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Saber hasn't yet figured out pulling (he runs along but he doesn't actually pull) and when he gets confused or worried he attacks whoever's closest.

what about starting him with carting? that way you could be up near him while he's pulling. then, once he got used to the concept of pulling a cart, you could work on him pulling you?
Image zooms around when she's excited and it annoys the crap out of Saber, but I'd like to have him get used to having another dog in his space when we're out on walks and she's the dog to do it.

heh. it sounds like she and harriet have that in common. luckily, it doesn't bother elliott unless she boinks over him and gets his leash tangled in hers.
Well, for all I know it was the guy Cate used to see down at the marina, standing there with his dogs hooked to a sled but not moving.

ha! that certainly fits the "simplest explanation being the most likely" theory.
There's something about a slightly worried expression that makes a dog look both intelligent and like they need you to protect them.

it's a bit plaintive, as well. it's like they know you're their best bet, but they almost don't dare to hope you can help them. i call it harriet's "oh God, oh God, oh God" expression.
I've noticed that boxers and pit bulls seem to do it better than most breeds.

they do! i think it's something about the quality of their eye contact. both breeds tend to stare holes through you if you aren't careful. apparently they didn't get the "Thou Shalt Not Look Humans in the Eye" memo.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
what about starting him with carting? that way you could be up near him while he's pulling. then, once he got used to the concept of pulling a cart, you could work on him pulling you?

I started him the canonical way, pulling logs, and then graduated to a scooter. I couldn't convince him to actually pull the scooter, but hope springs infernal and since I'm not out to win any races I'm okay with him just running along with the others and not pulling (although it can get tiring for me running behind the sled on uphills wearing a winter parka and heavy hunting boots). I'm more concerned about his tendency to get into scraps when he's confused. Remember, he's only got about 25% vision.
it's a bit plaintive, as well. it's like they know you're their best bet, but they almost don't dare to hope you can help them. i call it harriet's "oh God, oh God, oh God" expression.

A friend's boxer/GSD x does that expression very well - amazingly manipulative and a huge change from Siberians, who when they want something are pretty direct about it.
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I started him the canonical way, pulling logs, and then graduated to a scooter. I couldn't convince him to actually pull the scooter, but hope springs infernal and since I'm

i forgot he was the one with buggered eyesight. i imagine that's got a lot to do with his not pulling. going along with the flow of the other dogs is one thing, but pulling something behind you when you can't see very well must be a pretty alien concept.
not out to win any races I'm okay with him just running along with the others and not pulling (although it can get tiring for me running behind the sled on uphills wearing a winter parka and heavy hunting boots).

that doesn't sound like fun. that sort of intense cold-weather exercise gives me a killer case of asthma. and, hey! we're back around to you needing another dog! funny how that worked out, eh?
I'm more concerned about his tendency to get into scraps when he's confused. Remember, he's only got about 25% vision.

in that case, it sounds like getting him accustomed to working alongside others is the more pressing issue.
A friend's boxer/GSD x does that expression very well - amazingly manipulative and a huge change from Siberians, who when they want something are pretty direct about it.

oh, harriet tries the direct approach. she resorts to the "oh God, oh God, oh God" approach when that doesn't work. pathetically staring a hole through my head is pretty effective, so it works out well for her. hrmph. and, on the rare occasions when that doesn't work, there's always the woo-wooing potty mouth routine. harriet's motto is: bad attention is way better than no attention.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
that doesn't sound like fun. that sort of intense cold-weather exercise gives me a killer case of asthma.

Well, I figure that if I can't run up a hill I can't ski up it either and that's pretty decent incentive, but the clothing I wear when I'm sledding is awfully heavy.
and, hey! we're back around to you needing another dog! funny how that worked out, eh?

Funny, thing, that. Sasha's too young to pull a sled this year, but once she started she'd be able to learn from the best (Image, and increasingly Emmett). Well, as I said I'm going to wait until I get back from Minnesota - if it's meant to be it's meant to be and if it's not there's not exactly a shortage of available sleddogs needing homes.
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Well, for all I know it was the guy Cate used to see down at the marina, standing there with his dogs hooked to a sled but not moving.

Nah. I didn't even know a Husky could have this piebald coloring until I saw Image. His hellions had what I think of as the traditional, Eddie Munster widow's peaks and grey or black saddle over white coloring. (How's that for making up my own color terminology?)
There's something about a slightly worried expression that makes a dog look both intelligent and like they need you to protect them. I've noticed that boxers and pit bulls seem to do it better than most breeds.

That TCSPCA guy is adorable. Desperation in dogs is attractive to me.

Cate
mix? :-)
that looks exactly like Lola would if her brindle patch took over half her face. the eyes and expression are identical though. what a doll!

-kelly