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03-20-2014 10:12 PM
zyppi cute pup!

Just keep him on lead.

It's really not hard to get a long line and throw balls etc...

I have about an acre and a 6' fence, but I still don't leave my dogs out when I'm not home.
03-20-2014 09:59 PM
Bequavious
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Someone can clarify but not a fan of the large breed stuff myself. Too much calcium and bones grow to fast or something like that??
I had thought that the large breed (especially of a solid brand like Fromm) was formulated specifically to make them grow slower? and is therefore a better choice? though I honestly doubt that it makes a tremendous amount of difference.
03-20-2014 09:05 PM
Dextar Haha Chip, my "normal" is hermit for most people! Hopefully the LB food isn't that bad, I just bought a 33lb bag! Tons of all natural treats (Old mother hubbard and Zuke's treats) and lots of chew toys!

I will post lots of pictures, I wasn't able to bring him home since he still had to be neutered and I wouldn't be able to bring him home until Tuesday. I called today and they said he was actually getting neutered today and I could pick him up tomorrow! Yaaaay!
03-20-2014 05:34 PM
Chip18
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Real quick question, so I'm looking at dog food and we decided on Fromm brand (It's from Wisconsin just like us, how perfect) and I'm not sure if I should feed him Puppy or Large Breed Puppy. It seems like the puppy has 1% more protein but I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not..
Someone can clarify but not a fan of the large breed stuff myself. Too much calcium and bones grow to fast or something like that??

Socialization thing, don't go overboard that's how people screw up a lot of dogs. Just do what you normally do and he'll be fine! I'm "assuming" your not a politician!

So no 100 people in 100 days and people feeding your dog stuff!

More pictures when you get the chance he's a cutie!
03-20-2014 06:30 AM
LoveEcho
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Thanks everyone, I'm so excited! I really wish I could have gotten his brother too.. =(

Trust me, you don't-two pups at once is awful! I'm sure someone scooped him up quick Your pup is adorable, I can't wait to see more pictures!



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03-20-2014 01:13 AM
Dextar Real quick question, so I'm looking at dog food and we decided on Fromm brand (It's from Wisconsin just like us, how perfect) and I'm not sure if I should feed him Puppy or Large Breed Puppy. It seems like the puppy has 1% more protein but I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not..
03-19-2014 03:55 PM
Dextar Kayos: I would love to fence in our yard but we don't own the house, that's something we'll be looking into when I'm out of school and find a good job though!

Chip: It's funny, you sound like one of my guild members I was talking to last night. She said her puppy wouldn't be near anyone else until the last of her puppy shots. I want to make sure Lucky is getting the socialization he needs but I will just have to bring him to visit my sister's dog who is a purebred lab!

Thanks everyone, I'm so excited! I really wish I could have gotten his brother too.. =(
03-19-2014 03:51 PM
blueangele I had/have a GSD/lab cross. She is 13 now and still incredibly healthy, she lives with my sister because she bit my landlords dog a few years ago (even though my landlords dog bit my SON, I had to get rid of my dog, but I digress), and that dog is the only one she has ever been reactive to. She was awesome with my son when he was a baby and LOVES to play fetch with water bottles LOL
03-19-2014 02:58 PM
Chip18
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Aww he's a cutie! Of COURSE you can stick around! Lots of people here have mixes and different breeds all together. It's a great place to ask all kinds of questions and share stories/photos
Of course you can stick around! Cute pup my first dog was a Bullmastiff/APBT/Lab mix. He loved people not real crazy about other dogs. Couldn't see the lab in him at all but get him near water and look out!
Dog parks are always peoples first thoughts my dogs are for me not other folks chew toys.
Leerburg | Dog Parks: Why They Are A Bad Idea

Check some of the Parvo threads but what I'll do with my new puppy is his feet won't touch the ground anywhere another dog has been until, two weeks after his last puppy shot!

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...alization.html

And this:Leerburg | Who Pets Your Puppy or Dog

With I did with my GSD rescue he developed "people issues" I followed this policy and he turned out just fine. He's a great representative for the GSD out here!

I will follow this program in the future. My Boxer was taught the old way no people issues with her, she loved everybody and was a well trained dog but she was also the type of dog that would walk off with a stranger if given the chance or hop in a car and happily drive off with a stranger!

I much prefer my GSD's training, everybody is not your friend and he knows what normal human/dog interaction looks like. Also did not do "I thought my dog was friendly folks" my guys were taught to ignore other dogs.

Welcome aboard!
03-19-2014 02:41 PM
Kayos and Havoc Congrats on your new addition. What a cuite. And of course you can stick around! Glad to have you.

I think lab/ GSD crosses make wonderful pets and should be good for a first time GSD owner.

I came on this thread late and was going to tell you GSD's are great with kids. My son was raised by my GSD's.

I would like to encourage you to work on fencing your yard.
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