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12-20-2012 04:13 AM
Chadly I think I'm pretty set on getting a GSD, I'm leaning more towards a male, as they seem to be more "laid back" but still need a routine and job to do. Thoughts?
12-08-2012 06:01 AM
Todd Chadly, I'm on my second resuce. Had the first one for seven years. I was in an apartment when I adopted her. Make sure you introduce the dog to the maintenance guys as sometimes they forget and just come in and do maintenance. I crated my first one for about two months. She never got into anything so she was never in a crate after that. Maintenance guy and apartment staff loved her.

Just make sure you have time for the exercise. Neither of my dogs have any problem with 8-12 hours, although I doubt that is common. You might need to find a friend to help on the overtime days. We walk at least three times a day, every day of the year.

Best wishes. Heidi changed my life...hope your dog has adds to your life too!
12-08-2012 05:40 AM
Chadly Bowwowmeow, The apt I hope to move to is about a 3 minute drive from the Sycamore Dog park!
Magwart, thanks! I am being honest in saying I don't have the time to invest in a pup right now!

I feel pretty confident if things line up correctly, I can do it! Just need to figure out, do I want a boy or girl? LOL!
12-08-2012 02:32 AM
dazedtrucker Dogs are different. Axel would not have a problem with 12 hours, although alot probably would need a break in there. I can swing by my house and let them out if I work more than a 6 hour shift now... but when Axel and I were in the semi, alot of times he would not even want to go in less than 8 hours... and we got "trapped" a few times at shippers/recievers that would not allow us to get out over 10 hours. (they did not provide HUMAN restrooms either). Trucking can be the pits... Axel has a huge steel bladder. He will however pee for a REALLY long time when he goes...over a minute at least solid peeing.
12-08-2012 02:11 AM
BowWowMeow You'll have plenty of options for great rescue gsds in Madison and getting an older dog seems like an excellent choice for your lifestyle.

You've also got Patricia McConnell's training school right there: Classes | Dog's Best Friend Training

And you've got lots of nice dog parks to choose from. I used to live over by Warner Park and volunteered with a (now defunct) gsd rescue. I took my dogs over to the Warner Park dog park pretty much every day and often to Verona, Token Creek and other parks as well. There are tons of nice places to walk and hike!

Some of my fosters could not handle the busy dog parks but others were fine, it just depends on the individual dog and the particular park as well.

12 hours is really too long to leave a dog so I would recommend finding a friend or neighbor who could let the dog out for you on those days.

If you want to get to know gsds and other breeds better you might consider volunteering with GSRAW or the humane society.
12-07-2012 11:27 PM
Magwart Thank you very much for considering rescuing a GSD -- it means a life saved from a shelter, as even the ones who are safe in rescue were pulled from a shelter somewhere, freeing up a cage so that a dog wouldn't have to be put down when the next dog arrived at impound.

My recommendation would be to try to find one that's been fostered for at least 3 weeks. It takes at least 2 weeks for the "true" personality and energy level to become apparent in foster--before that, they are still working through the stress of the shelter. You'll know a lot more about a dog's personality that way.
12-06-2012 07:09 PM
Chadly Wolfy, I had not considered a retired breeder, didnt know that was an option.

msvette, I'm in Madison WI.
12-06-2012 12:49 PM
msvette2u Where are you located?
12-06-2012 12:48 PM
Kyleigh Both dogs are demanding physically, so you might want to find some areas that have LOTS AND LOTS of open space ... hiking / jogging / biking ... something like that to really tire the dog out!

The only other consideration I would think about is when you are doing 12 hour shifts ... would you be able to have someone come in and take the dog out? Once dogs are about 8-10 months (depending on the dog of course) they can hold their bladder for up to 8-9 hours ... after that ... I'm not sure. I don't know how many dogs can go 12 hours or more.

I'm lucky in that my dad lives upstairs / I'm downstairs and he comes home for lunch so Kyleigh's never really had more than 3-4 hours in her crate at a time (without a pee pee break). Now, she can hold it all night (which in my world is NOT long) ... from 11 pm to 5 am ...

Just something to consider given your shift work.

Good luck with your decision!!!!
12-06-2012 12:42 PM
dazedtrucker Welcome
Kudos on thinking things through!
My 2 cents... alot of GSDs don't do dog parks very well (not to mention alot of irresponsible idiots tend to hang out there with badly behaved dogs), so have a back up plan to cover dog park time. A long line leash and a good long walk is enjoyed just as much for mine.
I wouldn't worry about crating while at work, an older dog should be fine with that schedule. I always leave mine something to keep busy (knuckle bone, or other chew toy). Currently, mine are trustworthy loose when I'm gone. I have a security system with a camera that I can keep an eye on them when I'm gone too... it's funny sometimes when one is doing something crazy, and the other is just sitting there looking at them like "what are you thinking?!"
Anyway, good luck! Hope you find the perfect pal! And then you must post pictures...
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