People who don’t know him think he looks
dangerous–and that is good, since he is a big
pushover. When we walk, those afraid of dogs cross
the street. I like having a big, dark shape beside me
On the other hand, the DSM shepherd people had him in
their laps in two seconds.
Re the figure 8, the judge was just shaking her head.
She said something like “he certainly is pulling
everything he can think of today.”
Now that it is all over, I am re-thinking. For all my
previous dogs the solution to heeling problems was to
go back on leash and correct. And that is what I did
with Rafe, but now I think it was a mistake. His head
seems to see heeling on leash as something totally
different from heeling off leash, so when I took the
leash off in the ring he was not sure what to do. We
are now back to trying a bit of off leash work, just
to see. I am correcting him by walking into him, etc.