||Two years old|
||German Shepherd Dog|
||Omro, Wisconsin, USA|
is Edge von der Pflaumbachstraße. Edge came to me from Germany in
hopes of becoming a police K9. Edge was trained negatively in Germany, so
he has a lot of nervousness around certain situations and because of this
he will not be suited to be a K9 police dog. Edge has become a permanent
member of my family, and is a wonderful protector over myself and my
family-all while being a very friendly, social dog.
Edge is a very loving dog. Because of his history, he does have a little
bit of a hard time settling down-as he is used to having high drive and
forced to work. He is getting better, but it is a slow process. He is
extremely protective of me, and him and I are very in sync with each
other. It has been an instant bond between us. Edge does not know any
"tricks", but knows many commands, all in German. His commands include
platz (down), sitz (sit), bleib (stay), fuss (heel), hier (come), steh
(stand), bring (fetch), hopp (jump), voraus (go out) such (track), pass auf (guard), aus (release), packen (bite), gib
laut (speak), zwinger (kennel), so ist brav (good boy), pfui and nein
(no), and nimm futter (go ahead and eat). He does know a few English
commands, but not many. Edge is extremely dependent on me-he does not like
to be somewhere without me. He is affectionate to me, but more reserved
with others, even my fiancé. He does lean on people though if he trusts
them. He is extremely protective over our other animals (two other dogs, and
four cats. I plan to enter them all at some point lol) but does not ever try
to herd them. He has no herding drive whatsoever.
Edge is very friendly, and I have never seen him be aggressive in a time
that was not justified. He does get fence aggressive if there is another
dog outside the fence running along, as he will protect the other dogs. He
also has bitten people during bitework training (while we were still
hopeful he would work out) but only if they pushed me or tried to hurt me.
When I introduce him to people, I tell him "friend" so that he starts to
associate that I am letting him know that this person is ok. He is
friendly around other dogs, but I am always cautious with him. He loves my
parents' dogs very much, and considers them part of his family.
Edge has been a huge comfort to me, as my fiancé works second shift, and I
am home alone every night. I feel much safer knowing that my dog will
protect me no matter what. He has intense focus on people while on walks
and I know people are intimidated by him. But if they get to meet him,
they understand he's a big bear cub.
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