Kaiser The Shepherd

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Holy shitballs look how far behind we are on the photo challenge! D:

How was Kaiser the first week you got him? I just got a GSD 8 week old puppy and he has been throwing up all night and will not eat anything.

Anonymous

Yikes! That sounds like a vet visit to me just to make sure there’s nothing wrong. Maybe the pup got carsick on the ride home?

Kaiser was fine when we brought him home. He cried a little on the car ride and when it was time for bed. We were going to crate him but ended up putting him in our bed because of the crying. XD

He ate almost immediately after we got home, but our breeder hadn’t given him breakfast that morning to prevent him getting carsick, so he was super hungry.

He did have a little bit of runny poop, but it was due to worms. Our breeder had dewormed him on schedule but he still had em; I think she offered to pay for the round of dewormed our vet had to do but we didn’t take her up on it.

We were required in our puppy contract to have a vet visit with documentation within three days of picking him up. If your breeder didn’t require it, it’s still a good idea to take him in. c:

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urbanmongoose:

Some neat dog care tips from a book written in 1934;

  • Treat your dog as an equal and be his pal rather than his master
  • The best way to ensure your dog’s obedience is to gain his confidence
  • Use your imagination on your dog’s behalf
  • Maybe you do not always convey your…

I'm tired of seeing tumblr's disregard for animal welfare so here we go.

vetmedlife:

This does go for all animals, but since dog behaviour is my comfort zone and since most of these posts I see are of dogs being stressed or mishandled I’m going to focus on dogs. Anyone else who is more knowledgable on other animals expression of stress and behaviour are super…

Maybe we might actually go to a park this weekend so I can take a picture in a park for the photo challenge! :D

So it turns out Kaiser did really awesome loose in the house all day. There’s really no reason why we don’t leave him loose all the time, besides the fact that he still acts very much like a puppy and I have flashbacks of all the puppy destruction. :P

But let’s be real, I know he was being a jerk this morning because he hasn’t been getting enough attention. He got cuddles and fetch and a cookie, but he was still whining at me before I left.

What is everyone doing with their dogs?

lemalinois:

Showing, SAR, therapy dogs, tracking, apprehension, dual purpose, scent work, hunting, agility, obedience, etc…..

Cuddling? XD We just had a new baby, but before I got preggo we were getting ready to start agility and we were doing obedience classes at the training club. We’d done a few practice Rally courses and Kaiser seemed to have fun, so we’ll probably try that eventually too. We haven’t done anything “official” in at least eleven months. We keep trying to work hip x-rays into the budget, since I want Kaiser’s hips rated just in case before we go for agility.

We do trick training and find-it games at home. I’ve been working on Kaiser doing sits, downs, and stays from a distance. He knows the majority of his toys by name, so if he’s being a pest while I’m doing baby things I’ll send him to find his toys one at a time. Anything to keep him busy and wear him out mentally. :P

A frequent and understandable objection to the idea of clicker training is that you wouldn’t want to be stuck having to click and treat for the rest of your subject’s natural life. This, of course, is a misconception. The click is not intrinsic to maintaining the behavior; any old cue and any kind of reinforcer can do that. The click is for the training only. Once the learner has learned what you set out to teach it, you can put the clicker away. But you might use it again if you need to “explain” some new thing; you can communicate quite specific information with your clicker.

For example, my friend Patricia Brewington owns a clicker-trained Percheron gelding named James. Pat and her husband Daucy trained James with the clicker from babyhood through all his mature tasks of carrying riders, pulling wagons and sleighs, and hauling logs out of the woods. When James was fully educated, the clicker and food treats were no longer needed. James knew and complied with many voice cues and hand signals. He visibly enjoyed praise and patting as reinforcers for work well done; and also ice cubes, playing with balls, ringing his sleigh-bells with his nose, coming into the barn, going out of the barn, being allowed to watch whatever the people were doing, and many other daily-life reinforcers.

One day James developed an abscess in his foot. The vet decreed that the foot should be soaked periodically. So Pat got a bucket of warm water, set it next to James, and put his foot into the bucket. James took it out. Pat put it in. James took it out. Now James is a very large horse, and Pat is a small woman. Physical force was not an option; and Pat almost never scolds her horses. What to do? She went in the house and found a clicker. She came back out to the barn. She put James’2 foot in the bucket—and clicked. Pat described his response metaphorically, as reinforcement trainers often do: “Ohhh! You mean keep my foot in the bucket. Oh, okay.” No carrot was needed to seal the bargain; James just hadn’t understood what was wanted, and when he did understand, he didn’t mind doing it.

- Don’t Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor (via ridingthescree)

(Source: unhappyhorses)

He’s really infuriating sometimes, but he’s also really stinkin’ cute. c:

He’s really infuriating sometimes, but he’s also really stinkin’ cute. c:

Kaiser is a stubborn asshole

I couldn’t get him to go outside or downstairs, so since I’m going to be half an hour late now, he got to stay loose upstairs. Did I let him win? Yes. But he will be drilled out the ass this weekend on going where he needs to go when I tell him. Ugh.