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|11-18-2012 11:28 AM|
There are plenty of younger adults to be found from breeders who kept back dogs or had dogs returned for no fault of the dog. I've seen MANY dogs around 1-2.
Puppies, while great, aren't for everyone. I got Pup at 4 months old, and enjoy her MUCH MUCH more now that she is a few months over 1. There were MANY MANY challenges that could be discouraging to first time dog owners in a breed that is a bit more challenging like this one.
That said, there are probably equally many problems with older dogs if you don't choose the right breeder/rescue.
|11-18-2012 11:22 AM|
I missed all this, so...
Understand, I'm not advocating leaving a dog outside all the time. I'm just -- again -- presenting a differing point of view.
|11-18-2012 11:04 AM|
But that doesn't mean all of them. To me, Leila sounds like someone who wouldn't be one of them. Someone who came here looking for advice with such a well-thought-out post doesn't seem like the type who'd abandon a dog down the road for any reason.
And I thought I'd at least present her with another point of view.
And my main point is simply that the time we have with them is all too brief as it is. Maybe that's colored a bit by the fact that both of my last two dogs were fine and healthy on their fifth birthday, but Kaiser never lived to see his eighth, and Harley never lived to see his ninth.
Yes, puppies are trouble, and a pain. But I also think you develop a bond with a pup that you never quite develop with an older dog. And I think Leila at least deserved to hear that point of view.
|11-18-2012 03:05 AM|
All rescues are not created equal. You can get a nut case of an older dog or an older dog with health issues just like you can with a puppy.
It pays to do as much homework on rescues as it does breeders.
|11-18-2012 01:58 AM|
Originally Posted by Typhoon View Post
Is it possible for a first time owner to get a puppy and do it well? Yes, but it takes a special person and a lot of time and effort to do it. How many people come here failing at it?
|11-18-2012 12:01 AM|
The first thing I'll point out is that if you get a 5 or 6 year old dog, understand that 6 or 7 years is going to wind up passing very, very quickly.
Also, while it is a lot of effort to raise a puppy, there's something of an immeasurable reward too. When you bring home a puppy, you wind up knowing your dog intimately. You saw every phase of her growth, and know every bit of her life.
Also, while I've owned GSD's all my life, and can't see myself ever owning any other breed of dog, if you look around here for awhile you'll see pretty clearly that the breed does have some serious issues. There are some pretty poorly bred dogs out there that can be very hard to handle. If you get a dog whose history you don't know, you could wind up with some of those issues that are so ingrained you may wind up never getting them out.
You're really in a situation where you can raise a pup if you want to. It's a challenge, but it's certainly far from impossible. And if you bring a pup home at, say, 12 weeks, you're only looking 5 months until she's past the land-shark stage. And these dogs tend to be pretty smart; they're easy to house train and it's not all that hard to get them to learn to come, sit, stay and heel.
Ranger's 6 months old and is completely house-trained, comes, sits and stays perfectly, and heels as well as you'd expect for a puppy's attention span, which is well enough that it's not a chore to walk him.
He also likes to stay in the back yard from time to time. In fact, I also work out of the house, but I do travel a lot. My wife works outside the house so when I'm traveling, she usually leaves him outside if the weather's nice. That means he gets to chase a squirrel every now and then if he wants to. But mostly he just sleeps by the door.
Also, look around here just a little and you'll get an idea of the different lines of GSD's. Get a pup, and you can make a determination of which line is best for you, select a breeder that breeds that line, and get a pup that -- while there are no guarantees -- you can reasonably expect to have good hips, good health, to be your companion for over ten years, and to be the type of dog you're hoping to get.
|11-17-2012 11:22 PM|
Originally Posted by Leila View Post
|11-17-2012 09:29 PM|
|Elaine||Most retired breeders are going to be in the over 6 year old stage which is a great age for a new dog owner.|
|11-17-2012 09:25 PM|
retired breeder or a good rescue some rescues can make great protective pets if you find the right one.
IF you do get one from a breeder make sure ur clear that you are a first time dog/gsd owner and they dont stick you with a high drive hard to handle retired breeder. There are a lot of retired breeders a first time owner might struggle with. Just be really clear with the breeder you will be tempted to jump when you see a dog you like lol 4 or 5 years is great even if the dog is healthy its a great age i think.
Try to check with others before you make your decision just to be safe lol i would do that
|11-17-2012 09:16 PM|
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