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GRANBYsyztem 02-08-2014 06:03 AM

Expectant Parent ;)
Hi everyone! Just dropping in to say hello. I've actually been creeping around this forum for quite some time now. Never made an account because it seemed that every time i had a question, it had pretty much already been asked and discussed before! (tells you how great the forum is!).

Anyways, I'll be picking up "König" from the breeder in 14 days! I've bought all my supplies, done my research, set up his crate, been going over training with my family, even got a new Dyson Animal and Roomba just to help manage the shedding.. now the only thing thats missing is the pup ;)

A little about me: My name is Jonathan. I've actually wanted a dog for over 6 years now.. but i was in the Military and it was just never the right time. Finally completed my contract last September and have since looked and looked all over for the right breeder... and finally feel like I found my pup. This will be my first dog, but for a while GSD's became an obsession. During my time in Afghanistan i had a few MP's attached to my squad who had GSD bomb/weapons/protection dogs. One of them actually saved the life of my buddy who lost his leg to an IED. His dog, Emi, sniffed out the bomb, and pulled him away and took most of the blast but he took some shrapnel to his leg. They're both now retired from the Marine Corps and living together. But seeing their work ethic, loyalty, courage, and playfulness (off the clock).. there was no doubt a GSD was the only dog I wanted.

Well, now that i have an account, i hope you guys are ready to get bombarded with some GSD noobie questions! I'll be sure to get pics up as soon as i bring him home.


mcdanfam 02-08-2014 06:39 AM

Congrats! I can't wait to see pics!

We were not dog people, but our daughters will be training for cross country...needed running buddy's! We researched and waited for almost two years. We finally decided to go with shepherds...:-) we have NEVER regretted it! My husband who was against them other than for running buddy's now takes them to the office with him. Everyone has fallen in love and they have completed our family!
I can't image a better dog. Our best friends who are not dog people, got one as well....they fell in love with ours and agreed, they are not like other dogs. I know how much joy they have brought us, even with all of the work...!

It sounds like you are ready to care and love a puppy...! Good luck! They are worth so much more than we give them. I am so excited for you! I guess knowing the love coming your way is part if it....:-) Get ready to never be alone....;-) miles (our male) is my shadow.

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sehrgutcsg 02-08-2014 10:26 AM

I always' get enjoyment thanking individuals for their service to our Country. Hope you get exactly the GSD your looking for..

Sp00ks 02-08-2014 10:52 AM

Thank you for your service!!. I can't wait to see pics. It sounds like your doing it right. Shepherds are a LOT of work but so worth it in the end.

If possible, I would find a trainer in your area that is used to training Shepherds and similar breeds. Get some basic puppy and advanced puppy and proceed from there. The training is more about training you than the dog. We have our new boy in basic puppy and it has been a lot of fun.

Spend a couple weeks just bonding with the pup. Work on potty training and crate training. I think the bonding made a huge difference. We played, loved and just generally enjoyed him for the first couple weeks. We made the decision to get ours into training VERY early and overall he has done quite well. Last week in training he shined and out performed all the other older dogs. The other parents in the class were taking pictures of him, he was a Rock Star. Shepherds are so smart.

carmspack 02-08-2014 10:54 AM

welcome , tell us more about Konig !

cltyus 02-08-2014 12:24 PM

I am also brand new and plan to flood everyone with questions lol, when I get mine this summer, it'll be my first! Congrats

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