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06-25-2014 07:20 PM
mike_in_socal She's really opening up more. Obedience is improving. She's really affectionate with my kids more and more.
06-25-2014 04:31 PM
ChunksDad
Take Your Time

Mike.. Glad you joined the ranks of GSD owners, they are amazing dogs. I know that you will enjoy her when you and your family really bond. I bought my first two dogs from a K9 breeder and his web site (I couldn't find the correct page link) says to let your adult dog adjust from 30-60 days before you do any heavy duty training. Enjoy her, let her pick up your family routines and play with her before you do any really serious training...
I have posted the breeder's link below..

Best of Luck

Phil
Boarding | Training | German shepherds | Protection Dogs
06-25-2014 02:23 AM
dustin_swearengin I'm sure you don't have any regret to rescue this Germans Shepherd because she was so amazing and adorable.
06-24-2014 01:59 AM
gsdsar
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That's the thing, she did real well listening to the owners I got her from. But hasn't taken well to me giving her orders. She does like me throwing the ball. I'm still letting her adjust to new family and surroundings.

She does not know or trust you yet. Of course she listened to her first owners. They raised her. I would not expect my dogs to give a "stranger" the level of interaction and engagement they give me. After only three days. You have to start from the beginning.

Start small. Walk her, praise her for what she is doing right. Start with easy commands, sit/down/come and praise her for complying. Sign up for a basic obedience class.

Top competitions buy "made" dogs all the time, they take weeks to months to train and build bond before competing with them.

I am very happy that she is being such a good girl. I think you got yourself a winner. Give her some room. She will be the best dog your family could ever have!!!


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06-24-2014 01:44 AM
mike_in_socal Here she is playing with my girls.
06-23-2014 02:05 PM
mike_in_socal Thanks for the input everyone. Every little bit helps. I'll take her on a walk today and see how she does. She's a gentle sweetheart. She loves attention and affection.
06-23-2014 12:56 PM
brio
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That's the thing, she did real well listening to the owners I got her from. But hasn't taken well to me giving her orders. She does like me throwing the ball. I'm still letting her adjust to new family and surroundings.
She is part of a new pack and your are the new pack leader. I believe walking her with your children and playing fetch with her will make her feel at home.

What I have learned about GSD's is that they are super smart and think.
06-23-2014 11:16 AM
lyssa62 I can imagine when you are giving commands her thinking "you aren't my real dad"...just like a teenager with an adoptive or step parent. ...Time....it's going to take time!!! And lots of treats!
06-23-2014 11:13 AM
mike_in_socal That's the thing, she did real well listening to the owners I got her from. But hasn't taken well to me giving her orders. She does like me throwing the ball. I'm still letting her adjust to new family and surroundings.
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I would start by taking her out on long walks to start the bonding process. Does she like to play ball? If so, buy the Chuck It launcher and ball to play fetch. You will have fun throwing the ball far and giving her an excellent workout. If you have children they will have fun playing ball with her. Has she had obedience training? If not, do it ASAP.

My GSD has a blast playing fetch at Huntington Dog Beach. I give him a running and swimming workout. I have kids telling their parents that they want a dog like mine after they see my Troy run and swim at the beach. He's trained to ignore dogs at the beach and just loves playing fetch.
06-23-2014 03:38 AM
brio I would start by taking her out on long walks to start the bonding process. Does she like to play ball? If so, buy the Chuck It launcher and ball to play fetch. You will have fun throwing the ball far and giving her an excellent workout. If you have children they will have fun playing ball with her. Has she had obedience training? If not, do it ASAP.

My GSD has a blast playing fetch at Huntington Dog Beach. I give him a running and swimming workout. I have kids telling their parents that they want a dog like mine after they see my Troy run and swim at the beach. He's trained to ignore dogs at the beach and just loves playing fetch.
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