I've had adult shepherds and know how they are as an adult. But wow, I didn't know what I was in for with this guy. Our 1st shepherd was a rescue; Ellie was her name. Most loyal dog I've ever seen or had. I trained her and she was just... amazing. She had severe separation anxiety. Her only issue. She ran away, sadly. Which is how she came to the shelter in first place. We had her for 3 years. Then our 2nd shepherd was a male. He came from a large family that had behavior issues with him. Truthfully, they caused most of it. He was a great family dog. However, he had dog aggression issues and attacked another dog. He had to go because of our renter's policy. Unfortunately, he wasn't the GSD that Ellie was.
We've sinced moved and had been given a puppy. The problem with this is that we got him at 2 weeks. Before I'm bashed, the mom didn't want to whelp him and the owners didn't want to take the time. So we stepped up and took care of him. I don't know much about his parents. I bottle fed him the formula posted on Leerburg. Taking care of him and our at the time 3 month old wasnt easy. He is such an awesome little pup. I've been socializing, working with him in obedience, and he is excelling. I've taught him to release, leave it, no bite (bite inhibition), go home (go to kennel), sit, down, stay (working to do it longer), he's house trained, get and bring it (fetch). He walks great on a leash. Still has tendency to pull, but nothing that isn't easily managed. I exercise him with a flirt pole and walks. He has to work for his food, NILIF. I want to do more with him. He's close to 4 months old.
Since he hasn't had pups to grow up with, I've become his mom and leader and our kids have become his brothers and sister. Are there going to be behavior issues in the future that I should be aware? Also his colors, I love his current stage and wished they would stay. What will they change to when his older? Any advice would be appreciated as well.
First pic is Ellie, then Franklin.