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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Growing older

As German Shepherds grow older do they calm/ slow down? Ours will be 3 in April and it seems like he is a little less active . Thanks for any info.
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Re: Growing older

Mine is 8 - she's a geriatric delinquent.

Frequently seen digging holes in the yard.

Barks and dances around like a crazy dog when I take her out for a walk with my 18 month old - she loves to get out with him but I usually walk them separately.

Yodels in the car when we get to the park.

Last night, she jumped on the 18 month old's back trying to get him to wrestle with her.

Flies down the stairs like there's thunder coming out of her butt. Doesn't go up so fast anymore, though. Also glad she started using the last 4 steps.

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Mine is 4 and is non stop
from 6 am until 10 pm or unless we tell them to relax

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Re: Growing older

I noticed my boy becomming much more predictible and easy-going around 5 or 6. I would not call him slow or calm but relaxed. He'll still freak out if I send the right signals and will play just as hard. However he's just as content to chill at my side as chase a ball or tug-of-war. He still has the whip-fast reaction times and strength and loves a good play, it's just now a good snuggle and rub rates just as high. Mature maybe?

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Re: Growing older

Lacy is will be 10 this coming Feb. She likes to relax in the house. So much so she is now be labled 'the house bunny'.
But get her outside on a walk and she's right up there with the rest of them running around. She just doesn't run as far or for as long as she used to.
Still alot of fire left in her yet!

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