Friday, February 24, 2006
We have worked on the basic commands, and he is doing pretty good. Last night when we worked on the Come command, he did come, but instead of the sit at my feet facing me he jumped up and put his paws on my shoulders the first time. Ok, it was cute to me, not quiet what I was looking for. Did I reward him for doing it with a kiss on his nose and rubbing his neck a little. Oh hell yes. I'm not perfect. LOL. But, after a while he did start to get the idea. Greg, the instructor, took the Gun-Man and showed me what I was doing wrong with the lead, and Gunther again did not sit in front of him, this time, he went to a sit at Greg's left side, like he is suppose to do when he Heel's . Gun and I have been doing that Sit Command since September that's all he knows, learning a new Sit will be fun. It's always been a fascinating thing for me to see an animal, in this case a dog, think and remember what it's suppose to be doing. Gunther tries really hard for me when we work and when he gets it he is so proud.
Dogs are amazing animals. ( I have cats too, and they have their amazing times, LOL) What a dog can bring into your life is such a gift. Not only is there the unconditional love and trust, but they help you realize things about yourself. I know that not everyone understands that, but I wish they could. They are missing out on such a joy.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Gunther was more than happy to get out in the backyard and do a little modeling for me. LOL.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
As we were driving home I was thinking about what all a pet, whether dog, cat, gold fish, etc brings into a persons life and the difference between what a pet meant to me when I was younger vs. now. I wonder how many dogs and cats or exotic animals are in rescues because it just wasn't the right time for that person to have the responsibilities that the animal brought. Having a pet is a two way street, it's not just about the human; training and working with the dog, but for me it's also about what that animal (pet) brings out in us. I know that when I was younger I would not have appreciated or understood a Great Dane's puppy-hood like I do know. As in everything in life there are seasons. I totally enjoyed the season of my life where I had my German Shepherds, the work, the training, the intensity. For some reason I always got Shepherds that were "little adults." They seemed to have skipped puppy hood and were always working. Now this season of the Great Dane is softer, gentle, relaxed and playful. Taking time to be with this puppy and working with him is so relaxing for me and almost therapeutic. I hope I have brought to Gunther's life as much as he has brought into mine.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
He has a good time at the vets and enjoyed getting on the scales because by then all the vet tech's had come in to love on him. LOL.
Gunther is such a great dog. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not grateful that we have him in the our lives and home. Seeing the world through a puppy's eyes is pretty interesting. Gunther has a way of making everyone laugh, and I have not taken him anywhere yet, where people did not want to pet on him and give him lots of attention. The first words out of most peoples mouths is, "how beautiful he is" followed by " how old is he?" then "he's gonna get huge isn't he?" LOL.
He's smart, funny, clownish, lovable, a little sneaky, and quirky and we love him to pieces.