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02-06-2014 12:03 PM
Kayos and Havoc I think if all parties are on board and you are committed to the dog this can work for you.

I was a single mother of a 5 year old when I got my first GSD puppy. She was also my first dog. As a single mother I was the only bread winner, parent, driver to scouts, ball games etc. That GSD puppy was a valued member of our family til the day she died at nearly 13. The 5 year old raced home from college when he knew her time had come.

You can do this with a baby, you can do this living with your parents. IF everyone is on board and you walk into with eyes wide open and appropriate expectations. If you cannot, then I agree with most everyone else and you need to wait.
02-05-2014 11:58 PM
lcsparrow70
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I agree that a golden retriever would be the best of the options. If you are nervous about having a dog, maybe I smaller one would be better.... Like a King Charles spaniel. They are good family dogs, great with kids, and love affection. German shepherds are a lot of work... My husband and I have a puppy and she is a LOT of hard work. Granted we chose to do the training ourselves being we have experience with other dog breeds. My advice would be... Wait until you have a child.... And see how much time you have left. I grew up with dogs.. And I loved them. I was around 5 when my parents adopted their first dog... So I was old enough to play with her.


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I own a Cavalier Spaniel. She is wonderful with children, adults, horses, other dogs, cats, birds... Yeah they LOVE everybody! She is the happiest dog I have ever been around. They are also therapeutic dogs. All that being said, they do have a tendency towards anxiety when left alone too much. I work from home so I am home all the time. In the past, I did have a job during the day. However, if it wasn't for my other dog, a Standard Poodle, I believe my Cavi would have severe separation anxiety. She cries when she knows I am leaving, but that's the most she will do. I believe a Golden Retriever would be good or a lab. However, they can go nutty if they do not have some form of release - play, discipline, love in that order. All dogs need that but some breeds are more family/first time dog owner friendly than others. Read about your breeds because they are different and they do require different things in order to be happy, contributing family members.
01-31-2014 11:37 PM
NormanF I agree with the moderator - a pup is a LOT OF WORK, high energy and very demanding! Not a good fit with someone with a busy lifetime and family responsibilities.

A young dog that has already been house-trained, with a moderate energy level and predictable personality is a better fit. Sure, the cuteness factor isn't there but you can acquire a GSD that is a good match rather than trying to make a puppy develop the way you want.

They're an easy care breed but need to be with you and be part of your life and activities. A GSD is not for every one but is a breed you come to adore. And as a family pet, they're good around adults, children and small pets.
01-31-2014 10:11 AM
jocoyn It may be easier to find a solid/steady adult dog - Maybe a GSD breeder in your area has an older female to be retired from breeding which has proven behavior around children.

Goldens tend to make a nice gentle family pet though you have to be careful there as well. GSDs can be great but I agree that a GSD puppy as a first dog may be more than you want to take on! What breeds are common in your area? Even a nice mixed breed could offer what you want. You do need to also consider dietary requirements and room for exercise.
01-31-2014 09:25 AM
partha
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hi
i am looking to get a dog for the first time. we are also planning to have a baby in the next two years.
we live in a house with a relatively small backyard.i have done a little bit of research on the breed of dogs suitable for our kind of lifestyle. the dog will never be alone in our family. having said that no one in our family has ever had a dog so my parents are a little scared of having a dog.oh i must tell you here that my wife and i live with my parents. as i have said i have done a little research on gsd, lab and golden retriever but there must be a dozen things about them that i dont. so please suggest me the breed that is most suitable for our kind of family.
p.s.since it is my first dog she does not have to be among the three i mentioned. and she must be trainable as we have never had a dog.


I live in India with my wife and parents. Finding a local reputable breeder may not be difficult but finding a trainer is.
And as for my parents not wanting a dog, they are just not quite sure whether they can handle such a big breed.
01-29-2014 03:00 PM
scottymac
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Get a dog after kids, puppies can be like kids with the needs, you are better off preparing yourself with a child first because if you dont like the child responibility you cant give it back or leave it high and dry in a shelter like alot do with dogs. Its a valuable learning experiance.
Couldn't agree more. This is excellent, sound advice.

I work with a number of people that do not have kids, but are dog lovers of the highest order. They love nothing more than to lecture me about how challenging it is to raise a dog. I respect their commitment, passion and love.

And they are absolutely right, sometimes it is challenging, worrisome and hard. But for us anyway, an edge or three has definitely been knocked off. Raising a couple of kids really puts things in perspective. "Hard" is relative.

If you plan to have kids, do that first. Get settled, and then think about a dog. If you can't/won't do that, ensure a great support system of family and friends and get a good trainer. Life could get miserable quickly with a half-wanted dog and a baby to look after.
01-28-2014 11:26 AM
LoveEcho http://thedogsnobs.com/2014/01/06/do...-one-of-those/

This should be required reading. A very good in-depth look at the upsides and downsides of both labs and GSD's.


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01-28-2014 10:45 AM
Mishka&Milo
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hi
i am looking to get a dog for the first time. we are also planning to have a baby in the next two years.
we live in a house with a relatively small backyard.i have done a little bit of research on the breed of dogs suitable for our kind of lifestyle. the dog will never be alone in our family. having said that no one in our family has ever had a dog so my parents are a little scared of having a dog.oh i must tell you here that my wife and i live with my parents. as i have said i have done a little research on gsd, lab and golden retriever but there must be a dozen things about them that i dont. so please suggest me the breed that is most suitable for our kind of family.
p.s.since it is my first dog she does not have to be among the three i mentioned. and she must be trainable as we have never had a dog.
I agree that a golden retriever would be the best of the options. If you are nervous about having a dog, maybe I smaller one would be better.... Like a King Charles spaniel. They are good family dogs, great with kids, and love affection. German shepherds are a lot of work... My husband and I have a puppy and she is a LOT of hard work. Granted we chose to do the training ourselves being we have experience with other dog breeds. My advice would be... Wait until you have a child.... And see how much time you have left. I grew up with dogs.. And I loved them. I was around 5 when my parents adopted their first dog... So I was old enough to play with her.


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01-28-2014 12:38 AM
Creeden6
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Our dog was just over one y. o. when our tweens were born.
Can't remember being too hard.
Just saying.
Must be you either had the perfect kids and pup or you have mentally blocked that time period! Lol

To the OP- Not trying to discourage anyone but let me just say, I spend half of my day teaching my daughter to use the potty and the other half teaching the pup! Seriously though, it's not impossible but it is ALOT of work! I would def agree that you may want to wait until you have your own home and then try working with a rescue to foster for a while. It will help you learn more about general care and you may find a breed that you haven't considered and decide it's the one for you!


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01-27-2014 10:24 PM
alexg Our dog was just over one y. o. when our tweens were born.
Can't remember being too hard.
Just saying.
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