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Old 01-13-2014, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning on getting a GSD. One thing I keep seeing is that if I don't have my dog in some sort of competition it won't every be truly happy. So I'm curious, if I were to buy a GSD and his job was to be a family pet, would he still be happy? Of course he is going to get trained and exercised daily. But is this enough to keep my future GSD happy?
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I have had both, pets and one that I used for competition. There was no difference in them. All you need to do is love them.
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I think as long as you spend a lot of quality time with em, they will be happy. Now, you might have to be creative so your dog doesn't become BORED, but that's different from actually being unhappy.

Going to training classes, out socializing (not necessarily interacting, but seeing lots of new things), hiking as it gets older, hide and seek games, fetch, tugging (flirt pole and other tugs), nosework, tricks, manners ... lots of things you can do that's not competitive.
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I would talk to the breeder and get a lower drive pup. As long as he gets enough mental and physical exercise, you should be fine.
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I am planning on getting a GSD. One thing I keep seeing is that if I don't have my dog in some sort of competition it won't every be truly happy. So I'm curious, if I were to buy a GSD and his job was to be a family pet, would he still be happy? Of course he is going to get trained and exercised daily. But is this enough to keep my future GSD happy?
Where do you "keep seeing" this>>>"if I don't have my dog in some sort of competition..."
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Of course your dog will be happy just as a family dog. I don't show my dog and she is perfectly fine.
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Let me put all this into perspective for you...

Dogs do not get up one day and say "I just don't feel fulfilled. I would like to go jump over things and bite people's sleeves"

Your dog can be perfectly happy as an active companion. You'll want to make sure they are mentally stimulated and have plenty of physical activity. But they do not NEED to do sports.

You don't even need to ask for a "lower" drive puppy. Ask for one with balanced drives! One that is stable and sound of temperament. Explain to your breeder what you want. They should be able to match a puppy to you!
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If he is safe, loved and exercised i dont think he will complain, i dont do "sports" with my dogs and i have a pretty intense BC, he gets his daily runs in and has functioned just fine as a family dog for 2.5 years now
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Jax, I agree.

My boy is my active companion. We are active with him but do not participate in any sport, he's not a working dog. The first 2 years we did obedience, rally & agility. Nothing official but it was fun. He will be 4 this Spring. He comes with us camping & hiking. We do this all year. He loves it & gets so excited when the gear comes out. He knows he's an important member of the pack.

I believe he's a "happy"dog. I nourish his doggie spiritand allow him to be a dog. Splash in mud puddles, roll in dirt, watch & chase squirrels...even bark at the neighbors cat occasionally, he can sniff & lift his leg.
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while I had aspirations for my girl, life gets in the way, and things change.

I have a pretty high energy czech/ddr 5 year old, and I don't participate in sports with her.

She is my constant companion, we hike alot, exercise, walk, classes at times, fun tracking.

As she's matured she's developed an off switch, and tho she does need everyday exercise in one form or another, she can do well with a day or two of me working long hours.

I love this dog, but only "love" wouldn't cut it. THey do not need to compete in anything, but these dogs are not couch potatoes, and do like an active lifestyle.

I'm sure there are much lower energy gsd's out there , I really have never had one, nor do I really want one

Being active doesn't mean you have to compete in anything with the dog.

Finding a breeder who can match a puppy to your wants/don't wants/lifestyle/expectations is key .
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