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08-02-2014 02:34 AM
Chip18 I kinda think saying good bye is a given! They are always there year after year and then one day they are gone!!??

Only thing worst than that is losing one very young and suddenly in an accident!
08-02-2014 02:14 AM
Chip18
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I would say that moment when your humility kicks in because you realize that you don't know everything. It's not that having humility is hard, it's hard to recognize when you may be in over your head with something involving your dog and asking for help while risking judgment. Just my very humble opinion.
Inter pack aggression, Rank Drive issues??? Bully Guy, low rank drive dogs. Stitches in the hand breaking up dog fights taught me I don't know everything real quick! Yeah I had a lot to learn with my guy!
08-02-2014 02:05 AM
A girl and her dog The hardest part so far is realizing and admitting that I just don't 'like' one of my dogs. I love him, I care for him and his wellbeing deeply; but I just don't like him. And I raised him! How's that for a kick in the proverbial nads? Admitting that I may need to rehome him. Questioning if that's the right thing to do for HIS wellbeing, would he really be happier with someone else? Knowing how great of a dog he is and still not liking his personality.

-Keeping the house clean
-Running a three-ring circus
-Making mistakes
-Yelling curse words out the back door into the back yard for all the world to hear. In my pajamas
-Traveling
.......I still won't trade them for anything. Except my human child
07-30-2014 09:25 AM
Keeno Beano
What is the hardest part about owning a dog

Them dying.
07-30-2014 08:08 AM
LaRen616 Hardest part of owning a dog is losing that dog. I've only lost one dog that I loved and that was our family dog, a female GSD/Husky mix named Kota. She passed away last year and I cried for days. She was such a great dog and such a beautiful dog, I still miss her. She was the family dog, not my personal dog so I can't imagine the depression I will go through when I lose one of my dogs.

One thing that sucks about owning a dog is how much money a year you spend on the dog. Sometimes I wish that I was oblivious to dog nutrition and that I could feed the cheap crap that I could find at my grocery store. That would save me a ton of money a month! I also buy toys all the time, I buy expensive home made dog treats, I buy supplements for the dogs, Vet bills, Heartgard/Nexgard, etc. I would have a lot of extra money a month if I didn't have any animals but I would never want to live without them so I suck it up and I spend what I have to spend to keep them healthy and happy.

I also HATE the hair that they shed, the dirt that they bring in and the farts that they produce in my house. LOL
07-30-2014 01:26 AM
GSTrainingAcademy Hi fellow forum members!

I agree with most of you in that one of the hardest parts is parting with your dog. Not sure if any of you have seen one of those memes where it shows a picture of a dog with the words being something like "For you, I am only part of your life, but for me (the dog), you are my whole life." I can't seem to find that picture anymore, but it's always sad when we think of it that way...

To me, the hardest/most challenging thing is actually spending time and building a bond with your dog. I regretted this when my first family dog passed away; I regretted not having spent enough of time with her and the fact that she was not well trained. I actually created an infographic for this so that new dog owners can consider these challenges before they actually decide to own a dog. The infographic + article is here if you'd like to read it: Challenges Faced in Owning and Training a German Shepherd | German Shepherd Training Academy

Let me know what you guys think!
Paul
07-03-2014 09:02 AM
Katos_Mom The hardest part is knowing that someday, you will have to say goodbye.
07-03-2014 12:07 AM
StingRay As a future GSD owner.... This thread helps alot
07-02-2014 08:43 PM
RiverDan Baron is my first 100% mine dog. I will have a hard time with his departing.
The hardest thing for me now is constantly thinking about ever decision I make for him. Seconded guessing if they are the correct ones. So far they have been working out. (knock on wood)
07-02-2014 08:22 PM
Declan Other than saying goodbye, the hardest part for me has nothing to do with the dogs. It's dealing with people. Parents letting kids run up and hug/grab your dog, strangers petting your dog without permission, ignorant people telling you how to train your dog, and other people letting their ill-mannered dogs "play" with yours when he or she is not in the best mood are the hardest parts about dog ownership in my eyes.
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