Hello Everyone! I am new to this site and new to German Shepherds! I live on my small farm where I ride my horses, run and do light training with my dogs, and my cats... well, I don't make THEM do anything but nap with me!
I wanted to join a site to get breed/ disposition/ training info specific to this breed. From childhood to adulthood I've had or been in the regular company of Samoyeds, labs, lab-pit mix (my Ally), and rottweilers. I had many friends with GSD's and have always admired the breed. My demeanor with my animals is quiet, affectionate but affirmative. I've never had dominance issues with any animal that has lived here, but I realize that each breed is different -- which is why I am here. I am currently training my 2-year old paint, whom I got as an intact yearling. (God help me those were the days
). He is now a gelding, and I successfully navigate an 800 lb'er when he feels like being a punk. He is impeccably mannered ... most of the time
Things have been nice and quiet here on the farm. Last week my friend asked me to network to find a home for a clients' dog. (Ceasar) I am a moderator for a horse board and figured I'd post his info there and on facebook. As I got to hear more about him, I liked him myself; went to see and spend time with him, we had an immediate rapor .... and they brought him here yesterday.
Ceasar is a 3 year old with lovely manners and some training. He has immediately adhered himself to me. He is still quietly getting to know the house and the yard. He is eating and sleeping well. He has NEVER been with other dogs. I have two. There is no aggression or posturing because he is avoiding them like the plague. Both females. Yellow lab pit mix (7) is sweet, sensitive and kind to him. She is usually the alpha, she was here first, and the little bit of pit in her is her sensitive, protective, smart side. She seems empathetic to him. My chocolate is a big doofus bull in a china shop (5) and she is clearly trying to engage him in play (he is not interested) and even bully him a bit. She came second and I wonder if she is trying to assert herself with him. Again, nothing fresh, just pushy. She's like that big-boned brutish tomboy on the playground who doesn't know to close her legs when she sits because she is completely unaware of the skirt her mother has dressed her in. THAT... is Emma. (I don't bother with skirts and bows for that one)
Anyway, this is winded. I have integrated many dogs into my household as I watch dogs for friends and family often for vacations. I've seen this pattern before and am hoping/ expecting that eventually they interact positively.
1. For you experienced GSD LIFER'S out there -- If you could ONLY give ONE piece of advise to a GSD GREENIE... what would that be?
2. For those of you who have/ had several different breeds of dog in your life, what characteristics separate German Shepherds from the others?
Thank you again! Elena & Ceasar