my sweet puppy back, which the behaviorist keeps assuring me will happen once we have the baby and my hormones level out and we stop having shouting matches about laundry. (Yelling and crying are two things that hardly ever happened pre-pregnancy, and it really throws Kaiser off.)

Sidenote, I’m also ready for unlimited soda and cake. And also super hot baths in the jacuzzi tub. And Zumba and P90X. And being able to move heavy things and buy groceries and use bathroom cleaners without waiting for the husband to do those things for me. Protip: If you’re one of those girls who looks at her husband and says “Nevermind, I can do it myself in half the time,” you will not enjoy being preggo. You are not, in fact, allowed to move furniture or haul two cases of bottled water up the stairs or install the propane tank on the grill. Boring.

tr1angl3:

twobigears:

kaisertheshepherd:

sneezasaurus:

I’m going to see the puppies in about an hour, SO EXCITED!!!  I made this fleece tug toy for them, I hope they like it!

CAN YOU SEND ME DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS?!?! Like, directions written for a 5-year-old child. XD
Kaiser got one of these as a prize at Dog Fair and it is still alive today. He loves it. He really likes to play tug with it, but I make him be gentle so he doesn’t kill it. The tassels are a little longer on the end of ours, and he likes me to wave it in front of his nose really fast while he goes all biteyface. c:

Here is probably the best video I could find. Seems to be a strange lack of good instructions for these things, but I didn’t search very long so if anyone has better instructions, please share. :P Instead of clipping the fleece together like the video, just tie the pieces in a big knot like the above picture.
I have made some of these for Solstice. They’re pretty simple once you get the hang of it. The one in the picture is a square stitch, or box stitch, or square braid. The basic square lanyard most people learn to make as kids. You can also rotate the stitches to make into a round braid.

http://teamunruly.com/?p=3301

Yessss tutorials! c: I actually never made the plastic keychain things as a kid, so it’s an intimidating project lol! Super excited for infinite dog toys!

tr1angl3:

twobigears:

kaisertheshepherd:

sneezasaurus:

I’m going to see the puppies in about an hour, SO EXCITED!!!
I made this fleece tug toy for them, I hope they like it!

CAN YOU SEND ME DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS?!?! Like, directions written for a 5-year-old child. XD

Kaiser got one of these as a prize at Dog Fair and it is still alive today. He loves it. He really likes to play tug with it, but I make him be gentle so he doesn’t kill it. The tassels are a little longer on the end of ours, and he likes me to wave it in front of his nose really fast while he goes all biteyface. c:

Here is probably the best video I could find. Seems to be a strange lack of good instructions for these things, but I didn’t search very long so if anyone has better instructions, please share. :P Instead of clipping the fleece together like the video, just tie the pieces in a big knot like the above picture.

I have made some of these for Solstice. They’re pretty simple once you get the hang of it. The one in the picture is a square stitch, or box stitch, or square braid. The basic square lanyard most people learn to make as kids. You can also rotate the stitches to make into a round braid.

http://teamunruly.com/?p=3301

Yessss tutorials! c: I actually never made the plastic keychain things as a kid, so it’s an intimidating project lol! Super excited for infinite dog toys!

So our electric bill was like $150 less than usual this month (yay warm weather!) so I think I’m going to get Kaiser that Julius K9 harness I’ve had my eye on. The one we have now is worn out. The nylon is stretched out and the straps won’t stay tightened. 

I’ll also get the custom labels with his name on them for each side. And maybe also saddlebags. We’ve never made him carry anything on a walk before, and I’m interested to see if he’d actually do it or just spend the whole walk trying to bite the bags. 

sneezasaurus:

I’m going to see the puppies in about an hour, SO EXCITED!!!  I made this fleece tug toy for them, I hope they like it!

CAN YOU SEND ME DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS?!?! Like, directions written for a 5-year-old child. XD
Kaiser got one of these as a prize at Dog Fair and it is still alive today. He loves it. He really likes to play tug with it, but I make him be gentle so he doesn’t kill it. The tassels are a little longer on the end of ours, and he likes me to wave it in front of his nose really fast while he goes all biteyface. c:

sneezasaurus:

I’m going to see the puppies in about an hour, SO EXCITED!!!
I made this fleece tug toy for them, I hope they like it!

CAN YOU SEND ME DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS?!?! Like, directions written for a 5-year-old child. XD

Kaiser got one of these as a prize at Dog Fair and it is still alive today. He loves it. He really likes to play tug with it, but I make him be gentle so he doesn’t kill it. The tassels are a little longer on the end of ours, and he likes me to wave it in front of his nose really fast while he goes all biteyface. c: