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BKennedy

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Ranger and I go on long walks every morning. Lately, I have been taking him on the trails around the area off-leash. He has gotten in the habit of running ahead, then stopping about 50-75' away and sniffing around until I walk by. Sometimes I will get 50' ahead of him before he blasts by me in search of more stuff to smell. He always comes when I call him and I rarely need use the e-collar. When we get to a road I have him heel on leash, more because I don't trust the drivers around here and stupid people with dogs. I was sitting with him on a table at the local park looking at down on Miramar Lake and some complete moron walked right up next to us with a unleashed little yappy dog. Of course, Ranger jumped down to greet this new potential friend. I asked the guy how he knew my dog's disposition and told him I thought that was a real stupid thing to do with a 100 pound size difference in dogs. I walked off without waiting for a response. Some people are just so clueless about dogs. If Ranger was in any way not friendly it could have turned out very bad.

Took him to a dog beach today, and let him run and play. He actually got me a little worried when he took off at full speed down the beach when we first got there. He was at least 100 yards away before he reacted to me slowly turning up the e-collar by turning around and running back to me. The collar was up to 18 out of 100, so still a mild stimulation. I can barely feel it tingling at that level. After that, he paid attention to me calling him back. The trainer said to not call him back or use the collar when he is actively playing and having a good time so he doesn't get the idea that playing is something I don't want him to do. He was hard core playing today, non-stop until it was time to go. He loves all dogs. He also stops to greet just about everyone in the area. He is first dog I have ever had that was completely without any malice unless you are prey, then its on. He is wiped out and sleeping next to my chair as I type.

Da beach. That is Ranger in the center of the pic stalking his next victim.
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Ranger rough housing with my buddies Shepard mix, who is a hard core alpha female. He just kept messing with her until she gave in and started playing. She taught him how to body block. Its her signature move and when he figured out what she was doing, he knocked her down a few times.
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Molly, Pirate, Harley and Ranger. Pirate is the big bulldog. She thinks she is a referee at the WWE and will wedge herself in between dogs that are playing hard.
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We are going camping on my Arizona property for a few weeks starting Saturday. It will be nice to take Ranger on a hike down the road, or up the canyon without having to have him on a leash. I think I will keep him on a long lead at night when outside just because he is very much still a puppy and can be unpredictable.
 
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BKennedy

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A couple of pictures.

Practicing his "Place" command while at a horse show with the daughter on Sunday.
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Practicing his "Down" command while on our morning walk
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We walked about five miles up and down hills and canyons this morning. I was beat, he wasn't even slowing down. We did that last week and he was wiped out for a few hours, but I guess he got used to it already.

I walk him off-leash about half the time. With the way he was/is trained, its easier for both of us. He tends to pull when on a leash, but we are working on that as well. He heels better off-leash, stays right next to me most of the time.
 
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I started back with using a training collar so when he is on leash it's uncomfortable for him to be pulling. It's working. When we go on walks, if we are on the street or sidewalk he is in heel. When on the trails he is off leash and never gets very far. Always comes when called. Still working on emergency sit (sit immediately upon command). He comes back to me instead about half the time. If we come across another dog walker on the trails I call him over to me and he sits while they go past.

Today we walked the longest ever. 6.8 miles up and down hills, on trails, sidewalks and even a strip mall (we walked to the ATM). I bet he did 8-9 miles because when on the trails he is all over the place being a young dog. I'm wiped out, but not Ranger.
 
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Sarah had to put her old pit down, then got this guy about a week later. Studebaker, 9 years old. Very nice, very grateful to be rescued.
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