Truth of the Noble breed…The German Shepherd- Patience with your Dog…

Posted: May 25, 2012 in At Home with dogs., Omorrow German Shepherds, Uncategorized

  So much has come from my efforts to learn the history and pedigree’s of the Omorrow German Shepherds.  Far more than I can ever write about adequately.  Pedigrees have become something far more than mere records of genetic and behavioral statistics.  Much more than a list of names and dates and competitions.  History has come alive in an unexpected way, thru the dark, amber eyes of a family of dogs.  They have introduced me to people who general history ignores, yet specific history venerates or even villifies.  My work has also brought  many like-minded contemporaries to my attention.  People often distracted to a singular need to preserve a living blood-line into the far distant future…I hope that these people will be tomorrows’ foundation of the Omorrow blood-lines, taking responsibility not only for a beloved family member, but a legacy of excellence.  Our dogs have an illustrious past, and the prospect for an even greater future…

  One of the names in the history of the German Shepherd that I have taken great pains to know, is the Father of German Shepherd, Max von Stephanitz.  His story is widely available on the internet, and in the printed page.  I cannot break new ground there, so I won’t try…But  finding myself in possession of Capt. Stephanitz’ original book on the breed, “The German Shepherd Dog in Word and Picture”, (Thru an act of sheer legerdemain heretofore unmatched)  I have gotten to know the man from quotations that he himself put down for posterity.  I’d like to share some of them with you, allowing for your interpretation as to their import…I would ask  you, dear reader, for a single indulgence.  Take note of the “positive” ways that von Stephanitz advocates for the training of his dogs…He wrote these words decades before any such science of “Positive Re-inforcement” was conceived of…From a place and time that history notes for its brutality.                                            

   ” All the wonderful qualities of character possessed by a good shepherd dog will only be brought to light when he remains in the same hands for a very long time, preferably from puppyhood, where he shares the joys & sorrows of the family, their work & duties.  Here then is formed the intimate relationship of confidence which so often makes us see human features of high quality in the actions of the dog.”  – Max von Stephanitz

 

 

  This quote speaks volumes to me…There are still people that bring German Shepherds into thier homes, imagining them to be the perfectly behaved dog without training or effort.  When that dog doesn’t live up to the expectations, they get desperate.  If they don’t seek help, it can lead to abandoning the dog to whatever fate a Shelter, or new home awaits them.  This dog may NEVER reach it’s potential, as the Captains quote above points out so clearly.  PATIENCE is a virtue, and a primary component of raising and training a german Shepherd.  You will experience frustrations raising your puppy.  It will pee on the floor once or many times…It will take a dump on your area rug, once or twice…You might even step in it.  Your puppy might pull you down the street like a runaway train…Your puppy might be a counter-surfer that finds your Thanksgiving turkey absolutely intoxicationg, while your guests settle for stuffing and green bean casserole. (yuch! but I digress)                   

Your puppy might go thru an alligator stage wherein he bites anything that offers a challenge.  Your puppy might stare at you as though you have 3 heads when you call him to come to you.  Your puppy willcost you money, time, and convenience.  He will make it necessary for you to get off your rear end and exercise him.  (I could go on about things that a German Shepherd will change about your daily life all day.  I think you get the point by now)

  Here is what I have learned about my dogs, von Stephinitz’ quote above, and the quality of patience.

The day will come when your dog, assuming your effort has been put in, will suddenly amaze you  with his obedience.  He will watch you with laser like precision, anticipating your wishes, commands, and needs.  That dog may prove his maturity, and your hard work, by trailing a lost child to a heart-lifting homecoming.  Your dog might reward your patience with accolades from trainers and other dog-owners alike for his calm, submissive behavior around other living things.  Your dog might prove your patience by doing the job he was created to do, herding livestock, or your children and keeping them safely where you need them.  Or, maybe your dog will reward you with a satisfied sigh of well-being while perched at the foot of your bed.  Or more likely while lying on your pillows…

The final thought of the Captains quote is to have patience with your puppy.  How many parents had children that never tried your patience?  How many marriages survive into the happiest years without patience?  How many careers thrive without some form of patience?  Your dog needs YOU for his entire life…He will share your joys, your sorrows, your ups and downs.  Give him that opportunity and the rewards will be beyond your expectations…

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Comments
  1. omorrow says:

    Thank you Robert…….

  2. Denine Phillips says:

    I related to so much written here, especially how patience pays huge dividends. When our GSD was only six months old, he was testing me in many ways. Staying the course worked wonders. This meant formal training classes, ample exercise and constant socialization. We now have the best companion dog one could ever wish for. Thank you, Robert, for sharing this insightful post.