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01-05-2014 02:23 PM
pets4life yes in my party years i could NEVER have a gsd

Maybe a pug

I kept cats but not a gsd it would be way too hard lol
01-05-2014 12:58 AM
Harmonica
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Originally Posted by boomer11 View Post
i work 8-5. exercise dog 5-6:30ish. then the rest of my night i can do whatever i want. a dog doesnt need your attention all day long. on weekends i spend the day with my dog and the night with my friends. i dont feel like my social life has changed much. what has changed is the activities that i choose to do. instead of sitting on my butt all saturday watching football, i'd rather take my dog hiking. i found myself a lot more active. i ran, biked, roller bladed, etc. stuff i would never do if i didnt have a dog. i ran even when its snowing. when i didnt have a dog i wouldnt even step outside because i hate the cold.

unless you're a party animal and go out every night or are getting a puppy then a working line gsd is no problem imo. if you get a puppy or party a lot then a good support system is absolutely vital!! if i didnt have family to watch my 8 week pup while i worked 8-5, it wouldnt have worked out.
Thank you for your input!

Getting a pup won't be a problem if I wind up working at the studio I interned at, where I can work from home. They offered me a job, so if I don't find a place I like more I will wind up there. You don't really have a set hourly schedule, just an amount of animation frames or seconds to get done at the end of the week for quota. I'm sure a lot of other studios are the same way. I have all the equipment and programs to work from home.

If there's no way I can have the pup be taken care of when I'm at work, then getting the pup will have to wait until my lifestyle will allow for me to take care of one.

I love being active. Sitting on my butt doing animation makes me antsy so I often get up to take walks (I hate sitting still). I love long hikes as well.

Never was much of a party animal. Been to them before but never enjoyed it. I tend to turn down party invitations.
01-05-2014 12:41 AM
boomer11 i work 8-5. exercise dog 5-6:30ish. then the rest of my night i can do whatever i want. a dog doesnt need your attention all day long. on weekends i spend the day with my dog and the night with my friends. i dont feel like my social life has changed much. what has changed is the activities that i choose to do. instead of sitting on my butt all saturday watching football, i'd rather take my dog hiking. i found myself a lot more active. i ran, biked, roller bladed, etc. stuff i would never do if i didnt have a dog. i ran even when its snowing. when i didnt have a dog i wouldnt even step outside because i hate the cold.

unless you're a party animal and go out every night or are getting a puppy then a working line gsd is no problem imo. if you get a puppy or party a lot then a good support system is absolutely vital!! if i didnt have family to watch my 8 week pup while i worked 8-5, it wouldnt have worked out.
01-05-2014 12:35 AM
Harmonica
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Originally Posted by pets4life View Post
medium drive dog will lbe more than enough to keep up with you

Even if they are medium drive they are still exceptional compared to the pet dogs you see JMHO


ALso look into good breedeers of show dogs I know some very nice aloof fearless protective show dogs.

IT is all the lines it comes from

Medium drive is what i want next I dont need a dog bouncing frorm walls a gsd is not a mal JMO

ive seen my dog go and last asa long as mals and just as intense and still didntt give up, to me its a bit over kill, so i will look for a more less extreme next time. If i want a higher drive dog I think i may just get a mal for a certain purpose. Very good idea.
Yeah I definitely do not want a Mal. Beautiful dogs, but even they are much higher drive than some high drive Shepherds I've seen. I'll have to look into other breeders, including show dogs, the working lines appeal to me a lot more and what I want out of a dog but I'll still expand my horizons.
01-05-2014 12:30 AM
Harmonica
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Originally Posted by martemchik View Post
I got a dog out of college. It's not the toughest thing, but you do make sacrifices for the dog.

Depending on the area you live in, GSD friendly housing isn't the most difficult thing to find. We lived in two different apartments before finally purchasing a house a few months ago.

The biggest part is what was just mentioned...the social life. We don't really go out anymore (maybe once a week). After an 8 hour work day, you don't want to leave the dog or dogs alone for longer. Someone has to come home after work to let the dogs out, so if evening plans are easier to get to from work, sometimes we end up not going because we don't want to drive back and forth X amount of times just to grab a beer.

You'll also make life decisions differently once you have a dog. Vacations/weekend trips tend to involve going somewhere that the dog can also go to. When you do go somewhere without the dogs, you have to either board (which can add a lot of expense to a trip) or you need family that is willing to take the dog. Luckily we have family that can come stay with the dogs or will take them.

On the bright side, I do make a lot of healthier decisions. Like instead of going to a bar, I'll go to a park with the dogs.
Thanks for the input!

I'd love to have a small house, but I don't think that will happen for a while. If I move up in the job ladder I can definitely afford one eventually.

Yeah I don't have much of a social life, never really have. I prefer to keep to myself. I do have a small circle of friends I will once in a while go out with, but I do see them every day in college and most likely will go our separate ways when we graduate. I tend to drink a beer or two at home by myself watching a movie more than I go to the bar (most of my friends aren't drinkers so going out to the bar is very rare and I don't go alone.)

I can't imagine taking a vacation without my dog. I'm more of an RVer so I don't think it will be much of a problem, just have to camp in places that allow my GSD (if there are campgrounds that ban them.) I'm not one for flying to beach resorts, not my thing, though someday I'd like to see some other countries. But for now I'd rather RV all over USA and Canada first. I've always seen myself traveling the country with my trusty dog by my side, haha!
01-05-2014 12:19 AM
Harmonica
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Originally Posted by huntergreen View Post
single and just out of college would raise a red flag for me, unless you have a good support system. a gsd needs time and exercise and cannot be put off for your social life. dogs nee routine, not something i could/would provide at that time of my life. just food for thought.
I actually have barely any social life lol. I have a small circle of friends, but other than that I mostly keep to myself. I've never been a person to go out and go off with friends very much. Once in a while I do but most of my time is spent alone.
01-04-2014 11:52 PM
martemchik I got a dog out of college. It's not the toughest thing, but you do make sacrifices for the dog.

Depending on the area you live in, GSD friendly housing isn't the most difficult thing to find. We lived in two different apartments before finally purchasing a house a few months ago.

The biggest part is what was just mentioned...the social life. We don't really go out anymore (maybe once a week). After an 8 hour work day, you don't want to leave the dog or dogs alone for longer. Someone has to come home after work to let the dogs out, so if evening plans are easier to get to from work, sometimes we end up not going because we don't want to drive back and forth X amount of times just to grab a beer.

You'll also make life decisions differently once you have a dog. Vacations/weekend trips tend to involve going somewhere that the dog can also go to. When you do go somewhere without the dogs, you have to either board (which can add a lot of expense to a trip) or you need family that is willing to take the dog. Luckily we have family that can come stay with the dogs or will take them.

On the bright side, I do make a lot of healthier decisions. Like instead of going to a bar, I'll go to a park with the dogs.
01-04-2014 11:51 PM
mego The apartment thing might be a problem, the job and everything else sounds fine. I would wait until you find one place to live.

@huntergreen I understand your pov..I'm also a girl with a gsd in my early 20s, I'm still IN college though, and social obligations have never gotten in the way, maybe the op is similar.

Routine I agree with, but I think routine would be fine as long as you have a settled place to live.

I wouldn't get a high drive dog in your situation though, that would be pretty difficult to deal with in a city without a lottt of extra effort
01-04-2014 11:43 PM
huntergreen single and just out of college would raise a red flag for me, unless you have a good support system. a gsd needs time and exercise and cannot be put off for your social life. dogs nee routine, not something i could/would provide at that time of my life. just food for thought.
01-04-2014 07:30 PM
pets4life medium drive dog will lbe more than enough to keep up with you

Even if they are medium drive they are still exceptional compared to the pet dogs you see JMHO


ALso look into good breedeers of show dogs I know some very nice aloof fearless protective show dogs.

IT is all the lines it comes from

Medium drive is what i want next I dont need a dog bouncing frorm walls a gsd is not a mal JMO

ive seen my dog go and last asa long as mals and just as intense and still didntt give up, to me its a bit over kill, so i will look for a more less extreme next time. If i want a higher drive dog I think i may just get a mal for a certain purpose. Very good idea.
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