Promoting responsible German Shepherd Dog ownership
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Police can handle the occasional dog that will come up the leash on them. It’s also harder to find dual duty dogs who can apprehend and protect and also search. I’ve noticed police get the dogs they can purchase or get donated and then fit them to their needs. Police dogs must handle pressure, but also they don’t need to out. The handler needs to be able to lift them off if they have to. I’ve seen K9s at the vet. They knock them out even for a basic exam, shots and treatment, because the dogs can’t tolerate vet handling. That works for police dogs but not for pet sport dogs. They need to be able to perform in the field but also do every day tasks and vet care.
I am amused by sport people who act as if their dogs are the toughest dogs out there. It doesn’t happen here anymore but a very nice woman who used to be a member of both forums bought a “killer” dog from a breeder over there. Only the dog was pretty mild and eventually she stopped posting about their accomplishments. The breeder saw her as an pet owner and sold her a lovely dog that wouldn’t put too many impediments in the way of her training. The dog was not fierce or anything else the owner claimed it was. I can tell by watching their videos if a dog is performing well at the level it needs to, or if it’s a pet dog just out there having fun and maybe being edged into a title.
He’s looking good. Looks like he’s slimmed down.
Thanks. He has lost 30#'s and weighs 100#'s.
That’s a pretty significant amount. How’s it affected his performance?
His drive is higher, stamina is better, agility and speed are improved.
It’s healthier to carry less weight.