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01-27-2014 02:35 PM
Freestep
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Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
Its not even that they are particularly dangerous he'd just set them off
Exactly! Like the Doberman!

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Originally Posted by AryaStark View Post
Perhaps it is just me, but I feel an emphasis on researching the breeds you want and making an honest evaluation as if they'd fit your lifestyle would go a long way, but I hate to say it, there's a lot of lazy people who don't even want to do that, which baffles me.
It's so true. Believe me, I see those people coming through my grooming salon every day. It baffles me too--but then again, I'm also a "dog snob", or a "dog geek" (that sounds better) that does a ton of research before I take on anything that eats, ESPECIALLY dogs.

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I just think there's too many people owning pets out there who shouldn't, unless it's a pet rock, heh.
Totally with you on that.

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Originally Posted by blackshep View Post
where most Labs I've met have been ok to just go with the flow....


...I do think Labs are more forgiving of handler mistakes as a rule.
I think that people in the general populace just ASSUME this about Labs and so are more willing to put themselves into a dangerous situation with the dog, where a bite could occur. With a GSD at least their guard might be up a little more, but people tend to think they can just maul Labs and the dog will love it. And many do, but some don't!

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Though I must admit I was chatting with a client yesterday whose mother is involved in Chihuahua rescue. She said her mother says the same thing about Chi's! Too many people adopt them but have no clue about the breed or how to train. They just want a cute 'purse accessory'. She had a point, there are a lot of people out there who cannot handle those little buggers even!
Seriously, Chihuahuas are NOT easy dogs. The majority of them have temperament and health problems, are shy and sensitive. You have to be a very sensitive, but firm, trainer, realize how emotionally delicate they are, and never put them into a fight-or-flight situation. The average person really isn't dog-savvy enough to successfully raise a Chi without issues. A lot of them become biters because their owners coddle them when they show signs of aggression. Because the dogs are small, no one perceives them as a real threat or liability, and so owners allow (or encourage) aggression and think it's "cute".

Before any Chi owners here slam me, I have known many wonderful Chis that I absolutely adore. Good breeding and proper training/socialization can make a huge difference. Even the ones who have issues are usually sweet and compliant once they trust you, but I've known a share of very aggressive Chis too!
01-27-2014 11:27 AM
Gwenhwyfair I tend to agree with the OP and with BlackShep above.

Though I must admit I was chatting with a client yesterday whose mother is involved in Chihuahua rescue. She said her mother says the same thing about Chi's! Too many people adopt them but have no clue about the breed or how to train. They just want a cute 'purse accessory'. She had a point, there are a lot of people out there who cannot handle those little buggers even!
01-27-2014 08:56 AM
blackshep I grew up with Labs, and yes they are garbage cans with legs, they will ingest anything, I swear!! It's really not hard to keep them in good weight, it's unfortunate that you see so many fat Labs. I guess it's because the people who are drawn to them are maybe less active, which is a shame.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Labs, but my sister was badly attacked as a child and still has scarring on her hands from the bites.

I think what makes GSD's tougher though, as a rule, is they are a more suspicious type of dog, and tend to be more territorial. They can also be a bit miserable if you aren't challenging them with mental and physical exercise, where most Labs I've met have been ok to just go with the flow.

I agree though, with any dog, you have to go by the individual, and that if you're going to get one, you need to plan to do lots of training and provide adequate exercise, no matter what the breed is.

I do think Labs are more forgiving of handler mistakes as a rule.
01-27-2014 08:04 AM
alexg Too many people have kids while they shouldn't, too many people own guns while they shouldn't, too many people drive the cars while they shouldn't ...

So?
01-27-2014 02:14 AM
AryaStark To the OP: I think that's true of any breed, not just German Shepherds. I've been volunteering with a local pet adoption since '09 and the stories I hear just break my heart. I will add that certain breeds would fit certain lifestyles better-my Aunt, for example, is better off sticking with a smaller dog like a Poodle, Shih-Tzu, etc because she isn't the kind of person who likes being outdoors and wouldn't be able to handle the high energy of a Shepherd. Heck, she can barely handle Zoe's energy levels, and Zoe's a GSD mix, not a purebred.

Perhaps it is just me, but I feel an emphasis on researching the breeds you want and making an honest evaluation as if they'd fit your lifestyle would go a long way, but I hate to say it, there's a lot of lazy people who don't even want to do that, which baffles me. Maybe it's because I'm a geek, but before we got Esme, I went to the library, took out every dog book I could find and read it in addition to internet research as well. Heck, all of my research on GSDs has definitely helped me with Zoe too.

I just think there's too many people owning pets out there who shouldn't, unless it's a pet rock, heh.
01-27-2014 12:33 AM
bibaxt
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Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
A poorly trained and ill mannered Beagle is'nt much of a threat running wild on the streets.!
I have to say BULL on that one. Around the corner from me there lived a lovely beagle, who was evil. It always lunged at anyone passing ( lived across from a high school too) every day when I passed it made such a noise. One day it bite me. Hard. Dog bites get infected bad, but worse not long after it bit me it took a chunk of flesh out of a little boys leg. It was so bad he had to have surgery and the dog was put down. ANY dog can be a danger.




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01-26-2014 11:54 PM
Baillif
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Wish there was a cookie emoticon. I'd definitely get ya one. Self gloss is not fodder.
Its not even that they are particularly dangerous he'd just set them off
01-26-2014 05:37 PM
LoveEcho
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Originally Posted by mickeyroyalty View Post
Your message is very negative. I am on GSD number 4. I pay $2500 per dog, so it is not a casual purchase. I train every dog and they have been wonderful. I refer people to my breeder, who only breeds German lines, very healthy terrific dogs. A GSD is a big commitment, like having a child. They belong in the house with family, not in a yard with nothing. I will always have a GSD in my life.
I think you've missed the point. Read it again.
01-26-2014 02:39 PM
Jaythethird
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Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
Psh I handle dogs everyday you wouldn't last 5 minutes alone in a room with
Wish there was a cookie emoticon. I'd definitely get ya one. Self gloss is not fodder.
01-26-2014 12:43 PM
Baillif
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Originally Posted by Lobobear44 View Post
I handle strong dogs piece of cake!
Psh I handle dogs everyday you wouldn't last 5 minutes alone in a room with
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