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02-05-2014 04:59 PM
Mushu I understand that taking care of a GSD should be and will be my priority if I do get one! Balancing my schedule between school and a dog will be difficult but manageable. I realize maybe taking care of a GSD may require more work, but I'm willing to learn. I will take your replies into consideration and look into volunteering!

I will continue researching and consider my situation and all the replies before I commit to a pup!


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02-05-2014 04:34 PM
Kaimeju Doggiedad is right. Your questions and concerns apply to all breeds of dog.


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02-05-2014 03:58 PM
doggiedad all breeds need to be trained, socialized and cared for whether
they're big or small.

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First off, thank you for the replies!

I realize maybe a dog park may not be the best choice after all! There is actually a park right across the street that I can take the pup for walks and to play!

At the moment, I plan on waiting till spring break to get a pup which is in the beginning of March. I am a sophomore in college and will probably be in college for the next 6 years of my life because of dental school. Classes/apartment/food is all payed for by financial aid and parents. The money I have is a monthly allowance of 800$ to spend for extra food and for myself. I'm not saying that to brag about how much money I get, but to give a general idea if that's enough to care for a pup let alone a grown dog! Also, the apartments I'm living in for the rest of my college career will be in pet approve homes!

Oh and my girlfriend will have access to my room to take the pup out when I'm in class! Campus is only 5minutes away so I will be able to go home if anything is needed!

I want a puppy because I would love for it to grow up with me, but if I must get an older dog at a rescue, that may be a possibility.

I know vet bills add up and other accessories that may come with by owning a puppy but I'm willing to give up that movie night out to save money for my pup! I'm willing to invest as much as I can afford for the puppy to live a long life.

>>>> I'm still researching on the breed and I'm in love with the GSD but will consider other breeds if it suits my lifestyle and expectations. <<<<

Thank you all for the wonderful replies!!




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02-05-2014 03:54 PM
David Taggart Please, remember, that GSD is a very specific dog in many respects, GSD should always be your priority for the next three years, can you afford it? Instead of being so light-minded, better plan to get profession first, marry your girlfriend second, buy/rent a house third, beget a child forth, and when your kid will be 3 years old - buy a GSD puppy with a condition that your family lives in harmony.
Meanwhile, now, if you love the breed, you can bring yourself close to it without being tied up by responsibility. You can become a Schutzhund club member, help the others and learn yourself about training, train yourself to become a decoy. You can be trained working for German Shepherd breeder as well.
02-05-2014 03:05 PM
Mushu
Is a GSD the right dog for me?

First off, thank you for the replies!

I realize maybe a dog park may not be the best choice after all! There is actually a park right across the street that I can take the pup for walks and to play!

At the moment, I plan on waiting till spring break to get a pup which is in the beginning of March. I am a sophomore in college and will probably be in college for the next 6 years of my life because of dental school. Classes/apartment/food is all payed for by financial aid and parents. The money I have is a monthly allowance of 800$ to spend for extra food and for myself. I'm not saying that to brag about how much money I get, but to give a general idea if that's enough to care for a pup let alone a grown dog! Also, the apartments I'm living in for the rest of my college career will be in pet approve homes!

Oh and my girlfriend will have access to my room to take the pup out when I'm in class! Campus is only 5minutes away so I will be able to go home if anything is needed!

I want a puppy because I would love for it to grow up with me, but if I must get an older dog at a rescue, that may be a possibility.

I know vet bills add up and other accessories that may come with by owning a puppy but I'm willing to give up that movie night out to save money for my pup! I'm willing to invest as much as I can afford for the puppy to live a long life.

I'm still researching on the breed and I'm in love with the GSD but will consider other breeds if it suits my lifestyle and expectations.

Thank you all for the wonderful replies!!




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02-05-2014 10:33 AM
doggiedad larger bladder, yes, but they still have to go out.
impulsive, jumpy, chewy, mouthy are training issues.

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If I may make a suggestion, have you considered a rescue? They are equally as much work as a puppy, in a different way, but it sounds like an adult or older puppy (8mo. +) might fit better in your lifestyle.

>> Larger bladder, less impulsive/jumpy/chewy/mouthy... <<

Just a thought to do with as you will.


(edit: Just noticed Kaimeju beat me to the punch...)
02-05-2014 10:29 AM
doggiedad > can you afford a dog?
> Vet bills, food, toys, crate,
training classes, sitter/walker,
price of the pup.
>barking. tell your neighbors
you're getting a pup. i told my
neighbors i was getting a pup.
i gave them a key to house so they
could come in and let the pup out
and treat him.
> when you're attending class find
a sitter/walker to come in and take
care of your pup.
> you need lots of time for training, socializing
and general care.

way it out. maybe you and the pup are better
off together if you wait untill you finish school
and you have a place to live and your making money.
02-05-2014 10:14 AM
MaggieRoseLee You are currently a college student, right?

Well looking back at my life (and finances) when I was in college and for the first few years after graduating I would NOT recommend getting any dog right now.

A dog is a HUGE responsibility (and cost) for the next 12+ years of your life. And a big dog like a GSD is even more than a small pet. The TIME needed to properly exercise and train is something I didn't have when busy with classes and socializing and parttime jobs. I barely had enough extra money for my car insurance and gas let alone adding vet bills and training classes.

Plus, while you currently live in a place that allows dogs, there is no guarantee that will be the same when you graduate and depending on where you get your first job(s). Hate to have to limit your jobs due to a dog (or set you up to have to give your dog up in a few years because you can't take him/her with you).

So, based on my life in college and for a few years after. I feel the best decision is to focus on THAT! Great grades and doing well. Being able to be free enough to go anywhere in the world for the best jobs AFTER graduation. That way you'll be in an excellent situation in 5 years or so with a GOOD salary and a job that is more flexible to allow a dog and what that involves.

In the meantime, there is so much 'dog' you can do without your own dog. Work in a shelter or for a rescue. Is there any dog training you are interested in? If it's Schutzund then find a club in your area and ask if you can join to help and learn.

So I say to read/research/and learn about all the different breeds so when you ARE in a secure situation to get a dog it will be ideal for you and your dog for it's entire life.

02-05-2014 08:58 AM
Scout's Mama If I may make a suggestion, have you considered a rescue? They are equally as much work as a puppy, in a different way, but it sounds like an adult or older puppy (8mo. +) might fit better in your lifestyle. Larger bladder, less impulsive/jumpy/chewy/mouthy... Just a thought to do with as you will.


(edit: Just noticed Kaimeju beat me to the punch...)
02-05-2014 08:34 AM
Kaimeju Dog parks are a terrible place to socialize a puppy and if they haven't had all their shots yet, they can catch nasty diseases there. I personally will never take a puppy or even adult dog to a dog park because there are too many irresponsible owners who don't understand dog behavior and will allow harassing behavior to occur. I should know since I used to *be* one of those people.

A puppy is not going to be able to hold it for four hours at the age of 8 weeks. At 16 weeks, possibly if it is already crate-trained it will be alright. But keep in mind this is a baby dog. I'm not sure I would feel comfortable leaving a baby alone for long periods. Maybe you can get the pup over summer break and spend more time with him/her then?

Regarding barking, if you leave a dog alone for long periods, there is no guarantee they won't bark out of boredom or protectiveness, especially in an apartment. It's a risk you will have to take. There are things you can do to mitigate it but it's not a sure thing.

Have you considered rescuing an adult dog? You could choose one that is quiet and not too high energy. I have a lovely rescue who almost never barks and is excellent whether I want to spend the whole day hiking with her or have to leave her home for 8 hours. There are a lot of great breed-specific rescues that can help you find a GSD, although it will be difficult to find a breeder or rescue who will work with you because you are a student.


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