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05-01-2015 10:57 AM
SusiQ They just don't live long enough....
04-28-2015 02:50 PM
newlie Knowing that your time with them is so short and that you will probably outlive them. When I see the first grey on their muscle or the first time I notice that they are a little stiff when they get up from a nap, I feel a catch in my heart.
04-28-2015 02:39 PM
MrDubbe At the moment the hardest part of owning my gsd Stryker (12wks old) is keeping her from destroying my furniture. Other than that she is a riot! My 5yr mutt She-Ra is perfect dog, I can't think of anything she does wrong and is truly mans best friend. I am sure Stryker will come around (hopefully soon!) and will bring us just as much joy as She-Ra! [IMG][/IMG]
My girls!
04-28-2015 10:03 AM
Originally Posted by wick View Post
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).
Sinister gets hip/joint pills, salmon oil pills, Solid Gold Seameal and Vitamin E supplement pills.

Draven gets salmon oil pills, Solid Gold Seameal, Vitamin E supplement pills and digestive enzyme pills.
04-27-2015 05:30 PM
Rolisaac Aside from the goodbye (Which for us was sudden with our GSD)
For us it was travel. Trying to fit all four kids, luggage, and the dog crate in the van I'd pretend I learned to pack lighter, but we just bought a hitch and trailer so I can take everything!
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.
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