Some practical advice from a long-time GSD owner. Don't leave food on the counter, or you will be trying to catch your pup in the act so that you can properly break her of the habit. Vacuum your house at least daily, unless you like GSD tumbleweeds and stray hairs in your Cqptain Crunch and on your coat collar. Keep suits, woolen peacoats, cashmere sweaters in dry cleaning bags or they will look like they have grown a second coat. Every couple of months vacuum up the shepherd hairs that have migrated to you shoes from your socks. These along with dryer lint and old candle wax and some pistachio shells make good fire starers. Be ready to give up your coach, sofa, love seat, and even your side of the bed. Be fully prepared that your pup will snore, sometimes loud enough to peel paint. Have a chemical warfare gas mask handy because the silent business that comes from that end WILL DEFINITELY peel paint, let alone permanently scare your nasal cavities.
Be ready to experience the most intense loyalty from a dog you can ever imagine, treat her right and she will be your protector (and your family's) for as long as she is physically able. Give her the proper training and you will be able to take her anywhere knowing full well that only those who mean you harm have anything to fear from your companion. Know that with proper training she can be left alone with very young children and guard them from harm.
Read the training books by the monks, read more training books by other folks concerning different training styles, and then read even more training books by others. Armed with the combined knowledge develop the style of training that works for you and your dog, based on what you both want out of your relationship.
Last edited by CT-Mike; 02-19-2013 at 10:20 PM.