IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL US.
These are all email's I have received and answered,
the actual email addresses have been deleted.
1. Shutzhund is practical for true protection(PP) only AS A
BEGINNING STAGE. Also read letter to Jerry in Israel in my FAQ&A.
Practicality of SchH for PP is about 50%
Tracking 33% -AND it is detrimental to S&R training as such,
because it forces the dog to do ONLY ONE THING(Tracking) and
AVOID the other (Trailing and air scenting)!!! The victim does not
care hot the dog finds it and the dogs know the BEST how to do
it...THAT IS WHY WE USE THEM!!!
2. S&R dog needs not/must not be interfered with if he is searching.
Tracking, trailing, air scenting should be done according to
HIS(dogs) DISCRETION. Handler's task is to communicate to the dog
his need to search, motivate him properly by rewarding the dog and
learn to read his dog so that he knows what the dog is doing. If the
S&R personnel is so smart, that they want the dog to do one thing
or the other ONLY (???!!!) (Tracking, trailing or air scenting) then
they should do it themselves and then they obviously would not
need a dog! :))
3. All sports are just that sports.
The best sport at this time is :
but even that is too "sporty".
That means they are basically building the training on PREY DRIVE
ONLY and are diminishing the importance of the defense drive,
which is usually misunderstood as "Year". However the defense
drive MUST be seen as the K9s ability to deal with negative
challenge to him, his master or territory...ETC through COURAGE
and aggression. Prey drive is only dogs ability to hunt and catch
moving objects or non moving objects which are the prey. There is
absolutely NO threat or negative challenge perceived by the K9 in
prey drive mode.
Same difference, as if you would go duck hunting with 12 GA shot
gun (=Prey), or somebody kicks your house door in at 2 am and
want to kill you(=Defense). There is completely different emotion
felt by you in those 2 situations. The same is the truth about the
dog. This is a complicated topic and I do not pretend, that this is the
complete answer to it.
4. The leather muzzle is more comfortable but restricts the intake
of O2 and hinders cooling through evaporation....some comfort(:?).
My wire muzzle is suitable in hot weather and provides more air
and K9 is able to even drink with it and pant - cool himself. It will not
injure the dog, but it may injure the helper. To avoid such injury, you
can dip the muzzle into the plastic coat used for dipping tool
handles. It is available in some hardware stores. Also the decoy
must be careful not to stick his finger accidentally into the muzzle
and get it sheared off by K9s teeth. By the way muzzle attack DOES
NOT make the dog bite decoy without the equipment! It just ONLY
increases his intensity to do so.
5. Collars are not available in black, they are only brown=natural
color of the highest quality harness leather= "HERMAN'S OAK
All the answers here are VERY basic, thus if you have any more
questions then please feel free to call me: 623 388 5000.
Are Czech GSD's too tough for general public?
Thank you so much for your response. You are exactly right. I am looking for a
knowledgeable and most importantly HONEST person. I have read many articles on
the different types of GSDs; that is working lines, show lines, ddr, etc. At this point I am
very confused. I want the best possible dog I can get for both companionship and
protection. I have heard that Czech and DDR type dogs can be a lot to handle and can
be too much for a family dog. I have had a dog all of my life, but not a GSD. If you can
offer some guidance it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, David
I am not good at typing and that is why I would appreciate your call 623 388 5000.
But here is your answer:
Opinions are like elbows: everybody has a couple and thus there is a lot of myths
about the Czech dogs. I am the first one who have brought them to USA. The Czech
dogs are what the GSD was originally intended to be by his creator ritmaister Max Von
Stephanitz in 1889. There is a broad spectrum of temperaments of GSDs. Czech dogs
there have ALL the temperaments types of German bred dogs BUT on top pf this
spectrum there are dogs (GSD) which are very hard personal protection dogs. Czech
Republic is one of the very few places, where such dogs are still available. Most
countries of the world are "sissified" to the point that there is ether no interest in such
dogs or they are out right not permitted by law or kennel club regulations. These dogs
however are the True soldiers who will TRULY protect you and your family. These dogs
are not petting ZOO dogs however and they are not dogs for everyone and can be
handled by knowledgeable handler only. I personally love these types of dogs. These
dogs can work as police dogs or military dogs or even family protection dogs. They
are for "real" and not just sport dogs, who will bite just the protection sleeve and love
the person who has it on the arm. HOWEVER (!!!) there ALSO are many other type dogs
who are less "serious" and do not require the expertise of experienced handler.
These Czech German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) also could be excellent protectors, but
they do not live the life of a "samurai" who is anxiously waiting for opportunity to
happily die for its master while protecting him/her. These are dogs, who you will never
be able to estimate that they are protection trained dogs. They can be safely around
friends on the beach or in the commotion of the barbecue party like any Labrador
retriever but they will protect only on command and/or when situation requires it and
according to their training. These are the family type dogs who can be handled by
John Q. Public just with basic handlers course which I provide with the purchase of a
trained dog. However the people who do not understand Czech or DDR type GSD's will
tell you only about the upper end "serious" dogs and will omit to tell you that there are
many other types of dogs in Czech blood lines suitable for family or sport or whatever!
I have sold in last 20 years over 400 trained dog and much more pups and 99% of the
time I was able to match the owner with the dog without a problem. IN the case of a
problem there is a replacement warranty and plan.
Please check my: http:www.alpinek9.com/besavguar.html
I make sure that the owner is always happy and safe with my/his dog. that is why I
need to talk to the owner and listen carefully and read between the lines to figure out
the "Right" dog for each individual. Each trained dog is then sold with handler's course
which enable the new owner to bond with and to handle his new dog.
On the end I would like to emphasize that in order to have enjoyable and safe dog ANY
(!!!!!) dog needs to be trained and the training should be maintained by its owner. This
is the truth about Golden retriever so to speak and about GSD as well. ANY dog is only
as good as his master makes him. The genetic makeup is only 5% of what the dog is
going to eventually be.
--- Holiday .... wrote:
My breeding goals would be to breed "Real German Shepherd Dogs"
capable of the work they were originally bred for. I have always believed
from working with police service dogs that if the dog has rock
> solid nerves, and the appropriate drives and character traits for police
> service work then it would be capable of most everything else you ask of
> it. I am not suggesting that a police service dog would be a high level
SchH dog but it would certainly be able to get passing scores at a trial.
> I would rather have real dogs capable of real work, a dog that you could
> count on in a real situation. Biting a sleeve or a body suit doesn't
> impress me, a dog that bites mainly from prey will fold under pressure...I
> have seen it time after time. Flashy obedience etc. is fine on the trial
> field but I would rather have dogs that obey in real everyday situations
and are not nut cases at home.
> Thanks, Dave
From Your mouth to God's ears. I am saying this for
decades and most SchH people are looking at me as if I
would have two heads!!! After all
Max Von Stephanitz warned against breeding dogs for
sport only:"... Breeding for sport only will improve
the breed at first, but after 3 generations will lead
to it's certain deterioration as a working breed..."
I guess it would help if all the people who breed GSD
would read first his book "German Shepherd In Word and
Hans aka Zdenek.
ARE THE PUPS GOING TO GROW
INTO DOGS SAFE AROUND
CHILDREN? And other training tips.
.... How the dogs behave around
kids is a matter of
proper training and socialization
development of the pup into a
dog. Our dogs are well
socialized with kids and animals
environments. HOWEVER it is
imperative that after you
receive your pup, that you train it
really well with
proper training method and
continue to do so and
enforce the training discipline
during the every day
life of the dog. Dog should have
fun and enjoy the
life, but also need to respond
without compromise to
your commands in every day
situations. This needs to
be installed and maintained in the
dogs mind through
conditioninig (repetitions). I would
be happy to help
you and advice you on how to
select proper trainer and
proper method of training.Or if
living in my area to
help You to train your dog.
Training does not just
train dog how to "sit' and "down"
etc but MAINLY
(!!!!) teaches You how to establish
the dog and thus proper
relationship with it. That is
since dogs are pack oriented
animals they have to have
leader....or they will became one.
This is VERY
IMPORTANT in training of ANY dog.
Please fell free to "call & ask".
> I am interested in more information on your German
> Shepherds. I have been looking for quite some time
> now for a German Shepherd that can do everything I
> believe a true working dog can accomplish. I know
that you would rather speak to me or my
> husband in person, so I will try to keep this short.
> We are looking for a dog that can be used for
> personal/family protection and sport and still live
> in the home with us. We have an eleven year old son
> and have been told numerous times that a personal
> protection dog cannot live in the house with
> children. I cannot believe that, as what good would
> a personal protection dog be to my family and I if
> he were unable to live in the house with us, or go
> in the car with us? When I asked one breeder if the
> dogs he was producing could work in both prey and
> defensive drives, while being able to be social in
> the proper settings and hold true to confirmation,
> and the man actually told me "People who are looking
> for a dog that can do too many things will be
> disappointed in the dog they get. Most dogs will be
> good at one thing, such as if they do well in the
> show ring, they do no good in sport/protection and
> if they do well in
> sport/protection they will not have a companion.
> You will have to give up one or the other. (?????)
> Good luck finding what you are looking for" I was
> astonished! Anyway......I believe you will be able
> to help me find the perfect dog for my family and I.
> I can be reached at home after 5:30 p.m. EST
> during the week and anytime during the weekends
at XXXXXXXXXX Or if it would be best for me to
> call you, I would be happy to do so. Just let me
> know when a good time to contact you would be.
> Thank you for being what you are to the German
> Shepherd breed, as there are too many out there that
> just haven't a clue.
> Paige N.
thank You for Your e mail. I really would like to
talk to You. Yes the breeder who you quoted was right,
but he forget one important thing. "Family protection"
is one of these thinks. It is the original purpose of
the dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some people believe that
cave man had dog originally for hunting companion, but
I believe it was protection and hunting came shortly
after that. However I know that this is chicken or the
egg discussions, but the point is that Humans had dogs
for protection for tens of thousands of years and now,
in 2007, we can not have it??!!!! People and
especially trainers are forgetting what the dogs are
here for through the history. It is not fly ball, or
competition of Schutzhund, or obedience trials or
agility training and other secondary purposes...., but
it was always and originally protection of the family,
of the household, of the village....I guess we are
over civilized. The dog will perform well if trained
as a police dog, or as a S&R dog or as handicapped
support dog OR AS A FAMILY PROTECTOR. The important
thing is that You need to continue to train such dog
according to instructions for the purpose you need.
If that is done than the dog will be effective
protector. I would ask the trainer who told You this:
" So what about police dogs who go home full of
children EVERY DAY with their officer. Is such dog not
a good dog for police?" The problem also is that
people are forgetting that GSD is the most versatile
breed of dogs. However many people are not breeding
them as such and breed them just for one purpose and
thus are ruining this versatile breed. The sport of
SchH was designed as a test of suitability of the GSD
breed for protection (yes of protection of family
too),obedience, and tracking. This was the test which
enabled the breeder to decide if such dog was suitable
for breeding as a versatile dog.
Do not take my word for it but let's see what the
creator of the breed Max Von Stephanitz said. He
believed in versatility of the breed as a working dog
and he said: "If You will breed the German Shepherd
for one purpose as a sport dog then the breed will
improve for first three generations, but then such
(one purpose) breeding will lead to certain
deterioration of the breed.......Always keep in mind
that German Shepherd is a working (versatile) dog."
To conclude this I'll say; YES(!!!!!!) you can have
family protection dog which is good with children. I
have sold hundreds of them in my life. Enough said!
1) FIRST AND FOREMOST IS THE PRICING
FOR IMPORTED DOGS…HOW DO YOU SET A
PRICE ON A
A:Price depends on quality of the animal as
level and amount of training, titles,pedigree,
mates and progeny if any.
2) HOW IMPORTANT IS A TITLE FOR A
A:Title assures you of type and to a degree
training amount in disciplines tested in title.
Title increases price of the dog by about
per title. If You will breed titled dog this will
increase desirability and thus price of such
the other hand, many untitled dogs, if
perform really well or better then titled
their every day duties as police K9s or
and so on. There, in titled dogs, is much
which is not useful for purposes of family
police , or
others. Thus you are paying for more then
for. However it gives you good idea that the
good enough and well rounded for any
training. Tracking of SchH for example is
S&R, but assures you that such dog can be
additionally in S&R type tracking. However
(!), if you
want to put let say police training on the
highest titles may be detrimental to such
training. The reason is such that let say
SchH 3 dog
has his performance due to the sheer
training, ingrained into solid pattern and
training will/may have problem to override
pattern. Such dog then, especially when
may slide into SchH pattern and not
perform as trained
as a police dog. this is an example
elsewhere. All this may be less problem for
protector and companion.
PLEASE READ:Can pets be poisoned by RASINS or GRAPES?
Here's the raisin story. Please circulate this to
everyone you know that loves their pets!
Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio
This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and
4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM.
I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard something about it, but... . Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 ¡Ç times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next
The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at
5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids. At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care.
He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to incr ease daily. He produced urine when given las ix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220.. He continued to vomit and the owners elected to euthanize.
This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk.
Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give rise to
Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio
Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is worth passing on to them.
Low prey, good defense.
regardless of color I want the best ability), but he
is really kind of mello in his drives, it just may
be too soon after his parvo to tell what he is
going to be like (he is showing alot of defense now,
barking at everything he doesn't know, even my son
if he comes home late). My wife really likes how
mello he is, which is good for a pet, but not good
as you know for work.
Do not let this fool you.
Your pup's drive is that of a old style Czech GSD.
That is moderate prey and high protectiveness/defense
based on confidence. These are best police type dogs
who actually will protect and not as much hunt (like
malinois). They are very serious and hard to defeat.
Harder you push the harder and angrier they push
back.They will not budge if injured. This is a type of
the dog which will not necessarily win SchH
competition, but will happiy die protecting you.
Training methods for such dogs are somewhat different.
High socialization is highly (!!!)recommended. This
leads to good discriminativness. This is the most
important part of the training of such dog. Most
people have hard time to handle such dogs. And most
trainers are trying to stuff such dog into SchH type
box of training and then fail the dog. This is a
mistake because if such dog is trained properly then
it is what GSD was originally intended to be. In today
world of prey based training it is hard to find proper
trainer who understands such dog. Do not be fooled
this could be excellent police or family protection
hi Hans,> > I reside outside states and
since you a GSD expert,> like your opinions
on this:> > Czech shepherd compared to
western are hyperactive> and more
aggressive than western GSD making
them> mostly unsuitable for average joe
like me without> police.miltary canine
trainer background.> And certainly a big NO
for first time dog owners is> what I heard
from western GSD breeder> > And the
popularity of GSD breed have led to the>
over breeding and degeneration of the
stock puppy mills..:(> > How many puppies
is too much for a breeder to produce> a
year to spoil the breed?> > > ______ Hello
Al,I in last 30 years have placed about 2500
trained dogs and many more pups. They
are mostly family dogs(95%)"average Joe
like you" and the rest are Search &Rescue
dogs and police dogs. 99.9%of our
customers love our dogs and have 0
problems with "hyperness"
or"aggression". I do not agree with the
statement that they are "hyperactive" and
"more aggressive" as someone told you.
These are lies which you have probably
heard from jealous breeders of different
bloodlines. Show breeders and West
German breeders are saying this to hurt
our business since thy are loosing a lot of
theirs business to us. We have many foster
breeders who breed our dogs. Single
breeding kennel can responsibly breed up
to 10litters per year...or more it depends on
how many people are helping such breeder.
In our breeding program we have at least 7
people involved and infinite number of
foster parents. Thus your question can not
be answered directly. Many breeders have
foster raisers or many employees who are
raising and socializing these pups. The
quality of dogs depends on sound genetis
program and knowledge and is based on
many individual dogs properly combined in
breeding pairs. For that you need a lot of
dogs. There is a lot of gossip and bad
mouthing out there and people talk too
much. Be careful who do you listento.
Please feel free to ask me any questions
and I will answer them honestly. Please
reed out references through out our
website. http://www.AlpineK9.comMost of
them are from average Joe like you. Please
keep in mind that quality German Shepherd
Dog is a versatile breed and can serve
many purposes. All our police dogs are
family dogs too, for example. The True
German Shepherd can live and serve in ANY
situation! Or be companion of anybody. I do
have many dogs placed as support dogs for
handicapped people and so on and on.
Please feel free to come to my kennel in
Arizona or come visit our kennel in Czech
rep. We have nothing to hide and are proud
of our dogs. I also have documentary
videos for sale if you would like to see
some of out dogs in Czech. Sincerely Hans
623 388 5000
Fear vs Courage and Prey vs Defense.
Some thoughts. Hi T...,here are my thougts.
Please consider them. The only reason I am sending you this because I like you and would like you to think about this.Please
let me know what you think. Breeding is a compromise. Vilo Arminius was an exceptional WORKING dog even so that
he was ALSO a show dog. That is why he is in many working pedigrees. On top of that he is in 4th generation now, that means if
you would breed Rocky the progeny would have him in 5th generation; which would mean that the influence of such dog (even if
he would be shit,... which he was not) would be 1/60(!!!) Which means that his genes are part of the progeny in 1.67%. Which
means there is virtually no genetic influence. To eliminate dog like Rocky from breeding because of such dog is bordering psychotic behavior. No insult intended.
EARS:Ears up in attack:= Prey Drive
Ears down in attack:=Defense Drive.
THIS DOES NOT INDICATE FEAR!
SchH dogs with minimal courage based defense if put into defense mode have ears down (defense drive) and also on top of that since
they are not courageous enough they are in fear mode. But that must be indicated(confirmed) by OTHER fear based behavior. Courage is an ability to overcome fear. Dog with ears down in
attack producing full bite and other important attributes of courageous defensive attack is not in fear mode. Only
some SchH people think that, because most SchH dogs if in defense (ears down) that he is scared. But that is an error. There must be fear indicators present. See below.
extremely fast approach, long attack jumps, ears up, tail up. (No courage necessary since there is no threat.)
Defense in courage: Slower approach than in prey, nor very short attack jumps, ears down (for protection), tail straight. No fear
indicators (below) are present at this time.(Dog recognizes threat and over comes it with confidence by courage.) Defense in
fear: Hackles standing, bearing of the teeth,
shallow bite, biting tip of the sleeve.Flinching of eyes. Tail between the legs and so on.(Dog recognizes threat and to lesser or greater degree has not enough courage to overcome this fear.)There are
other behaviors in all categories but these are significant. Not all such behaviors need to be present to indicate fear. If you
want serious dog (dog with prey and defense drive) Than the ears may be down during the attack if the dog recognises threat and thus he is in defense mode(= dog is recognising threat). Same dog in
prey mode (no threat present or recognised by dog) may have ears up. This, ears up or down and with lack of other fear based
above described behavior, is NOT an indication of a fear!!.Anyway. Just something to think about.
Take it easy.
QUALITY OF POLCE K9s
> Hi Hans,
...... for your
> recommendation of Ramon and Zorro as
> candidates. I had a look at Ator.........
I'll have a look at the other two you
> have one service looking
> at the moment, but these two are priced a
> high for them .....
I gave You
retail price on Zorro and Ramon
Wholesale is $xxxx+S&H. My advice to You
Police work requires the best K9s
prospects. The cream
of the crop. However many Police
departments are not
willing to pay fair price for quality dogs for
officers and thus are jeopardizing their life.
Generally speaking they are willing to pay
of the true value of the dog. Only very few
dept value the welfare of their officers and
willing to provide them with quality dogs. I,
am not willing to sacrifice police officer's
and life by providing them "a" dog for by
superiors requested low price. If that is the
always tell them that. I have several friends
specializing in Police K9s and are having
experience. We are bending backwards to
with best possible dogs and we do that
often, but now
and then we get insulted with low price
requests. I am
telling You this so that You may tell them,
is general consensus amongst almost all
trainers who sell dogs to police. Maybe they
change their attitude as many police
Several people are asking me about different color of each eye of pup SORBON.
Here is an explanation. Pups have light or blue eyes when they are very young. The eyes will get dark - brown as the pup is maturing. Sorbon is a mixture of bi-color and sable colored parents, thus he got different gene for each eye one from bi-color father and the other from the sable mother. The colors are getting dark at different rate for these 2 different colored parents, thus AT THIS TIME the pup has two different colors in the eyes. This color difference will disappear or almost disappear as the dog will mature.
Hi Hans, This is Gil Q., the ceramic artist who lives on 12thstreet with the park behind the house. You did some training for me and the evaluation on our female.I’ve been reading your site and I have come across the feeding regimen of noodles, rice and meat that the Czech breeders use.I was wondering if I could get the complete recipe. The reason I am asking is a sad one. we lost our male a few days ago to bloat. I want to protect our female as best we can. So, to begin with I want to give her the best diet I can. I have read about not exercising after meals along with not letting the dog drink after meals.Anyway, if you get time could you send me the info or maybe post it on you website.
I am so sorry about the loss of your dog. I did loose some my self to bloat. I firmly believe that commercial dog food (kibble) is the culprit. Wetting may makes it worse since the stomach of the dog is not getting exercise. Food turns into a mush and smack MUSCLE is not exercised weakens and I believe that leads to a bloat. HOWEVER If the muscle is ALREADY weak use the mixture or wetting the food may prevent bloat if the muscle is already weakened. In Czech wedid not know what bloat in dogs is until we start feed the dogs commercial dog food (kibble). The remedy is to feed the dog as often as possible (best every day)chunk of meat (cooked or raw) of the size of a fist or2 peaces of 1/2 a fist. The dogs woof these up and meat sits in the stomach and the stomach must work onit and exercise. This could be done with any dog food.My formula for every day dog food is:Chicken 1/4rs bone and all or beef chunks (Brisket),Rice, Sea salt, Pasta, Hard boiled egg All cooked together. I also blend little raw carrots and parsley in water and add it to the mixture. Sometimes I add lard. You can get fancy and use now and then salmon or tea spoon of fish oil. Raw chunk of beef now and then (2x per week) is always good. If the dog is getting skinny use for the mixture beef brisket if it is fat use chicken. You should always at least feel all the ribs preferably you should see last 2 ribs on a dog. US dogs are generally too fat. All ingredients are cheapest in Wall Mart.
Sincerely Hans 623 388 5000
Q:Hello Hans,I do not know where to buy dogs....it is confusing, there are so many breeders.....
A:Hello H.....,I understand, it is a big decision and I am always little surprised when people act too fast. In order to help you let me tell you little about us. At first please keep in mind that I have the best available replacement warranty : http://www.alpinek9.com/WARRANTY.html Thus you are risking very little.And I actually honor it if there is any problem which is more than most can say.We are selecting the best possible studs and females in Europe for our breedings. That is why most of our breedings are happening in Europe because the choice of the top dogs is there. Most of our top studs and breeding females are spoken for years ahead for purchase by top breeders all over the USA and all the world so that they can get on the action of producing top dogs same way as we do. These breeders are copying our effort but because of that are always behind us in producing top dogs.Please feel free to call me at
623 388 5000 if you have any questions or concerns.Sincerely Hans
Vitamin "C" and hips , and what to feed your dog. Vitamin "C".There on Internet and in press, are from time to time ideas about eliminating bad hips with mega doses(thousands of mg) of vitamin "C". Yes it may work....BUT (!!!!)Here is my take on it.Dogs, unlike humans, produce their own Vitmain "C" and get it in wilderness from food when they eat meat,guts of a game and their content and also game's stool. If you feed properly then it is not necessary to supplement high doses of vitamin "C". 25 mg per day supplemented is OK. The dogs, who do not produce their own "C" probably may end up to have bad hips.... IsTHIS the genetic reason for bad hips? I wonder... Thus if the dog is supplemented with MEGA doses of "C" to thwart the bad hips potential then these dogs should NOT be bred, because this practice may hide potential genetic problem.Feed lightly cooked meat (salmon, beef, chicken,game(!!!)...any), hard boiled eggs (shell and all),cooked pasta and rice, tea spoon of cottage cheese or other cheese and blend into it raw parsley, grated carrots, beets and other vegetables about 15% of the volume of the feed. Precook large volume and freeze it for the future.If fed commercial dog food (which is really not recommended but convenient) then supplement fish oil(not cod liver oil) tea spoon a day, sea kelp tabs(from health food store), glucosomine, chondroitin,hyluronic acid. I always give dogs cartilages and gristle from chicken and flat bones from chicken. Some people swear by "green" tripe and raw meat. Even so raw meat should be the best ultimate nutrition I do not recommend raw meat because of possibility of introduction of parasites. Otherwise raw meat is excellent. However I recommend LIGHTLY cooked or steamed meat. REMEMBR YOU CAN NOT IMPROVE ON NATURE.M-E-A-T IS THE BEST ALL AROUND SUPLEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!1If you do all this you can not do any better.Hans
INJURED DOG / VET
Hi Hans, I haven't heard from you in awhile. I was the guy who bought one of your females from the Erin (aka Eliska) x Navar Litter. I quess you sent her to me back in November. She has turned out to be a beautiful girl so far. I should send you an attachment next time with her picture. You probably see so many you dont really care if I do or I don't , but I will send you one. We had some trouble with her about 6-7 weeks ago. My wife and son had taken her down to Baltimore to visit her parents. They live in the city with a fenced back yard. As far as we can tell she must have climbed over the fence and got struck by a car or something big and fast. When they found her she was in terrible shape not bleeding except around her upper lip but her back right leg was mangled. I / we were devastated. She could not put her leg down and looked in general terrible. She stopped eating for two weeks except for a nibble here and there. We took her to the vets the
next day after the accident and he said she had tore her back leg main ligament terribly. He said she would never be right even if we took her to have surgery to repair the ligament it was only a 50% chance of her even being able to us it. But even if was repaired and somehow she was able to us it somewhat it would never be the same. The surgery would cost from 1800 to 2500. So.... we decided to put her down. The day we were to put her down and get another one (probably from you) we had a change of heart and couldn't do it. Thought oh well shell just be a three legged house dog. Well let me tell you after 3 - 4 weeks she started using the leg slowly, started showing some hope. To make a longer story shorter she had became a miracle if you ask me. She is not only using that rear leg but is showing no signs of any injury. She is running rocking and rolling with my 12 year old son who claimed her as his in the beginning. She must of been young enough so
that the ligament just repaired or over grow the injury. She still has a bulge were thahugegh tear was but it must of grow over it, I don't know what happened . All I know is she seems like 100% to us now. Anyway thought you would like to here this story. I also needed to know about the papers you said would take a few months to get to us. I would like to breed her in a year or so everybody here in West Virginia thinks she is one of the most gorgous G.S's they have ever seen. I hope you will also like we discussed keep me in mind for a great male pup (dark sable) that would compliment her lines perfectly to breed them together. Don't want to be any kind of compitition for you just want to have a litter up here maybe once maybe twice no more. Anyway I'll stop rambling on for now and give you a break.... Sincerely, Bob S. 304-xxx xxxx (
I'm only home at this # Friady thru Monday Afternoon) so if you can just email me when you get a chance
That will tell you what the vets know. Sometimes they are just plain stupid, sometimes they want to get money out of you to pay mortgage through the surgery fee and sometimes they present you with the worse case scenario and if things get better then everybody is happy. Since if they would tell you best case scenario and things would turn for the worse then everybody would be pissed off.
Well let this be a lesson for you. I would NEVER put such dog down. I had 3 legged dog (Padrner was his name). He also got hit by a car when he was 1 year old. And he died at 8 years while killing a rattlerr in front of the kennel at night...protecting me since I would not see the snake in dark and I would probably got bitten.
Anyway next time please feel free to call me and I will help you make a decision about things like this. I have seen it just about all in 43 years in dogs thus my opinion may help you to make up your mind.
Please let me know when you are ready for a pup. I will call you.
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Why do some dogs offered for sale don't have pedigree's like Dag who is awesome in looks and build?
I see this alot on different sites and not sure why these dogs don't have a pedigree, can you fill me in as to why?
In Czech Republic it takes more then to send forms to the registry in order to register and breed their dogs. It is a process which not everybody is willing to undertake. Shows, Breed Survey, etc. It is to much for people who are not planning to breed their dogs.
Normally our dogs are registered but sometimes likeduring the major 2002 flood (for example) a lot of people in Czech Republic have lost all that they had and could not take care of these great dogs. We did take such dogs and sold them and paid to these people money which helped them in their survival.
These dogs are great dogs for someone who does not care about breeding them and thus they can afford such dog for a reduced price.
What is CIVIL DRIVE?
There is no need to reinvent the wheel. There are scientific definitions which we should apply.
First we need to define what is drive per se: Simplistically, drives are genetically build in (hard wired) urges that makes an animal to seek the core necessities for survival. (Food, sex, safety,...) The drive has usually 2 circuits:
(like Hunger caused by sugar fluctuations and other physiological changes)
2. emotional or seeking (like hunting which is action necessary to be taken to satisfy a hunger for example.)
Which describes prey drive.
Or we can see:
1. physical( threat pain or potential pain or injury)
2. emotional ( aggression of the dog towards the source of the threat)
Which describes Defense drive.
These drives hare hard wired into the genetic makeup of the dog.
Now it had been scientifically established that what the dog is going to target in prey or defense drive is a learned behavior.
We can in prey for example, teach the dog to target sleeve or a burlap or a rabbit or a human and then his arm, leg, chest,....
Similar could be said about defense drive.
Thus what the dog is going to attack (imprinted to attack) is always a learned behavior since nobody is going to convince anybody here that the dogs are genetically predisposed to bite a protection sleeve.
Description of word CIVIL in this context is this:
Person in or with bite equipment is a person in "uniform" since then the dog is taught to bite this "uniform".
Person without such equipment is a person without uniform thus he is in "civil".
If the dog is civil or not is a learned behavior. Ability of different dogs to learn such behavior is inherited.
I know what "assume" means ..OK!? :))
Some believe that "civil drive" is inherited, but in my book I believe that then you are really talking about inherited courage and fight drive instead, which is ability of the dog to bring the fight in prey d. or defense d. to a prey or to a source of the threat.
Written by Hans
Frequently asked questions about service dogs:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
SERVICE ANIMALS IN PLACES OF BUSINESS
1. Q: What are the laws that apply to my business?
A: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.
2. Q: What is a service animal?
A: The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.
Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. Guide dogs are one type of service animal, used by some individuals who are blind. This is the type of service animal with which most people are familiar. But there are service animals that assist persons with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples include:
_ Alerting persons with hearing impairments to sounds.
_ Pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things for persons with mobility impairments.
_ Assisting persons with mobility impairments with balance.
A service animal is not a pet.
3. Q: How can I tell if an animal is really a service animal and not just a pet?
A: Some, but not all, service animals wear special collars and harnesses. Some, but not all, are licensed or certified and have identification papers. If you are not certain that an animal is a service animal, you may ask the person who has the animal if it is a service animal required because of a disability. However, an individual who is going to a restaurant or theater is not likely to be carrying documentation of his or her medical condition or disability. Therefore, such documentation generally may not be required as a condition for providing service to an individual accompanied by a service animal. Although a number of states have programs to certify service animals, you may not insist on proof of state certification before permitting the service animal to accompany the person with a disability.
4. Q: What must I do when an individual with a service animal comes to my business?
A: The service animal must be permitted to accompany the individual with a disability to all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. An individual with a service animal may not be segregated from other customers.
5. Q: I have always had a clearly posted "no pets" policy at my establishment. Do I still have to allow service animals in?
A: Yes. A service animal is not a pet. The ADA requires you to modify your "no pets" policy to allow the use of a service animal by a person with a disability. This does not mean you must abandon your "no pets" policy altogether but simply that you must make an exception to your general rule for service animals.
6. Q: My county health department has told me that only a guide dog has to be admitted. If I follow those regulations, am I violating the ADA?
A: Yes, if you refuse to admit any other type of service animal on the basis of local health department regulations or other state or local laws. The ADA provides greater protection for individuals with disabilities and so it takes priority over the local or state laws or regulations.
7. Q: Can I charge a maintenance or cleaning fee for customers who bring service animals into my business?
A: No. Neither a deposit nor a surcharge may be imposed on an individual with a disability as a condition to allowing a service animal to accompany the individual with a disability, even if deposits are routinely required for pets. However, a public accommodation may charge its customers with disabilities if a service animal causes damage so long as it is the regular practice of the entity to charge non-disabled customers for the same types of damages. For example, a hotel can charge a guest with a disability for the cost of repairing or cleaning furniture damaged by a service animal if it is the hotel's policy to charge when non-disabled guests cause such damage.
8. Q: I operate a private taxicab and I don't want animals in my taxi; they smell, shed hair and sometimes have "accidents." Am I violating the ADA if I refuse to pick up someone with a service animal?
A: Yes. Taxicab companies may not refuse to provide services to individuals with disabilities. Private taxicab companies are also prohibited from charging higher fares or fees for transporting individuals with disabilities and their service animals than they charge to other persons for the same or equivalent service.
9. Q: Am I responsible for the animal while the person with a disability is in my business?
A: No. The care or supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his or her owner. You are not required to provide care or food or a special location for the animal.
10. Q: What if a service animal barks or growls at other people, or otherwise acts out of control?
A: You may exclude any animal, including a service animal, from your facility when that animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. For example, any service animal that displays vicious behavior towards other guests or customers may be excluded. You may not make assumptions, however, about how a particular animal is likely to behave based on your past experience with other animals. Each situation must be considered individually.
Although a public accommodation may exclude any service animal that is out of control, it should give the individual with a disability who uses the service animal the option of continuing to enjoy its goods and services without having the service animal on the premises.
11. Q: Can I exclude an animal that doesn't really seem dangerous but is disruptive to my business?
A: There may be a few circumstances when a public accommodation is not required to accommodate a service animal--that is, when doing so would result in a fundamental alteration to the nature of the business. Generally, this is not likely to occur in restaurants, hotels, retail stores, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities. But when it does, for example, when a dog barks during a movie, the animal can be excluded.
If you have further questions about service animals or other requirements of the ADA, you may call the U.S. Department of Justice's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD).
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German Shepherd, Malinois or Dutch Shepherd?
Q: Why do you prefer gsd over dutchies and mals?
A: I have written on the topic on many occasions.
Whole book can be written on this topic.
I make it simple here though:
1. GSD is a most versatile breed on the world, Mali and DS are specialised breeds thus they have narrower use. Mainly it is herding and Sport. I personally believe that any other tasks GSD which is well bred and trained can perform just as well or most of the time better then Mali and DS . You can take the same well breed GSD individual and choose for him a path of training to be pp dog, family dog, Police, Search and Rescue, herding, handicapped support dog, Sport............and good well bred GSD should be able to perform well on any path of training . I am not saying that one dog can do all types of training I am saying that such GSD can do ANY such training. Please understand the difference. All and any.
That is most definitely the truth for Malinois or DS.
Look at Mali and DS as a Dragster race car and GSD as a 4x4 SUV.
2. GSD works mainly out of thinking and drive supports him where Mali and DS works mainly through drive and thinking is not employed as much. This is a dangerous proposition on more then one level.
3. GSD is most recognized breed on the world and there is reason for that. Where just about nobody in general public is aware of existence on Mali and DS and there is reason for that too.
4. For the above reasons the use of Malis and DS is very limited and often inappropriate even in specialized fields where thinking needs to be put ahead of drive. That includes even the law enforcement.
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