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12-30-2013 01:32 AM
llombardo My male GSD was brought to the shelter because he wasn't good with kids and I didn't learn that until a couple months later. When I brought him home, my young nephew was there, the dog followed him everywhere. He adores kids, so I'm not sure what his previous owners saw, but I trust him 100 percent around kids. I'm not saying its the same in your situation, I am saying that dogs act differently with different people and you might never see what they see in the dog. At the same time, it can be a risk. If the shelter told me Midnite wasn't good with kids, I might have walked away.
12-30-2013 12:16 AM
madis You can all rest assured that we will not be adopting Ezra.

Thank you guys for your help. It's tough to do what you know is right when your heart is so involved.
12-29-2013 10:13 PM
mspiker03
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Thank you! This was my plan from day one. We are signing a contract that includes what will happen if we can't keep her. Emotions aside we will to the right thing.
Well, I think no one here can accurately assess the dog whom we have never seen and no one knows the severity of the case (and so many things get lost in translation on the internet). That is why a 3rd party would be able to give you a good (and unbiased) idea of her temperament, if it is fixable (or not) and also the severity of it.

But, I really think you need to keep in mind, that if the dog is bad and reactive and you have a child coming, that giving back the dog to the breeder is the best option (for you, the dog and the child). I would think that potential liability of having a child aggressive dog (and a child living with you) should be in the back of your mind when making the ultimate decision (after her behavior is assessed).
12-29-2013 09:45 PM
misslesleedavis1 It sounds like you have made up you mind about getting Ezra
12-29-2013 09:33 PM
belladonnalily Keep in mind adding both a young child and a young puppy (I'm sure by now you've read volumes on how different GSD puppies are from other breeds...landshark is an understatement with some!) is a HUGE undertaking that will change your lifestyle considerably. No matter how commited and responsible you are, taking a known problem dog at the same time is a lot....even for a person that has tons of experience and nothing else to do.

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12-29-2013 08:16 PM
mebully21 After managing a gsd who hated children for 8 years no way would i even consider another one just because we connected..not only is it not fair to the dog to be uprooted, but it also isnt fair to the child either.
12-29-2013 07:35 PM
madis
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Why don't you get her evaluated by a 3rd person (trainer, behaviorist) before making a decision. Maybe she isn't as bad, maybe she is worse, maybe she is bad in the breeders home only. Of course, the child's safety is #1 if the child moves in with you. I would want it written in a contract that the breeder will take her back if she remains not so great with kids and the child moves in with you. And if she remains as reactive as the breeder says (after you have worked with her and the child is going to live with you), then I would think it would be better for the dog to return her to the breeder before she reacts, bites a child, and then gets put to sleep. I think if you take her for a trial run and the child ends up living with you, you will have to put your emotions aside and do what is best for everyone - both the child and dog (no matter how hard it is for you personally).
Thank you! This was my plan from day one. We are signing a contract that includes what will happen if we can't keep her. Emotions aside we will to the right thing.
12-29-2013 07:22 PM
mspiker03
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it really sucks when Ezra and I had such a strong connection upon meeting. Ill talk to my boyfriend about it.
Why don't you get her evaluated by a 3rd person (trainer, behaviorist) before making a decision. Maybe she isn't as bad, maybe she is worse, maybe she is bad in the breeders home only. Of course, the child's safety is #1 if the child moves in with you. I would want it written in a contract that the breeder will take her back if she remains not so great with kids and the child moves in with you. And if she remains as reactive as the breeder says (after you have worked with her and the child is going to live with you), then I would think it would be better for the dog to return her to the breeder before she reacts, bites a child, and then gets put to sleep. I think if you take her for a trial run and the child ends up living with you, you will have to put your emotions aside and do what is best for everyone - both the child and dog (no matter how hard it is for you personally).
12-29-2013 06:55 PM
doggiedad when you said your new to the forum and GSD's i took that
as being inexperienced. your experience should tell you not
to get a child aggressive dog with a 5 yr old child coming
to live with you. good luck if you decide to get the dog.

were
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I do have dog experience and have trained many dogs (just not specifically GSDs) with behavior problems. My breeder is reputable I have visited her property and met all of her dogs. I also talk with her on an almost daily basis. Ezra IS trained and will not savagely break through a door to get to a child. I spoke to my breeder and she said that she just doesn't like kids to come near her (gives warning barks and backs away from them). I read back through some old emails and I had misinterpreted her behavior. I have six months to play with where we can TRY a few short (on-leash, pinch collar) introductions (from across a space).

I didn't mean to make myself look like I didn't know what I was doing.


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12-29-2013 06:48 PM
misslesleedavis1 If she goes at a child and bites him are you prepared to deal with the aftermath?
A disfigured face?
Emotional trauma ?
I would not do this if i were you, let her go to someone that is not new to the breed, and is very well prepared to deal with her issues.
She may be a lovely dog but she does not sound like the right dog for you given the info you provided
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