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  1. I bought a GSD bitch about 5 years ago that has proven to be utterly worthless on the homestead so far . She points like a bird dog and has a black spot about the size of a penny on her tongue . From the time I brought her home at 9 weeks of age she would not bond with my Grand Children or anyone else except my wife and I . I’m going to try this scent training and see if I can get her to do it . After seeing pics of hybrids [ half wolf/half dog ] I believe I can see the wolf eyes in her . Hope she learns this and makes a contribution to the family other than head mauler and vampire wannabe . But she still will get to retire and then I’ll bury her under the dogwood trees with the rest of the pack . I guess protecting an old man and his squaw will do for now . We’re knock knock knockin’ on Heavens Door anyhow .

  2. Robert,

    As a child, I was deathly afraid of GSDs because they looked like wolves, and of course, the wolves in fairy tales and fables are always the bad guys.

    Now that I am an adult, I have a soft spot in my heart for wolves. Back in 2001, somebody I worked with asked me if we would like a puppy. His family had two female and 1 male hybrids. The male couldn’t be neutered and they couldn’t afford to get the females spayed, so nature occasionally took its course. Well, they ended up with two litters, one right after the other and needed to divest themselves of many extra little mouths to feed once they were weened. We said that, yes, we would take a puppy off their hands, but only if we could choose which one.

    Going back over the history of the parents, we calculated that this litter was 1/4 wolf and 3/4 GSD. If you get a chance, look up “Timber Shepherd” online and you will find the same percentages. He turned out to be one of the best dogs I have ever had, loyal, gentle, protective and stubborn but never aggressive with his “pack,” including the cats. He was great with kids and, if off-leash, played nicely with other dogs. If he was on-leash, he was very territorial when other dogs approached. He enjoyed wandering, had a route he would take through the neighborhood whenever he managed to get off his tether or sneak out of the house, and if you were not waiting at the door when he came back, he would make another lap. Fortunately, we lived in a mountain community, on a private, dead end road, and he never got into any trouble, although I always worried that he might find the paved road at the bottom of the hill. I finally took him to a training class when he was about 8 years old and he earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification at the end of it. Unfortunately, he got cancer about a year and half later and we had to have him euthanized at the age of 10 1/2, after two surgeries and chemotherapy. That was in 2012 and I still miss him. Someday, I might try to find another dog like him, but for now, we have an Australian Shepherd. A very different personality but easier to travel with and only takes up about a fifth of the bed, not a third of it.

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