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Our pups are learning to carry light weight Dog Backpacks here in NW South Dakota. We do this to get them used to the feel of the pack and straps as they walk about, and to also get used to hearing the Backpack on their backs. They will be able to carry Light Loads, but will not really be able to carry too much until they are about 2 years old.
Photos of Deron with Tekoa, and Titus in the Red Dog Backpack.
If you look, you will see we own different types of backpacks. The M.O.L.L.E. Dog Vest that holds smaller packs is new to us. If you would like to read more about Backpacking With Your Dog(s), be sure to see our Backpacking Page here at this site.
Turquoise and Texas Tea in Red Dog Backpacks, and Titus in Camo Dog Backpack and Tekoa in the Green Dog Backpack
We are tying to get many, fun, short trips with an empty or light weight backpack on our dogs for training. Have fun, let the dogs have a good time too....and get photos. Lots of photos. Dogs and people grow old quickly and are gone too soon. You will be so thankful for those photos for years to come.
These photos are of Marna with Tekoa and Texas Tea in their new Blue Dog Backpacks, each is empty. These photos were taken at the Center of the Nation in Belle Fourche, SD, 2014-02-19.
German Shepherd Dogs were bred for and to work. I have not seen a Dog Sport yet, old or new, not any dog sport, that a German Shepherd has not excelled in. German Shepherd Dogs (GSD or GSDs) are a beautiful in motion. When bred correctly, with the correct body style, these dogs have and do herd animals, keep us safe working with Police and the Military, Lead the Blind, Move Beautifully in the Conformational Show Ring, as well as move out fast and run with ease over Agility Equipment. German Shepherd Dogs (GSD or GSDs) enjoy all sorts for Dog Sorts with their people. They compete at jumping up and grabbing Frisbees as well as being a Dance Partner for their owner. These dogs run fast and maneuver over Agility Equipment and leap/dive far in Diving Dog Competitions. I was not the first, nor will I be the only or the last to have my GSDs pull me in wagons, on rigs and sleds, and scooters. Yes, GSD's are even Sled Dogs and so much more!
In the Fourth Edition of "The Complete German Shepherd Dog", in the first chapter: the first paragraph is a quote for the German Standard for the breed, known as a working breed of dog. The second paragraph goes something like this:
"A working dog is one belonging to a breed that is physically and mentally capable of carrying out a particular duties. Included in the classification of working dogs are many breed that are not longer required to perform the functions for which they were intended. The German Shepherd Dog, however, since it was first developed, has continued to serve mankind in many capacities."
Other and many of the German Shepherd Dog books remind us, and this is true of so many breeds of dogs, The Dogs Are Better Off, or This Breed Of Dog Does Best IF It Has A Job, or Truly A Working Breed This Dog Will Be A Better Family Member IF It Has A Job.
The German Shepherd Dog was bred as a Working Dog above all. When they were needed less because of less need of them for Shepherding work, it was the "Father of the Breed", Captain Max von Stephanitz, that campaigned them into Police Work, even beyond the laughter and opposition. You know he succeeded in this feat and the world is better off because of it. It was not long before the world also figured out all the other types of work this dog breed would become known for.
The book I quoted is one of about all the GSD Books that remind us that above all, the German Shepherd dog is a working dog.
If you are buying a GSD as a Working Dog you will want a dog that is bred in what is now called the "Classic" or "Original" "Old Style". The Classic or Original, or Old Style GSDs are bred the way that that Captain Max von Stephanitz saw the dogs should be built for work. These dogs have straighter backs, stand more square/rectangle, do not have "roach backs", have a bit more bone to them. This is the type of GSD you will want to own for most jobs. That is, unless you are showing in the Conformational Show Ring. Then, to win, you need the slanted back dogs.
Does Size Matter? HEALTH Matters, a Good Genetic Foundation Matters, The Diet the Dog Was or Will Be Raise and Maintained On Matters, Training Matters, Conditioning Matters, Flooring Matters for a Growing Puppy as well as a Dog, Size? Size only matters to that person that prefers the size dog they bought, it only matters to the one who owns and works their dog. I ask, to the question, "Does size matter?" ~ Matter for what? The Standard for the breed calls for the male GSD to be between 24" - 26". Females, in the Standard are to be between 22" - 24"....so yes, if you want a GSD that is within the Standard for the Breed, size does matter.
If you own a GSD or are thinking about buying one remember that this dog will count on you for care, a good diet and some sort of job, or at least time out playing or jogging or walking with you. The GSD is an intelligent and active dog, one that was created for work. A breed of dog that will instinctively guard you and your family as well as your property. Live up to the responsibility it is to care for such a great dog. I invite you to take a look around this website for ideas of fun activities you and your GSD can participate in.
This is one of my favorite photos. It is of my husband, Deron, with Titus and Tekoa in their very first Multipurpose Harnesses. It was taken 2013-12-24
Keep in mind. Those well behaved, gorgeous German Shepherd Dogs that you see out and about with their owners. Maybe you saw them at a Dog Sport or an Event on Television or on a Video on the Internet. At any rate, that beautiful dog that is well behaved did NOT just happen. That owner has a lot of money, in care, veterinarian and food and such, as well as many hours of training at the other end of that leash. If this is what your want, a really nice looking well behaved German Shepherd Dog, be prepared to spend the money and time it takes.
German Shepherd Dogs are puppies for 2 years...at least. There is a lot of energy within them. They need a job and a lot of toys and things to do before they reach that adulthood. Be prepared to spend the time with them, and on them that it takes for them to become a wonderful dog that others will compliment you on. Please continue to read our website and be sure to read The Picking Out Puppy page, Do Your Homework page, as well as the Training A GSD page before you decide that this is the breed for you.
This photo was taken at the same place as the photo just above it, they were taken at the Center of the Nation Museum in Belle Fourche, SD. Again, Deron with Titus and Tekoa and on the other side, Turquoise and Texas Tea. Photo was taken 2014-02-19.
THE T TEAM ASSEMBLES FOR THE FIRST TIME 01-07-2014! SOON, VERY SOON, THE FIVE OF US WILL BE A TEAM AND OFF DOWN THE TRAILS WE SHALL RUN! I HAVE A LOT OF TRAINING TO DO BETWEEN NOW AND THEN.
more to come
Don't Miss our own GSD Sled Dog Training Diary on the Sled Dog Page, Scroll to the bottom of the page to see photos and information of how we train our own dogs to become sled dogs.
The contents of this page for Front Page as well as some of the other pages are still under construction, HOWEVER! Have a look around, many of the pages are coming together well. If there are pages with information you are interested in Please check back.
PLEASE VISIT OUR MANY PAGES HERE ON THIS SITE WITH INFORMATION ON WORKING GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS AS WELL AS IDEAS AND TRAINING PAGES. WE KNOW WE HAVE NOT COVERED EVERY JOB OR SPORT THESE DOGS PARTICIPATE IN. WE DID TRY TO COVER SOME THAT THE AVERAGE PERSON WAS NOT AWARE A GSD WOULD/COULD/DO EXCEL ENJOYING.
I would like to invite you to join us on a Yahoo Group that I host called Working Big Dogs.
-- The Working German Shepherd Dogs Team
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:16:10 -0400