Hi there! Just wanted to introduce ourselves
My name is Robin and my little girl is Soto. We named her after Victoria Soto (the teacher who hid her children in the connecticut school shooting to protect them). We felt that name was fitting as she was a protector of her children and we wanted our little girl to protect ours. Soto just turned 11 weeks old on Friday. I was hoping to ask a few questions regarding her behavior and see if this is normal or not.
First, I must say we couldn't have gotten a more loving dog. She has the sweetest temperament and is very devoted. Just wants to be next to us every minute. Her ears came up at 10.5 weeks but within days, ended up floppy again. One is up and the other now is laying down. I think i've heard that this is normal. The other thing is that she puts her ears back ALOT. Like cowardly back. I'm hoping that is not a sign of submissiveness. We have had a couple bad experiences in the past with 2 Golden Retrievers who ended up very submissive
Also, man.. is she a whiner. She whines all the time. When I take her in the car , she is a big scaredy cat and whines through the whole ride while trying to get into my lap while i'm driving. When we got home this morning after going just down the road to drop off kids at school. I carried her from the car and put her on the floor in the garage so she could walk into the house and once inside she started whining. I'm praying this is just normal puppy behavior for now. I always thought German Shepherds where suppose to be on the more brave side and protectors. lol
We did buy her from a reputable breeder who raise family dogs not champion, police type or Schutzen (sp?) type dogs. She is huge already and the previous litter had all their females at over 100lbs at 9 mo's. So she will never be more than a house, family dog which is fine. I'm guessing I'm just nervous that we may end up with a submissive big scaredy cat. lol.
It's great to be part of this forum and I have enjoyed looking at all the pics of your beautiful dogs. Any advice you can give from experience would be so wonderful.
Thanks so much!!!
Robin & Soto[IMG]
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Soto at around 9 weeks