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Old 08-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I have had 1 couch potatoe, but then again, it was my husbands dog so they were a perfect match
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:51 PM   #22 (permalink)
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This behavior seems more appropriate for a Greyhound but too mellow for a GSD unless she is over 10 years old. It could be low Thyroid levels. (had that with a previous dog).
I would have her checked just to make sure.
I could ask the next time we go, but I honestly don't think it's anything more than her personality. When we were camping last weekend & she was playing all day long. She was in and out of the water and always ready to go for a hike. The game she enjoyed the most was find the stick. I'd throw it in the ferns and huckleberry bushes and she would go find it, simple, but she loved it. I think she just gets bored with the "regular at home games". maybe I need to find some new games to play.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
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i think my dog when he was a pup would be considered
calm/mellow. we did a lot of training and playing in the
house. in the house he's mellow. when outside he's active.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:56 PM   #24 (permalink)
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My pup is 11 weeks old and he's very relaxed. He's very mellow indoors and is always watching the cartoon shows on TV. The sounds interest him I think. When we go outside though he's a bundle of energy. I think he just knows when is play time and when it's not.
Also, I do our long exercises and training in the mornings, so maybe that helps to keep him mellow until lunch.
He especially loves fetch, so we train and when he does well we play fetch until he's tired of it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:00 PM   #25 (permalink)
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We thought Jake was pretty laid back at 4 or 5 months, but at 10 months it seems impossible to tire him out sometimes! Enjoy it while you can... I'm sure his energy will pick up before too long.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:58 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Fiona is 6.5 months and is very calm. She is training to be a service dog, so it is great when we go places. She will just lay under the table. She is not excited to go for a walk. I sometimes have to chase her down to put the leash on her. I think she does pick up on my energy level. Me couch potato, Fiona couch potato. But she does come alive at training class and the dog park. I have noticed that she chases her tail when she needs exercise or mental stimulation. Does your low energy GSD chase his tail at all?


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If I were the original poster, I'd consider myself lucky. The high drive dog is very hard to convert to a family pet, I am finding out.
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I've been told by other GSD owners that my 3 mo is low energy?
But I've noticed that each week he gets more and more active!
I take him for walks, play fetch in the yard, and have his doggy friends over for play time all the time just to try and tire him out so I can get some work done! (I work from home)
He has a good temperament though. Not afraid of people or animals, not aggressive, and follows me EVERYWHERE. So I guess he gets a little bored when I'm sitting at my desk working...like he WANTS to play, but he doesn't want to leave the room I'm in!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:40 AM   #29 (permalink)
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If I were the original poster, I'd consider myself lucky. The high drive dog is very hard to convert to a family pet, I am finding out.
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OP, if your pup is healthy, count your blessings. Lol. Rocco is high energy and it is a nightmare sometimes. Unless you have ALL day to dedicate to your dog, a high energy dog is very difficult to deal with, not to mention EXHAUSTING! I adore Rocco and love him to death but would have preferred a low energy dog. I don't have the energy nor time that he needs and trying to accommodate him takes a huge toll on me. I do it anyway, but I'm just saying...


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