|08-30-2013 09:11 PM|
Since you have alot of time on your hands, and your requirements are pretty basic, why not do it yourself?? Just curious.
It does help build a good bond by training yourself, as well as a good learning experience on both ends of the leash.
Teaching puppies the basics, can be so rewarding and actually pretty easy if your committed and patient
|08-30-2013 08:07 PM|
Andrew, where do you live (it helps to add it permanently by going to the narrow black strip at the top of the page, hit the User CP and add it there).
May be people that can recommend trainers in your area to help.
|08-29-2013 10:25 PM|
Contact a good breeder in your area. Tell them you are looking for an older puppy or young dog that has some training.
You will still need to train the dog. Even if you have a trainer train your dog, you need to learn to work with the dog and handle it. Having a started-dog should make that a lot easier.
Sometimes breeders will have older pups, young dogs that they dropped out of their program for a conformation fault, or other minor failing that will still make an awesome pet. These dogs will have been brought up with the intention of being titled and possibly being breeding prospects, so they will generally be house trained and have basic obedience. Also, with an older pup/young dog, you can ask them to have the hips/elbows x-rayed, etc.
|08-29-2013 10:22 PM|
I'd suggest getting in touch with some local foster-based rescues, if there are any decent ones in your area. That might be a better fit for what you've described. Most fosters try to do a little basic training with their dogs (I know I do) and it doesn't cost you any extra, whereas buying a dog with basic obedience from some breeders will cost you thousands more. And most rescues are thrilled to place a dog with a home that wants to do ongoing training and dabble in a little agility -- which is often a better fit and a wiser decision for a novice than buying a high-octane pup who needs to do the sport.
(Of course, there's also some overlap: a lot of good breeders support and foster for their area's rescues, so sometimes you can adopt a really nice dog who's been trained and evaluated by a knowledgeable breeder. This isn't always an either-or solution!)
|08-29-2013 10:14 PM|
Unfortunately, Rosie was diagnosed with lung cancer in February and had to be put down. Yes I am looking for a puppy that is trained in basic obedience, crate trained, mostly house trained. Age doesn't really matter to me.
|08-29-2013 10:12 PM|
|08-29-2013 04:36 PM|
I think your idea will not work for a couple of reasons.
First, a puppy cannot be truly trained. No more than a young child can be fully educated. They simply do not have the mental maturity, nor enough time to build up enough life experience, to be trained. A foundation can be set, but the owner must continue building upon it for the first year or so (at minimum) of the dog's life.
The other aspect to consider is that a big part of training is building a relationship with the dog, and developing a means of communication. If that relationship and communication are built with someone other than the owner, they do not always translate to the new owner. Bonding of course will come in time, but if the new owner doesn't know how to work with the dog and communicate with the dog, than the results will not be the same as with the person who trained the dog. The owner simply won't know the dog's "language". For this reason, it is preferable for the owner and dog to train together so that they develop that working relationship and communication.
GSDs *need* training. Particularly when young. If you don't feel that you can provide that I think the wise thing to do would be to wait to get a puppy until you are in a situation where you can, or perhaps look at getting an older dog that is trained and then plan to spend time working with the dog and the trainer so that you can learn the handling aspect of working that particular dog and learn to speak the language.
|08-29-2013 03:50 PM|
Maggie I think looking back, his postings about "Rosie" that he rescued and college were made 'last august" as in 2012..
So Andrew do you still have Rosie?
I'm not understanding exactly what your asking?..You want a "puppy" that is already obedience trained from a breeder?
What kind of "training" and age of dog/puppy are you looking for?
|08-29-2013 11:29 AM|
I'm a bit confused. I think being ready to start college you should just take the older GSD with you that you just rescued http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...o-college.html
From personal experience from my college years, I'm glad that my family dog was at home with my parents. So much easier to find housing. No guilt when I had crazy hours studying or at class. Really left me free to join in for all the activities at school.
Then when I graduated and had a job so could afford a place that allowed pets, and a job that had regular hours ... then getting a dog was perfect!
So no puppy for a few years would be the best bet. Just love and work with the rescue you got a few weeks ago.
|08-28-2013 05:38 PM|
Breeder that has obedience trained puppies?
Does anyone know of any breeders that have obedience trained puppies? I would get a puppy thats not trained but after researching and talking to the various trainers in a reasonable drivng distance of where I live, the trainers here are horrible.
I think I can train the puppy in basic obeidence but would need help from a professional trainer for further training. I am hoping to eventually do agility with this dog. I am looking for a male, not sure what line I want to look into yet.