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04-30-2014 05:35 PM
HarleyTheGSD Visit different breeders and their dogs. Find out what appeals to you the most. See how they interact with you and your two 10 year olds. Tell the breeder what you are looking for. And don't settle for a puppy for the low price. The price is probably low for a reason.
If you've already found the pup, good for you, but if you haven't done any of the above, maybe you should ask some questions.

Socialization is extremely important. If you fail to socialize for the first three to four months, the dog will most likely end up with some serious problems. The first four months is a must for socialization. Of course, you should not stop there. It's a continuing process.
Good luck puppy hunting!
04-30-2014 05:21 PM
Castlemaid
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1. Crate training: I do have a fairly big garden and not the kind that is reachable from the road so stealing the puppy won't be an issue but I still would feel safer if the dog is properly crate trained as it will help me for transport and I somehow prefer to have him inside at nights
Absolutely crate train your pup! That is the way to go. A dog kept outside often turns into a nuisance barker and becomes destructive. Much safer inside. Being free in the back-yard allows the pup to develop bad habits like digging, and the time does not count as exercise. Pup will still need to be exercised and played with when people are home, so it is not a 'short-cut' for the time a puppy or older dog requires.

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2. Biting: I know a bit about soft mouth but I am concerned about the kids would a puppy's bit be serious enough to hurt them before he is used to "soft mouth" ?
The concept of 'soft mouth' if pretty much lost on a GSD. They aren't called landsharks for nothing. Yes, they can inflict pain and damage in play-biting, but it is a phase. The whole family, including the children will need some training on how to properly play with the pup, chief thing being redirecting those puppy bites onto toys.

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3. Training: I am planning on train the dog myself, nothing world class or competition, just obedience training and, above all, soft temperament, I don't want to end with a dog as a liability. I am not convinced in any training center we have here
Nothing wrong with that if you feel confident that you have the skills and experience to do the training yourself. Just don't neglect socializing your pup to the big huge world and proofing his obedience in new places with new distractions.

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4. Leash walking: loose leash walking is very important for me. Since we are a family and anyone could take the dog for a walk and an adult GSD can rapidly out-strong us all
My only concern is that I wouldn't expect a 10 year old child to be responsible for a GSD on a walk, no matter how well-trained.


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5. Separation anxiety
Best bet is to fine a breeder that has a track record for breeding solid, confident dogs. Get references, talk to the owners of dogs from the breeder, see if there is a pattern of separation anxiety, or general shyness and fearfulness.

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6. Socialization: how to do it correctly and what does it include? only people or also dogs/cats/cars/noise etc...
To me, socialization is EVERYTHING. New people, animals, noises, places, outings, stuff. I live in the boonies, and prefer a quiet, reclusive life, but in the first year of having Gryff, I made regular efforts to drive into town for socialization walks. We'd walk around mall parking lots, go to a ski hill, check out horse arena's, watch a hockey game, hang out with skate-boarders, etc, etc, etc.

Socialization does not mean that they have to interact with every single person that they see - just that they do see lots of people, and know that all those different people are 'normal'.
04-30-2014 05:00 PM
MaggieRoseLee I think 10 year old kids will do fine with a puppy or older pup.

Big thing is to make sure you do your research and find a great breeder if you go that route --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ind-puppy.html

Otherwise, there are some wonderful young pups that end up in rescues and shelters if you decide to go that way.

04-29-2014 05:36 PM
ChouMaKen Thank you all for your input and encouragement, can I just go back to the stage of "I want a dog" and let my dad do the worrying part lol

I already started doing my research for a puppy and hope will still get your guidance along the way of what seems to be a long learning road

Kind regards
04-28-2014 08:22 PM
K9POPPY Good luck with your future plans. I will recommend puppies 8 weeks and up with Ed Frawley @ Leerburg.com, with other good videos available for training. Hope it works out great for your family! Bob
04-28-2014 07:40 PM
Gretchen Here are a couple of books I found helpful:
Don't Give Up on That Dog! by Denine Phillips, its about a family in New Jersey and the mistakes and lessons they learned raising a German Shepherd. It is in diary form, some of the chapters can be boring, but at the end of each chapter are some very important insight, advice and references. This can answer many of your questions.

The other is On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas, its a short book on how to read your dog's body language and how they communicate to each other. You twins may enjoy this too.

I have adult twin daughters, we got our first dog when they were about 12 years old, a GSD/Aussie mix. They were a good age for a dog. The only thing my kids did not expect was the protectiveness of our mix, even though she was only half GSD. I think they thought all dogs would be like Labs and the first time they took our gsd mix to the beach by themselves, they were shocked that our dog would not let anybody near their blanket, she drew an imaginary protective line. Once the dog got to know their regular friends, the dog became protective of the friends also.
04-28-2014 07:18 PM
SuperG I'm thinking your two 10 year olds will be thrilled to get a pup and grow up with it....

I also applaud you for basically viewing this adventure as mostly if not all, your responsibility....good plan to have from the beginning rather than one which might rely on others .....however, if your twins take a keen interest in their dog....it could be even that much better.

Best of luck in your pursuit of a great shepherd.


SuperG
04-28-2014 06:49 PM
ChouMaKen
Thinking of a puppy and lots of questions

1st post here so take it easy on me ladies and gents

A bit of background when I was in my teens and early twenties I had 2 GSD (at the same time) they always were great companions and I loved them but I was young and never was really responsible for them but always been part of my life.

Fast forward to today I'm in my mid 30's and have 2 10 years old twins asking me for a dog and of course I look now at things from a totally different perspective and trying to know what I am engaging myself in before saying yes (or no). What I know for sure is that I am not ready to spend time and love with any other breed than GSD I've always loved them

Here is a list of some concerns I have and would like your input on

1. Crate training: I do have a fairly big garden and not the kind that is reachable from the road so stealing the puppy won't be an issue but I still would feel safer if the dog is properly crate trained as it will help me for transport and I somehow prefer to have him inside at nights

2. Biting: I know a bit about soft mouth but I am concerned about the kids would a puppy's bit be serious enough to hurt them before he is used to "soft mouth" ?

3. Training: I am planning on train the dog myself, nothing world class or competition, just obedience training and, above all, soft temperament, I don't want to end with a dog as a liability. I am not convinced in any training center we have here

4. Leash walking: loose leash walking is very important for me. Since we are a family and anyone could take the dog for a walk and an adult GSD can rapidly out-strong us all

5. Separation anxiety

6. Socialization: how to do it correctly and what does it include? only people or also dogs/cats/cars/noise etc...

anything to add to the list or advise to give ? any tips you could share or sites / links that are worth reading ?

I have already ordered Ivan DVDs 1 & 2

N.B: I have about 6 months before the puppy arrives, in case we decide to get one


Thanks again

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