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Old 10-25-2008, 12:00 AM   #91
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aww I love his spots!
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^ Yes! We need more puppy paws and puppy bellies Can't get enough..

If you haven't seen my blog, I posted new pics of the man 5 months old now:




Kaf, he is totally gorgeous! And five months old already? Babies grow up SO fast.
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He's so handsome! Our neighbor's have an awesome pit too, one of the best looking dogs I've ever seen and a total lover. Every time he gets away he runs over to play with Coke. He even got IN our house once, lol. Not an aggressive bone in his body despite his owners' efforts to make him badass. Too bad they lock him out on their deck which is covered in his poop! I would let him come play with my dogs but they are scared of my dogs and won't come near our yard. Even when I have Nikon out (remember, Nikon is twelve pounds right now and looks more like a fat guinea pig than a German shepherd) they run inside or jump in their cars.
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lol, pitties are attention whores for sure. Cesar doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body either, which is nice. Evie loved humans more than anything, but hated any other animals. Cesar is just a lover all around
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Nikon is 10 weeks today. We took some photos and made a little training video. He knows "sitz"(sit), "platz"(down), and "speak". I think he pretty much knows his name and is doing good with recalls but we do those outdoors. He is also doing the "pass auf!" which is more of a concept than an exact trick. Basically, the dog needs to learn how to "engage" his toys so that when he is big and ready to train for the courage tests he will "engage" the helper (the person wearing the sleeve who gets bit). As puppies you train them to get in drive BEFORE they are allowed to tug on their toy. It builds their confidence by giving them control over the game also brings out their prey and defense drives. So basically I hold Nikon's collar while whipping a leather rag in front of him so he can't reach. Once he is barking and lunging at the rag, I let go and he is allowed to tackle the rag and play tug. When he is tugging we rub him really hard, pretend to hit, or hit for real so that his temperament is strengthened. He already has a HUGE ego. If I want I can hit him harder than the adult dogs are hit with the beat stick (which feels more like a paper towel tube) and he is not the least bit phased. His ball drive is not quite what I'd hoped for but I've read dogs often become more obsessed with balls as they mature.

Anyway, some pics and a short video...

Nikon's tricks at 10 weeks on Vimeo

"Move this gate, bitch!"


"Will you move it if I'm cute?"


Sitz


Platz


Speak!


Put up your dukes!


Please cut it with the flash, mom


My teefs are bigger than your teefs!




I'm not sure what he did to Coke prior but he probably deserved this!


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LOL I just noticed the way he sits. Do all pups sit with their hocks at an angle like that?
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lol, usually I see them sitting with their legs out to one side..

Love the play-fighting pics. So ferocious
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Samson sat that way too, I remember my Dad telling him to stop being inappropriate.
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Liesje I love the photos! Nikon really is a wee character. its nice to see shots of him as puppy with Coke. are those photos of pure aggression thou? or play-fighting?
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Play-fighting. They "fight" several times a day. Coke actually gets sick of him always wanting to play. Coke is such a lover, he hasn't yet figured out how to tell Nikon enough is enough. Kenya can - she lies down under my desk and if Nikon comes near, she gives him one swift CHOMP like and alligator and that's that! None of them are aggressive. When they are play-fighting you can slip your hand or wrist where they are biting and feel their mouths are not even closing, let alone really biting. Nikon can be painful by accident b/c his teeth are sharp, but dog's will yelp and then ignore the other dog for a few seconds as a way of telling them to knock it off.

I should get pics of them playing with toys, it's a lot less scary looking. They play keep away or they each grab one end and tug. Coke usually gives the toy to Nikon so he wins regardless.
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LOL he is just so gorgeous, I love the first one!

you are very good at capturing their 'character' in photos Liesje.

hell yea, if you can, with toys - squeaky jobs? balls?

just wondering, ever give your dogs bones from time to time?

we used to give Lady one, now and again, boy would she near kill you if you came near her while she had it!
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as of today, our gracie is a whooping 8.2 lbs at 6 1/2 weeks and got a clean bill of health from the vet yesterday.
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just wondering, ever give your dogs bones from time to time?

we used to give Lady one, now and again, boy would she near kill you if you came near her while she had it!
Mine get raw marrow bones from time to time. I have several Nylabones that are always out of they want them. Nikon gets puppy chews. Unfortunately, raw hides and other edible stuff give the adults diarrhea.

If they are guardy with their bones, then they don't get them. Rule is I give and I take anytime I want. Bones are mine and they get to "borrow" them from time to time. Coke has been a little guardy with food around the puppy so now he has to watch me hand feed the puppy every bite, hehe.
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as of today, our gracie is a whooping 8.2 lbs at 6 1/2 weeks and got a clean bill of health from the vet yesterday.
Wow only 1.5 weeks left!
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Wow only 1.5 weeks left!


I KNOW!!!

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