Riesenschnauzer Ivy, Our Giant Companion

I took this in July, tried one in B&W (earlier post), then re-edited in Aperture.

The Giant Schnauzer is an intelligent, versatile working dog that will be calm with enough exercise. Reliable, brave, loyal, bold and vigorous, it loves to be with its owner at all times. It is easy to train, responding best to firm, calm consistency with a positive attitude, rewarding good behavior. If the Giant Schnauzer is properly trained and well exercised with a firm owner, it makes a very good pet. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success. Giant Schnauzers tend to be on the dominant side and need an owner who understands canine behaviors and knows how to display authority, in a calm, but stern, confident manner and be consistent about it. Without it they may become overprotective and serious, with a hard-headed temperament, as they believe they are alpha to humans. (http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/giantschnauzer.htm )

These eyes show her intelligence and the primordial wolf that lurks. She just celebrated her 1st birthday-rescued about 6 months ago. She has made big changes since then:clean, vaccinated, groomed,happy & loved.

I spent most of my life (after an attack as a child) in terror of dogs – a huge,black one with big teeth was my worst nightmare. Instead she gave me “heartworm” by worming her way into mine big time.

Wolfen eyes, canine intelligence, brave, protective, loving and stubborn.

Wolfen eyes, canine intelligence, brave, protective, loving and stubborn.

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