ARRSE Kennel Club - A Dog Owners Thread

colinmc400

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hope he’s all right. The new one is shooting up!

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16 months old and chilling out. It’s a tough life
GSP? And a fully intact one at that by the looks of it. I have two beagles right now and would consider a GSP as the next member of the pack. Is that your first and how have you gotten on? Just a bit worried a blerk GSP might be too much hound for her indoors. She loves walking our pair, but at 15 and 13kgs each, they are at the smaller end of the hound size scale.
 
GSP? And a fully intact one at that by the looks of it. I have two beagles right now and would consider a GSP as the next member of the pack. Is that your first and how have you gotten on? Just a bit worried a blerk GSP might be too much hound for her indoors. She loves walking our pair, but at 15 and 13kgs each, they are at the smaller end of the hound size scale.
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he’s 16 months old and in possession of a fine pair of nads as you can see.

The black and white one was our first - she is four and a half. We’ve been after a second for a while as a result of a discussion with @Bob Upndown who posted a couple of posts ago. best bit of a advice I’ve had on the dog front. The breed are fantastic. They need a lot of exercise.

on the lad - he’s fantastic. Brilliant temperament and soft as butter. He’s about 30kg so you know he’s about. Gets on with the bitch brilliantly. He gets on pretty well with the other dog as well. Only kidding….

we were concerned about two bitches as we had a bad experience with two previous Weimaraner bitches we had because of dominance problems so went for the dog. First dog we have had.

I took a straw poll on here about having his nads off and as you can see, he’s still got them. There is no aggression in him at all where other dogs are concerned. From what I’ve seen of dogs that have had their b0ll0cks off, they either try to shag him or bite him. When I speak to their owners the response is ‘we had his nads off as he was aggressive’. Their dogs are still aggressive only they have no balls. I’m firmly of a view now that a dog is a dog - b0ll0cks or not. Ours has them as keeping him intact reduces health risks I am told. The Mrs is piping up that it increases health risks! I have no plan of having him done at the moment. Really happy with him now but will monitor - that’s the view of OC Domestic. My view is he’s keeping his balls.

training is easy and they respond well to it. Mine are trained to the whistle. At the first sight of horses, walkers, runners, cyclists and cars, they run back without being whistled. Walk at heel etc - we live in the sticks.

we dont encounter lots of other dogs when walking him, but my experience is when we do, they mostly try to bite him or shag him but it’s manageable as ours are trained and come when called. I guess that says a lot about owning a dog - nads or not. It also says a lot about the importance of training.

he’s headstrong. My Mrs was runnning with them yesterday and he chased a full grown male stag - a big one. He’s fast and he lost the plot but came back. He had a deer in the garden the other day but fortunately I got to him before he did any serious damage to it - a doe. A big one. Chases game birds but comes back.

walking him is pure entertainment. GSPs run for England and they will sweep the area at about 100m distance from you. They always know where you are and regularly check back to make sure you are where they think you should be.

GSPs are an absolute delight. I’m a total convert.

hope that helps.

here he is. About to take them out

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Bob Upndown

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he’s 16 months old and in possession of a fine pair of nads as you can see.

The black and white one was our first - she is four and a half. We’ve been after a second for a while as a result of a discussion with @Bob Upndown who posted a couple of posts ago. best bit of a advice I’ve had on the dog front. The breed are fantastic. They need a lot of exercise.

on the lad - he’s fantastic. Brilliant temperament and soft as butter. He’s about 30kg so you know he’s about. Gets on with the bitch brilliantly. He gets on pretty well with the other dog as well. Only kidding….

we were concerned about two bitches as we had a bad experience with two previous Weimaraner bitches we had because of dominance problems so went for the dog. First dog we have had.

I took a straw poll on here about having his nads off and as you can see, he’s still got them. There is no aggression in him at all where other dogs are concerned. From what I’ve seen of dogs that have had their b0ll0cks off, they either try to shag him or bite him. When I speak to their owners the response is ‘we had his nads off as he was aggressive’. Their dogs are still aggressive only they have no balls. I’m firmly of a view now that a dog is a dog - b0ll0cks or not. Ours has them as keeping him intact reduces health risks I am told. The Mrs is piping up that it increases health risks! I have no plan of having him done at the moment. Really happy with him now but will monitor - that’s the view of OC Domestic. My view is he’s keeping his balls.

training is easy and they respond well to it. Mine are trained to the whistle. At the first sight of horses, walkers, runners, cyclists and cars, they run back without being whistled. Walk at heel etc - we live in the sticks.

we dont encounter lots of other dogs when walking him, but my experience is when we do, they mostly try to bite him or shag him but it’s manageable as ours are trained and done when called. I guess that says a lot about owning a dog - nads or not. It also says a lot about the importance of training.

he’s headstrong. My Mrs was runnning with them yesterday and he chased a full grown male stag - a big one. He’s fast and he lost the plot but came back. He had a deer in the garden the other day but fortunately I got to him before he did any serious damage to it - a doe. A big one. Chases game birds but comes back.

walking him is pure entertainment. GSPs run for England and they will sweep the area at about 100m distance from you. They always know where you are and regularly check back to make sure you are where they think you should be.

GSPs are an absolute delight. I’m a total convert.

hope that helps.

here he is. About to take them out

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So glad it's all worked out for you Si, once those GSP's are under your skin, there's no other choice!

Your hounds are stunning (though show me a GSP that isn't :p). You've hit the nail on the head re the essential nature of the training and exercise; get that right, which you clearly have in spades and you've got the best dog out there.

OK, so you're up to 2 fabulous hounds, time to up the ante and start laying the foundations with SWMBO for No3. ;) . Can't remember if I've posted this already, that's Sidney in the middle.


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So glad it's all worked out for you Si, once those GSP's are under your skin, there's no other choice!

Your hounds are stunning (though show me a GSP that isn't :p). You've hit the nail on the head re the essential nature of the training and exercise; get that right, which you clearly have in spades and you've got the best dog out there.

OK, so you're up to 2 fabulous hounds, time to up the ante and start laying the foundations with SWMBO for No3. ;) . Can't remember if I've posted this already, that's Sidney in the middle.


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Stunning mate. Absolutely stunning.

We are having the discussion but not over the line on it yet. We are lucky enough to have a couple of acres which is completely secure so we have the space, but the house is small - its a cottage. Three would fill the place is the problem. Thats said, they are outside running around like lunatics in the garden and paddock 99% of the time, apart from when its pissing down, which it is now. The boy is a wimp - he wouldnt go out in the rain for a piss this morning in case it rain on him but he was on his way to France when we were in the coast a few weeks ago - he loves the sea and the beach. I'll dig a couple of snaps out and add them to this post. @colinmc400 - two recommendations here for you fella!

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colinmc400

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he’s 16 months old and in possession of a fine pair of nads as you can see.

The black and white one was our first - she is four and a half. We’ve been after a second for a while as a result of a discussion with @Bob Upndown who posted a couple of posts ago. best bit of a advice I’ve had on the dog front. The breed are fantastic. They need a lot of exercise.

on the lad - he’s fantastic. Brilliant temperament and soft as butter. He’s about 30kg so you know he’s about. Gets on with the bitch brilliantly. He gets on pretty well with the other dog as well. Only kidding….

we were concerned about two bitches as we had a bad experience with two previous Weimaraner bitches we had because of dominance problems so went for the dog. First dog we have had.

I took a straw poll on here about having his nads off and as you can see, he’s still got them. There is no aggression in him at all where other dogs are concerned. From what I’ve seen of dogs that have had their b0ll0cks off, they either try to shag him or bite him. When I speak to their owners the response is ‘we had his nads off as he was aggressive’. Their dogs are still aggressive only they have no balls. I’m firmly of a view now that a dog is a dog - b0ll0cks or not. Ours has them as keeping him intact reduces health risks I am told. The Mrs is piping up that it increases health risks! I have no plan of having him done at the moment. Really happy with him now but will monitor - that’s the view of OC Domestic. My view is he’s keeping his balls.

training is easy and they respond well to it. Mine are trained to the whistle. At the first sight of horses, walkers, runners, cyclists and cars, they run back without being whistled. Walk at heel etc - we live in the sticks.

we dont encounter lots of other dogs when walking him, but my experience is when we do, they mostly try to bite him or shag him but it’s manageable as ours are trained and come when called. I guess that says a lot about owning a dog - nads or not. It also says a lot about the importance of training.

he’s headstrong. My Mrs was runnning with them yesterday and he chased a full grown male stag - a big one. He’s fast and he lost the plot but came back. He had a deer in the garden the other day but fortunately I got to him before he did any serious damage to it - a doe. A big one. Chases game birds but comes back.

walking him is pure entertainment. GSPs run for England and they will sweep the area at about 100m distance from you. They always know where you are and regularly check back to make sure you are where they think you should be.

GSPs are an absolute delight. I’m a total convert.

hope that helps.

here he is. About to take them out

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All these GSP's are fine looking dogs, but reading what you have said, i think this confirms my suspicion is it would just be too much for her indoors and especially 2 of them. We have a reasonable sized yard by UK standards and plenty of local beaches only 5-10 mins away, but i am not convinced we could give them what they need. i had also looked at Vizla's and Weimaraners, but suspect they would be in a similar category. There are two reputable GSP breeders here in Perth and i would take one in a heartbeat.
 
All these GSP's are fine looking dogs, but reading what you have said, i think this confirms my suspicion is it would just be too much for her indoors and especially 2 of them. We have a reasonable sized yard by UK standards and plenty of local beaches only 5-10 mins away, but i am not convinced we could give them what they need. i had also looked at Vizla's and Weimaraners, but suspect they would be in a similar category. There are two reputable GSP breeders here in Perth and i would take one in a heartbeat.
Better to know what you are taking on up front is deffo the moral of the story. Good call if you dont think your Mrs could handle one. They are incredibly affectionate. Undoubtedly mans best friend. They like nothing more than being with you. Ours follow us around the house. The Mrs plays hide and seek with them which is hilarious.

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That’s this morning and every morning!
 

OneTenner

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All these GSP's are fine looking dogs, but reading what you have said, i think this confirms my suspicion is it would just be too much for her indoors and especially 2 of them. We have a reasonable sized yard by UK standards and plenty of local beaches only 5-10 mins away, but i am not convinced we could give them what they need. i had also looked at Vizla's and Weimaraners, but suspect they would be in a similar category. There are two reputable GSP breeders here in Perth and i would take one in a heartbeat.
From what I've seen, you don't have a Weimaraner in your life, they fully take it over... they can be 'highly strung'.
A mate (actually, not seen him for a good few years, they took over his life that much) had two, which was enough to handle, his Mrs. wanted another - all three of them became total nightmares to handle, became very destructive and aggressive with outsiders.
 

colinmc400

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From what I've seen, you don't have a Weimaraner in your life, they fully take it over... they can be 'highly strung'.
A mate (actually, not seen him for a good few years, they took over his life that much) had two, which was enough to handle, his Mrs. wanted another - all three of them became total nightmares to handle, became very destructive and aggressive with outsiders.
Umm, given we both work full time for now, having something like that go on as well, might be too much. Once i retire, it might be another story.
 
GSP? And a fully intact one at that by the looks of it. I have two beagles right now and would consider a GSP as the next member of the pack. Is that your first and how have you gotten on? Just a bit worried a blerk GSP might be too much hound for her indoors. She loves walking our pair, but at 15 and 13kgs each, they are at the smaller end of the hound size scale.
I can only mirror the excellent nuggets of advice from @Simmerit (and @Bob Upndown).

My first ever dog was a GSP and I thought I would never consider another breed ever again. Perfect in every way but at the time I was single (and arguably fitter) with enough time on my hands to rag him every day.

As Simmerit said:

"GSPs run for England and they will sweep the area at about 100m distance from you. They always know where you are and regularly check back to make sure you are where they think you should be". (in my case he would bugger off for about 1000m sometimes)!

And

"Better to know what you are taking on up front is deffo the moral of the story"

If it was purely my choice only I would have GSPs until my dying day. But, as you know, you do need (in every dogs case) to consider your other half, space in garden/house, time free etc.

This is my old boy Juno.

Named so because I was on a battlefield tour of Normandy just before we got him. He decided to pass away on the 5th June too! The date it should have kicked off!

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I can only mirror the excellent nuggets of advice from @Simmerit (and @Bob Upndown).

My first ever dog was a GSP and I thought I would never consider another breed ever again. Perfect in every way but at the time I was single (and arguably fitter) with enough time on my hands to rag him every day.

As Simmerit said:

"GSPs run for England and they will sweep the area at about 100m distance from you. They always know where you are and regularly check back to make sure you are where they think you should be". (in my case he would bugger off for about 1000m sometimes)!

And

"Better to know what you are taking on up front is deffo the moral of the story"

If it was purely my choice only I would have GSPs until my dying day. But, as you know, you do need (in every dogs case) to consider your other half, space in garden/house, time free etc.

This is my old boy Juno.

Named so because I was on a battlefield tour of Normandy just before we got him. He decided to pass away on the 5th June too! The date it should have kicked off!

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He's lovely mate and I am so sorry you lost him. When we lost our Weimaraner, she left a huge hole in our lives as the dog was such a big physical presence. The Mrs said the best cure was to get a pup straight away, which is what we did - a great decision.

Totally agree re 1,000m. Our lad is 100m in wood he doesn't know, but open countryside or the coast and wood he does know and we never see him. He's gone, but he does circle back periodically and when we have lost sight for a while he's right on the knuckle with the whistle. The bitch used to do that for the first two or so years, but she's now generally 100m in front on walks, where as the lads runs around like a mad thing.

It's incredible to watch when he goes after deer. He's not got a hope in hell, but he's powerful and he can shift - he's really fast. We had quite an entertaining one the other week where he had a stand-off with a fully grown stag. This thing looked well over 6 feet tall with its antlers. The stag ran at him then stopped. He nearly shit himself. It was quite funny.

Ace breed. We couldn't have anything else now
 

theinventor

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We had a call from the breeder. He was from a litter of 9 and they were concerned about finding homes for all the girls. Would we like one of his sisters? (2 for 1 deal)

Took about half a nanosecond... I fell for the female logic of how much we were saving by not having to buy the 2nd one
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Poppy

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my neighbour's dog Barney - I go and play with him sometimes when she's at work - he's very very bouncy
 

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Gout Man

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Came down the other day and found his bedding with blood on, quite a bit of it as well,oh crap.
Pooch appeared to be ok, a closer inspection and somehow during the night he scratched his nose just look at it a few days later, he still hasn’t told me what he did but he almost gave me a heart attack the bugger.

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Gout Man

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From what I've seen, you don't have a Weimaraner in your life, they fully take it over... they can be 'highly strung'.
A mate (actually, not seen him for a good few years, they took over his life that much) had two, which was enough to handle, his Mrs. wanted another - all three of them became total nightmares to handle, became very destructive and aggressive with outsiders.
Dalmatians can be like that, after all the US Fire services still have them as a station dog a tradition that goes back to them running with the horses, carriage dogs and guarding the equipment.
Our boy is a wonderful dog so loyal and protective, last thing at night he asks to go out and runs right round the house doing his checks, we watched him a few times, really funny but it’s as if he’s duty bound.
I have to be careful with him around other dogs, he simply has no fear, but small dogs he ignores (not a threat I suppose) show him a Staffy or a Alsatian and all hell breaks lose he will growl and then bark at them if they come to close, he doesn’t go after them just doesn’t want to socialise, but the bugger just doesn’t back off. Keeps me fit I suppose.
 
Just back from the Great Global Greyhound Walk.
New lad didn't know what to sniff first, so many bums!
At least he mainly kept to those attached to four legs....
This was his first walk with the greyhound gang and a lesson in etiquette. A squirrel ran past the assembled hounds, and not a single bark was heard, probably unable to believe their eyes! My lad would normally have been barking his head off but not today.
Lets see if he remembers to keep quiet tomorrow.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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We had a call from the breeder. He was from a litter of 9 and they were concerned about finding homes for all the girls. Would we like one of his sisters? (2 for 1 deal)

Took about half a nanosecond... I fell for the female logic of how much we were saving by not having to buy the 2nd one
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A word of caution if you have two puppies from the same litter - it creates additional issues outside of the normal puppy experience and you may need to do some seriously time-consuming additional training to make it work.


Someone I know acquired two Springer brothers thinking it would be easy and had a hell of a tough time - apart from anything else, they constantly untrained each other.
 

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