|09-23-2013 10:56 AM|
|Galathiel||Must be something about the magical 5th GSD! Mine is a stinker! Love him, but oh my goodness he's more work than my other 4 were put together!!|
|09-23-2013 08:59 AM|
Jordan, good for you for sticking it out with your pup. Even though I am an experienced gsd owner - Finn is my 5th, I find him very challenging. Cannot imagine him ending up in a first time gsd owners home. Keep up the good work!
|09-23-2013 08:53 AM|
|JakodaCD OA||Jordan, you should be commended for sticking it out, and hope you will contribute to first time newbie/"wanna german shepherd never had a dog before" posts to enlighten people on how difficult it can be.|
|09-22-2013 11:23 PM|
I'm not trying to speak for others, I'm saying from my experience I can understand why a GSD is not recommend for a new pet owner. Shelters aren't stuffed full of this breed, owners surrendering saying they were just too much for them, for nothing.
Until this girl, I hadn't seen the extreme side to the GSD. Had I been new to owning a dog, I'd picture/want the idea of man's best friend. Yes, my girl can be, but it's much more work to get that then expected.
|09-22-2013 02:37 PM|
You may also find that she turns around at some point with more structure and discipline, and also with maturity - at less than a year old she's still quite young. My dogs aren't perpetually in training mode, and I do tend to be less diligent about NILIF (as appropriate for each particular dog) as they mature, but some of it just gets incorporated into our day to day life together, so it's not a big deal. My dogs are happy and affectionate and they have plenty of fun, so they're certainly not suffering.
Controlling the resources and making her work for what she wants is just prudent, IMO. Good luck!
|09-22-2013 02:08 PM|
|Mac's Mom||I can totally relate to what you are saying and how you are feeling. I do think your approach is right and wish you continued improvement.|
|09-22-2013 02:06 PM|
|Mary Beth||Congrats Jordan on sticking it out with your gsd and learning. Interesting comments you made as a friend just sent me this link 15 Dog Breeds New Pet Owners Should Avoid | Pets - Yahoo Shine - page down the gsd made the list. I agree with you - though my Sting was my first gsd and first pup, I was very thankful my other dogs adopted as adults were a husky, dobe, and aussie. All strong willed, high drive, and taught me a lot so I was ready for my Sting.|
|09-22-2013 01:48 PM|
you can't speak for other owners of GSD's whether they're
new owners or experienced owners because of your experience
with your dog. i hope with your retraining everything works out
for you, your family and your dog.
|09-22-2013 01:59 AM|
Re-homing. . .
I've never dealt with such a dominate dog. We've spoken with a trainer, consulted others, and goodness, our girl, at under a year has a very dominate aggressive personality.
We've discussed re-homing her, but realize we're not willing to give up, and willing to better adjust and work with her. She's the classic dog that many would send to a shelter which would be too much of a risk to regime.
I can understand why new pet owners should not attempt a GSD, as we're experienced and frankly struggling. I guess I took for granted submissive, auto alpha position. Our girl is amazing, but not for a beginner. Even with our experience we're treading new territory.
Part of it is her high prey drive. We've adjusted our active lifestyle to give her more mental and physical stimulation. We've made home life black and white. Very clear cut, she's our dog, we're her master, from my hubby and I to our kids. She's very loved, but no longer given the auto lazy house dog lifestyle. No more couch time, no more free access to her toy basket etc.
We're doing a grant permission step. We offer toys, which is ours, we offer food, which is ours etc. It sounds very harsh, but it's working. It's unfortunate we may never have the carefree lovely pup to spoil, and will be in forever (likely,) training mode with her.
Essentially she needs the constant clear cut rules and guides to her day. We're sad, but hope eventually.She can better mature and accept her place. Honestly she seems more relaxed, and happy with this. While we still go through guilt, we realize she's thrives on this strict discipline.
And no, she's very loved, praised and given affection, but we're learning to better understand our actions.vs her view of such. Crossing our fingers we have the strength to continue to be what she needs. This is more venting/revelation post, that sometimes it's more then just a loving owner needed to have a healthy/happy dog.