German Shepherd/American Pit Bull Terrier
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Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Diesel

Handsome Boy, Wiggles

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
May 20th 2009

September 17th 2008

Catching bugs, walks, playing with his toys, car rides, rough housing with the kids, attention!

Being left behind, being ignored, not being able to play/meet a dog he sees

Favorite Toy:
Any squeaky toy, a filled kong, knuckle bones

Favorite Food:
Chicken, hot dogs, cheese, pizza crust, raw hamburger, bacon

Favorite Walk:
Loves to walk ANYWHERE!

Best Tricks:
Leave it, shake (right & left), sit/stay, lay down, give mommy kisses, heel, say please (speak), hop on two legs, roll over, wave

Arrival Story:
Diesel was listed on our local SPCA's website. When I saw him I just knew I HAD to meet this dog so I packed the kids in the Jeep and off we went to the shelter--I was hoping Diesel was still available. We walked in and were greeted by the friendly staff. We headed over to where we saw the first dog kennels and the first dog the kids saw and fell in love with was a rottweiler mix puppy--which we did visit with. Of course, the kids LOVED the puppy and they really wanted the cute lil fellow. One staff member asked us if we wanted to fill out an application for the puppy and the kids kept saying, "yes, mom! PLEEEEEEZZZZZ!!!" I said I'd think about it but I really wanted to see Diesel, since that is why we came in the first place. The kids just kind of sighed and mumbled that they didn't want to. The staff member led us into the "large dog" kennels. There were a ton of barking dogs...mostly pit bulls. The kids blocked their ears and seemed agitated to be in such a noisy place. The staff instructed me on where to find Diesel and I headed straight for it-not knowing what to expect. When I got there he was paying more attention to the staff member (cuz they usually bring FOOD!!!) and got very excited and started doing some really crazy "jump flips" that were actually pretty entertaining! Kind of like--"look what I can do!!" However, I guess whatever he was doing in his kennel was actually working against him and people were intimidated by him. The staff told me they had him for over a month and that since he acted so "nutty" in his kennel that no one wanted him. I asked if we could take him out to the doggie courtyard to try to get to know him outside of his kennel. The kids wanted no part of it. They wanted that cute little Rottie puppy. We headed out to the courtyard and waited for the staff member to bring him out. Once he was brought outside, he was surprisingly calm. We walked him around the courtyard and he did pretty well for an 8 month old who never had any kind of training. We were given treats to feed him--we all took turns giving him a treat and he gently and politelytook it out of our hands, which surprised me AND the kids! Then he came around to each of us and gave us tons of doggie kisses! He was such a sweet boy and so happy to be out of that kennel that I could hardly bear to let him go back...I wanted to take him home IMMEDIATELY! And so did the kids!! So, I immediately asked for an application for Diesel.....we just HAD to take him home and I'm happy we did.

We rescued Diesel when he was 8 months old. He had no previous training whatsoever and was reactive towards other dogs. He is extremely friendly towards people, but walking him past other dogs can be quite challenging. Even though he just wants to play--I get the worst looks from other dog owners!! I knew he would definitely be a challenge, but I was up for it. I LOVE dogs. I know with training and some hard work that he will be the best dog he can be! He has a very determined family who will never give up on him!

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Mr. (Goofy) Loverman

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Training a dog to run next to a bike.

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May 26th 2009 More than 7 years!

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Wow! We've Had Him for NINE months now!!!

February 25th 2010 10:08 am
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Mom says:

It's been a little bit since I've written, but in that time, Diesel has learned some new tricks and is continuing in his training. He's been in the "small" training class where there are only about 4 or 5 dogs. He's been doing ok. He has learned some agility and is a real natural at it, only I can't enroll him in an actual agility class because of his reactivity towards other dogs. It has been hard over the winter and we haven't walked him as much as we would like so he's been "bored" chewing on power cords and getting in trouble here and there. I've been trying to work with him as much as possible in the house--he's learned a few new tricks--roll over, say please, wave and hop (on his hind legs). He's a very high energy, high prey drive dog so I will be thrilled when Spring gets here! We bought a new house with a fenced in yard (that we should be moving into in the beginning April) so he will have a nice area to run and play and it will be nice to be able to work with him outside off leash. He is STILL reactive towards other dogs, but we continue to work on that as much as possible. I won't give up!!


Coming Along...

November 29th 2009 5:52 pm
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Mom says:

Diesel has been doing really well with the training he has been receiving. We've been doing mostly private lessons since his group participation can greatly improve!! However, there is a class starting this week with other reactive dogs...we'll see how he does. For the past three weeks he has been attached (via leash!) to one of us in the household at all times. And when he's not with one of us, he has to be crated. It is helping a little bit, especially with house training. We have not had any accidents since we started this.

At his last training, Paul introduced another dog into the room. Diesel was his usual self---barking, trying to lunge, etc, but with a few corrections, he was doing really well. I would walk him past the dog and he would actually try to AVOID it!! He'd try to walk on the right side of me or under my legs.

Gosh, I can't believe we've had Diesel for over six months now. He has learned sooooo much and is really a great dog--he learns very fast. As I type he's laying next to me chewing on one of his faves--a knuckle bone. He looks so content!


Didn't get kicked out of training class!!

October 17th 2009 11:37 am
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Mom says:

We had group training this past Minday and I was a nervous wreck. I pulled into the parking lot early, hoping to beat most of the other dogs in. I took him for a walk around the parking lot so that he could see the other dogs going in at a distace and see what his reaction would be. Well, as I expected, he barked, he lunged, his hair stood up on his back. So I put him back in the Jeep and went in to tell the trainer how Diesel was acting. Being familiar with Diesel, he tells me to bring him to the door and he would take it from there. Yes, Diesel was about to start his antics but Paul won't have it. Within seconds he had him behaving with a technique he used. He didn't have to do it much but it was just what Diesel needed. He behaved for the rest of the class! I scheduled a private class with him so I could learn more about Diesel's obsessive dog behavior and what I can do to break him of it.

Otherwise, Diesel has been coming along quite well. He got so big! He is learning more and more every day. He now knows "speak" and can shake with both feet. He is pretty much housetrained and has only had one accident in the past month. We're so proud of him!

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