With the addition of Marko to our security detail, the potential for puppies has increased. While there have been no witnessed ties, anything is possible. Raina tends to have a spring/autumn cycle but we are keeping an eye on her just in case. As of 12/12/2019, there have been no noticeable physical changes and we do not believe puppies are in our immediate future. *EDIT* – on 12/15/19 we had Raina checked via ultrasound for pregnancy and she is not bred.
Raising LG dogs will be a new adventure for us. We are looking forward the experience while trying to cram a whole lotta book learning in between our ears in the mean time.
Some important things for me to mention, I failed as a trainer during Raina’s early years. She did not settle in to being a guardian until this year (2019) at four years old. I subscribed to the “put them with the livestock and don’t interact much” method of raising dogs for her first two years and sincerely regret it. Once I took the time to bond with her as a team mate, things really started changing. Just before her fourth birthday, she started showing the signs of a maturing guardian. Then, we added Marko and they now make a beautiful team to behold.
I plan to add short tidbits of things that I did wrong and what I learned from the process. Immediately, I will note that having a single dog was not good. A second dog gave Raina a buddy as well as a partner. Poor Marko, he gets the brunt of her attention and she doesn’t hold back with him. She’s kinda brutal. He has to repeatedly tell her not to pull his tail.