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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 12:08 AM
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With a 2 and 4 year old, and a husband who is often occupied with work, I wouldn't recommend a GSD puppy. As stated these dogs require lot of attention and work, and frankly it sounds like you have your hands full already.

Not sure why you'd need a deterrent if you don't even have neighbors...so i'm a bit puzzled one that part... but for the kiddies I'd go with something smaller like a terrier, if it has to be a large breed, find a lazy large breed....some googling will find the right fit for you and your family.

Remember this is only my opinion based on what you stated in the OP, ultimately the decision is yours! Best of luck!

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With a 2 and 4 year old, and a husband who is often occupied with work, I wouldn't recommend a GSD puppy. As stated these dogs require lot of attention and work, and frankly it sounds like you have your hands full already.

Not sure why you'd need a deterrent if you don't even have neighbors...so i'm a bit puzzled one that part... but for the kiddies I'd go with something smaller like a terrier, if it has to be a large breed, find a lazy large breed....some googling will find the right fit for you and your family.

Remember this is only my opinion based on what you stated in the OP, ultimately the decision is yours! Best of luck!
Rural homes have become huge targets where I live. Crooks will often investigate and learn people's schedules. They just watch home owners as they come and go. Some don't care if you are home. The seclusion works to their advantage.
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Yea i guess having always lived in urban areas leaves me a bit blind to rural crime issues. By the same token if she's away from the home wouldn't said criminal element just poison the deterrent? I mean with no neighbors all the barking in the world wouldn't really make a difference imo. This of course suggest that she needs the deterrent for when she is not at home ( I'd go with a security system ), if she feels she needs the deterrent while at home I'd go with a gun ( the dog might need protection as well). Of course not knowing her exact reasons for needing said deterrent leaves us to simply speculate...which I will stop doing now lol

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I have a GSD puppy that is not aggressive in the slightest. A bit territorial, he notices everything that moves outside our "territory."

But he sure is into rough and tumble play. I've had quite a few injuries from Spirit ... from his paws, jumping on me, he loves to jump on my head when I'm sitting on the couch. Is he out of control? I don't think so. Is he a normal life-loving rambunctious puppy? Definitely. He's very strong too, incredibly strong -- both physically and in temperament.

I don't have small children though, not sure how he would play with a 2 and 4 year old. But I can say he plays very rough with me.

Aside from that, these dogs demand activity. On the days that work consumes me and I can't give Spirit a decent level of activity -- he's into trouble.

All this said, I wouldn't trade him for the world
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Y ( I'd go with a security system ), if she feels she needs the deterrent while at home I'd go with a gun ( the dog might need protection as well).
Porque no los dos?

The gun is great if you are actually being threatened when at home, but if you have a large, barking dog (or sometimes even a small barking dog), most criminals will move on to easier targets.

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I'm single and in my 40s and got Kyleigh 16 months ago. I have lots of experience with dogs, and my "dream dog" is the GSD.

As a first time GSD owner, I was rudely awoken a number of times with Kyleigh. She did things I haven't seen in other dogs / puppies.

The landshark phase / biting / teething ... it CAN be over the top for someone. Especially if you have children - and ages 2 and 4 are too young to be dealing with that (not that I expect you to have them "deal" with it). But just managing that "phase" as well as two small children will require extraordinary effort - do you cage the dog all the time? Or the kids? (just kidding!)

If the puppy is not managed 100% of the time during the teething / landshark phase, your children might become afraid of the dog.

Kyleigh demanded (and yes, I mean DEMANDED) my full attention until she was about 8 months old. If I wasn't working with her (training, playing, etc.) She was in her crate (thankfully she settled in her crate admirably). I had to "teach" her to have an off switch. I had her leash attached to me for 4 months while we were in the house. This taught her to follow me, respect my space and I could watch her and make sure she didn't chew / eat anything she wasn't supposed to.

BUT ... she would NOT settle for longer periods that 15-20 minutes unless she was in her crate. This is what I had to teach her ... and it doesn't happen over night.

Some puppies are more demanding than others. You might get lucky and get a mellow puppy, but on the other hand, you might get one that DEMANDS your attention like Kyleigh did, and I had to teach her to relax.

Kyleigh calmed down around a year old. I exercised her both physically and mentally for hours ... and she was still ready to rock and roll at the drop of a hat.

Personally, with my knowledge of dogs and my very recent experience of raising a GSD puppy, I would go with an adult GSD from a rescue, or even a retired dog from a breeder. With two children in the house, you will simply be adding another child to the picture ... but one you can't have a discussion with!

Just my two cents!! Good luck with your decision

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A puppy will be like having another 2 year old... needing constant attention, supervision and training. GSD puppies are alot of work. They chew, tear things up, get ahold of the kids favorite toys and destroy them... Rewarding however
You can skip all this by adopting an older pup or dog, that is known to be good with children. There's a million of them out there needing loving homes. They are wonderful family dogs all around. I have always had them around my kids, 20+ years now. And a good deterrent. Most criminals are not going to pick the family with a GSD. (or 2 )

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