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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Purchasing an adult GS question

I grew up with GSs. It has been many years since I had a dog , and we now have 6 kids. No they are not little monsters who abuse animals, just saying as I know some people think that dogs shouldn't be in homes with kids. I also so have 2 cats. we have a huge fenced yard and 5 acres with 2 cows. I am hoping to get a puppy from a woman who is breeding her female and if it took, we will get it around Christmas. The stud is a therapy dog so pups should be good for a family.

I want more than one dog and puppies are a lot of work. So, I was hoping after training, to get an adult dog later on.

Since I have small kids and cats my selection is limited. Any suggestions on this? Is it better to get a second puppy in a year or 2? we want a family companion and maybe we will work on learning to further the dogs training as I considered becoming a trainer out of high school. Working with working dogs has been of interest to me as my grandpa was a police officer.

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I don't know that there's a clear, better choice till you raise the first dog and see how that goes. The type of dog the first one is can decide what you should do later on.
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Hello. I too am looking for a second dog, but I have decided to wait until my boy is 3+ years.. By then an older dog will not be as harrassed by a younger 'wild child'. Good luck

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Since you have young children, I think I would suggest looking for an adult dog that has lived successfully with young children previously, whether you purchase or adopt. Still no guarantee, of course, but it seems like it would be a lot safer than getting a dog who has never been around children or whose reaction to children is unknown. I do not have children of my own, but I was very particular when I got Newlie because of the neighbor children coming in and out of my yard.
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I think a rescue that has been fostered in a home and is good with kids AND cats would be a viable option.

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Whatever you do, don't get two GSD puppies at the same time.

You'll have a lot of work set out for you in not only training, socializing and teaching the pup, but also training your entire family in how to handle/interact with the dog. That's a lot of work.
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I certainly will not get 2 puppies at once. I read about that.
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I know what I would do (rescue an adult first then add a pup in a year) and I'd like to suggest the same to you only each time I try to support my reasoning I come up with lots of "ifs" and "buts" - so like someone replied above, there's no clear cut answer. but I will tell you that all 3 of my rescues (acquired @ ages 7mo-10mo) have been good with both children and cats (only one was known to have grown up with kids and they all have plenty of prey drive to spare).... I will also say that I've learned so much training them which has prepared me for a younger pup, however I'm no longer interested in one. older pups and young adults are so eager to learn and have some structure in their lives - I find it refreshing and less frustrating (they're also more forgiving) than starting with a young puppy, feeling like you've done everything right and still dealing with set backs and teenage years. I jumped into that period head first so things just got better and better

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Since you have young children, I think I would suggest looking for an adult dog that has lived successfully with young children previously, whether you purchase or adopt. Still no guarantee, of course, but it seems like it would be a lot safer than getting a dog who has never been around children or whose reaction to children is unknown. I do not have children of my own, but I was very particular when I got Newlie because of the neighbor children coming in and out of my yard.
I agree about getting an adult (or an older puppy 15 months more or less or older) which has "lived successfully with young children."

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