So after a lot of talking and planning, my husband and I are beginning our search for another doggy addition to our home. So I when I sat down to start looking, I realized that I don't even know where to begin!
So here are my consideration:
Lily - she's our 2 year old GSD. She has some reactivity issues and skittishness. We have worked with a trainer and contiually work with her and I feel she is solidly at a place where I wouldn't worry about her passing on bad behaviors. We definitely feel a male would be a better fit with her. We also would lean towards a younger dog so we can keep the age gap between the two there.
Sophia - she's our 6 month old baby. And I know it sounds crazy to get a new addition with a young baby, but I have decided to put my career on hold and will not be working for the next 6 months to 1 year. Being able to be home and available all day is a strong motivator for adding now. For later on, my parents baby-sat my daughter and Lily when I worked or was tied up with something else.
Cats - we have two. One is good about teaching the dogs what is and is not accepted. The other is rather skittish and runs.
House - we have a nice home and a fenced in back yard. However hubby has decided that he wants to train Lily to stay off our bed as he can't take the hair in the bed anymore! But the dogs have an off leash area to play and a big enough house to accomodate them as well.
Energy level - I'd put us as medium. Lily gets a 1/2 hour to 1 hour walk every day, swimming 4-5 days a week, and lots of fetch and small "training" sessions throughout the day. We also go to parks and such for additional socializing and experieces on the weekends. No formal sports though. We do have a trainer that we used for Lily that has agility and lure coursing available. I am also in the process of creating some things in the back yard that I can train Lily on to increase her thinking.
I started by looking at the different lines of GSD's but just left more confused! I don't care particuarly about a certain look. My husband has his perferences but number one to us is termperment. I need a rock solid pup that comes to us free of issues. We unfortunately didn't do enough research with Lily and, looking back, even when we got her at an 8 week old puppy she was shy and skittish. I need a pup that won't add to it and that can acclimate into our home with the right training and socializing from us. I am 100% ready to put in the work - just need the right foundation to start from.
So now what?! LOL
I'd appreciate any advice! Thank you!