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08-19-2014 04:28 PM
Mikki Wow, thanks everybody for the stories. I'm currently looking for an AKC club in my state to start getting involved. Keep the stories coming!
08-18-2014 07:41 PM
SuperG I grew up without one in our family and played with every dog I met as a kid. The first chance I had as an adult to have a dog which I could adequately provide for....I had one and always have going forward.

08-18-2014 05:47 PM
bob_barker I was born into "The Dog World". My grandmother bred and showed Irish and English Setters, as well as my uncle. My mom breeds and shows beagles. Since I was old enough I have been in the ring with every breed I can think of. And in the past 10 years become more involved in the breeding side of things.
Bob Barker is my first GSD, we have had him since he was 8 weeks and he will be 1 year on September 11th.
I have always been fond of the breed loving the loyalty, beauty, and intensity of them. Hoping that one day I will cut it in the show ring with them

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08-18-2014 04:54 PM
Castlemaid When I was growing up, I didn't even like dogs. As an adult, I learned to appreciate them, and my first dog was a mutt from the pound. I got lucky with him, he had a stellar temperament, and even qualified as a therapy dog. I taught him some basic tricks (one of them was to play the piano), and used his repertoire of tricks to entertain nursing home residents.

My second dog was also a pound puppy - but she was a completely different experience from my prev one! I had to reluctantly admit to I did not know how to handle her, and enrolled in Obedience classes. I used to think that Obedience classes would be boring, but I was so wrong! It was fun!!! I learnt so much, and as we worked together, our relationship completely turned around as we became a team. My instructor (who also did Schutzhund) invited me to continue on as an assistant in his classes, and talked me into trying out Schutzhund.

I never heard of Schutzhund, but I went to watch, and I was blown away! I decide this was something I wanted to be part of. Being involved in Schutzhund had me involved in GSDs. I used to think that a dog was a dog was a dog, but THESE dogs were something special!

I joined this board to learn more about Schutzhund and GSDs, and brag about Keeta's progress and share our success, and soaked up avidly all the posts and discussions on training, history, breeding, and so on.

A few years ago, I was your average pet owner - believed all the old wive's tales about feeding raw meat (it will make your dog mean), neutering dogs (must neuter or the dog will be dominant), how their temperament was all determined by how the dog was raised, never gave responsible vs. irresponsible breeding a thought, and so on. Back then, had I been looking for a pure-bred dog, I would have picked up a newspaper or bought from a pet shop, not knowing any better, so I try to be kind and patient with newbies, remembering how it was with me too back then, when I was clueless but thought that I knew everything. ;0)

(Oh . . . Wait!! that hasn't changed . . . )
08-18-2014 04:36 PM
wyoung2153 I grew up with pets, nothing more, and there was nothing wrong with that. I knew I wanted a dog when I lived alone and I got a GSD when I was 20 and lived in Germany. I didn't know you could do so many things either. I actually fellin to SAR training when I deployed and my friend took Titan with her and her dog to training and started him for fun. I just continued when I got back. Did training for a little over 3 years after that and stopped because of work and location when I moved.

It really is what you want to do. Do you want a serious sport that requires conitnued training, do you want a just for fun hobby that you can get into and out of as you wish, do you want to give back to the community, show your dog for titles, etc.? Or do you just want a well behaved pet you have to decide that part.. then the options that come with that. I know I didn't realize the extent of training in certain "hobbies" so that plays a role when I decide what we're doing next. Which we are looking at agility just because I can have fun with it and don't have to feel guilty if we stop for a minute due to other things in my life.
08-18-2014 03:55 PM
Andaka I grew up showing dogs in conformation. My mother bredAmerican show line GSDs for showing and pets. I come from a long line of school teachers, but I have always prefered training dogs! I started training one of the "show dogs" while my mother was teaching school. I used saltine crackers and no leash before all of the positive training was popular.

Since then I have finished several champions and put many AKC performance titles on my dogs.
08-18-2014 12:18 PM
lhczth My family had a male Dobie that, looking back, needed better leadership. My sister and he started taking obedience classes. She didn't enjoy it so I ended up finishing the classes. That was in 1983. I had been involved with horses and showing since the early 70's and had always loved dogs so getting involved with training and trialing just made sense. I continued on with my GSD and then, bored with AKC obedience, got involved in SchH in '92. I always wanted to breed, but took me a long time to find the right bitch so I didn't have my first litter until 2003.

I did not grow up with dogs. My mom hated them (you would never know that now), but my dad was always trying to sneak one into the house, but didn't work until my boyfriend (and eventual husband) rescued a puppy from a litter that had been dumped near his home. He was so cute that my mom sort of softened. I was able to get a mix breed from the shelter (I was 19) and then finally we got our first purebred the next year with the Dobe. My GSD followed 2 years later. My dad never liked GSD, but he had never met good ones.
08-17-2014 08:00 PM
Dainerra I started doing obedience with my first GSD. Just basic obedience with someone recommended by his breeder.
When I got my second GSD, a rescue with fear aggression issues, I worked with several people to try to help her.
After we had to have her euthanized, I went back to looking for a puppy. Once we were on the waiting list, I started looking farther into the local AKC club. I found out that two of the members lived less than 5 minutes from my house.
I joined the club a couple weeks after Singe came home. We've done so many activities with the North Arkansas Kennel Club in the last 3 1/2 years that I can't keep track.
Meet the breed events at Turkey Trot and the Baxter County Fair.
Stewarding at conformation, obedience, rally and agility trials.
Seminars and training.
Singe is now SBD Posejpal's Brsingr BN RE CGC
He's tried agility JWW but got distracted and spent a few minutes saying hi to the judge and looking over the gate to see what was going on in the next ring before he finished his run.
In UKC, he has earned his RO1.
I'd recommend checking to see if there is an AKC or UKC club in your area. Becoming a member will give you the chance to check out all the activities and see what looks most interesting to you. Stewarding and volunteering can also be a great way to learn and meet people involved in the sport you are considering.
08-17-2014 07:59 PM
DJEtzel First you find something that interests you. You find a place to help you train for it (I started in agility) and then you get better and start competing, and meet all sorts of people and find new opportunities.
08-17-2014 07:46 PM
Maxil Most stories will be like that, I love dogs and I wanted to get one lol.
But mine was abit harder, since I am just a 17 years old boy I live with my parents and I have been begging to get a dog for 4 years untill we moved to a big house with big backyard garden and I convinced my parents that we need a dog to protect us from thugs and they finally agreed, but unfortunatly the pup I got didn't stay with me for more than 3 weeks and she died because the people I got her from didn't vaccinate her and it took me 3 weeks to move on and I started searching for a new girl and i got a new pup 1 month exactly after my old girl died from parvo and here I am now living the dream!
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