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12-26-2013 11:45 AM
RPN I'm back 11 months later and babies now 15month and still no puppy so atleast you all know ive not rushed it, ive found a local breeder with 2 week old pups which are all tested, hip, elbow etc 700 so thinking of getting 1 now
01-08-2013 12:42 PM
Jmm4
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In terms of safety I don't think you need to worry, get a dog crate, keep the pup in it when you can't watch him, keep him on a lead when he is out of it. When my pup is in a room with my kids he is either attached to me on a lead or tethered to a piece of furniture. You don't leave a 4 month baby unattended outside of the cot and you don't leave a puppy unattended outside of it's crate so there should never be an issue. Your dog can learn to love your baby from a distance until the baby is big enough to cope with a clumsy pup.

That said - knowing how much work a baby is I would have to warn that we have found a puppy just as hard work initially.

My youngest sons are 1 and 3 and we still have moments tearing our hair out trying to cope with them all at times. Like like suddenly the eldest falls over and hurts himself at the same time the youngest finds your cup of coffee and starts trying to pull it off the table and at that moment the puppy decides to poo on the carpet and roll it it while barking manically.

I wouldn't have wanted to do puppy training with the kids any younger but I don't think it would be impossible if you are calm, confident capable people. If you are honestly finding the baby a breeze so far then you might be able to cope, personally at 4 months old with our first there were times I wanted to walk out the door and never come back.

The other thing to think about is wanted to enjoy the experience. There are times when I feel I am missing out on seeing the puppy grow because I am so busy with family and times when I feel like the puppy takes my time and I miss seeing my kids grow up.
This is what I would say, exactly. Seriously spit out my coffee about the pup pooping while the kids are into stuff...I always stand there for what feels like forever and think....ok...highest priority first...save baby from scalding coffee on head...then rush puppy outside WHILE you clean up poop and cuddle your "injured" (seems like mine is always getting hurt lol) toddler. Toddler hugs you then backs away saying...what's that yucky smell Mommy?? Oh. Right. Throw dog poop in trash bag. Let barking puppy in from outside, as your back is turned baby turns in all the stove nobs, puppy runs in starts chewing on toddlers clothes, toddler screams AHHHGRRR! Lol for me this pretty much continues throughout the day. Attachment 26201Attachment 26209Attachment 26217

I have a one year old son and a three year old daughter...and a 9 week old puppy. Chaos! Lol

I don't think I would have gotten a pup when my first was 4 months but that's because she was a high needs baby with colic...very blurry time for me and I'm sure the puppy would have been out of control, but that was my situation.

Julie


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01-08-2013 12:00 PM
GsdLoverr729 Remember to take your time! We would hate to see you get a heartbreak pup due to lack of knowledge. And let us know when you decide on a pup. Other members can help you along with good/bad breeders, pedigree info and so on.

We'd love for you to stick around.
01-08-2013 11:58 AM
RPN No no im not going buyin 1 tomorrow, researchin 1st
01-08-2013 11:54 AM
GsdLoverr729 If you want the best chance at a pup with stable temperament, good nerves, and health you need to go to a reputable breeder. So papers would be offered, though on limited registration (more likely than not since it's just a pet home).
Not all "kc" papers are equal. CKC (Continental kennel club) registers anything that even resembles the breed, and they also register mixed breeds. They are not reputable and are generally a backyard bred registery. UKC, AKC, Canadian Kennel Club, SV, etc are all registries that let you know the dog IS purebred.

Not all dogs with papers are from good breeders, though. The papers just give you insight in the pedigree and let you know it's not a mix. I really think you need to SLOW DOWN and do your research. Take your time, and learn a bit before jumping into it. Here are some articles for you to read through to begin.

(Types of German Shepherds, by Wildhaus Kennels )
(German Shepherd Breeders, by Wildhaus Kennels)
(Elements of Temperament, by Joy Tiz )
(Raising Puppies, by Wildhaus Kennels )
01-08-2013 11:43 AM
RPN Hi people, after reading into them more, I've decided to buy the gf 1 but sat her down made sure shes ready and will look after it are papers important aswell as kc reg? Just come across gorgeous pups but no papers?
01-06-2013 03:16 PM
Capone22 I have a 7 month old baby and a 6 month old puppy. It's A LOT of work. Exhausting at times. A lot of management, especially until the baby teeth fall out. But it was my decision to get a puppy and a working puppy at that. So I knew what I was in for (kind of.) it's definitely do-able IF your wife is 100% on board, if she is actively involved in training classes and working with the puppy each day on top of taking care of kids. And also, can't forget potty training and exercising. They need a lot of exercise as they grow. Good luck.


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01-06-2013 02:54 PM
GsdLoverr729
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Don't worry were not just going to go out tomorrow and buy a pup I'll research them 1st and sort out insurance etc, Ill research breeders but make sure kc reg and have papers
Having papers on puppies does NOT make a breeder reputable. AKC can tell you the pup is purebred, as can UKC (I think), and the Canadian Kennel Club. CKC (Continental Kennel Club) will register anything that resembles purebred, and also mixes. So the first three are the ones which mean purebred.
After this, you need to check that the breeder isn't breeding constantly. They should be health testing their dogs (DM, OFA, PennHip). There should be temperament tests from unbias third parties who can attest to their temperaments. Most reputable breeders also title their dogs, be it in SchH, herding, conformation showing, obedience, etc.
I have been researching/looking for my next shepherd for well over a year. (:

Also, a puppy from a reputable breeder can cost anywhere from $1200-4500 depending on the bloodline (working, show, German, American, Czech, etc). Each bloodline has slightly different things to offer, so you need to figure out which is best suited for your family and what you want to do with the dog.
01-06-2013 02:42 PM
OffgridAlex In terms of safety I don't think you need to worry, get a dog crate, keep the pup in it when you can't watch him, keep him on a lead when he is out of it. When my pup is in a room with my kids he is either attached to me on a lead or tethered to a piece of furniture. You don't leave a 4 month baby unattended outside of the cot and you don't leave a puppy unattended outside of it's crate so there should never be an issue. Your dog can learn to love your baby from a distance until the baby is big enough to cope with a clumsy pup.

That said - knowing how much work a baby is I would have to warn that we have found a puppy just as hard work initially.

My youngest sons are 1 and 3 and we still have moments tearing our hair out trying to cope with them all at times. Like like suddenly the eldest falls over and hurts himself at the same time the youngest finds your cup of coffee and starts trying to pull it off the table and at that moment the puppy decides to poo on the carpet and roll it it while barking manically.

I wouldn't have wanted to do puppy training with the kids any younger but I don't think it would be impossible if you are calm, confident capable people. If you are honestly finding the baby a breeze so far then you might be able to cope, personally at 4 months old with our first there were times I wanted to walk out the door and never come back.

The other thing to think about is wanted to enjoy the experience. There are times when I feel I am missing out on seeing the puppy grow because I am so busy with family and times when I feel like the puppy takes my time and I miss seeing my kids grow up.
01-06-2013 02:36 PM
RPN Don't worry were not just going to go out tomorrow and buy a pup I'll research them 1st and sort out insurance etc, Ill research breeders but make sure kc reg and have papers
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