|10-25-2013 08:25 PM|
My Vet was astonished with Gus. Didn't like the mouthing when she examined his feet and ears. He was 20 weeks...meh I corrected and moved on.
She was amazed at his coat, muscle and health until the feeding discussion came about. She clearly stated I was putting him and my family in danger by preparing raw meat in my house. I proceed to ask if she was a Vegan....not funny it seemed.
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|10-25-2013 07:33 PM|
My vet says that my GSD is the "nicest she has seen in a long time." Just turning 1...no issues, lovely temperament...she's wonderful!Attachment 127129
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|10-25-2013 06:50 PM|
Not saying that there are NOT a number of dogs with weak nerves and true temperament issues. But I have some dogs that were labeled as such change and thrive in a proper environment.
There is also no such thing as a dog that has zero issues. Every dog has their quirks. I have never met a single dog that only ever went to vet for well visits. Everyone ends up with something. But it's not all genetic.
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|10-25-2013 05:47 PM|
|JakodaCD OA||I would also wonder, if some of the temp/behavior issues seen are handler issues and/or dogs that are not a good match .|
|10-25-2013 01:18 PM|
|Mikelia||My boys are both healthy and have good temperaments. I have a hard time keeping weight on Cajun but there is no medical reason for it - I think he is just really high energy.|
|10-25-2013 12:58 PM|
|Blanketback||I agree, but I also believe (from my own experience) that we can train our dogs to be friendly in certain situations. My previous GSD was a Therapy Dog and everyone who met him in that context thought he was super friendly. He was very gregarious when he was with me at work too - he could have been a Walmart greeter, lol. But when he was loose in our yard he was totally different, and could scare the dickens out of people. I don't think many of the dogs get the opportunity to show just how versatile they can be.|
|10-25-2013 12:32 PM|
|martemchik||You do have to question what some people consider a "temperament issue" tough. Like...my dog is pretty social. He'd be considered a social butterfly which is technically not the breed standard...but is that an issue? IMO its not...I'd rather have an overly friendly dog over a DA or reactive dog any day. And...as social as he is, if another dog gets on his nerves, or crosses the line...he can give the dog a correction and has no problems getting into a scruff. Do I like it when he gets into a scruff? Not at all...but he's a confident, intact male, GSD, and I feel like that's something that is also alright. I try to manage it and make sure that it doesn't get to that level...and at the end of the day I don't think its a true issue.|
|10-25-2013 11:52 AM|
|Blanketback||A year ago, I would have voted allergies. But this year he's fine. Did he outgrow them, lol? Or were his symptoms exacerbated by his (assuming chicken) food intolerance? IDK, but whatever did it, he's fine now. I want to give him the benefit of maturing before commenting on his temperament, because he's silly right now and I know from past experience that they do change considerably.|
|10-25-2013 09:05 AM|
it honestly boggles my mind that there is almost as many temperament issues in this poll vs dogs that are ok Kinda sad.
None of my dogs have / were perfect, and I had one 'fear biter', who was managed very well, and I count myself lucky that I've never had a dog with constant health issues...sure an illness here and there, usually each dog I've had / had one major illness/sickness in it's lifetime that was not a death sentence.
I dunno, just sad reading that so many have 'issues'
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