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Monday, 21 September 2020

A word about socialization

 And that word is TRUST.  

Most people think of socialization as getting your dog used to people and other dogs.  Although that is definitely part of socialization, it is far from being the only things.  

Think of socialization like this.  Does my dog TRUST me to walk him over the fallen chainlink fence on the grass?  Does my dog TRUST me enough to walk by that running motorcycle? Does my dog TRUST me enough to protect him from that scary dog?  Does my dog TRUST me to walk through that group of loud humans?  Get the idea?

If your dog trusts you to be kind and gentle and help him through difficult times, then when he becomes an adult (mentally), you will have the best dog your dog can be.  I say mentally an adult because socialization does not stop of 16 weeks or maybe even 16 months!  It really depends on your dog.  Would you let your four year old child navigate the world without your help?  Or your 16 year old teenager drive just because they think they can?  Think of your dog as 1 month = 1 human year.  Until they have reached 24 months old.  Just like humans, dogs need direction and education.  Don't stop socializing until you can honestly say that your dog can handle things on their own.  Just one bad experience as a child, can alter that person's perception of the world forever.  And the same goes with your dog.  Be careful with your dog until he has learned how to handle stressful situations on his own.  Is that really too much to ask for a lifetime of loyalty?

I am seeing more and more dogs with juvenile fear and aggression and I think the reason is people expect too much, too quickly.  It is the number one reason people call me for help.  Build that relationship with your dog so he feels you've got his back, no matter what.  

TRUST is earned, it can't be demanded.  Allow your dog to make mistakes without getting mad.  Instead, go back two steps in his training and help him understand.  If you've lost his trust, it can be regained in time.  Don't rush him to grow up.  Instead, help him to grow up!




Gaia Update

 For a dog with a broken leg, she's doing really well!  I can't believe how tough these dogs are.  To their detriment I might add!  She would still like to run and play and wrestle with her half sister if I would let her.  I'm still waiting to hear from the surgeon but no news of an appointment at this point.

Thank you all who have sent best wishes!  I was overwhelmed by your kindness!  Not only from my Guardian Angel Family but from people I've never met or talked to before.  It truly blows me away the kindness of people.  In a time when things seem so troubling, it is wonderful to know that the majority of people out there are so kind and generous.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Gaia

Really Bad News

Gaia's broken leg will cost in excess of $8000 with no guarantees. She is only just turned a year old! No insurance on her. Have it on her Mom, Rommel and her half sister Gypsy but I can't afford to have it on all the dogs. Who do you pick?!

This is the worst news.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Big paws to grow into!

Mr. Blue

I've had many people inquiring and wanting Mr Blue! But I'd really like to find him a home where he has a job. He would be suitable for any kind of scenting work. SAR, arson, drugs, bomb, tracking. He has some attitude but also loves to please.

Please pass this along and help me find him his perfect home! Thank you!🙏🏻

Saturday, 29 August 2020

I have one puppy available to an approved working home. Bomb/Drug/SAR/Cadaver etc.

Mr. Blue was purchased by a member of the San Francisco Police Department as a potential Drug/Bomb dog.  All training and care had been pre-approved and Mr. Blue was heading down to sunny California until... COVID19 hit and closed the borders.   Normally, I put them on a plane and in a few hours, they are in the hands of their new owners.  But there are NO airlines taking dogs across the border at this time.  I spent months trying to figure out a way to get him down there without having to hand deliver him to San Francisco.  At any other time, I would have done that in a heart beat but not when California is a hot spot for COVID.  We have just recently given up on getting him down there.  So that means one more lucky person will get a Guardian Angel Shepherd puppy. 

Mr. Blue was born June 7, 2020.  He is courageous and med-high energy.  His first instinct is environmental as opposed to social.  He must check everything out in his environment before acknowledging strangers.  Once he is satisfied with his environment, he enjoys meeting new people.  This would make him an ideal drug or bomb dog.  He can safely work in public without being distracted.  He was second in the pack hierarchy which means he will probably have aspirations of top dog so will require a handler with knowledge of training working dogs.  He is inquisitive and loves to retrieve.  He walks on leash, rides escalators and elevators with no problem. He is litter box trained which can be transferred to outside areas with ease and is crate trained.  He travels very well in vehicles.  He understands basic commands and has a superb recall.  And, he has already made his debut in the television industry!  He's a gorgeous bi-colour with a beautiful masculine head.

If you or someone you know is looking for a non-aggressive working dog, please send them my way.    Please pass this along.