Nothing stops Kaiser
Kaiser was born with a malformed tail which Julie and her vet determined best to remove at 3 days old. Unfortunate twist of fate in terms of his future bloodline (since we agreed to neuter him), but the early amputation has made his eyes/mannerisms/interactions to be uniquely expressive and special.
Julie named him “Nubbins” and to all his admirers in his first 8 weeks at the breeder – he’ll always be the super loving and affectionate “Nubs”. From the moment we picked Kaiser up at the Charlotte, NC airport at 8 weeks of age, he’s been the joy of our lives.
We prepared a learning schedule for him which carefully exposed Kaiser Vom Banach to stimuli and environments appropriate for his developmental stages. I had decided to be ALL BUSINESS with Kaiser when he arrived in our care. My wife wanted to just love him and enjoy his puppyhood. As it turned out, Ana has been his main trainer and disciplinarian – responsible for his responsive behavior and quick obedience. My cold, calculating plan broke down during the initial drive home from the airport when I removed him his travel crate and held him against my chest the whole way, caressing him as he intermittently slept, groggily yawned and looked up at me.
Once in the house, Ana strictly observed his housebreaking, pee/potty, sleep, play, grooming, social interaction, etc. After the initial veterinarian shots took effect I supervised positive experiences/interactions via city walks, local farm visits, children, older adults, strangely dressed/acting people (thanks to very willing neighborhood kids!), other pets, night-time woods walks, deer, bunnies, squirrels, the lake, ducks, stairs, ladders, different textured surfaces, strict recalls, etc.
To Ana’s credit Kaiser didn’t pee/poop in the house at all due to her daily schedule/interaction and always anticipating his needs. From puppyhood he walked on a tight heel, responded to German, Spanish and English commands like an international soldier and was accepting to friendly strangers. As importantly he didn’t react to squirrels, other dogs, strangers, unusual sounds, etc. which we wanted him to disregard.
From a very young pup Kaiser concentrated his affection on my wife and me. From a physical performance standpoint he was and is a joy to witness in action. Instant, consistent command responses. Rock solid nerves. He holds ‘downs’ for minutes on end without being watched/encouraged to hold his position.
As adept in deep water as a Labrador, and able to complete any physically difficult task with enthusiasm – he continues to be our superstar. As he grew thicker/taller and his sable coat darkened – and his head became blockier – we noticed that people’s comments transitioned from “How cute!” to “Uh, is he friendly?” Non-dog people would cross the street to avoid him. Even though he’s just as docile and loving in our eyes, to others he’s a singularly ferocious predator.
At first I went out of my way to reassure hesitant people but then I realized that preconceptions are stronger than truth and worth convincing them otherwise. In short, most people are deterred by Kaiser and we’ve come to appreciate that is just fine with us. I’ve included various photos which show some of Kaiser’s exploits over his first two years. Kaiser’s woods/lake/neighborhood environment, long distance lake swims, water rescues, riding the SUP board, Frisbee catches, 5K Poochapalooza, Christmas time.
Robert and Ana Munger