Definitely a newbie, although perhaps with a bit of knowledge under my belt. I'm on my first dog, my first German Shepherd, and I have no experience in sport or working dogs aside from what I've read and seen a couple of times on the field. I have not titled my dog, we only teach the most basic of commands, and I know nothing about raw feeding or general health or hips/elbows.
That said, I do read a great deal and keep an open and curious mind when it comes to almost everything GSD, so I can contribute to a discussion. The dog I currently own may be my first, but he was not an easy dog and has taught me a lot about the good and bad and exceptional when it comes to the breed. I've been lucky enough to have him to teach me, along with many other incredible members on the board and the GSD/working dog owners that I have met and gotten to know in person.
Trent - 2/20/09 German Shepherd Dog
Bree - 2/11/08 Tuxedo DLH Cat
Raina - 8/12/11 Black Smoke DLH Cat