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 Message 1 of 13 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nicknamealwaysbe_nice2  (Original Message)Sent: 12/30/2008 11:13 AM
Dos your Dane need "thinking time?" I notice that Gus generally does what he is asked but you have to allow for him to think about it for a few seconds or more LOL. You know how you see those smart dogs (particularly working dogs) who follow their commands instantly, well Gus is just slow LOL. Is yours the same? Gus just looks at me and you can see the cogs in his brain going around whilst he thinks about whether or not he really wants to do this hehe - its like delayed reaction! I love him for it though.

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 Message 2 of 13 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameClydesMommySent: 12/30/2008 11:41 AM
Yes, Clyde does that sometimes. I think it is more a stubborn thing...he doesn't want me to think he is gonna jump when I say jump.haha!

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From: MSN NicknameGracienmommaSent: 12/30/2008 3:24 PM
Lol yeah I usually wait for a few seconds to see if the butt is going to hit the floor. LOL

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From: MSN NicknameBarrettsmyboySent: 12/30/2008 6:18 PM
Haha oh yes! It was always the running joke in Barrett's training classes that he needs about 5 seconds and about 5 feet to preform each command! He always backs up to sit and slides his butt when he lays down... By the time he did a sit and down he was half way across the training room and about 30 seconds behind the rest of the class!

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From: MSN Nicknameannie01788Sent: 12/31/2008 12:39 AM
Precious is one of the bright, quick witted dogs--she responds in a snap (if she is going to respond at all!).  My Gus is a thinker and has to weigh all the possibilities a command may offer before he considers carrying it out.

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From: highsierraSent: 12/31/2008 1:25 AM
Ha Ha at training class, the trainer will say "Sit your dog" and all these little dogs are on their butt in a minute.  Modoc is probably 20 seconds getting down.  I always tell them "he has more real estate to move", lol

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From: MSN NicknamedaisydukedaneSent: 12/31/2008 1:49 AM
Oh yes.  When Hallie sits she looks at me for a few seconds and then does a few little shuffles with her feet and then in slow motion lowers her rear.    We were really embarassed in class. However, our trainer excused her as being tall and gangly and make it tougher for her to sit.   I know what you mean though .. it is not just sitting, it is really anything I ask her....except "want to go for a walk" then she is on the money right at my side.    Some is nature and some I really think is them weighing the options.

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From: highsierraSent: 12/31/2008 2:34 AM
You're right Jennifer,
If we say "you wanna got for a walk"?  That boy can go at light speed,

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From: MSN NicknameClydesMommySent: 12/31/2008 2:38 AM
Yes, and want to go outside? Clyde will knock anyone over in his way to the front door.

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From: MSN NicknamekatydogcrazySent: 12/31/2008 2:43 AM
My Andrew, Dane/Bullmastiff, is not the swiftest of thinkers but he starts moving pretty much as soon as he processes what I am indicating. A great many people on my Bullmastiff board describe the breed as generally thinking over what might be in it for them to comply, and then deciding, and then responding. But then they do do what is asked of them despite all the mulling it over! Sounds like I got lucky with Andrew - he wants to cooperate right away, but it does take some time to "move all that real estate".


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From: MSN NicknameElemenTeriSent: 12/31/2008 4:41 AM
That's funny because I have noticed that I say "back" and he looks straight forward. I stare at him.  He doesn't move.  I stare at him more.  Then he turns and goes back to the play area.  I see that a lot.  I first thought it was just being hard headed (which it is, indeed, some of the time) but then I do a teacher when you ask a question you give ample "wait time."  Give them a minute to process what you are saying and then proceed.  Didn't think that worked for a dog, but in dum dum's place it does (oh..and dum dum is my pet name for Parker. Hims love it!!
Teri C

 Message 12 of 13 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nicknamealwaysbe_nice2Sent: 1/1/2009 1:25 AM
LOL I thought as much, our last Dane was the same too. I love that expression jerri about more real estate to move hehe. Oh and yes like a rat up a drain when Gus knows its walkies time. they are so special ain't they?

 Message 13 of 13 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameDangerousGuardianDragonSent: 1/1/2009 4:42 PM
They can respond faster if need be, but when you are that big, with long legs, you must be precise in placement.  Just like a horse.......
They have a lot of weight to shift into the proper position for a sit or to go into a down.  So there is a method to their 'madness'. 
Once Zap goes into a down he will remain on his chest for quite a while, but sooner or later he will lay on his side to take the weight off his chest.  When you have a barrel chest like they do it can be very uncomfortable to stay in a Sphinx position for long.
I like their cautious watching the 'Matrix'....LOL!

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