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GRUMPA'S SHEPHERDS

Grumpa's Desiree

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Desi
Feb 11, 2001
DL865797/02

Three J-S Love x Dixie Delight Odom

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We bought Desi from a backyard breeder in Defuniak Springs to help ease the loss of Dingle. Whereas Dingle was a sweet shy lady, Desi was a 10# rambunctious bundle of energy. She gladly took on Moo Dog's bossing and gave as good as she took. She quickly claimed all toys as hers and never tired of chasing anything that was thrown. Like most shepherds she is water crazy, attacking the water hose and destroying the water sprinklers. Throwing something in the water for her to chase is the pinnacle of fun.

Desi traces back to her German ancestors in only three generations past. Her father is a long-haired high drive large boy while her mother was a stock coat bitch more closely resembling American lines.

Unfortunately, our first dog training classes were taught by someone who believed that shepherds automatically had to be forced into submission with heavy handed corrections before they even had a chance to make a mistake. Although she learned, she was a very unhappy obedience student and only performed to the minimum required. It is taking years to undo the damage and to relearn my training methods. She lost her free spirit willingness to show exuberance in what she is doing.


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Desi is currently doing Schutzhund training with the Pensacola Schutzhund Club. Getting her into Schutzhund has drastically improved her attitude although her prior heavy handed training has made her protection training slow going. She is too concerned with not making a mistake and maintaining her "good dog" behavior. Luckily, the P'Cola club members believe in positive training and their goal is to have fun and enjoy the dog/handler bond. Whether we ever obtain our Sch1 or not, we're having fun, and that is why we got her to begin with.