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13 years 7 months ago #347395 by Jellybaby
What part of Waikato?

Also i would suggest advertising for a dog walker - that way the dog can get some exercise as well as human socialisation at the same time.

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13 years 7 months ago #347419 by beedee
The Hamilton lake is good, lots of sniffs,, and dogs of all denominations.. When I havent been there for a while, I sit for say 15mins with the leash tied to a seat frame and just look at the water, and we go thro the sit, leave and focus [tiggs fav word] until all has calmed down, we then do the walk.. there are plenty of seats away from the main arena, and then after walking half way around we are back to calm and collected.. when I do it frequently there is no need. but since I have a sore wrist I cant take the pulling.. I realise travelling cost are hard for you but if Bev gives you the list closest to you, then sitting in a corner of a park and work at the 50 m distance then get to 5 m, then down to 1m. Having a trainer in, wont work as you say if you then spend another 6mths isolated.
I have the postie and courier all part of my training committee, and they have their cues to see that she doesnt jump, or be a nuisance. .. the only person she showed any concerns with was the boys in blue!!!! but I blamed him that he must have had blood on his uniform.
ladies in dresses are aliens and need sending directly away from the property and I am not desensitising her from them as they are not welcome anyway

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13 years 7 months ago #347482 by Hestia

Jellybaby;336725 wrote: What part of Waikato?

Also i would suggest advertising for a dog walker - that way the dog can get some exercise as well as human socialisation at the same time.

I am in a rural part and I have not been able to get any help with anything out here.

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13 years 7 months ago #347483 by Hestia

beedee;336749 wrote: The Hamilton lake is good, lots of sniffs,, and dogs of all denominations.. When I havent been there for a while, I sit for say 15mins with the leash tied to a seat frame and just look at the water, and we go thro the sit, leave and focus [tiggs fav word] until all has calmed down, we then do the walk.. there are plenty of seats away from the main arena, and then after walking half way around we are back to calm and collected.. when I do it frequently there is no need. but since I have a sore wrist I cant take the pulling.. I realise travelling cost are hard for you but if Bev gives you the list closest to you, then sitting in a corner of a park and work at the 50 m distance then get to 5 m, then down to 1m. Having a trainer in, wont work as you say if you then spend another 6mths isolated.
I have the postie and courier all part of my training committee, and they have their cues to see that she doesnt jump, or be a nuisance. .. the only person she showed any concerns with was the boys in blue!!!! but I blamed him that he must have had blood on his uniform.
ladies in dresses are aliens and need sending directly away from the property and I am not desensitising her from them as they are not welcome anyway

The parks that are closest to me, two of them been there and there is no activity at all.
I cant drive any longer distances since my car doesnt hardly take me to work.

This is why I ask if any people that would like to drop in for a cupper.

I have called the GS breeder that recommended me someone else. I have spoken with this person and it is a long distance that I cant make in my car. So this person is to come to my place once to a big cost but this is more important to me than food.

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13 years 6 months ago #347847 by ravenseyes
If you come over Hamilton way phone Newstead kennels and talk to them about socializing and doggie day care. The owner is Ann, and she is good. She has got our old dobe who was dog phobic (get in first before I get done) after being attacked back to associating with other dogs



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13 years 6 months ago #347852 by Aria
Our first ever dog was a Shepherd - an absolutely beautiful animal. Huge frame - extremely handsome but very threatening looking... even when sleeping! He was with us before our two children; and there could not have been a more tolerant, loyal dog where our kids were concerned. They could (and did) do anything to/with him - roll over on him, sit on him, pull him by the collar etc. etc. He got on with our two cats just marvelously as well. However, we never socialised him with other people - always out the back when any visitors came by - because he scared people just given his size/look and breed. Anyone that came to live/sleep in the house for an extended stay was okay ... once he understood they were "over-nighters", they too became part of the family.

Shepherd's can sense strangers/visitors fear of them and it makes them nervous/wary for their 'charges' (those living in their household). That said though, he lived a perfectly contented and happy life just being our guardian.

So, if your worry/concern is for the dog... I would say you needn't be concerned at all; as the dog will be completely content with her 'charges'.

If you want someone over for coffee... put the dog(s) out back. Shepherd's only want to do their job - and that is to protect their 'charges'. A Shepherd isn't bred to be everyone's friend, but that is not (in the dog's eyes) a bad thing. It is the nature of the breed.

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13 years 6 months ago #348179 by Hestia
I did call the GS breeder and she suggested a dog trainer.
This dog trainer is 160 km away and I paid good money for him to come here and asses the dog.
His opinion was, get people to socialize this dog!
nothing wrong with him, obedient well behaving dog but he needs people.
Told him that dogs are a no-no in town and that I know no one at all in NZ.
He is to come down again, but so expensive.
If I was to stay where I live then it would be no problem but this dog is to be checked by vet and transported by a transporting company and therefor he needs to know that people are good people and they even have schmackos.
Coffee anyone? Dinner?

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13 years 6 months ago #348181 by Stu_R
wish i was closer Hestia, as i would be round like a shot to meet your dog and let him meet me.
a bit far to drive from here in Fielding though :(
Its not like he needs hours of attention from people :) all they need to do is come say hi :) .. must be some from up your way that can do that :)

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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13 years 6 months ago #348209 by Hestia
The dog trainer just walked in thru the gate,,me holding dog on the lead.
We walked side by side down the driveway together and the dog had a sniff at him and then the dog trainer took the lead and walked him heel works and the dog answers nicely to him.
He said it is just the amount of people he needs to see since it just takes him a few minutes and he is ok.

This is so awkward to me,,I used to live in a place where I had heaps of people around me,,I hardly never had a weekend without people coming in thru the door to get a cupper or dinner,,here I have not even seen jehovas witnesses in a year or two.

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13 years 6 months ago #348266 by kaybe

Hestia;337611 wrote: here I have not even seen jehovas witnesses in a year or two.

That's because they can hear your dogs as they are coming down the drive :D

I have been barked at up close by your dogs and man, they are scary! I am sure they are as well-behaved as you say, however from the volume I was very glad they were behind chain-link mesh :D

Tomorrow is the day I will stop procrastinating.

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13 years 6 months ago #348274 by Hestia

kaybe;337671 wrote: That's because they can hear your dogs as they are coming down the drive :D

I have been barked at up close by your dogs and man, they are scary! I am sure they are as well-behaved as you say, however from the volume I was very glad they were behind chain-link mesh :D


The one that barks the most is the girl,,,,and she just wants to come out and lick you to death and she behaves like a very social labrador,,she loves other people and she loves other dogs :)

It is the silent dog that is the one to e weary of :) joking,,
But he only does things if someone tries to take my handbag,,
He was my first dog here and I got him as a rehome.
I did at that stage have him with me to try him in different environments,,but he is good as gold.
( it was then hubbie and me and a well behaving car and both our first two dogs did follow us around nz)

,,and then we have dog number three that came in to house when hubbie got cancer and there was no time and no one there to socialise either hubbie or dog than me,,
after a couple of minutes and a first sniff he is also good as gold,,

It is "just and only" those first minutes that I want to minimize to e a few seconds with only telling that someone is coming,,but that he should now that everyone is a potential bearer of schmackos,,give him experience of people,,

dog trainer did praise all three,,but told I need people,,,lot of people to come and say hello,,

the little shy dog did do excellent heal work with the dog trainer,,walks and turns and follows and sits so nice on command,,was told I have done a good work with him,,or rather this dog is so listening and he is keen,,

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13 years 6 months ago #348277 by Westie
I have to go to Hamilton from the west coast middle of next week during the day to look at a bike, but will be on one of my bikes if that is a problem?
PM if you like.

What's that I just stepped in?

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13 years 6 months ago #348280 by Hestia

Westie;337683 wrote: I have to go to Hamilton from the west coast middle of next week during the day to look at a bike, but will be on one of my bikes if that is a problem?
PM if you like.


Just come,, :)

a cupper or dinner,just show up and we play it by ear,,,if long drive I got heaps of space,,

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