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Old 04-30-2014, 02:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile The best decision I ever made.

I just feel like telling Thor's currently short, but hopefully ultimately long, story here.

Thor was an impulse buy for me. I love dogs, and I had wanted a german shepherd for my entire life, and I finally had the time and money to get one. So, I found a puppy online, deemed him perfect, and got him all within 3 weeks. I am in college, and I put off all my homework going crazy doing research to prepare myself for him. I spent literally every waking hour researching what I needed to do for those weeks.

I still wasn't prepared. I went overboard, and sacrificed my life for him the first week I brought him home. He was clingy, needy, and having accidents all over the place. He cried endlessly in his crate. It was overwhelming and I thought I had taken on too much. I felt so stupid, and I had almost deemed it necessary to give up on him. It made me feel terrible and I was a complete wreck over it. Even though he overwhelmed me, I loved him so much. I had never felt so loved by an animal in my entire life.

After a lot of thinking, I decided that I needed to wait and give him a chance. And I am so, so glad that I did. Thor is now being a normal, crazy handful of a puppy and I wouldn't want it any other way. He is still extremely shy, but nothing some extensive socializing can't fix. He has no more accidents, and he listens to me very well.

But most of all, he completely brightened up my life. I was going through a lot of rough things, and I was just incapable of being happy. Nothing seemed to work, I had too much going on in my head. Thor erased all that. I go through each day knowing that I will come home to a happy puppy that will always be there for me no matter what. A dog that will always make me smile with his silly antics...and his endearing trait of following me everywhere. I already can't imagine my life without him, and it's only been a few weeks. It is amazing what having a dog can do. I am so glad I didn't give up on Thor, and I am so glad I got him.
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That's good to hear, I personally find puppies cute but hard work and am always glad when they make it to adulthood! Definitely worth going through though, to get the dog you want. Enjoy...
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It sounds like you are lucky to have each other. Good for you! : )
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I just feel like telling Thor's currently short, but hopefully ultimately long, story here.

Thor was an impulse buy for me. I love dogs, and I had wanted a german shepherd for my entire life, and I finally had the time and money to get one. So, I found a puppy online, deemed him perfect, and got him all within 3 weeks. I am in college, and I put off all my homework going crazy doing research to prepare myself for him. I spent literally every waking hour researching what I needed to do for those weeks.

I still wasn't prepared. I went overboard, and sacrificed my life for him the first week I brought him home. He was clingy, needy, and having accidents all over the place. He cried endlessly in his crate. It was overwhelming and I thought I had taken on too much. I felt so stupid, and I had almost deemed it necessary to give up on him. It made me feel terrible and I was a complete wreck over it. Even though he overwhelmed me, I loved him so much. I had never felt so loved by an animal in my entire life.

After a lot of thinking, I decided that I needed to wait and give him a chance. And I am so, so glad that I did. Thor is now being a normal, crazy handful of a puppy and I wouldn't want it any other way. He is still extremely shy, but nothing some extensive socializing can't fix. He has no more accidents, and he listens to me very well.

But most of all, he completely brightened up my life. I was going through a lot of rough things, and I was just incapable of being happy. Nothing seemed to work, I had too much going on in my head. Thor erased all that. I go through each day knowing that I will come home to a happy puppy that will always be there for me no matter what. A dog that will always make me smile with his silly antics...and his endearing trait of following me everywhere. I already can't imagine my life without him, and it's only been a few weeks. It is amazing what having a dog can do. I am so glad I didn't give up on Thor, and I am so glad I got him.
Congratulations on getting Thor and welcome to the forum! In regards to the highlighted sentence on socialisation, be sure to research it, there are some good threads on the topic here and leerburg has some good information as well.
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Oh, those wonderfull mistakes we make. Not all impulse decisions are bad.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think you may need a whole lot of help with this one.
I'm being realistic here.
When you say " He is still extremely shy, but nothing some extensive socializing can't fix."

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sorry I timed out due to an interruption (again)

anyway here is what I wanted to say

"I think you may need a whole lot of help with this one.
I'm being realistic here.
When you say " He is still extremely shy, but nothing some extensive socializing can't fix."
what are you experiencing?
Is the dog socially shy and withdrawn , or is the dog environmentally shy having difficulty adapting and going into avoidance a lot.
You said that you were in a rough spot and that the dog has brightened your outlook.
I think that is one of the wonderful things that the companionship of dogs can provide us.
This is with positive intentions , to get you onto the right program to socialize and habitualize the dog to bring out the best of his potential.
Do remember though that this is determined by genetics . Very very important .
Early socialization before you even get the pup , very very important . Early habituation before you get the dog very very important. These are the things that a good breeder with some savvy and genuine interest will give the pup to ensure the best possible future . Some of these steps in some ways are as important , some more so, than what the new owner does after puppy comes home.

I am going to use this as a spring board for a larger discussion in this thread http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/general-puppy-stuff/400690-rethinking-popular-early-socialization.html
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What a nice story. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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sorry I timed out due to an interruption (again)

anyway here is what I wanted to say

"I think you may need a whole lot of help with this one.
I'm being realistic here.
When you say " He is still extremely shy, but nothing some extensive socializing can't fix."
what are you experiencing?
Is the dog socially shy and withdrawn , or is the dog environmentally shy having difficulty adapting and going into avoidance a lot.
You said that you were in a rough spot and that the dog has brightened your outlook.
I think that is one of the wonderful things that the companionship of dogs can provide us.
This is with positive intentions , to get you onto the right program to socialize and habitualize the dog to bring out the best of his potential.
Do remember though that this is determined by genetics . Very very important .
Early socialization before you even get the pup , very very important . Early habituation before you get the dog very very important. These are the things that a good breeder with some savvy and genuine interest will give the pup to ensure the best possible future . Some of these steps in some ways are as important , some more so, than what the new owner does after puppy comes home.

I am going to use this as a spring board for a larger discussion in this thread http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/general-puppy-stuff/400690-rethinking-popular-early-socialization.html
I greatly appreciate your thoughts and advice! I want to bring out the best in him, too.
He is socially shy, with people only. He is great with dogs and adapted just fine.
I took him on a walk today to get him around people. I did not force anything and did not let anyone pet him if he did not want them to. By the end of the walk, instead of hiding behind me from people, he began to just ignore them. The progress was tremendous. I want to give him all the time he needs to get used to people. I don't want to force him because I think that will cause problems. Am I correct in thinking this?
He already walks nicely on his leash, which I couldn't believe! It was amazing.
His parents had wonderful temperments, they love people so I am not worried about his genetics. I do think he wasnt properly socialized though which is unfortunate, but I'm not afraid to try to fix it.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!
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Here is an idea that I was going to suggest on the other thread.

Allow the dog to get comfortable in his home and with you.
Instead of bolting out the door to add yet another challenge, the environment and all the random events and encounters , have your favourite people come to visit YOU.
The pup can come and go as it pleases , be in control as to how much contact it wants , and be secure in the familiarity of being home.
Have your guests not greet the dog until the dog is settled .
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