|09-15-2013 10:07 PM|
What Shade said
|09-15-2013 09:54 PM|
make sure you and your family are dog people. being a dog
family isn't about being a specific breed family. make sure you
and your wife take the time to train and socialize. be cosisent
in your traing and socializing.
|09-15-2013 09:45 PM|
|readaboutdogs||Yes to a fence for any dog! Peace of mind about letting them run safe in their own yard is priceless! My gsds were not social butterflies, some people they never really liked! My youngest were 20 when I got Cody. Later Clipper, Cody's brother, came to live with us. They were very obedient for their lifestyle here in my home, they stayed in the house while I worked, but it did take a year or so before they were totally trusted not to chew or do anything to the house! But I did have many years of that trust, they are very smart, and like said above, a lot of dog! I loved them dearly, with all the ups and downs of loving a gsd!|
|09-15-2013 09:28 PM|
I am on my first GSD, now granted I have had dogs before and we currently have 3 other dogs besides my GSD. I can tell you that my GSD is way more dog then any of the other dogs I've owned.
I wouldn't say 'no' off the bat but you have to know what you're getting yourself into especially if you get a puppy... Puppies are A LOT of work, they are like little babies with razor sharp teeth. Learn about crate training and be prepared to deal with a screaming puppy the first week or so while you're crate training. GSD's puppies are called land sharks and for a good reason, they are very mouthy and their little teeth hurt!! For a first dog I'd defintiely recommend an older rescue.
Like others have said spend some time around these dogs, learn about the different lines and which might best fit your family. Start looking for obedience classes preferably with someone who has GSD experience... GSD's need strong leadership and boundaries otherwise you could end up with a nightmare of a dog. And it can't be emphasized enough to find a reputable breeder, GSD's are plagued with health problems and behavioral issues... Do not buy from pet stores or off Craig's list!
GSD's are also very, very smart and need a lot of mental stimulation and exercise on top of that(remember they are a working breed). My dog can do a 9 mile hike and be ready to go again an hour later, it's important to work their minds AND body.
GSD's are amazing dogs and as long as you do your research and buy from a good breeder or rescue you will probably be hooked and never go with any other breed.
|09-15-2013 08:47 PM|
completely agree with this.
I must admit though, I'm not generally one to recommend a GSD. I love the breed and I can't imagine not having one, but for a first time owner/family, I won't recommend them easily. They are a lot of work. I would recommend looking at rescues though. Puppies are.... require a great deal of work just in socialization.
I do agree with going and checking out the dogs at your local club and talking to the owners. See what you see basically.
My 6.5 month old male... The first couple months he was home, I literally asked myself every day what I'd gotten into. now I only ask that about once a week when he's driving me absolutely crazy lol. He's really turning out to be a pretty good boy though. He is my most challenging so far for sure but it's been fun.
|09-15-2013 07:54 PM|
I just read an article where GSD's were #9 on the list of "do not get this breed if your a first time dog owner"..
I won't say yes or no either..I would say YES to a fence.
The key to it being YES for me, is finding a good breeder who is going to match the correct dog to your lifestyle, wants and don't wants.
They can be easy to live with or they can be a nightmare to live with..Just read some of the threads on this board..There are dogs that do wonderful with their families, guests, out in public, and there are ones that won't let your kids friends in the house, and have alot of issues.
Again, key is finding a breeder who can match you with a puppy that is going to fit into your lifestyle and then being committed to training/socializing that puppy..They don't train themselves..
|09-15-2013 07:20 PM|
I think if you have had a dog since your teen age years then you are probably ready for a GSD. A lot of the success and failure associated with GSD's is based on training and actual time spent. To be successful I firmly believe that you must commit to a good many things and do them religiously for the forseeable future. Play time, Training time, grooming, and bathing must all be accomplished with a regular schedule that your dog will learn quickly and come to expect. Once you have established a routine you must maintain it with very few changes for varying periods of time. For instance our girl is not dirty every month, but regardless of that we bathe her every month on the same day that we give her her monthly heartworm pill. She also gets her nail trim and ear inspection the same day. Setting a routine helps the dog understand that certain things are going to happen regularly and that they are not going to hurt or lower their level of dignity. Your children should also be given specific tasks to perform with the dog such as one feeds in the morning, one feeds in the afternoon and one walks the dog for at least 30 minutes. The various jobs can be rotated among the children, but the dog must stay on routine. There is some latitude concerning actual feeding time but the ritual should always be the same. For instance my wife gets up does the getting dressed thing and starts the coffee. When she returns to the kitchen to get her coffee she turns on the outside light and feeds the inside dog her breakfast. When the inside dog has finished her breakfast she takes the younger outside dog her breakfast while the oldest is outside doing poop. That routine is set so well that exactly 10 minutes after the light goes on Indi will go to the back door, sit and drool just like Pavlovs dogs in his grand experiment. Following a few simple rules like this will help yield a much more favorable experience with any dog and especially a highly driven breed like a GSD. Just my .02, hope this helps.
|09-15-2013 07:12 PM|
I am not the one to say "yes" or "no"...I agree with going to a club to see what they are all about, and a trial near by would be great!
Read through the threads here, look for Lab forums, Golden forums...look for a LOT of forums and see what they all have to say about their breed. IMO the biting, chewing, mischief is all the same- all puppies do it. It's the extent of the mess that differs. How much mess are you willing to deal with? How much training? How hard of a head can you tolerate in a dog?
In the end a good breeder will pair you with the attitude of dog that you want (or get as close as she/he can)
|09-15-2013 07:07 PM|
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|09-15-2013 07:06 PM|
Judging by your letter, I see, you can be a GSD owner. The majority of GSDs make good family pets, as they are a "small pack dogs" - your family will be his/her pack, you and your wife - foster parents and your kids - his/her siblings. He/she would love dearly all five of you, but listen to one person only, normally the one, who trains him. It is important for you or your wife (only one person) to put this decision upon yourself (because you are the adults, in Germany, for instance, a person under 16 shall not handle GSD) and carry on the responsibility of your dog training. GSD were bred for their intelligence, but they are agressive dogs - you should be beware of this. To have an obedient GSD is a great pleasure, to have him untrained - becomes a terrible burden. You would have to start training your puppy from the very first day you get him, and his training will continue intensely (2-3 hours every day) for the next three years.
As all of you like sports - look for such a puppy. There are tree types of sports for GSD: 1) Schutzhund - police work (tracking, protection); 2) Agility - performing numerous feats with timing; 3) herding - you better have your own sheep for that. Ideally, both of your puppy parents should be tested for their intelligence. That's why, I think, the best way to find your desirable puppy could be through the sport clubs. You can become a member, say, of Agility club even before you have your puppy, visit your local training grounds, learn something, and start training your puppy in agility club from the very beginning with perspective to learn certain skills.
Personally, I don't have high opinion about US show line. While in Germany all lines must be tested for intelligence, show line in US is exempt of such. Risky. Intelligence - is an inherited thing.
You should also know that dozens of GSDs are waiting for you in the shelters.
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