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Vrijheid's Worth the Wait... "Braeburn"



Oh man, I already have so many stories I don't know where to start. But in a nutshell, he's an amazing pup. He will be a lot of work, but I already cannot wait to see the dog he will become. I sort of theoretically understood how working dogs could be too much for the average owner. Now after just 1.5 days with one, I FULLY understand what that means. The owner/trainer I am today is also fully prepared and I am so looking forward to this journey.
 

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Here are a few snippets so far. Granted, he has experienced a lot of transition in such a short period of time so some of this may change after a few days or weeks of settling in. But I don't expect him to be mellow ;)

1. He can't handle life and he will destroy anything he can get his mouth on.
At the breeder's he was trying to shred our contract as I was trying to sign it. The breeder threw down a notepad for him to shred but we had to pick it up because he started eating the paper. He tried to drag a backpack across the ground and also tried to give me a haircut when my ponytail was on my shoulder. Within thirty seconds at a friend's house he tried to run away with a shoe and played tug with a house plant (this is him on leash and supervised, just moving from point A to B). At my house, in rapid succession... he tried to pull up the carpet, then drag Soro's dog bed away, then threw himself in the air and onto the ground, then tried to go for the shoe again. Like I said, can't handle life :D

2. He's a screamer. But he's smart.
The first car ride was hard on our ears. But I started crate/calm/quiet training the first minute he got into the car, first by ignoring the many minutes of howling/shrieking/barking/growling/yipping/trilling... Then by reaching backwards and rewarding quiet. The second day we drove 10 hours with multiple stops, and barely a peep from him even as we were moving around and putting him in and out of the crate maybe 5-8 times. During a stay at a friend's house en-route, he screamed in the crate for quite the while. I felt bad for my hosts but I kept on with the training. The next morning, he quietly observed in his crate as we moved around the house. Same pattern in my house tonight. Basically, he's trying to figure out what will work for him. He REALLY quickly figured it out. I mean, I still have ear plugs for the next few weeks because training isn't magic. But still, I'm impressed.

3. The breeder did a great job with getting house training started.
I don't even think she deliberately worked on this but rather she kept his living space clean... But in the less-than-two days I've had him he's already had over a dozen potty breaks. Really, I've stopped counting. But quite literally, I plop him outside and say "potty", and he IMMEDIATELY goes. I don't think he knows the cue yet, but he is so easy and predictable with this one that I'm sure he'll get it in a week. He has had an accident once so far but it was my fault... Instead of carrying him I tried to run him to the door and he couldn't make it - he peed on the stones right in front of the door :D
 

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Oh my gosh that face! How's Soro taking the new addition?
Soro absolutely hates him :D
But seriously, I will have to be very careful with the two. Soro has given Brae some very appropriate corrections so far but Soro is not known for appropriate corrections in general, so I will be managing a ton. It is too early to say if Sor will actually like him in a month or two... I hope so but I also went into this prepared for a lifetime of management and even crate/rotate if needed.
 

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The 'Braeburn' is a cultivar of apple that is firm to the touch with a red/orange vertical streaky appearance on a yellow/green background. Its color intensity varies with different growing conditions.
 

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Goodness, he sounds like a handful! I do hope that Soro learns to tolerate him, but I have no doubt you're up to the challenge of handling both these boys, whatever happens. Looking forward to seeing more of him and your progress together!
 

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Like I said, I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU STILL HAHA! Also I loved reading your detailed post about what has happened so far LOL, makes me almost feel like I met him. Please continue to update with stories and training.


"theoretically understood how working dogs could be too much for the average owner." Tbh same here, everyone talks about it on the internet, but it's impossible to know how a high drive belgian/dutchie acts until I actually met them LOL. And they aren't even puppies! It's almost like a shock at first, the difference between them and an aussie or lab.
 

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I'm so glad I checked here and found some more info on how he's been so far. I hope he continues to be everything you've ever wanted and I hope you continue updating us! I kept a journal when I got Indie and it was so nice to look back on.

It's almost like a shock at first, the difference between them and an aussie or lab.
I don't know... I have heard of some very wild Aussie puppies. I'd say it depends on the individual. :p Braeburn sounds like an absolute wild child though.
 

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I don't know... I have heard of some very wild Aussie puppies. I'd say it depends on the individual. :p Braeburn sounds like an absolute wild child though.
I guess one could say that, but if you have personally never met a hyper working line dutchie/belgian... There is really no comparison between the crazy ones, it's pretty funny. Even the wildest aussie or lab is still a tamer type of wild than the belgians LOL.
 

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I guess one could say that, but if you have personally never met a hyper working line dutchie/belgian... There is really no comparison between the crazy ones, it's pretty funny. Even the wildest aussie or lab is still a tamer type of wild than the belgians LOL.
I haven't met one, so there is that. :p I just don't know if it's a fair assumption to say that all aussies are easier than all belgians, just based on what I've heard... they're different types of dogs and so different people might find them easier or harder based on their own experiences and preferences. I do agree that an 'average' pet home probably isn't adequate for a working line mal or something.
 

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I haven't met one, so there is that. :p I just don't know if it's a fair assumption to say that all aussies are easier than all belgians, just based on what I've heard... they're different types of dogs and so different people might find them easier or harder based on their own experiences and preferences. I do agree that an 'average' pet home probably isn't adequate for a working line mal or something.
Well, I never said "all" haha! I specified high drive or working line dutchies/belgians. I've met some showline belgians who are very tame dogs, and showline belgians who are higher drive and hyper as well. :) You really should meet a few WL though, they're very interesting LOL, or we could talk back and forth like this all day.

sorry about the derail topic canyx
 

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Ohh... I've met some crazy lab puppies and aussie puppies :D
Granted, meeting a dog and owning a dog are two different stories. I guess one big difference I am noticing through observation is, for his AGE, he needs to be taught to chill out. I know all puppies zoom and crash to some degree. But I seriously think if this guy wasn't in a crate or tethered right now, he just wouldn't sleep. The 8-9 week old puppies I typically meet are not this energetic. Some are! But not many. Also keep in mind that my breeder did not give me the driviest puppy.
 
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