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Old 06-04-2005, 08:53 PM
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As a trainer at a large dog club i see many huskies and schnauzers, and i would have to say that huskies have a much more engaging temperament. All puppies will chew when they are young, huskies sometimes do this into adulthood. This is not a bad thing though, just so long as the husky has his own interesting chew toys such as a Kong. It is often said that huskies are stubborn and untrainable. This is partly true. They are harder to train than the average breed, though we have several at the club that have titles in agility. If you would like to get into sports with your dog then a husky is just fine! Weight pulling competitions are perfect for huskies/malamutes. As far a dominance goes, we no longer use the word as it is completely over used for every tiny issue. A dog jumping on your bed is not "dominating by taking the top den area", he just wants to sleep on the bed! I wouldn't worry about huskies and dominance.
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Old 06-06-2005, 06:03 PM
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I have a Giant, and that is a great choice Invisble, but they are not easy. You have to be the Alpha at all times.

I'm a bit rushed at teh moment but will get back to you later today. i think Rene emailed me that you had an interest. Thanks Rene.

As for the rescue, I doubt you will find a Giant. First, there are VERY few of them in general, so its not like people have alot to give up. Second teh Giant rescue organization is very organized so once there is a dog in a rescue or needs rescuing, etc..its almost immediatly scooped up by somone who has been waiting for one.

My advice is get a pet quality Giant from a good breeder. Schnapps, my Giant, came from skansen.com If you did any research you already know about Skansen and Sylvia Hammarstrom.

Good luck. PM me if you need more info or email me at [email protected]
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Old 06-06-2005, 06:20 PM
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Thanks Siamese, but I already have a ..hopefully....future dog! He is a black Giant Schnauzer, 4 yrs old natural ears and docked tail. We met him and he is just great! He is such a great dog and as soon as they do a home check tomorrow we can have him His coat is a bit long right now, but we will shave him after we get him. Thanks
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Old 06-06-2005, 06:31 PM
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I'll bet Siemens will be able to help you out a lot when you have your dog home. I'm sure Giant Schnauzers have their own set of very individual quirks just like any other breed
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Old 06-06-2005, 06:36 PM
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I'm very glad there is someone here that is experienced with this breed. I mean you guys are great, but like you said Giant Schnauzer probably have their own quirks
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Old 06-07-2005, 12:33 AM
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They do. You are getting a male? Pure bread? Is he big?

You need to learn EVERYTHING about his past! EVERYTHING! This is a breed that remembers past wrongs. So if somone abused him or anything like that you need to be aware. Plus he is probably 100lb so you can not afford to experiment.

Also careful when playing tug of war. He will love it and so will you. But he will outlast you everytime. And then things will get a bit rough. Make sure he knows from the very beginning that teeth on the skin is the limit (end) to the game.

When he jumps on you, which all Giants love to do, you must be able to control him, and make him stay down, otherwise when anyone who weighs less than your Giant meets him, they will end up hurt.

Giants are super loyal, so do not be surprised if he whines when you leave. Don't worry though, 2 minutes after you leave his 'must protect the master's property' instinct turns on. Anyone entering your yard will be ambushed! That's right. Giants stalk. They do not give a warning bark. They sneak up and confront at 10 yards. By then it's too late for the burglar, the kid next door, or unle Joe who did not know you got a new dog. Post warning signs so that people know there is a guard dog lurking nearby. My favorite is "My dog can make it to the fence in 3.5 seconds, can you?" Or "Property Protected by Schnauzer Security Co." Anyway you have a potentially dangerous animal in your yard. He seems loving and gentle when you are around, or whoever is the alpha, BUT when the alpha is away, He is the alpha!

You will have alot of fun, and be rewarded by a very loving dog.

1) Always be the alpha
2) Always remember his power
3) Reward him with love and attention, thats all he wants
4) Be mindfull that others are intimidated by large dogs, act accordingly
5) Never assume what your Giant will do around strangers
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:33 PM
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Congratulations on finding a dog you like! I've been going through the adoption process lately too and I know it's extremely exciting, I can't wait to hear how it turns out for you! It sounds like a great dog.
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