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04-01-2015 03:42 PM
DixieGSD The hardest part about owning a dog for me would probably saying Good-Bye and knowing you will not see them again. Or they won't be waiting for you to come home each day.. Hard to think about for me, Thankfully i have a VERY long time with my girl <3

Other than that, not really sure lol. I love everything about owning a dog; and honestly I never complain about the millions of hairs that are floating around my house right now because she is shedding like crazy; or all the toy's that are laying everywhere so i can step on them (and I just have 1 dog, no kids), or the wet, muddy paws jumping in the backseat of my car, the wonderful nose art on the windows.. The list could go on and on lol But one day; I will miss all of these things. So therefore I do not complain and I will gladly clean it up, each and every single day
04-01-2015 03:35 PM
Originally Posted by wick View Post
Does anyone else get annoyed when strangers tell you what good guard dog they will be or tell you not to socialize them so they will guard??? It drives me nuts, this is the stuff that gives them a reputation, my puppy is a family dog who I want to love EVERYONE so I can take him every where!

Socialization has made my puppy worse rather than better because humans have taught him bad habits or have scared him regardless of me telling them how id like them to interact with him...

If anyone has any tips or ideas regarding these situations I would love to hear them (haha the irony after complaining about being annoyed when people tell me how to train my dog lol)
When I first got Dixie, I did get annoyed or frustrated when people would tell me not to socialize her etc. But don't let it bother you! Just shrug it off, because as he matures you will get the "Look, that's the kind of dog police have" or comments along those lines. Also have mom's grabbing there kids and running off to the other side of the street as soon as she see's you with your dog (that one would yank my chain a bit) But German Shepherds are known for there stand-offish attitude; that does contribute to the reputation. I know there are also alot of people who own these dogs and do not do anything with them. Which in turn makes for a "mean" dog; when in reality the dog probably just needs some training. But the general person who know's nothing about these dogs just strikes ALL of them as mean or "guard Dogs" ~Side Note. They do make really good watch dogs tho, I socialized Dixie a TON when she as a puppy, she can/does go anywhere and everywhere with me; but she will alert me when she needs to. and is very watchful of me, especially when hubby is not around. They have an intimidation factor like you would not believe..

I didn't just let anybody pet Dixie when she was a puppy; because of the bad habit's some people have around puppy's. When you socialize your puppy, it's not all about having people touching your dog. You can socialize him by taking him out and about, around other people, animals etc. It helps them learn how they are supposed to act in stores, at the park and what not. And ultimately makes for a well rounded dog

Good Luck with your puppy!!! Just gotta tell people to back off when you don't want them around your puppy! lol
03-26-2015 01:22 PM
Originally Posted by Jaxx's mom View Post
Besides goodbye for me would have to be the criticism. My sister will say he is a bad dog for the most simple things that most dogs do, and it really makes me upset. I know you are supposed to just brush it off, but I can't. That's just not the type of person I am.
But people criticizing us makes me and Jaxx even more eager to fix all of the problems no matter how big or how small they are.

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Hi Sabis mom

I totally get this ! My boyfriend is always saying that our new puppy is a "bad dog" I continually have to say no.. he is a good dog he just isn't a good human. It's hard sometimes because he wants Wick to behave in human ways before he had been trained...I mean he is being a puppy it is just what they do!! Not to mention no dog is "bad" just because they do certain things that other humans may not like!!
03-26-2015 01:10 PM
Originally Posted by GSTrainingAcademy View Post
Hi fellow forum members!

I agree with most of you in that one of the hardest parts is parting with your dog. Not sure if any of you have seen one of those memes where it shows a picture of a dog with the words being something like "For you, I am only part of your life, but for me (the dog), you are my whole life." I can't seem to find that picture anymore, but it's always sad when we think of it that way...

To me, the hardest/most challenging thing is actually spending time and building a bond with your dog. I regretted this when my first family dog passed away; I regretted not having spent enough of time with her and the fact that she was not well trained. I actually created an infographic for this so that new dog owners can consider these challenges before they actually decide to own a dog. The infographic + article is here if you'd like to read it: Challenges Faced in Owning and Training a German Shepherd | German Shepherd Training Academy

Let me know what you guys think!

Hi I just read your info graphic! I thought it was great! I like many other first time puppy owners jumped into being a gsd mommy thinking that it would be hard but not realizing HOW hard! I think that the infographic does a good job touching on these subjects but it might be more helpful to mention just how much time and effort goes into a well trained dog. When I heard "time" and "effort" and "patience" before I got Wick I had a very typical sense of the word, but it turned out that instead I needed "TIME" "EFFORT" "PATIENCE" yes with capitols because I lucked out and got a handsome, fearless, stubborn, smarty pants that like to run the show I say lucked out because these traits lead to a puppy that rarely barks, and is friendly with people right off the bat because he is confident. However they lead to many other issues. I love love love that your educating us "dummies" and I am headed to read the rest of your articles right now Thank you so much, I wish I read these before so I knew what was ahead for me!!

Ps as a side note I was very lucky because I am a stay at home "wife" so I am able to spend the many many hours it takes to exercise and train and bond with Wick...I can't imagine what it would be like if he ended up at a home with people working 9-5 and children to supervise!!
03-26-2015 01:01 PM
Jax08 The end.
03-26-2015 12:55 PM
Originally Posted by LaRen616 View Post
Hardest part of owning a dog is losing that dog. I've only lost one dog that I loved and that was our family dog, a female GSD/Husky mix named Kota. She passed away last year and I cried for days. She was such a great dog and such a beautiful dog, I still miss her. She was the family dog, not my personal dog so I can't imagine the depression I will go through when I lose one of my dogs.

One thing that sucks about owning a dog is how much money a year you spend on the dog. Sometimes I wish that I was oblivious to dog nutrition and that I could feed the cheap crap that I could find at my grocery store. That would save me a ton of money a month! I also buy toys all the time, I buy expensive home made dog treats, I buy supplements for the dogs, Vet bills, Heartgard/Nexgard, etc. I would have a lot of extra money a month if I didn't have any animals but I would never want to live without them so I suck it up and I spend what I have to spend to keep them healthy and happy.

I also HATE the hair that they shed, the dirt that they bring in and the farts that they produce in my house. LOL
They are so expensive!! Puppy sticker shock is going on in our household at the moment, add in that he has giardia and super picky about his toys?!!!

I have read that it is wayyyyyyy cheaper to feed them a balanced nutrition homemade, the good dog foods that provide the best product are far more expensive than the same foods made at home. It is time consuming but it may be worth it! It would also be even better for them because it would be fresh and wouldn't have lost any nutrients due to time and temperature. I am sure that like me you are very busy and probably don't have the time lol but just an idea.

If you don't mind me asking what supplements do you give your dogs? Right now we are giving wick coconut oil, probiotics, enzymes (bc of the giardia to hopefully help absorption of nutrients) and soon we will be adding a joint health supplement. I want to start giving him omega 3s because they are supposed to help with allergies which he seems to be experiencing (for sure grass, and something else that we havent determined.. possibly the iams food we had been giving him... we now switched to wellness large breed puppy food).

Any advice from anyone about these topics is welcome and appreciated! First time dog owner here Ps does anyone know if there is a way to get notifications when people reply to the posts? Thank you!
03-26-2015 12:40 PM
Originally Posted by pianocandy View Post
Besides saying good bye....I'm really not enjoying all the people who feel the need to tell me exactly what I should do with my pup! Like the pet store owners where we buy our food that raked me over the coals for switching Shayna to adult food now at five and a half months. Um....excuse me but my dog is growing ridiculously fast and needs to slow down. I was always really good at research in university and I don't make decisions without looking into it!LOL
Oh and also the people who try to sneak pets in when we go by even after I've told them she's training to not be hyper when she meets people. UGH. The hardest part of having a dog is literally trying to get the guts to tell people I need them to back off!
Pianocandy I totally agree!!!!!!!!!! People are always telling us how to train our puppy etc and it drives me nuts when people try to rough house with his mouth even gently after all my hard work training him not to use his mouth to play (especially because they start it not him because he has learned not to)! And it's so annoying when they let him jump up and I say no and they continue to encourage it and say "it's ok" im like's not!!

Does anyone else get annoyed when strangers tell you what good guard dog they will be or tell you not to socialize them so they will guard??? It drives me nuts, this is the stuff that gives them a reputation, my puppy is a family dog who I want to love EVERYONE so I can take him every where! Sorry vent session over. Very much agree that this is one of the hardest parts of owning a dog (well a puppy) so far.

Socialization has made my puppy worse rather than better because humans have taught him bad habits or have scared him regardless of me telling them how id like them to interact with him... another indicator that people tend to be the problem rather that the innocent dogs. I now only let him interact with people who I know that way I know they will not do these things and teach him to ignore or tolerate strangers.

If anyone has any tips or ideas regarding these situations I would love to hear them (haha the irony after complaining about being annoyed when people tell me how to train my dog lol)
03-26-2015 12:27 PM
Originally Posted by Kyleigh View Post
Someone else said this: humility ... when you KNOW you are in WAY over your head and sit there and stare at the dog and say WTF ... I'm so glad I made it past that stage and met some AWESOME people to help me ...

The other hardest part ... getting off my butt in -30 to take her out ... she loves it and I hate it ... but alas, that is why I got a long coat GSD ... to get me off my butt
I almost didn't get a dog because I knew someday I would have to say goodbye. I realize that everyone dies but it was so hard to make the choice knowing that someday my best friend would leave before me. I ended up getting a puppy and Kyleigh I definitely know what you mean!!!! We are not quite past that point and just taking it one day at a time!!!

Hardest part of owning a puppy so far is just constantly worrying if your doing it right or if they are okay and healthy, because this little beings future is in your hands and everything we do now affects what he will be like later and whether he will be accepted into society!!!! Scares the **** out of me.
03-26-2015 11:25 AM
BARBIElovesSAILOR Shedding

Saying goodbye too. The worst of all.
03-26-2015 10:17 AM
Originally Posted by Cartar View Post
I feel like hardest part about owning dog is to take your dog to vet.
not as hard as paying the bill
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