by junkmail2014nov on 30 January 2018 - 01:01
I have recently posted questions regarding the GSD puppy I purchased. Now being informed more, (hindsight is certainly 20/20 unfortunately), if it is the case that I cannot use/train her to become a Service Canine, I would like to request input regarding expertise and expert opinions from various breeders what breeds they think would make appropriate Service Canines. The GSD breed as recommended to me due to:
1.Iits intelligence; physical stamina; its herding instincts so as to protect me; its alert attentiveness to its environment; and its protective instincts.
2. I travel; am in various locations, some of which are over seas, (yes I am aware some countries take a different view of Service Canines however my employer being Uncle Sam provides ADA rights be extended to me while I travel); and the fact that I am alone and am at a distinct disadvantage with my disability in terms of being alert to my environment.
I do not need a show worthy animal. I also do not need an overly “high drive” canine. I have no intentions of personally breeding whatever dog I am blessed to obtain. The canine companion/mate I would need does not necessarily need to be able to go to the dog park and play. In fact I am not much for that. I DO need it to be well with other dogs when I travel and most certainly when I visit friends with other dogs and cats. However this I think is a training/socialization issue from what I have researched. I would very much like to have one that, barring tragedy will live and work with me as my companion and partner for at least 10 years not including the first year to work through its obedience and then subsequent training. (And yes I am aware training for both of us will be on going our entire lives.)
I AM highly active, biking, kayaking, running, gym, walking, etc. etc. hence again the recommendation for a GSD. However, if the information I was given is in error or there are differing opinions and reasons can be offered as to why I might look into a different breed, please provide them.
Here is a very good article I have read regarding reputable breeders. Taking the information I have learned through this most recent experience, and now doing my own research, I will begin looking for another puppy only to make light inquiries while I await the results for this little girl. Here is the article I thought to take my cue from. Thank you everyone in advance for your comments and opinions.
For the moment though, I am fervently hoping that this is something which can be corrected with diet and rest. For despite her rough start, her temperament is absolutely wonderful and I am truly in love with her. And to be a bit of a "proud mom” every where I go she draws Ooos and Ahhhs! :-) She is truly beautiful and a joy to have.
by ValK on 30 January 2018 - 02:01
by junkmail2014nov on 30 January 2018 - 02:01
by Hundmutter on 30 January 2018 - 06:01
Dare I suggest you might even try to get an older dog now but keep your puppy, in the hope of eventually having an 'understudy' or a 'spare' ? Any chance that would be a possibility ?
by junkmail2014nov on 30 January 2018 - 13:01
by Q Man on 30 January 2018 - 14:01
Choosing a dog for your needs is the most important part of the process...
by Hundmutter on 30 January 2018 - 17:01
by Jenni78 on 30 January 2018 - 17:01
Please send info privately.
by Jenni78 on 30 January 2018 - 17:01
by junkmail2014nov on 31 January 2018 - 18:01
Given my experience at this time I am anticipating there may have to be a legal issue pursued unfortunately and I have no desire to “air dirty laundry” in public:
1. its annoying
2. it looks unprofessional
3. it IS unprofessional
4. it would just look like I’m an aggrieved and unsatisfiable customer, and finally
5. I find it beneath me.
I deal with people directly. If I have a problem I will tell you. We will communicate and come to an agreed upon understanding and solution. If we cannot we both walk away. However, if:
1. laws and standards are violated or...
2. if unscrupulous behavior is engaged in, and...
3. such results in harm to an innocent person or creature, (in this case the pup), and...
4. I can take the time to address it...
Then I will seek measures of recompense within all legal means and leave it to the legalese folks to sort it out because "you’re just not worth my time." This is why I am being so careful. As has been stated earlier in the thread, people get away with things because others’ don’t call them out. Or to quote Edmund Burke, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing....” It takes only a little effort to gather information and then send it off and keep tabs on the people who are supposed to do something about it. And this can be done so easily now with an occasional email, a phone call, and a letter every now and then to spur the officials on and to let both them and the person(s) involved, “Yes, you got away with it...up to a point.” And then leave it at this.
Lastly, I don’t honestly feel social media is where grievances should be aired. Its.....annoyingly dramatic. I know I can come off sounding condescending so if I sound this way I do not mean it. I won’t apologize for the ay I sound because I truly believe these things. However I also do not MEAN to sound condescending. ;-)
My pup has her consult with the Ortho surgeon tomorrow. At this time, unless something changes, I am leaning towards the conservative path with diet, work, therapy etc.
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