|09-05-2013 11:48 PM|
Another thing you can sometimes do is file a non-specific application with a rescue and let them know what kind of dog you're looking for. While the larger rescues may not have time to keep up on your application, smaller ones are often happy to work with a good adopter to find just the right dog for your home. My rescue works with a wide network of shelters to find dogs, and it's sadly not difficult to find purebred GSDs in many of those shelters. I'm sure a GSD-specific rescue would have even more contacts to use.
In the event that you're asking a rescue to search on your behalf, they'll be putting in extra effort for your application, and in that case (and only in that case!) it might be polite to give the rescue a little exclusive time to look for dogs before you contact other rescues. It's no fun to spend hours finding just the right dog for somebody, only to learn they adopted a different dog while you were looking.
|09-05-2013 11:20 PM|
I have put in multiple applications at once and I have been honest about it. If your applications are approved you will need to make a decision about which rescue you're going with.
I think it's wise to look at adult dogs.
|09-05-2013 11:13 PM|
Question about rescue organizations
Thanks for all the advice.
I have another question for those of you familiar with rescue organizations: Is it OK to put in an application at more than one rescue at the same time? I'm thinking if I apply for one dog and then don't end up getting that one for whatever reason, that if I wait to apply at another rescue, the one I'm interested in at that place might be gone already. I don't know dog rescue etiquette. My last two dogs were from the shelter.
|09-02-2013 11:27 PM|
In general, I'd make sure you really read thru --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ind-puppy.html to be really prepared when you talk to breeders and go see anything.
There are many poorly bred GSD's out there that are AKC registered and 'purebred'. Hardest part is all the puppies are 100% adorable but the temperament and health issues don't show up for months when you already love your dog but now are in a bit of a nightmare. So the more you can do ahead of time before selecting a breeder or a dog, the better.
|09-02-2013 11:23 PM|
Honestly, I would rather have a dog than a puppy. Yes puppies are cute, but let's face it, potty training puppies and keeping them from chewing up everything is more work than a dog who is past that stage! But I have had several people tell me it would be best to get a puppy and raise it with my with kids and cats. But then... others have said it's better to get an adult dog because then you can tell what his temperament is like already.
I have done quite a lot of searching for the "right" dog -- I've looked at puppies AND adult dogs. You're right, a lot of the rescue dog ads say "good for a family with older kids." OR -- "doesn't like cats." Or I will email and ask more about the dog and never get a response. I'm about ready to give up. I never knew it would be so hard to find what I'm looking for. I keep telling myself that I should just wait till the kids are older, but ... I miss my old dogs, especially my boy dog who was so sweet. He was about 12 years old when he died on the floor next to my bed, where he slept every night. He really hung on. I whispered, "It's OK, you can let go now." And he died shortly after that. *Sniff, sniff.* (That was five years ago, I should be over it by now right? LOL!)
* Yes I meant to say registered.
* I'm in Southern California.
|09-02-2013 08:23 PM|
|Nigel||I would keep looking. You could look for a rescue, we tried, but it didn't work out for us. Lots of nice dogs available, but we came across the same label of "good with children 12 and over". It doesn't hurt to keep checking though. Research breeders, you can find the right pup with the proper temperament. I don't have any breeder suggestions, but others may.|
|09-02-2013 07:46 PM|
choose a different breeder. breeder should not be having anyone "visit" puppies who are only a few weeks old. and you must mean akc "registered", there is no "certified", and registration means nothing except that both their parents are registered (hopefully, registration can be fake). imho, it's also foolish of the "breeder" to bring dogs out on leashes, especially a mom with new puppies, into a situation where there are children present. and again, imho, there are no "one family dogs" only dogs with sound temperments and dogs with unsound temperments. good for you for coming here and asking questions...can i suggest that you might want to think about a young adult rescue shepherd, whose temperment suitability for children you could judge a bit better. puppies, no matter how well bred, are an unknown...you never know what they're gonna grow up to be, especially if the breeding wasn't done by a very reputable and knowledgable breeder, and even then sometimes...
mind if i ask where you're located?
|09-02-2013 07:34 PM|
Hello fellow German Shepherd dog lovers! I need some advice. I'm thinking of getting a German shepherd puppy and went to meet some dogs. The breeders brought the mom and dad dog out to the front yard on leashes to meet us because they said the mama dog was protective around her puppies (who are still only a few weeks old and not ready to go home yet, but we had asked if we could come meet the parents).
The dogs were friendly with us at first, especially the dad dog. But then something must have spooked them -- I think my son was holding his hands behind his back -- and they both started barking at us. That freaked out my kids (who are 6 and 4) so they put the dogs in the backyard, and took us in the house to see the pups.
I asked if that was normal behavior for their dogs and they said the mama dog is a one-family dog. I assume that means she doesn't like strangers. (Background info: These are not working line or show line dogs; she raises them to be family companions. They are gorgeous, AKC certified dogs.)
Is that kind of behavior genetic -- being a "one-family" dog? If I get a puppy from them, is he also likely to be wary of strangers? I realize that's probably a desirable trait in a working dog, but I want a kid-friendly dog. Even if I raise a pup that's great with my own kids, I don't want a dog that will bark at my kids' little friends that come over to play.
My two shepherds that I had for years (that we got from the shelter) were laidback and never barked at people like that, so it startled me!
Maybe these dogs were just being protective parents. (Or maybe I'm being an overprotective parent!) Should I choose a different breeder? Choose a different breed? Wait till my kids are older to get a puppy? I'm torn. I would have put down a deposit on a puppy today if not for the barking thing.