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Old 08-25-2014, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Would I make a good GSD owner?

I am currently researching a lot of breeds, and the GSD sounds like a great dog.

I live close to town, but surrounded with forests, 16 acres, 2 ponds, and 2 barns, so LOTS of exercise. I like to be active, ATM my knee has some problems, but that will be over soon and I will be able to run better. I would love to do agility work and lots of training, with cool tricks and stuff to make sure he/she gets lots of mental stimulation and does not become bored. I am home all day, meaning lots of play and fun times. I am quite worried about socialization, But as I said I do like close to town, so a little ride in the car to a dog park and a long walk around people would not be to hard. There are dogs on a road next to where I live, A sweet boxer a german pionter, a golden retriever and a little yapper thing I don't know the breed of. So he/she would have a potential friend to play with at times. Anyway, I would love to know the thoughts of GSD owners so that I can make the best of a dogs life. Thank you for reading! Bye for now.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You very well could be. Good that you are researching, not sure if you'll go rescue or breeder, but if its the later, be sure to scrutinize them carefully, there are some crapty ones out there. There is a section on the forum "choosing a breeder" that can help you learn what to look for. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Sounds like a GSD would have a wonderful life with you - lucky one that gets picked. Don't worry too much about socialising, as long as you can socialise your GSD as a puppy through puppy obedience training where pup will learn training with other dogs of any breed and possible play time after training and also dog park situations where there are appropriate stable dogs your pup can play and learn from. From my experience once GSDs get to around the 1yo age, some a little sooner, they don't necessarily want to socialise with other dogs and are quite aloof - they prefer their own company and the company of their pack - you and your family. The type of people that want to socialise down the dog park every day etc may find GSDs are not the dog for them.
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Sounds like a GSD would have a wonderful life with you - lucky one that gets picked. Don't worry too much about socialising, as long as you can socialise your GSD as a puppy through puppy obedience training where pup will learn training with other dogs of any breed and possible play time after training and also dog park situations where there are appropriate stable dogs your pup can play and learn from. From my experience once GSDs get to around the 1yo age, some a little sooner, they don't necessarily want to socialise with other dogs and are quite aloof - they prefer their own company and the company of their pack - you and your family. The type of people that want to socialise down the dog park every day etc may find GSDs are not the dog for them.
I don't actually like the idea of going to a dog park so much, It would be fun if my dog wanted to go but I really don't care so much if i do or do not go. Thank's for the info! Great to know. )
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You very well could be. Good that you are researching, not sure if you'll go rescue or breeder, but if its the later, be sure to scrutinize them carefully, there are some crapty ones out there. There is a section on the forum "choosing a breeder" that can help you learn what to look for. Good luck and welcome to the forum!

Thanks! I will look for the choosing a breeder section, Thanks again! -Anna
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