Puppies make smart people stupid.
Spirit is 8 months, oh my oh my. I was in shock the first few months I had him. Then things seemed to calm down for a bit, and now I am in shock again. Every day feels like a tornado, like he's on steroids LOL
He seems to think it's quite alright to jump on my head when I'm sitting on the couch, or fly into someone's lap at full speed. I did never think that a GSD would have the same issue as my golden retriever with excessive greeting disorder -- I couldn't have been more wrong!
He is still injuring me on a fairly regular basis LOL I have scars that will never fade and one serious puncture wound on my foot that is taking well over a month to heal.
I adore him, I really do. And I don't fail to notice his great qualities. But honestly, he is A LOT of dog ... and I was not prepared for that. I envisioned GSD's to be quiet and serene, noble, cool and collected.
I've cried. I've been flustered and frustrated. I do yell
sometimes, though as soon as I find myself doing that, it's time for a time out and in the crate he goes. There are times I feel completely overwhelmed, and times I think this will never get better and omg what have I done.
I'm in it for the longhaul though, that's the kind of person I am. I don't give up my pets, I choose them carefully and I commit.
My son comes over sometimes and watches me and Spirit ... he shakes his head and laughs. He thinks I'm in over my head. One time he yelled at me, "GET YOUR DOG UNDER CONTROL!" Hah, I'm WORKING ON IT!!
Spirit is not your ordinary dog, he challenges me to the nth degree MOST of the time.
I do believe in my heart that everything will be okay in the longrun. If I didn't believe that, I'd be in big trouble.
Now I'm going to go back and read this entire thread. I think it will be useful to me