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So it's been 3 weeks since we brought Jack into our lives and its been great. He's grown bigtime in weight from 37.5lbs to 42 plus he's taller. His hair has grown a bit more. I'm guessing winter. I started him on basic obedience lessons on Friday and he's got sit and come pretty good. My dogs trainer used to be around GSD's all her life. Her father bred them and was a K9 cop. He also trained them. As soon as she walked in she fell in love with his color and his personality. She said he's definitily an American black and red GSD. She also told me he needs to work for something because he has high drive for it. He'd be a good candidate as a K9 dog.

Interesting enough she told me a lot of things about GSD's that I read on here so I'm glad I hired her for training Jack.
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One advice I can give you is you always want to listen to what GatorBytes says, she is very smart, and #1 person on this forum you can trust with good advice. There are many opinions here do your research and do not rely on the vet for nutrition/vaccine/neuter advice. Next time you go to the vet ask what food they recommend for your pup, I bet it will be Purina One large breed or science diet or royal canin, all crap kibble yet the will still recommend it becuase they get paid to do so oh and they will warn you about dangers of raw feeding which is the best food your dog can eat...So please, once again never disregard what GatorBytes says, I don't know who she is but she is very knowledgable also listen to Carmspack on this forum, good luck.

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One thing about this forum is you will get a lot of advice. Some good. Some terrible,and a lot in between along with a dash of controversy (and sometimes someone spills the whole darned shaker in the soup). You need to take whatever advice you find interesting, do your research and make our own informed decisions.

But, hopefully, you hear things you may never have thought about and have some resources here to help you explore them.

That, and consistency in training are the most important things, I think.

A lot of folks feed raw but a lot feed kibble and have healthy dogs. Same with vaccinations/neutering and spaying - there is no concurrence on this forum to any of these things.....

Sounds like you have some good folks to work with at home. That is the really good! I'll add that to help puppy build some muscle running up hills is good.

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Nancy I agree and this was also a good post of yours
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So it's been 3 weeks since we brought Jack into our lives and its been great. He's grown bigtime in weight from 37.5lbs to 42 plus he's taller. His hair has grown a bit more. I'm guessing winter. I started him on basic obedience lessons on Friday and he's got sit and come pretty good. My dogs trainer used to be around GSD's all her life. Her father bred them and was a K9 cop. He also trained them. As soon as she walked in she fell in love with his color and his personality. She said he's definitily an American black and red GSD. She also told me he needs to work for something because he has high drive for it. He'd be a good candidate as a K9 dog.

Interesting enough she told me a lot of things about GSD's that I read on here so I'm glad I hired her for training Jack.
What a great update! So many dogs rejected by their first owners are just gems waiting to be rescued by the right person. Each time you post, he sounds more and more wonderful. And how cool that you found such a knowledgeable and experienced GSD trainer? Enjoy the adventure and the learning experience.

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Here are some pics of him which I took yesterday. According to the previous owner right now he should be around 6 months.





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He's looking good! His pasterns look much, much stronger!!




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I think he might have some West German Show lines in him - the stippling grey grey hairs on his withers is very specific to West German Show lines.

So cute with those Radar ears!

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He's looking good! His pasterns look much, much stronger!!
He's definitely a lot stronger thats for sure. All he does is run when we have him outside lol.

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I think he might have some West German Show lines in him - the stippling grey grey hairs on his withers is very specific to West German Show lines.

So cute with those Radar ears!
Really thats pretty interesting. I was kind of wondering about those hairs. I thought he had something to do with stress lol. His ears are hilarious kind of like a rabbit.

I measured him at 22.5 to the top of his shoulder yesterday at 42.5lbs. I just want him to be a good weight and height considering his past.
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Look at the change! Starting to build some muscle, too!

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