Lobo is a black male German Shepherd Dog born 11/8/89. The initials after his name are his working titles. He also enjoys other activities. Since many have requested it, I have included a pedigree. He is an ambassador of the breed and a wonderful companion and family member. For another action photo collection, see Lobo's buddy "Schatze".
The goal of this page is to demonstrate Lobo in action. It can be thought of as a virtual demonstration of some of Lobo's abilities. There are about 40 pictures ranging in size from 20 to 100 Kb. Many are actually video captures rather than photos. The video captures are not as high quality as the photo's but I've included them because they capture Lobo in action. There are also three brief digital videos demonstrating some of Lobo's Assistance Dog skills.
- Utility Dog (UD) is an advanced obedience title. AKC obedience involves a number of tasks for the dog and handler, for example:
- Heeling - to hand signals.
- Retrieving - Proudly holding the dumbbell.
- Directed Jumping - heading over the high jump, clearing it, clearing the bar jump.
- Positions - the stand for exam by the judge.
- Scent Discrimination - I just gave the judge the scented article, Lobo picks it out from the other articles, brings it back, and is about to give it to me.
- Schutzhund 1 (Sch I) is a beginning title in a German form of training were the dog must perform in three events: Tracking, Obedience, and Protection. By the way, historically (and to some extent currently) this training provides the basis for breeding the German Shepherd Dog. In other words, the animals to be bred are selected on the basis of their working ability. The protection phase requires the dog to bite a bad guy (called the helper) who wears protective clothing. I think of it as martial arts for dogs. Some examples of what is involved include:
Just so you realize this type of training does not create a vicious animal, here is Lobo eating while my baby daughter plays with his food.
- Agitation by the helper without a sleeve and with a sleeve and a stick.
- Biting - male helper and a female helper.
- Searching - for the helper who "hides" in one of several blinds. After the dog finds the helper it does a Bark & Hold (barks and does not let the helper move). Here Lobo just finished the Bark & Hold and is given a bite as a reward.
Folks interested in this type of training should seek the help of someone experienced, as it can be dangerous for the helper and dog, and because of the fact that you are teaching the dog that aggression can be an acceptable behavior.
- Agility II (Ag. II) is an intermediate title in a form of training that deals with traversing obstacle courses. Here are a couple of example obstacles:
- Teeter Totter - on it in mid air.
- Sway Bridge - getting on it and in the middle of it.
Fellow Wisconsonites might notice the "Welcome to the Badger Kennel Club" in the background.
- Service Dog is a type of Assistance Dog trained to help a person who is mobility impaired. Some of the kinds of things these dogs do are illustrated below.
- Turning a light switch on (and off) - Although it looks like he is about to turn it on, he is actually about to "paw" it off. He turns it on with the command "nose the light" and off with the command "paw the light". Since pawing the light off takes it's toll on the wall, I installed a thin piece of Plexiglass behind the light switch.
- Retrieving a tissue from an adjacent room - on the way to getting it (through a dog door into a bedroom), getting it, transporting it, giving it to me. He then waits for me to use it and give it back to him so he can throw it in the garbage.
- Recycling cans - working it outdoors and the drop zone in my house.
Service Dog Digital Videos. These are presented in two of the more popular formats that common browsers can read. Relevant details including duration, resolution, and size are given. Note that although they are brief, they may take from 1 to 20 minutes (depending on the speed of your connection to the internet) or more before your computer will begin to play them.
Turning a light on - 4 sec, 320x240, 1Mb as AVI or as MOV
Turning a light off - 4 sec, 320x240, 1Mb as AVI or as MOV
Retrieving a tissue from an adjacent room - 16 sec, 160x120, 2Mb as AVI or as MOV
UD, Ag II
Sch III (>22x)
Black & Tan
Sch III, FH
Sch III, FH
Sch III, FH
Black & Tan
Black & Tan
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