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03-23-2014 07:26 PM
Baillif Not my intention. I thought Walken was scarier.
03-23-2014 07:10 PM
Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
Lets not go getting me moderated now. I need to fly wild and free!

I'm just happy you changed your profile picture to something that didn't haunt my dreams

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03-23-2014 07:01 PM
Originally Posted by gurlonfire2004 View Post
According to urban dictionary, HAM means Hard as a Mother F****er...also meaning crazy or really intense. :-)
Lets not go getting me moderated now. I need to fly wild and free!
03-23-2014 06:58 PM
Neko Honestly I am a first time dog owner and it's a GSD, and a year later I have 2!

Best advice is training starting early on and lots of love. That's all there is to it

Just do the homework on if that's the right dog, as well as research on where to get one.
03-23-2014 06:55 PM
DutchKarin I also think it requires being humble. You might have worked with many dogs in the past and have been successful. Then you will get one that tests you and doesn't respond to what you did with all your other great dogs. Being humble you will ask for help from good trainers, be willing to learn new things, and commit to work with that particular dog in manner that takes in to account her or his learning style.
03-23-2014 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by SD0202 View Post
Hello Everyone!

As I was doing some researching of the breed (If I decide to get one, it would be my first GSD), I found a lot of characteristics of the dog. I also found myself being flexible stating "I think I could handle that, or I can try to do that". When I tried to research what kind of owners do best with GSD's, its not so clear cut. I am trying to be objective in my decision, and definitely want to make sure I am a suitable fit for the GSD. My question is, is there any characteristics you found you had that surprised you after getting a GSD? What is the one thing you would share to a new owner of a GSD, that you wish someone would have told you?

I wish someone told me that their nickname is "German Shedder."

In my ignorance, in the beginning, I thought once you taught them something they should know it forever! Without having retraining OB sessions. I didn't realize it was going to be a for the rest of his life thing. When I learned that.. it wasn't a turn off, just a lifestyle change and it has worked great for us.

That and just how much exercise a working line needs... gooooodness. I still struggle with that from time to time with him.

I think that you definitely need patience when things aren't going your way. Also goes with being patient, not taking anger or frustration out on the dog.

Also, being able to treat your dog like it's life actually matters. There are so many people that won't go down expensive medical routes, or try out a ton of different foods when they got their allergy panel back, or will leave the dog outside when they are annoyed with it. While I don't mean treating them like a human exactly, but treating them like a member of the family and that you actually care what happens to him/her. If you do that, the rest should fall into place.. IMO

Originally Posted by gurlonfire2004 View Post
According to urban dictionary, HAM means Hard as a Mother F****er...also meaning crazy or really intense. :-)
This ^^ LOL This is the first time I've heard "HAM" being used other than a reference to working out.. but it totally makes sense in this context.. funny.
03-23-2014 06:05 PM
Originally Posted by gurlonfire2004 View Post
According to urban dictionary, HAM means Hard as a Mother F****er...also meaning crazy or really intense. :-)

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03-23-2014 03:59 PM
Sabis mom I think I might disagree with most of you. I am not a dog sport kind of person, so I teach my dogs 'work stuff' and incorporate into our walks. They check the doors on the empty buildings, check the old cars dumped all over, we do tracking and similar things in urban and rural settings. They run errands with me and chill watching movies and eating popcorn.
Not any of my dozen or so Shepherds has ever been landsharky, at least not as described by others. I seem to be the exception to the 'normal' owner in that I am somewhat sloppy about training for the most part. My dogs have commands like Don't do that please, Bring that to mom, Put that down, Four on the floor and Mind your business. My personal favorite, Quit bugging the neighbors.
I don't really find them any more or less work then any other dog, and I've had lots of dogs. The shedding is a bit much but I brush regularly sometimes.
They watch TV, sleep on the bed, climb in the tub, and beg for food. They are affectionately known as the vacuums and have been known to cause brand new white shirts to become rags.

I think to raise ANY dog you need a sense of humor, the patience of a saint and good runners. If a person isn't prepared to make a dog part of the family they shouldn't have a dog of any type.
I will say though that I am a relatively active person anyway and guests in my home are very clear that the dogs live here, they don't.
03-23-2014 12:41 PM
sehrgutcsg I think the characteristics of a good owner is seven layers of leather skin -- this puppy is crazy, on the go every minute except when she's asleep gets into everything moves the newspaper around charges the other dog -- what more can I say just a perfect German Shepherd !
03-23-2014 12:38 PM
gurlonfire2004 According to urban dictionary, HAM means Hard as a Mother F****er...also meaning crazy or really intense. :-)
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