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Old 03-03-2014, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Things you wish someone had told you before bringing home your first GSD

What are some things you wish you had been told/didn't know about GSDs before bringing home your first furbaby?
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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About the adolescent stage.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Losing one is akin to having your heart ripped out and slowly roasted.
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How much they shed. I really don't have many problems with my guy, up to now, but he's still young 13 months.
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Losing one is akin to having your heart ripped out and slowly roasted.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They shed.

You're never "done" training.

They shed and need regular grooming.


A well-trained GSD gives you unrealistic expectations for human children.

They shed and need regular grooming. Invest in a high-quality vacuum.

Go ahead and cancel the gym membership. Walking outside and playing with your best friend is a far better workout.
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How crazy about GSD's I would become, to the exclusion of all other dogs...
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Losing one is akin to having your heart ripped out and slowly roasted.
Ditto.
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How much you need to be aware of your own demeanour/state of mind. They're crazy sharp and really catch on (and can take advantage if you're meek, depending on the dog). You can't lie to a dog, so need to be genuinely calm and confident.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Things my GSD puppy has taught me:
1. Silence is no longer golden. Silence means trouble.
2. The government really should start studying mine as some sort of alternative energy source. He keeps going... and going... and going. He's not unlike the Energizer Bunny. This is all fine and dandy until it's -20 F outside, and he wants to keep playing My exercise habits have completely changed!
3. I now own stock in lint roller companies. My wardrobe is black. My dog is white. Also, dog hair is a new dietary staple.
4. Sick days, bad days... these are no longer an option. It doesn't matter. He forces me to get off my butt and work!
5. I never thought I could be so crazy in love and bonded to an animal.
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