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Home of the year-round contest to find the Smarty Pants Dutch Shepherd of the year
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Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

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Post by ladyjubilee » Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:25 pm

I'm nominating Bramble. She is just a really smart dog.

Bramble is all about food. We use a puzzle bowl to slow her down when she eats. But she works more for praise.

Last week, my son got a snack. Bramble, of course, followed him to his room. A few minutes later I walked by to see him take a bite, and scoot the plate close to her. I was moving forward to intervene and grab the plate... but she took one piece. He pulled the plate back. Ate a piece, then she had her turn.

Turns out, they are doing this frequently. To the point this morning, they shared a piece of bacon.

Beyond the horror of my kid and dog eating together, these two have accomplished what trained professionals haven't. They are taking turns... something very challenging for kids like my son. And something we've worked for years to teach.

And she doesn't eat his hand when he pulls back the plate, which it's a plus.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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