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That was from the breeder. Last one is in our backyard.
post #3572 of 3684
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post


^Super cute!

My ACD will turn 1 in February.





I'm not going to lie, the blue heeler was a fucking handful for the first 6months. We also have a boston terrier that'll turn two in march.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





The biggest difference was how smart the ACD was in a "common sense" way. For example we have this omega treat ball that could keep my boston busy for about 20min, but with the ACD he just figured out how to tear out the inside funnel so that the treats spill out all at once. Then we bought a large Kong treat wobbler thing and the ACD figured out that pushing it down a flight of stairs would break it open.

they say you need to work them at least 2hours/day, but in our case my wife and i learned that wearing him out mentally tired him out quick by playing hide the toy and doing commands for everything like sitting, laying down, hand targeting, before going down stairs and through doorways, crossing the street, eating. basically everything we made him earn it.

he can easily jump 6 feet in the air to snatch tennis balls off the bounce. i didn't realize how high he could get up until a well over 6ft dude with a frisbee was making him jump for it. maybe I'll start frisbee training this spring.

also be prepared for the twice a year/seasonal shedding. it happened this winter and I ended up having to buy a special bissel vacuum for hard wood floors to deal the hair (regular vacuums just blow the hair around). but the shedding just ended so maybe its only a once a year thing. god willing.
post #3573 of 3684
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

There are a few rules to keeping an intact dog:
- don't bring him around bitches in heat
- expect some male to male aggression 

Both easily remedied with a lead and some forethought.

Castration at three will do little to curb his interest in bitches or mellow him out. If you lost your balls in a horrible knitting factory accident would you suddenly lose your interest in Nicola Mar?




lefty

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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

I have never been able to comprehend this obsession with castrating dogs. I have never owned anything but an intact dog, and I have never seen what the problem is. This castration cult only arose in the 1970s. Since responsible dog owners do not let their dogs run loose and breed indiscriminately--and this practice is banned by law in most jurisdictions these days--I do not feel I am being irresponsible or contributing to pet overpopulation. I have three very effective birth-control devices that do not involve mutilating my dogs--a wall, a gate and a leash.

The only--and I repeat, only --thing that makes me regret leaving my dogs intact are the punitive licensing fees the city charges for having an intact dog--$95 vs. $10 (the latter for senior citizen dog owners).

Great points from both of you. I really didn't want to castrate him and I've felt good about that decision. I have experienced a bit of aggression, but it has been manageable. He will stare other dogs down when we're walking and give a bark or two to the first 9. With the tenth dog, he'll pull and "lose it." We're getting better with it, I can get him under control faster now than before. He will heel/sit/lay after a few seconds, but it can be intimidating to others.

We started him on a collar to avoid having him pull the leash on walks. He is great walking now and rarely pulls. However, I'm considering trying a harness now so he doesn't get angry when I correct him as he explodes on another dog. It may be the wrong thought process, I'm not entirely sure.

You two are both right about not allowing him near bitches in heat. I didn't mean to say that an intact dog is irresponsible and creates unwanted dogs. I was simply saying that I would be irresponsible if I use a dogsitter that allows him to create dogs.
post #3574 of 3684
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

I have never been able to comprehend this obsession with castrating dogs. I have never owned anything but an intact dog, and I have never seen what the problem is. This castration cult only arose in the 1970s. Since responsible dog owners do not let their dogs run loose and breed indiscriminately--and this practice is banned by law in most jurisdictions these days--I do not feel I am being irresponsible or contributing to pet overpopulation. I have three very effective birth-control devices that do not involve mutilating my dogs--a wall, a gate and a leash.

The only--and I repeat, only --thing that makes me regret leaving my dogs intact are the punitive licensing fees the city charges for having an intact dog--$95 vs. $10 (the latter for senior citizen dog owners).

I had my dog castrated, I live in an apartment, so I don't have a garden for him to run around in and even if I had it wouldn't be enough, so I have to take him to the park, which is full of crappy dog owners, who 1. don't train their dogs 2. have ZERO control over them and 3. takes female dogs in heat their and let them run around with out a leash.

Which lead to some situations where he ran after a female dog (the same more than once) and if hadn't been for my running speed, he would have crossed a busy street during rush hour after said female, I wouldn't be able to live with myself if he had been hit by a car, so I chose to have him castrated at 15months, which resulted in a complete loss of interest in female dogs and hierarchy and I can now bring my dog to the park and be 100% sure than he will leave in one piece.
post #3575 of 3684
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

^Super cute!

My ACD will turn 1 in February.





I'm not going to lie, the blue heeler was a fucking handful for the first 6months. We also have a boston terrier that'll turn two in march.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





The biggest difference was how smart the ACD was in a "common sense" way. For example we have this omega treat ball that could keep my boston busy for about 20min, but with the ACD he just figured out how to tear out the inside funnel so that the treats spill out all at once. Then we bought a large Kong treat wobbler thing and the ACD figured out that pushing it down a flight of stairs would break it open.

they say you need to work them at least 2hours/day, but in our case my wife and i learned that wearing him out mentally tired him out quick by playing hide the toy and doing commands for everything like sitting, laying down, hand targeting, before going down stairs and through doorways, crossing the street, eating. basically everything we made him earn it.

he can easily jump 6 feet in the air to snatch tennis balls off the bounce. i didn't realize how high he could get up until a well over 6ft dude with a frisbee was making him jump for it. maybe I'll start frisbee training this spring.

also be prepared for the twice a year/seasonal shedding. it happened this winter and I ended up having to buy a special bissel vacuum for hard wood floors to deal the hair (regular vacuums just blow the hair around). but the shedding just ended so maybe its only a once a year thing. god willing.
Quote:
Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

^Super cute!

My ACD will turn 1 in February.





I'm not going to lie, the blue heeler was a fucking handful for the first 6months. We also have a boston terrier that'll turn two in march.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





The biggest difference was how smart the ACD was in a "common sense" way. For example we have this omega treat ball that could keep my boston busy for about 20min, but with the ACD he just figured out how to tear out the inside funnel so that the treats spill out all at once. Then we bought a large Kong treat wobbler thing and the ACD figured out that pushing it down a flight of stairs would break it open.

they say you need to work them at least 2hours/day, but in our case my wife and i learned that wearing him out mentally tired him out quick by playing hide the toy and doing commands for everything like sitting, laying down, hand targeting, before going down stairs and through doorways, crossing the street, eating. basically everything we made him earn it.

he can easily jump 6 feet in the air to snatch tennis balls off the bounce. i didn't realize how high he could get up until a well over 6ft dude with a frisbee was making him jump for it. maybe I'll start frisbee training this spring.

also be prepared for the twice a year/seasonal shedding. it happened this winter and I ended up having to buy a special bissel vacuum for hard wood floors to deal the hair (regular vacuums just blow the hair around). but the shedding just ended so maybe its only a once a year thing. god willing.

I can't even begin to explain how much fun we are having with him, but yeah, high energy is an understatement. And he is growing up so fast. What tired him out on day one he laughs at now. He's taking to training really quickly, super smart and you can see him trying to figure things out, which is really cool. He's also meeting a lot of people each day, we want to make him safe in a city. He seems to prefer women with large breasts and tattoos, and who doesn't, but that may be because they stream out of makeup shops to greet him. We are also making him earn everything, no regular food bowl which gives him a lot of chances to learn each day. I am glad to hear it worked well with yours!
post #3576 of 3684
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post



is a beautiful puppy

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Thread Starter 

He still a pistol?

 

lefty

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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

He still a pistol?

lefty

He's awesome. Acclimating himself to the people of San Francisco better than some SF members, but seems to treat other puppies as though they were cattle. Working on that.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post


He's awesome. Acclimating himself to the people of San Francisco better than some SF members, but seems to treat other puppies as though they were cattle. Working on that.

 

Give him time.

 

Had a friend with a border collie that used to herd people into tight groups at his parties. As long as he isn't too nippy (which will come) let him realize his nature. Investing in a few head of cattle is also not a bad idea.

 

lefty  

post #3581 of 3684
We can't wait to get him out to herd sheep, but he has to be six months old. His dad, despite being Canadian, works and was the top Cattle Dog on sheep this year in the US, so I imagine he will have a good amount of instinct. I've been told that a ranch is the ultimate dog toy, and we like west Marin, so let's see...
post #3582 of 3684
Thread Starter 

His sire is probably a hard worker as he doesn't need to worry about health care.

 

I could see you running a Point Reyes working farm B&B. "Howdy, folks!"

 

How does the mattette feel about losing the lady schick and hand pressing cheese?

 

lefty

post #3583 of 3684
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


Great points from both of you. I really didn't want to castrate him and I've felt good about that decision. I have experienced a bit of aggression, but it has been manageable. He will stare other dogs down when we're walking and give a bark or two to the first 9. With the tenth dog, he'll pull and "lose it." We're getting better with it, I can get him under control faster now than before. He will heel/sit/lay after a few seconds, but it can be intimidating to others.

We started him on a collar to avoid having him pull the leash on walks. He is great walking now and rarely pulls. However, I'm considering trying a harness now so he doesn't get angry when I correct him as he explodes on another dog. It may be the wrong thought process, I'm not entirely sure.

You two are both right about not allowing him near bitches in heat. I didn't mean to say that an intact dog is irresponsible and creates unwanted dogs. I was simply saying that I would be irresponsible if I use a dogsitter that allows him to create dogs.

I am very against the use of harnesses, at least on powerful dogs. It enables them to pull much, much harder--and that would be an issue with a strong, tough, high-drive dog like an Airedale.

Some of you make recall that terrible incident in San Francisco in which two Presa Canario dogs killed a woman who lived in a neighboring apartment. Bane, the male and the principal attacker, was on a harness, so Marjorie Knoller could not control him, and Diane Alexis Whipple lost her life. As a consequence of this, Marjorie Knoller was convicted of second-degree murder. I and many others thought this was a legal lynching, but the victim was a pretty Lesbian and it was San Francisco! Had Marjorie been using a choke collar, she might have been able to control Bane. She would now be a free woman, and Diane Whipple would be going on with her life.
post #3584 of 3684
^my favorite leash is a britsh slip lead. its so simple and when your dog is properly leash trained even looser/less restricting than a normal collar + leash. Its my go-to collar for early morning/late night walks (because its so quick/easy to put on and slip off).
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

I am very against the use of harnesses, at least on powerful dogs. It enables them to pull much, much harder--and that would be an issue with a strong, tough, high-drive dog like an Airedale.

Some of you make recall that terrible incident in San Francisco in which two Presa Canario dogs killed a woman who lived in a neighboring apartment. Bane, the male and the principal attacker, was on a harness, so Marjorie Knoller could not control him, and Diane Alexis Whipple lost her life. As a consequence of this, Marjorie Knoller was convicted of second-degree murder. I and many others thought this was a legal lynching, but the victim was a pretty Lesbian and it was San Francisco! Had Marjorie been using a choke collar, she might have been able to control Bane. She would now be a free woman, and Diane Whipple would be going on with her life.

A friend of mine worked wit (I believe her name was) Hera after the attack. She tried really hard to save the girl from being put down but said that there was no way with the male, that it was a dog that couldn't live in the human world. That said, she also agrees with your point on harnesses as a general rule, but also points out that in general people use collars that are too large, and that 99.9% of dog owners have such bad timing with corrections along with an unwillingness to be as forceful as is necessary with that kind of correction, that choke chains are a disaster in general..
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