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On 24/11/2020 at 17:46, Leggers do it lying down said:

My preference is the Rottweiler (on my second at present),but a similar large dog that the "dog racists" perceive as "nasty",but are actually just like any other dog!,will do...As I have said on a previous post,"everything on the towpath slows down for a rotti!"?...Also,black dogs operate in "stealth mode" on a dark towpath!. ?

Agree that rotties can be as soft as anything. Unfortunately they are, like GSDs,  often picked by people wanting an aggressive dog.  Like staffies.

 I did have one unnerving experience  late one evening at Hurleston when a couple of Rotties came running round under the bridge and didn’t look very friendly. The owner appeared shortly after, shouted something and the dogs immediately stopped, turned and sat down.  He did apologise and said he didn’t expect anyone to be out at that time.

 I love well-trained dogs with responsible owners,  but unfortunately there are too many irresponsible owners out there.

 

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38 minutes ago, dor said:

Agree that rotties can be as soft as anything. Unfortunately they are, like GSDs,  often picked by people wanting an aggressive dog.  Like staffies.

 I did have one unnerving experience  late one evening at Hurleston when a couple of Rotties came running round under the bridge and didn’t look very friendly. The owner appeared shortly after, shouted something and the dogs immediately stopped, turned and sat down.  He did apologise and said he didn’t expect anyone to be out at that time.

 I love well-trained dogs with responsible owners,  but unfortunately there are too many irresponsible owners out there.

 

Couldn't agree more.? The animal on the collar end of the lead is a reflection of the animal at the handle end!.:P

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On 25/11/2020 at 13:53, Dav and Pen said:

This our fella he’s an Airedale the 3 rd one we have had. They are very alert and good watchdogs but all 3 have been reluctant to swim even though the breed was used to hunt otters they don’t like even walking through puddles.

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On 25/11/2020 at 14:25, Hudds Lad said:

 

i grew up with an Airedale from birth until i was about 13 or 14, lovely dog and was very protective. My mum got another one but it suffered with an odd stomach problem that no-one could get to the bottom of and was the most nervous animal i've ever seen :( 

 

don't see many of them around these days sadly

 

Are Airedales naturally laid back and will only do things in their own time?

 

My only experience of them are at the training classes where I take Zeus where there are two. Both will eventually, after several requests do what they are told, but never promptly.

 

 

One barks every time it owner shouts an instruction, as if answering back. He is funny and has been attending classes for 13 years!

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On 25/11/2020 at 15:57, Murflynn said:

 

my first memory of an Airedale was at my Gran's house in Headingley.  The family had always had an Airedale or two, but they also had a life-size toy Airedale on wheels that I sat on as a toddler and got someone to push me around.   Airedales seem to have almost disappeared these days.

Yes it seems everybody’s gran had one and the one on wheels was a very popular toy. The one in the photo is called Barney and he’s 5 both him and the previous one loved to stand at the front of the barge seeing where we were going but this one liked to “help” with the ropes .

 

1 hour ago, cuthound said:

 

 

Are Airedales naturally laid back and will only do things in their own time?

 

My only experience of them are at the training classes where I take Zeus where there are two. Both will eventually, after several requests do what they are told, but never promptly.

 

 

One barks every time it owner shouts an instruction, as if answering back. He is funny and has been attending classes for 13 years!

The certainly have a strong character which I expect comes from being breed in Yorkshire. I took this one to training classes for a few weeks but he couldn’t be bothered and was only interested in picking up the crumbs of liver sausage the trainer used and were on the floor. In the morning I used to say to the previous one “what head have you got on this morning “ after Worzel Gummidge as you were never sure . They keep you amused and occupied.

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I still talk to Millie, it's so silly because she died in February, but I apologise if I make a big noise (she was so aggrieved when I dropped something and woke her up, bear in mind she was 16 when she passed and spent most of her time asleep, unless I made a noise. That glare should have killed me!

I miss her so much

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We have a miniature Russian hunting hound that looks a bit like a mini pincher. He's the perfect size for a boat, doesn't malt and isn't yappy. 

 

I would like another dog and have thought about a springer, but when we were over at Woodbridge, which was tidal and so you ended up sitting in the mud a lot; our neighbouring boat had a springer who constantly jumped off to either swim or sink in the mud. 

On 24/11/2020 at 12:59, cuthound said:

 

Indeed, if you have to bend down to pat it, then it isn't a real dog.?

I've always had lurchers and so was doubtful about having a small dog. Got to say though, our little guy isn't just clever, he's fast and can take down a rat and kill it in seconds. My lurchers couldn't catch a rat and that wasn't for want of trying.

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3 hours ago, Allthatjaz said:

We have a miniature Russian hunting hound that looks a bit like a mini pincher. He's the perfect size for a boat, doesn't malt and isn't yappy. 

 

I would like another dog and have thought about a springer, but when we were over at Woodbridge, which was tidal and so you ended up sitting in the mud a lot; our neighbouring boat had a springer who constantly jumped off to either swim or sink in the mud. 

I've always had lurchers and so was doubtful about having a small dog. Got to say though, our little guy isn't just clever, he's fast and can take down a rat and kill it in seconds. My lurchers couldn't catch a rat and that wasn't for want of trying.

I'd like to see a picture if you have one please?  I could search for an image but it isn't quite the same as seeing a real one. 

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On 24/11/2020 at 18:05, Leggers do it lying down said:

Not only stealth mode at night,but impossible to lose in a snow storm!

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My girl (elsa) at 10 weeks old

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Same dog today..Still going at 14 years 3 months!??

Sadly,no longer "going"?..Passed 10/12...Laid to rest by what used to be bridge 62 (the pipe bridge) on the Coventry canal.Sound your horn or raise your glass when passing by.??

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5 hours ago, Leggers do it lying down said:

Sadly,no longer "going"?..Passed 10/12...Laid to rest by what used to be bridge 62 (the pipe bridge) on the Coventry canal.Sound your horn or raise your glass when passing by.??

 

I'll remember him next time I walk Zeus that way.

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On 24/11/2020 at 12:59, cuthound said:

 

Indeed, if you have to bend down to pat it, then it isn't a real dog.?

This of course is utter BS.

 

A dog's 'dogness' is nothing to do with how big or small they are, it's about their temperament, obedience behaviour and importantly companionship. 

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8 hours ago, sunny said:

My latest rescue gsd  Raffy took to boating like a duck to water i have two more they all love a good cruise

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You have a lovely looking dog there. Well done for having a rescue dog, is he needing a lot of training? 
We’ve always had our dogs as pups. That way most faults in theIr behaviour are down to us. This is Lily our GSD on the Leeds Liverpool last year. 

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9 hours ago, sunny said:

My latest rescue gsd  Raffy took to boating like a duck to water i have two more they all love a good cruise

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Well.done for taking on a rescue GSD.

 

Most come with a range of behavioural problems, always due to poor socialization and lack of structured training.

 

Zeus is vastly improved from when we got him at 14 months (he hadnt ben socialised or trained at all and barked incessantly), however his social.skills with other dogs are still very variable.

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3 hours ago, MHS said:

You have a lovely looking dog there. Well done for having a rescue dog, is he needing a lot of training? 
We’ve always had our dogs as pups. That way most faults in theIr behaviour are down to us. This is Lily our GSD on the Leeds Liverpool last year. 

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Rescue dogs can indeed be a mixed bunch but there are some out there that are extremely well trained. We " rescued " ours from a police kennels. She had undertaken sniffer dog training but for some reason or other failed so as she couldnt do the job she was unwanted bless her, but understandable. So we went to see her paid the  money and off we went. We didnt realise at first but within a few hours realised what a superbly trained dog she is. Never barks unless someone gets on the boat etc and walks, sits and stops, returns and stands to have a lead put on, the only slight drawback is her insanity towards tennis balls as that is what is used in their training lol.

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1 hour ago, mrsmelly said:

 the only slight drawback is her insanity towards tennis balls as that is what is used in their training lol.

As an avid watcher of 'Police Interceptors' I'm always impressed by the amount of work a PD puts in only to be rewarded with the throw of a tennis ball.

 

(But then they do get to rip the arse out of some low life drug dealers pants too..... also an enjoyable reward/watch)

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