Porsche desperately wants to steal the Dane pups in the spare room. She thinks she would make a much better mama and doesn't see the point in giving birth to her own young when there is a perfectly healthy litter of seven so near. Harley disagrees with some very deep growls!
Every time I go through the baby gate to check on the Danes its like I have a Doberman attached to my leg. Half the time I don't even realize she has came in behind me! I think she is going to make an excellent mama! She is very sweet and maternal by nature.
Cinders won't go near the new pups. She is very pleased that they are not hers. I imagine she will be the same with Porsche's pups.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
After much inner debate, I decided to place Vader. Vader is everything I could ever want in a schutzhund Doberman. Civil with phenomenal drives and extreme confidence and grips. He is his mother with testosterone. Unfortunately, Vader still has an overbite. The more I work this boy the more attached I get and the more depressed that such an awesome dog has such a fault. I feel fortunate that what I feel is the perfect home came up for my baby. Vader is going to a competition schutzhund home where he will be part of the family and most important he will be close by where I can watch his progress and be available if things don't work out.
About a week before I placed Vader, I bought Razor back. Razor's previous owner was a shepherd guy and he decided he wanted to purchase a trained shepherd. Razor came with rave reviews from his previous owner and fellow club members. I got to work this boy last weekend and I was very impressed with his balanced drives and super calm grips. A very nice boy with a solid foundation. He is also a complete sweetheart and a wonderful household addition. He is a wonderful schutzhund prospect and I anticipate good things for his future.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Arras is the father of our "A" litter- Porsche, Alex, Rain, and Tessa. He turned a very healthy 11yrs old today!!
On a side note, Cinders cut the pad of her paw almost 2 wks ago. Unfortunately, she reopened the wound and its driving my crazy as I wanted to get as much training in as I can before the pups come. I am thinking about wrapping it and putting a boot on her so we can run blinds. Not sure how that will work.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I haven't written for a while. The Dobes and I have kept busy. Vader's training is coming along well. I have been going slowly with and building a solid foundation. He is a natural tracker and very confident in the bitework. His obedience has been improving lots too. He still reminds me so much of his mother that its crazy.
Cinders' obedience is doing lots better. Using the pinch on her waist seems to be helping a lot with her foraging. Her corners in tracking are doing much better too. Control in protection has been doing well, but we took about a month off in protection due to weather etc and when we went to train in Nashville this last weekend control wasn't great.
Porsche is now 1 month pregnant. I am really excited to see what she and Orinoco throw together. I anticipate that by line-breeding on the Black Gong side we will bring some natural aggression and excellent grips to the table. Then add in very correct conformation and this should be an exceptional litter. Ultrasound showed 5 pups. I am hoping there is a nice female in the litter for me. Porsche has been ultra sweet and maternal. She has been grooming everyone and wants to kiss me and be held all the time. She is SOOOOO SWEET. Icky sweet! But I love her.