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12-12-2013 06:50 PM
sarah1366 I got my first gsd when I was 17 he was a show dog I spent every penny to save up for him and because my mum bred gsd she taught me about the breeding lines and what that produced in temperament I have was really fortunate as grew up around this breed my first shepherd was the most beautiful natured shepherd on earth he loved everyone and everything he had the most superb nature u could wish for and now 37 years later I still have shepherds so my advice is if that's what your heart is set on then go with that just do plenty studying on the breed so you know what your getting into

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12-12-2013 06:12 PM
JoMichelle They are strong willed, but only in that all they ever want to do is please you and look after you (apart from perhaps the teenage years!)
12-12-2013 06:03 PM
JoMichelle I'd say yes. When I got my german shepherd as a puppy I constantly worried that I wasn't spending enough time training her and she would turn out a lunatic. Apart from the formal training you HAVE to do, like toilet training (which we cracked in no time with help from people on here) and a few other bits and pieces (speak, down, sit etc), GSDs are so intelligent that they just seem to know what to do! Mine does at least. My friends are always amazed when I talk to her like a human and she just knows what to do.
12-03-2013 11:50 AM
SummerGSDLover OP could also speak with a dog trainer and ask questions.

12-03-2013 06:42 AM
PhoenixGuardian SO, Lets get this back on track shall we? Instead of making immature remarks about one another, can we maybe try to help the OP? Quit jumping on one another.
I like Ballif's suggestion, going to some kind of German Shepherd sporting event and learning about the breed from experienced handlers. That would be an excellent way of learning more about the breed. Maybe volunteering somewhere like an animal shelter would help too, the officers typically can point you in good directions with dogs. If you find a suitable dog, especially a puppy, (especially a shepherd!) Socialize them as much as possible. Have anyone you can touch them, pet them and talk to them, of all ages and types. This is a mistake that I made, although part of it is my dog's genetics (his mother was quite fearful) and he now has territorial aggression towards strangers, though we are working and making progress. Don't make that mistake! Its very hard to fix!
12-03-2013 02:44 AM
Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
read the thread. you may find others who commented about the spelling
of German Shepherd.
i dont want to hijack this thread so last post on this. everyone is giving the op advice or giving their experiences and you come in with an unhelpful and smug post for no reason. its not just this thread, you have a lot of posts like this and this is the most recent one so i just thought i'd bring it up.

want another example of your smug and unhelpful postings?

do you see how everyone just ignores your post and gives the op advice instead of being an donkeys behind? btw i'm not the only one that thinks this of you. that is all. have a good night
12-03-2013 01:51 AM
doggiedad my post is in responce to the OP spelling German Shepherd wrong.
German Shepard.

you're making a feeble attempt at being smug. actually this site
is over my head. i don't know a lot about GSD's. how does it feel
to be wrong so often?

read the thread. you may find others who commented about the spelling
of German Shepherd.

Originally Posted by boomer11 View Post
no one here has posts as smug and useless as yours. why do you even posts? this site seems beneath you and your knowledge
12-02-2013 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
you and your friend should research German Shepherds.
no one here has posts as smug and useless as yours. why do you even posts? this site seems beneath you and your knowledge
12-02-2013 10:52 PM
SummerGSDLover German Shepherd.

12-02-2013 07:53 PM
doggiedad you and your friend should research German Shepherds.

Originally Posted by dogtoot2 View Post

I'm a teenager currently studying abroad in France (originally from the U.S). I'm staying in a fairly large house with my grandparents who have come to accompany me. That being said I still find myself very lonely. I was thinking a dog would help keep me company and also help distract me from stress of the fact that I'm so far away from home. From there I started thinking about what breed and

>>>>> my first thought was a German Shepard.<<<<<

I'm up every morning at six (three hours before school starts) and have no problem taking him on long walks. The yard is also huge so space to run and play would be no problem. That being said I'm nervous about the training of the dog. I have never trained a dog before and until a few years ago I had a crippling fear of medium-large dogs (I was attacked a few times when I was very young and one of the things that helped me get over that fear

>>>>> was a friend's German Shepard). <<<<<The fear is pretty much gone now but is a

>>>>> German Shepard<<<<< too strong-willed of a dog for me? If you think it is what are some other medium/large sized dogs that would be good for me? Maybe more importantly, what tips do you have as to the training of a dog?
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