- November 29, 2000
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- San Diego, PRofK
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- 1994 XLT
Beautiful dog! And very large!!! If I had a dog, would want one that handsome!Meet our new puppy. We are using the name the shelter gave him, Chester for now. It actually fits him. I have been calling him "The Dude", but the wife is not pleased with that. Might name him Titus after the Roman emperor and military leader. He is a 5 month old stray, and is 50 pounds of clumsy energy. I think he is going to be a big boy. I need to watch him every second as he is getting into everything, but I expected that for a few months. Based upon his color, body/head shape and size, he is a German / Anatolian Shepard mix.
Things I have found out so far; He is housebroken, but I don’t know think he has ever spent the night in a house. It might just be that he has always gone in the dirt. He has taken to following me everywhere, which is what I was hoping for. He goes between sleeping and playing. I don’t think he has ever been on a leash, or at least had any type of leash training. He is very sweet and friendly. He is very watchful of other people. He sits on command. He doesn’t care if it’s raining outside or if he’s wet, but baths are a completely new experience for him, and he has never been toweled dry before. He also explores everything nose first, so we have moved breakables off the lower tables. He loves chasing tennis balls, and sort of brings them back. He walks, not jumps, but walks, up the 4” tall terrace walls in our backyard. There is no way I could leave him alone in the backyard when he learns he can jump the 7’ fences, which I think he would have no problem doing in a few months. He loves being outside. He knows what "NO" means, and mostly listens. I will have my hands full, but needed a new project anyways.
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Shepherds generally start filling out between 18 and 24 months, he's #82 now, I'm willing to bet he'll get to #92!He's a good looking dog and still has a lot of filling out to do.
That's a pack leader!I just started walking towards the house and they both followed.
Working him at the park this morning. He tested me a little at the beginning, then realized I wasn't going to let him get away with anything while we were working anymore. Was near perfect after that. You can actually see when his little tiny brain when it goes into overload and its time to let him run around a little.
About 200' distance between us
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He is in the shade in the middle of the picture in "down". I walked around for about five minutes while he stayed there and he only looked away for a few seconds a few times.
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The problem I am having now is people want to come up and talk about him, or let their little kids pet him while we are working. I am polite and let them know he just got finished with a two week training session and we are working. He has always attracted attention because he is handsome and real big. People want to know what breed he is, and I really don't know. "Shepard and something big" is usually my response.
When I get home I always let him know that home is his safe place to wander around and be a dog, all within reason. No more digging or tearing up stuff. I have him down at the open garage door while I go get the trash cans and he will stay there even when I am out of view.
I trained a Cat Hound for a Federal Officer. It's possible, however it took an hour of play time w/ my Shepherd followed by about 20 minutes of me in a bite suit wrestling the hell outta him.The Catahoula we have just wants to tear off when she gets out the front door. Sit and stay? No way.. We have to practice 4 on the floor, and stay alot with her (constantly) So, she's never off the leash when she is not in the backyard.
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Describes the problem pretty good for a Catahoula Leopard..
The local rescues will not place a Catahoula with you unless you have had a high-strung dog before (previous was a German Shorthaired Pointer) along with requirements.