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Old 12-30-2007, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Early training really does make [or break] a dog.

Allowed to remain a puppy, completely un-trained into their adulthood, pretty much ruins any possibility to train as an adult.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:32 PM
 
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Absolutely... with the exception of our beagle/whippet mix. She went unhousebroken for 2 years, finally is getting there now. Ugh, what a mess. She just wouldn't train, even after the pit mix did. And not for lack of trying. But most of the time you are correct, and Dutchess is an untrained dog for sure. Sweet, but completely untrained. Ugh.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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I had a friend out in Carmel who had a great pyre--however you spelled it--this was more than 10 years ago now, and he had a wonderful disposition. Great with her kids, my kids and everyone was a friend What a great dog... And petting him was an experience--all that fur!!
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Ours is great with every human, she just loves everybody. It is disconcerting to see paw prints in the snow that are four inches wide. And when she puts her paws on your shoulders, it can be daunting.

Goats do not like her though. She chases them, grabs their rear feet when they run, and pins them by swallowing their neck [she puts their neck into her mouth and holds it, while drooling on them]. She does not hurt them, they never cry out in pain. She never bruises or leaves any mark. But they really do not seem to enjoy her game.

We are working everyday, to train her to come to us when we call her name. She knows her name. She seems to think that you are calling to her to go enjoy her run.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:50 PM
 
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Quelly, I second Green Acres...I know the owners well, as years ago they bought a puppy from us. They are great folks, and very caring - I'm sure you would be pleased leaving your dogs there.
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