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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Bob Ford, Apr 17, 2017.
Hi I'm Bob I have a Working line German Shepherd called Pickle aptly named in her case
Hi Bob - Pickle is looking great. I recognise you both from an old GSD forum. I am scared to ask, is Toby still with you?
Welcome Bob. Pickle looks beautiful
Hi Bob, I think you are on the GSD UK group on Facebook. I'm on there with Juno my GSD!
Hello and welcome
Hello and Bob, Pickles is lovely
Hi yes I remember you I had a run in with two certain ex members & on Facebook as well so I walked away from from both.
Sadly no Toby was PTS May last year he had very arthritis in his back legs then his back end started just collapsing the vet checked him over & what had been a long term heart murmur turned into an enlarged heart his heart beat was extremely irregular so I made the horrible decision.
So what's been going on with you & the rest of the GSD crew.
Pickle is still living up to he name & despite being a little over weight she's as fit as the butchers dog.
Thanks for the kind greetings I hope to make a few virtual friends.
Hi Bob, welcome to the forum, Pickle looks lovely.
I'm considering a WL GSD for my next dog, currently have 3 rescue mutts but have had 2 litter sister GSDs who got foisted upon us at the age of 5, supposedly just for a fortnight, but who stayed for the rest of their lives!
Hello and welcome!
That is one gorgeous dog you've got there!
Yes I was but I think my account was hacked so I deleted it I'll get back on again once the account is totally dead.
So sorry to hear about Toby
I am fine thanks. Keeping busy as it is lambing time here in the Scottish hills.
Zak is still the apple of my eye and Yogi as grumpy as usual
Just a wee reminder ....
wow handsome as ever they have fantastic colouring.
Didn't you buy a beautiful house in the middle of nowhere or am I mistaken.
The W/L are generally much harder to train they have a strong mind & prey drive if Pickle is anything to go by they are well behaved in training classes but outside on walks etc she can be a little madam some days I just want to murder the little darling most other days I fall in love with her all over again thankfully the good days are becoming more frequent than the bad as she gets older she's 4 in May.
I wouldn't say they are hard to train, more the opposite; generally very easy to train, which is the whole point. I think what you possibly mean is that they are quick to pick up on bad habits just as quickly as the good ones, which is a very common trait with very intelligent dogs! Things like extremely high prey drives are great when utilised but potentially not so great in situations where they are expected to be 'pets' and behave as such.....
No lines are created equal either, lots of variation in type and temperament depending on how the dog is bred.
Sorry you had your account hacked, must have been a worrying time for you, that's one of the reasons I've never opened one, I just don't trust it.
You are correct!
Working lines are certainly higher energy and require more input from the owner in terms of exercise and training but I would not say they are more difficult to train. The willingness to learn, obey, and perform are all characteristics of a well bred working line shepherd and I believe that makes them easier to train in many circumstances because the drive to want to work with you is present.
Pickle looks lovely.