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    Heeeeeeeeeere's MAX!

    I did it! I took the plunge! I've attached a photo of Max - my new German Shepherd mix! We just got him today - from the shelter in Iron River, MI. He's 2 years old and HUGE. This picture doesn't do him justice. He's a great big baby, though - Jake, my little Sheltie - has already established himself as top dog.

    He doesn't fit most of my previously-established criteria. He's not layed-back by a long shot, he's not old, and I'm not 100% positive he's cat friendly. He took off after our cat, but I think he was just curious. He wasn't growling and his tail was wagging. But just to be on the safe side we're keeping him in the crate or on the leash all the time for the first week or so.

    He's got so much character though! The lady at the shelter let me take him outside to walk him. He saw somebody's open truck door and took off like a bolt of lightning and jumped right in their truck! I couldn't hold on to him at all. He's so strong. So we got one of those gentle leads, and that seems to work better.
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    Awwww - Max is just adorable. I'm sure you will both be very happy together.

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    Congratulations!!!

    Max is adorable! Can't wait to see more pics of him.
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    Max, you must be so happy to be in a forever home You are so handsome. I'm also hoping to see more pictures. Congrats. And I always say "nothing goes together better than trucks and dogs!"
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    Thanks for all the complements!!!

    There's one thing we need to figure out - how on earth are we going to give this dog enough exercise! He's a great big ball of nothing but muscles and energy!

    We brought him out to the pen but quickly realized he could easily jump the fence, so we just went out and got a cable so we could keep him in the pen when he needs to potty.

    I got some tennis balls for playing ball in the house, but I don't think that's going to be enough. We took him for a walk but that didn't even begin to wear him out!

    Any creative ideas?

    We were thinking about going down a dirt road and having one of us old the leash out the car door and the other would drive slowly enough to keep up with him until he gets rid of all the energy.

    Suggestions, anybody???


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    Congratulations on your new addition! He's beautiful!

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    He's so beautiful! Congrats! When I first saw him I thought he looked a bit like like my GSD/rottie mix girl, Kersey. What do you think?
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    Max is one goreous dog. I hope that he will be a wonderful addition to your family. Congratulations to you and to Max.

    As far as exercising him by driving slowly while someone holds the leash, I'm not comfortable with that as a solution. First basically I feel that this is dangerous and second, it is not going to be much fun for Max. Before we got our yard fenced in, I used to attach a 50 ft. traing leash to Hannah's collar and let her run around with it dragging on the ground. I would throw the kong for her and she would bring it back. If she ever got to the edge of our property and looked like she was not going to stop, I had a fairly good chance of running and stepping on the end of the leash before she got too far. You have a much bigger dog than Hannah, so I don't know if stepping on the end of the leash would work or not.

    I'm presuming you do not have any dog parks near you. What about a fenced in tennis court? I know people around here sometimes use that as a place to exercise their dogs. In the mean time, a good brisk walk with you or your husband and the indoor play, should be enough. That 50 foot leash (although it takes a little practice to manuever correctly) also lets the dog run back and forth quite a ways while you basically are doing much less. Good luck.
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    Max is gorgeous!!!! What about doing agility for exercise? That way you would exercise him physically and mentally at the same time.


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    Before we got our yard fenced in, I used to attach a 50 ft. traing leash to Hannah's collar and let her run around with it dragging on the ground. I would throw the kong for her and she would bring it back.
    I agree 100%. When Leo was younger (he's a couch potato now ) I used to take him to the park with a couple of 50 ft leads hooked together and let him really run. It was also very useful for off-leash training him because I could always get him back An hour a day at the park would generally wear him right out.

    I also take Leo to doggie daycare once a week where he plays with about 15 other dogs. After that he is very mellow for about 2 days. You might want to try that.

    Good Luck

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    Congratson finding your new dog! He is gorgeous! ( and I do see the resemblance to Kersey)

    I tink the other suggestions on how to exercise him are good. Trying to drive along side him is just too dangerous...too many risks. What about riding with him. There are attachments you get can for a bicycle that keep the dog a safe enough distance away, and break away in case of emergency. Sound slike he is pretty strong, so maybe a little obdience work before the bike would work....

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    Max is a looker!!

    As for fence jumping, we don't have a fence jumper, but we have a fence gounderer with Sammy. Mike made his own trolley system. We ran 100 foot of line from corner to corner of the yard, attached a heavy duty trolley (since he breaks the plastic ones in the manufactured trolley systems), and then put a 15 foot lead on the trolley so he has almost complete access to all parts of the yard, but yet, keeps him in.


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    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    I think he does look alot like Kersey too!

    Here's a bikehookup like Cincy'sMom was talking about

    It's wonderful and Roxey just loves it! She mostly pulls me (for about a mile ) when we first start! It gives her exercise that she needs and we have alot of fun with it
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    Have fun with your new addition!!!

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    Very cool Anna!! Mike and I just got bikes yesterday at a garage sale ($10 each and they're mountain bikes!!), we could do that with ours!! Great idea...Thanks!


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    Your welcome!

    And the best thing is with this they can't pull you over, no matter how hard they try!
    Have fun with the new bikes!

    Huney, Bon & Simba-missed so very much
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