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Meet Dasher

Postby Porter » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:44 am

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Hi everyone,

I have my first DD. His given name is Dorn, but we call him Dasher. Dorn is too close to Doorknob...
I have always had GWPs, and am looking forward to this new challenge, but holy cow, what a bold stubborn little dog. I haven't raised a puppy in about 10 years, so I am opening this up to any advice you have for raising a V-Dog puppy, and inserting him into our home with other dogs.

We haven't even had him 2 weeks, so I don't want to make any judgments yet, but early indications are a very strong pointing instinct, and HALF of a natural retrieve.
I can't get him to chase a wing, He just wants to point, but if I throw a toy or something for him, he chases it down, grabs it, then walks off to chew it someplace.
I love him, but he is a little monster.
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby orhunter » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:53 am

What a looker!!!

I wouldn't be tossing stuff he won't retrieve. Fetch isn't optional.
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby Dmog » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:22 am

Looks like you figured out how to post pictures! Nice looking pup! This forum isn't the most user friendly for posting pictures but we get by, some better than me anyway. Fun times ahead shaping that little rascal...Good Luck!
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby Bruce Schwartz » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:25 am

They can be hellions - we don't call our new pup "Crowbar" without reason
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby Porter » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:44 am

By the way, that's a picture of my wife holding him, not me. Im not that cute.
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby Porter » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:46 am

OR, I wasn't really doing a retrieve. No commands or anything. Just seeing what he would do if I tossed his toy. I am trying to do more observing than training at this point. Just working on crate and housebreaking.
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby orhunter » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:12 am

Porter: Yea, understand. Precautionary warning. When I said, "what a looker," I was speaking of the pair.
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby jlw034 » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:15 am

Have as much fun as possible. They are hellions, but they grow up fast.
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:30 am

Porter,

Pretty Pup!

In my thread Meet Tess I posted a link to a video where I am working play retrieve in a hallway in the house. It gives the puppy only two options, one being stay down at the end and chew on it in which case the game ends, or two, return to me and I throw it again and the game continues. I also use a clicker and a treat when I end the game and hide the bumper as I offer the treat. I leave the pup wanting another toss.

I have setup a tunnel using snow fence set parallel to the wall of my machine shed and used it for the first time with Tess this morning. Went well. I tossed 4 retrieves and quit while my pup was still wanting another. She ran down and back every time I tossed it. I am kneeling down and she runs right to my lap. I clicked and gave her a treat when I ended the session.

It has worked well for me for all my GWP puppies and avoids the keep away behavior that is very common when the pup has the option to do so out in the open.
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Re: Meet Dasher

Postby J D Patrick » Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:06 am

nice pup,,,
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