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Old 01-05-2013, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will try not to make this too long. I have been reading this forum for a while and researching different breeders for months. I thought I wanted a puppy. Because who doesn't love a puppy right? But after talking to some trainers about what I want in a dog. Which is a companion for protecting my son and I with some obedience training as well. We will take
We live on 4 acres and have an Australian shepherd who is a high strung goof ball that we love but is scared of strangers. I don't want a puppy picking up on his fear of people.
Which leads me to this..
Do I get a rescue that is 4 yrs old and a couch potato, great with kids and other dogs and will alert us of strangers (words from the breeder that rescued her)
Or look for a breeder that has older dogs that have already been trained.
Any breeder recommendations?
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally, I'd start with a pup from an experienced breeder who is very hands on with litter.

Ask about recommendations and follow up. Ask about health care. Ask how many litters they've bred and ask where these dogs are now? Are any of them training in Schutzhund, or other disciplines? Are his dogs titled?

Just the presence of a GSD will probably be enough to keep most folks at bay.

Wouldn't want a dog someone else had trained unless I had absolute faith in them and many, many references.

I think a pup will bond closely with you and your child and, if of stable temperament, I doubt it will be affected by your Aussie. Of course, you'd have to wait a bit for maturity.

Good luck!

Also, where are you located? Is there a Schutzhund club there? If so, call and ask to visit and talk to those who work their dogs.

Don't be shy.. this pup will be with you for many years.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hard to say, I'm on the fence

I have two aussies, one is a real marshmellow, her behaviors have never rubbed off on my gsd whom I got as a puppy when the aussie was 8 years old

If your interested in the rescue, could you try them out on say, a 2 week trial?? Option if it doesn't work out you could return them??

I might go that route, puppies are cute, but a real pain in the butt (maybe it's my old age LOL),,the older dog would be perfect if he is as they say..

Certainly up to you
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I live in Arkansas and I did call and talk to someone who is involved the the Schutzhund club here. He actually is the one who told me I might want to think about an adult. Not necessarily a rescue but an adult. Honestly I would love a puppy but I do worry about my assie being a bad influence.
So puppy is not out of the question. Just confused on what I should do.
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Wow! Now I'm thinking puppy again thanks toJakodaCD OA. My aussie is just over a year so he is still acts like a lunatic.
I love all the info here. Though I'm tired of all the searching and I just want the new dog or pup here already. The search continues.
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If you're new to the breed, I would suggest maybe a trained older shepherd/adult first. That's how I started and now I have been well-integrated in. Had I started with Koda, her landshark phase would have killed me LOL!
Just me, though. A lot of people start out with pups.
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If you're new to the breed, I would suggest maybe a trained older shepherd/adult first. That's how I started and now I have been well-integrated in. Had I started with Koda, her landshark phase would have killed me LOL!
Just me, though. A lot of people start out with pups.
That is what I was thinking. But would a 4 yr couch potato still have a protective instinct. The lady said that she loves laying around the house but loves to play ball. But when other dogs try to play with her she just isnt' interested.
She sounds like a wonderful pet. Hmmm Just have a lot to think about.
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Well, let me tell you my experiences. (:

My first shepherd was 3 yrs old when I got him. He had his tail amputated due to a motorcycle accident. He had been training to be a police dog but was "too gung-ho." Meaning, once he latched on he did not let go. He was an incredible dog, aside from hating certain people who had probably been profiled in his training. He'd had a strong bond with his trainer but there was nobody he loved more than me. Ever. He was ALWAYS alert to ensure I was ok, even while sleeping.
The second was also a male (though gender means nothing lol). I got him when he was 13-15 yrs old. He was very lazy with me for the most part, not surprising. He would wag his tail if a small child hit him when I wasn't paying attention. I only had him for two weeks, but the one time I felt scared of someone on a walk he IMMEDIATELY moved forward to protect me. No questions asked.

Instinct isn't lost with their age. In fact, any dog under two years USUALLY won't be protecting you (most aggression under two years, if not 3-4, is due to fear or a temperament issue).
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