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06-15-2014 03:05 PM
SoCal Rebell I was lucky when I was 8 years old my dad got a GSD and trained him in obedience, he went on to be a champion (over 25 wins). This allowed me to train my GSDs myself. I now have an 8 month old pup who may be going on to Schutzhund. GS pups are not difficult to train, they are extremely intelligent and by nature eager to please, don't get me wrong it's not easy but not difficult either.
06-15-2014 01:44 PM
llombardo My female was a ball of energy but looking back it wasn't to bad. She started obedience classes a week after I got her and progressed well. We never even went through a land shark phase. She didn't require lots of physical exercise either and she was never destructive. My male was an older pup dhen I got him, 8 months or so. He hated the crate and became an escape artist. He even opened the patio door once and got out. He was mouthy, but that ended after about a week. He was dog reactive so classes came a few months after I got him. Both turned out well and really didn't require much and neither were destructive. Then along came the golden puppy...that is a whole new experience, he required lots more then both GSD's put together
06-15-2014 12:41 PM
Atika Ha, I did not realize you had the other's either. This site has been a life saver for me. So many good people on here with great tips, advice, and resources. I came a little late to the party and missed the "never adopt 2 at one time", but it is what it is and I will get through it. Coming to this forum has been invaluable when the stress level gets high. The senior members have tons of training links in here, just do a search.
06-15-2014 08:38 AM
mamma6 Thanks, Akita....I didn't realize you had two puppies! Oh and I meant to say in my last pup that my spaniel is NOT the smartest dog.....but we love him.

We do have 3 other dogs.....but all small. Two pugs, seven and two, and a king charles spaniel, who is 4. They are all basically lap dogs, which works out good for so many people home all day. We do basic commands with them....sit, stay, come.....etc. But they don't even WANT to go outside, they are such people dogs. It's amazing, you take them outside to play or pee and they want to go back in and sit on your lap. lol.

Adding Krok to the mix was no big deal b/c he was so much older, but I do realize adding a younger dog would make life more loud and chaotic. lol. We're pretty used to that, though.

Anyone have any online resources for learning about dog training? Specifically dogs like Krok who want a "job" to do and need mental what kinds of things you can do to work with them?
06-15-2014 01:07 AM
Atika mamma6 - Remember I have 2 pups. I don't spend every moment "training", but between feeding, playing, pee time, socializing, and training, there is not a lot of time left over. I had my male for a month before getting the female, and one is a lot easier. I don't mean to persuade you against a GS. I also had 2 10yr old large dogs, so it was a full house which requires a bit of a system to manage right now. I think with having multiple people at home all day, and one pup, you will do just fine! I have a pre-teen son that helps, but I still have to stay on top both him and the pups.
06-14-2014 11:23 PM
Kiitsu It's tough, but not as tough as it sounds. I got my dog when he was 4 months old, and imo, it was much easier than getting an 8 week old puppy that needed to go out every couple of hours at night.
I am a full time student and I also work, so Thor basically took up every last drop of my free time during the school semester. He was a lot of work at first, but now even after just a few months of having him, he is much more manageable, less work, and mostly just fun and a great joy to me already. Of course theres a little bit of work still, but its the fun stuff, now that the hard stuff is passed. That being said, I am a very active person, and I take him with me with everything that I do, so he is tired out most of the time! Which makes life a lot easier :P
I'd say, get a slightly older puppy if you really want a puppy. That way, you can find one that already has bite inhibition (the hard part; Thor already came with that!) and if you're lucky, basic potty and maybe even crate training. You also won't have t take the pup out so frequently! You still get to raise the dog, but you bypass a couple of the really tough to deal with aspects. I find it to be a win-win.
06-14-2014 09:59 PM
Originally Posted by mamajag View Post
I'm glad I could help, Dee. It IS a lot of fun to have her as a part of the family. It's worth the effort. I say that as someone who knew virtually nothing about formal training before getting Gretchen. I'm learning as much as Gretchen, and watching her develop an understanding of what I want from her is very rewarding.

Yeah, I think it would be pretty cool to train a dog who was so smart. It was amazing just keeping up with what Krok knew from all his training. Probably a lot more rewarding than trying to train our spaniel, who although is cute as can be, is the smartest dog on the block, bless his heart. lol.
06-14-2014 09:20 PM
mamajag I'm glad I could help, Dee. It IS a lot of fun to have her as a part of the family. It's worth the effort. I say that as someone who knew virtually nothing about formal training before getting Gretchen. I'm learning as much as Gretchen, and watching her develop an understanding of what I want from her is very rewarding.
06-14-2014 07:55 PM
mamma6 Debbie, thanks that makes me feel a lot better!

mamajag, I really appreciate the detail of your day. That sounds do-able for us and fun actually. I know it's a lot of work, too. I think with as many of us that are home all day, we could keep a dog mentally challenged, if we only knew what to do. That's where some research now before we actually take the plunge some day would pay off, I think.

Krok was a bomb dog, so he loved to find things. We would hide his kong ball under couch cushions, behind books on the shelf.....anywhere, while he was in the other room. Then we'd get him and say, "Find your ball!" We had to make it pretty hard sometimes, but he always found it. lol. He also loved to catch snowballs and that got him plenty of exercise....but he never needed long runs or even walks b/c he was older. Fetch and running around the backyard for awhile was enough for him. Toward the end, he couldn't do any of that, of course. : (

I love all this information. Thank you so much. It's one thing to read an article, but to have someone say, "this is what we do that works" is awesome.

06-14-2014 06:27 PM
Cassidy's Mom
Originally Posted by mamma6 View Post
When I hear some one say they spend every waking moment training their dog, that does concern me b/c I know we cannot do that. When I hear someone say their dog needs to run for hours or they can't sleep at night that concerns me too.......our fenced in yard is not enough for a full sized dog to run for hours. So we're more realistically looking at a good long run and another walk in any given day for the main exercise. We are home full time (home school six kids) so there would always be someone to play with or love on, practice training, etc. But I know we cannot devote our whole day to training.
That would concern me too! I've *never* spent every waking moment training my dogs, but especially when they're young, I do try to get in some training daily after work. That could vary from 15 or 20 minutes a day to 45 minutes to an hour, but not usually more than that. And there were certainly days that I had things to do and skipped our training session completely. It's not forever either, it's much more intense early on, and then I tend to taper off as my dogs mature, depending on whether or not I'm actively training something new. I usually have a couple of weeks off between classes, and do less active training until the next round of classes start up again, other than the day to day reinforcing of manners and house rules that are constant.

My dogs have never needed to run for hours every single day, and over the past 28 years our dogs have been two American lines, two German show lines, and one German working line. All have had good off switches and have been able to entertain themselves around the house to an extent and to hang out and chill when necessary. Mental exercise can tire a dog out as much as physical exercise, so when you don't have time to do a lot of physical exercise a good training session can help take the edge off.
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