Nicknames: Her registered name is Kitty von Aspehaus, but we call her Katie.
Birthday: December 10th 2003
Likes: Working with her bite work (schutzhund) and training for dog shows.
Pet-Peeves: Flies, Jenna going off to school.
Favorite Toy: The protection sleeve, and the target training tug.
Favorite Food: Eagle Pack! Mixed with carrot and beet juice, to make her coat redder. Jen also feeds me two raw slabs of steak a week do build up my jaw, and also help build up muscle.
Favorite Walk: Walks to the park, and going into stores and resturants with Jenna. Also helping Jen teach obedience classes.
Best Tricks: I know Lots of obedience commands, and a few good tricks. Shake, Wave, Say Your Sorry, Speak, Jumping Through A Hoop, Jumping onto a stool or object, Bouncing a Ball back to mom, and I can also read flash cards. I know about 8 of the flash card commands.
Arrival Story: Katie was bought at Thinshmidt German Shepherds, the kennel where I work. We got her for a low price, because the owner of the kennel needed extra money for her surgery. They were originally going to show and keep her, but they didn't. So now she belongs to me. I bought Katie for $800. Dirt cheap for a show quality shepherd. Now I train and work with the breed, have a job training at the kennel, and I also help instruct the group training classes, using Katie & her brother Tylo for demonstrations in obedience and protection training. I am a juinor handler for the breed, and also get hired to title dogs in German shows.
Bio: Katie is now worth over $7000, and is my family's pride and joy. She was imported from germany at 8 weeks, and we bought her around 11 months old. She lives to work, and loves what she does.
Training: Mom trains all her dogs with positive reinforcement. A reinforcer is anything that, occurring in conjunction with an act, tends to increase the probability that the act will occur again. We do not use choke chains or corrective methods. Corrections temporarily suppress unwanted behavior, positive reinforcement for correct and acceptable behavior, eliminate and extinguish it, permanently.
Titles Earned: Katie earned her SchH1 title a couple years ago, working up to A schH2 and then to her schH3. She is now working on achiving her BH title this next year as well as a VA. Some other titles she has recieved are her FH1 and her KKL-1.
German Commands: Katie is trained through all german commands. Here are a few of her more common commands.
Smells like a good day for me. Everything is going well so far. After my yummy breakfast, I got my daily rawhide bone, (To keep be busy when moms at school, so I wont dig up Granny's flowers), and got to play with my best friend in the whole world, my Mom. After mom goes to school, I get attention from Granny and Pappy. Pappy likes to ruffle the fur on my head real hard. (It wouldnt hurt if he wasnt so rough with me!) Hehe. Then I go in the backyard and chill out by the pool with Tylo. Basking in the sun. Bol! I do that untill Granny calls us in to go keep her company in the garage while she works on her 'scrap books'. I dont know what "scrap books" are... Maybe a book filled with dinner scraps? Mmmm.
Then around the same time everyday, Mom comes home from school. I always get excited when I feel the time for her to be home comming near. I make sure to give her a big sloppy kiss when she comes to say Hi to her bestest friends.
Then we do what best buds do. Go on walks, play with the ball, tease Tylo, hang out in her room and eat her homework for her... ahh. Yep. Today definitely smells good. (and dinner smells even better! *runs off to get some grub*)
Finals are comming up, so its hard for her to find time to come on dogster with us. Her grades are pretty low because her teachers are very hard to work with. Eugh! But, thankfully I know how to keep Jenna in line with her homework. *cracks whip* ;) Hehehe.
Mom found a super cool Schutzhund poem online today. Just thought I'd post it. x3
" SCHUTZHUND "
Ready and waiting
Eager to lunge
Watching for movement
Permitting the plunge
Quivering with excitement
Eyes full of desire
Held only in place
By an invisible wire
No command needs be given
This dog works alone
Just movement, threatening movement
And protection ability is shown
Then out of the blind flies the helper with flare
Waving the stick and provoking a dare
And like all those brave dogs whom have trialed here before
This bad guy is captured
Leaving this competitor wanting more..............