Hi! You have no idea how happy I am to find this forum. I have been reading for days, I might have to quit my job so I can keep reading all this information. I just joined and thought I better introduce myself, or better yet my German Shepherd Molly.
Molly is my 9 month old German Shepherd. Someone gave her to me as a "gift" at a time in my life that was pretty awful. They thought I needed a puppy to grow old with and who later down the road could also protect me if needed. She has had quite the life since I got her and has had more adventures with me in the past 6 months than most dogs ever have. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing!
I have owned lots of dogs over the years but this is my first German Shepherd and she is by far the smartest and highest energy dog I have ever had. Sometimes I wonder what I got myself into. Owning a dog is always a responsibility but owning her seems like a much bigger responsibility. I love her to death and am not complaining and would never consider giving her away but I recently realized I need help or direction with training her. I have done a pretty good job with basic obedience (or so I thought) and she is actually perfect when it is just the 2 of us (which is 98% of the time) but when we are out in public
she seems to forget or just not care about the obedience. It may have been cute to strangers when she was 3 months old and jumping on them but she tends to scare people now, just by her size and breed. I need help on training her on how to be around other people and animals.
I was told she comes from working lines and this is different than a GSD who comes from show lines or American lines. Is that true? If it is, is that a good or bad thing?
I could go on and on with questions but I bet I can find my answers all over the forum. I just wanted to introduce us and say thanks for all the good information here.