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01-13-2014 09:25 PM
JackandMattie
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Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
whatever you and your household put into training
and socializing is what you're going to get out.
Second.


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01-10-2014 08:28 AM
OUbrat79 You know that video where the guy is talking about "so you think you want a high drive puppy?" That is a pretty fair assessment. The only thing I would change is I would show a 90lb, 1 year old doing to a couch what the puppy did to the cardboard box and be like "so you think you want a high drive adolescent who hasn't been able to run much because it's been rainy and slushy and nasty out for a week?" My biggest mistake was thinking Ammo would grow out of that stage. Don't get me wrong, he's a great do but that is largely impart to me working my backside off to make sure he has plenty to do and is properly trained. I'm confident that if he had went to a family that didn't know what they were getting into he would have ended up at a shelter. Not because he's a bad dog but because he has so much drive.


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01-10-2014 01:04 AM
GSD FOREVER What to expect? Its likes raising a perpetual 2 yo child; more imortantly, he/she needs lots of exercise. They r sooo loving, loyal but are a handful, please have the time to raise him. I m on my third gsd, currrrently my boy is 11 mo, hes a whinner, super beautiful and needs constant attention, he loves people, a must save for strangers around his home, but they can be bit rough w other dogs. Daycare as much as possible. I hate dog parks, but the right one might be goood. Be ready to dedicate your life to him at least for first 2-3 years. Good luck and just love him. A tired gsd is a good dog


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01-09-2014 06:10 PM
mcdanfam The pics I had posted in the early post were the dogs watching the kids walk to the mailbox...without them :-o In their world it is the end of the world to be left behind. Vacation and the pups hogging the bed in the hotel room for the stop headed home. Movie nights, cuddled up and them guarding other kids that do not live with us...

I will also say....never underestimate them. We never thought a dog could jump on be counter tops at 5 months old, but our Millie did, and she ate our steaks that were set aside for grilling.
They are problem/puzzle solvers and ours don't give up until the solve the mystery.

The one with the cat is Millie waiting for him to finish drinking before she started. If you train and treat them right...they are amazing...as you can see from the pics....very strong desire to be with the family....
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Good luck....you have beautiful furbabys...

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01-09-2014 05:58 PM
mcdanfam
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dang that is one nice looking golden retriever pup!
Agreed....!


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01-09-2014 05:58 PM
mcdanfam We have two German shepherd pups. Recently turned one year old. They are high energy, but they got along with our 14 year old jack Russell just fine...they never messed with him. He recently died of old age...but they were gentle even when they got bigger...they were around each other for about a year. These are our German shepherds. After reading so much about the breed, we decided to buy from a great breeder and get really stable lines. Our dogs are perfect....they train every Saturday....but we do it as a family so it is really fun! We found a guy that trains working line breeds....your golden will benefit from the same kind of trainer....:-) my inlaws have one....very destructive (like any high energy breed) if they are not worked and made to think...ours love to play soccer, bubbles, hide and seek, frisbee, they love to jump on the trampoline with our girls. They love to cuddle to movies, hike, swim, dig holes on the beach (that we have to fill so seaturtles don't get trapped)....they love riding in the car to get the kids from school, go to the grocery store, love going on vacation with us....one thing I have learned...they are very much pack dogs! They want their pack together, and protected. They are very protective of kids...any kid that comes in our home. They are unbelievably smart....sometimes to smart for their own good. Our Millie unlocks the patio door and opens it....we had to buy a rod that secures the door. We work/play with them about an hour in the morning....they crash, sleep, eat lunch, we do some indoor commands and trick practice...kiss, putting toys away, hug, shake, doggie puzzles, after school for about and hour for heavy play...soccer or something that has lots of running....they come in and crash again. They love routine and love to know they can protect you....they are great at everything they do....ours even nap with our cat...:-) Very gentle when they need to be, and scary when they need to be...hope you post pics of it. Just remember lots of thinking work, exercise and the ability for it to be with the family....after lots of reading, it seems shepherds suffer depression if they are not allowed to be a large part of the family and day to day activity...just walking to the mailbox with you or reading a book makes all the difference to a shepherd.
A few pics below to show you what to expect.....the boulder Millie climbed to be with my daughter...they adore all kids...love to jump, run, and play....
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01-09-2014 03:20 PM
SoCal Rebell
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I have 5 dogs, of which two are goldens and two are GSD's. the youngest is the golden puppy and he has more energy then both Shepherds put together. He is on the go and non stop, so everything does depend on the dog. Raising the dogs together should not be an issue, all the dogs would benefit from training.
I too have a Golden and a GSD, they get along great, I have them both trained to the 9s and I exercise them daily. And a lot of trips to off leash dog park for socialization.


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01-09-2014 03:05 AM
volcano Shepherd are a double edged sword, especially with unknown genes. The gsds Ive known have been weak nerved, thats what led me to choose a working line as my first dog. Be careful about the dog you choose and dont plan on "fixing" it.
01-09-2014 02:02 AM
llombardo I have 5 dogs, of which two are goldens and two are GSD's. the youngest is the golden puppy and he has more energy then both Shepherds put together. He is on the go and non stop, so everything does depend on the dog. Raising the dogs together should not be an issue, all the dogs would benefit from training.
01-09-2014 12:55 AM
Carriesue I'll just add that my GSD as a puppy got along amazing with my golden but a few months after he turned a year he started asserting himself more and is very very pushy/bossy... Obnoxious basically. Right now they are mostly kept separate.
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