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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2015, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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bringing home a dog questions?

today im going to be getting a 1 year old white german shepherd, what should i do before going to get him, after bringing him home, etc. I also have a 5 1/2 month old baby, any suggestions about that?
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A good sturdy crate and nice roomy one. There will be times when you need to put your dog for a rest break...as much for you as for him. Good sturdy leashes, we use 6 feet and a 15 foot leash. Maybe a prong collar but if you do get a good quality one, and get good advice on how to use it. Don't go crazy on buying toys. You don't know if you dog will enjoy antlers or kongs or frisbees or what yet. So get those a few at a time.
We also have a seat cover for the back of our car and a harness and tether seat belt. Other folks use a travel crate in their vehicle but we have a Prius and a decent size crate just won't work for us in there.

Be ready to teach your dog how to walk by your side because you will be walking your dog and pushing your stroller everyday and you don't want the leash to yank your stroller over. I've seen even small dogs nearly topple a stroller.

And Congratulations on your new fur buddy. We look forward to seeing photos.

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thank you i will be going to get a crate this morning, as well as leashes, and a ball and something to chew on. then ill be able to see what he likes as far as toys.
ill look up some training tips on how to get him to walk by my side, cause i deff dont want him pulling and yanking on the leash when im walking him while pushing my stroller
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Doing this with a new baby has all kinds of POTENTIAL problems. Your best bet is not to rely on the internet but find a good trainer who can help you READ the dog and train the dog. A 1 year old dog is an adolescent and can be quite challenging. If you want to make this work, be willing to invest in a good trainer that knows the protection breeds.

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do you think itys best not to get him then?
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Only you can really answer that question. BUT, as a mental health therapist... knowing the extreme importance of early childhood attachment to mom, if it were me, I would pour 100% in your child and skip the dog for now. 0-24 months is such an important time for the development of your child and his/her brain. Learn everything you can about this. Kind of like a dog... these first two years have the great potential of setting the course for your child for years to come. A young dog can be a significant distraction from your child especially if you don't have lots and lots of help with both child and dog. Greatest investment you can make right now is in that child. IMHO

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do you think itys best not to get him then?
If you don't have prior experience with raising GSDs, I would strongly suggest not getting a GSD while having a toddler.
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i dont have experiance with gsd, but i do with a pitbull
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i dont have experience with gsd, but i do with a pitbull
Ha ... OK I had to laugh on that one!

I had more that a decade of experience raising an American Band Dawg (Bull Mastiff/APBT/Lab) Boxer/APBT and Boxers. Only the American Band Dawg had Dog aggression issues to be solved.

They were all pretty near perfect dogs with no issues! All of that meant nothing with my first Working Line GSD .. well not enough!!!

A GSD is just a much different beast! It is a full time job for quite awhile!

If you're already getting the dog?? The first link in this thread:

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ly-dogs-2.html

"I just got a rescue" would be where to start! The vast majority of the links are things I discovered "after" my problems arose!

Structured walks are "very important!" Discovered that "after" the problems arose!

I'll add this:
Leerburg | The Groundwork to Establishing Pack Structure with Adult Dogs

Yes there is a lot in those links but if you follow it, it they will help you stay clear of trouble! The Pitt experience is good ...it's just not enough in my experience!

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