My boyfriend and I adopted Caeda in March of this year, a female Greater Swiss Mountain Dog....a couple of days before she hit 8 weeks old. The breeder was a backyard type, but it was her first litter of Swissies (I got the impression she had bred other dogs before). I wouldn't call her "reputable" I would just call her new. The lineage seems to be pretty good, I was assured that the parents aren't related and that they were both very healthy with a good temperment. She told me if I had ANY issues to get in touch with her, or just say hi so she would know how things are going with the pups. She would have kept the pups longer but she was going back to work soon and couldn't keep them much longer.
We, of course, made a bit of a mistake, we had NO idea what Swissies were all about at the time. We got home and did some reading and PANICKED after reading about Swissies, words like "difficult", "belidgerant", "stubborn" and "pulling competition" scare us a bit! Now that we've got her, we aren't about to give her up. So far she has been fairly good....really sweet when she is calm, and normal puppy problems when she isn't.
She is going on 15 weeks, around 25lbs and when she is calm she will sit, lay down, stay (for a short period), come, give (sometimes), "up" (paws on our lap), "off" (paws on the ground). Pretty good if I say so myself
. Like I said, we are dealing with all of the standard puppy problems, but want to do the best job possible training her since she is going to be BIG, and we don't want to have these problems once she is too large to control. This is an issue for me especially since I have some significant neck and shoulder issues.
We also want to share any good strategies that we have found if they can help anybody out. We have read TONS of books on dog and puppy training, but unfortunately can't afford a trainer for a while thanks to some unforeseen problems. So here we are, probably going to be asking some of the typical questions, but just want to do our best for Caeda so she turns into a fantastic dog when she grows up