Elaine: Not really... mainly... from reading the boards. Lol. And because he's a BYBred pup. And reading the boards. Lol. I thought I was somewhat educated when I choose a GSD, then I came here (after getting him) and some of what I've been reading just made me apprehensive about whether or not he would start behaving aggressively. I'm finding myself "on the lookout" for behaviors that would indicate some problems, because I want to be as proactive as possible in correcting them, if they're there.
I have to say though... I am in love with this dog and despite all that he has "going against him - byb, etc" he is amazing! I haven't seen one real aggressive bone in his body. I just want to make sure I'm understanding his behavior properly, so that I will know if he's being reactive in some way.
Llombardo: YES! I would love for him to get the CGC, most importantly. I am also interested in Agility, S&R or just a Seek & Find skill, etc. I just have limited funds, and bad location. Unless there are groups flying way UNDER the radar in my area, the closest place to get in on that stuff is 1hr+ away. Which probably doesn't seem like much to some, but for me, a single mom with a 2 yr old, etc... that's a long way away. I've thought about mainly backyard fun for him. Setting up an agility run, working on it with him, not to compete, but to have fun. Same with seek and find. I've read a little on those forums to get some instructions, but we're mainly working obedience right now, so I haven't moved forward with any of those yet. Classes >>> Stronger Obedience >>> CGC, then and probably during, some fun stuff like agility/s&f, etc.
Tyde will be at the top of the age limit for his puppy class. We started late. I hope she's old enough to test/pass too!! Good luck!!!
4score: I did get a little tense at the petstore yesterday. I had to consciously calm myself down. Lol.
Katdog5911: OMGoodness!! Crazy man!! I had a chihuahua/daushound mix who was friendly, sweet, great listener, etc. He was a GREAT dog. Way bigger than a chihuahua and way taller than a daushound. One day my daughter, who was 11 at the time, and I were standing outside my sister's place in IN. Some drunk man came wandering up. He was harmless for the most part, at least I thought so. But apparently Buster didn't, he started growling like crazy. The man was saying "Oh what a cute pooch, will he bite?" I honestly never thought he would... he just NEVER had that kind of temperment, or hints of protectiveness. But because of his growling and his intent gaze on this man I said... "Sounds like he will, might not want to get to close...." Dude didn't listen to me at all... and bent down, hand out towards my dog. Who lunged, growling, barking and trying to bite the man. I had him on a leash and reacted as fast as he did, while the slow man jumped back a little laughing and acting like my dog just wanted to lick him.... Since that moment, he because like a KING PROTECTOR of me and my daughter. If I said "it's ok Buster" he'd happily go back to the wonderfully sweet dog he was, but if I wasnt around and someone came to the fence, or house, they would think there was a 200 lb Mastiff in there.
There is NO WAY I would ever stick my head in a car window with a GSD, or any other dog for that matter, sitting inside. Holy moly... that guy needs to be told how differently it could have played out had it been a different dog with a different attitude! Goodness, some peoples.
Thank you all for your comments/etc. I just want to do right by my dog. Lol.