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AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER TRAINING
Personal memories with Shaker
My mom and her husband invited me to visit. I met them and loaded my stuff into their Mustang.Shaker was about 10 weeks old. Mom detects an interesting odor and says, “Is that french fries?”
“No, it’s Shaker’s food.”
“You’re feeding it french fries?” The brand was ANF which was a high-grade very popular food in the 80s. And, yes, mom nailed it; ANF smelled a bit like fast food.###
I bought Shaker when I was 19 from Jackie Fraser, American Staffordshire Terrier. Shaker was kind of lazy and somewhat slow to learn but super sweet. I spent most of my free time working with members of the Dog Federation of Wisconsin trying to block and reverse an explosion of breed-specific laws. Shaker needed to be an ambassador. She finished her Obedience Trial Championship in the late 1980s. I’ve been told no other Am Staff has earned an OTCH since (if you have different info, PLMK!)###
With Shaker, I focused on developing drive in a manner that lead to dog/handler bond and attention, consistency and precision. I learned lots from her, If you’re curious, read more in Dual Ring Dog by Jacqueline Fraser and Amy Ammen.
I thought Shaker was a darling, attractive puppy but Shaker’s breeder Jackie REALLY offended me when she referred to Shaker as “plain.” I was offended!
Jackie informed me the term “flashy” means the dog has a white blaze and socks, verses one with a thin white streak and a couple white toes. T
I was thankful for the education; but I was still offended! Whether the term is ‘plain’ or ‘non-descript,’ it sounds bad, right?###
AKC American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Standard
General Impression: The American Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great strength for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular, but agile and graceful, keenly alive to his surroundings.
There is lots of variation but many of the staffs I’ve handled are very responsive to training and happy to take direction.