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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-14-2015, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Pros and Cons of ownership

Hi everyone,

While I was out traveling I made a Pros and cons list of getting a German Shepherd in relation to my current situation.

Pros.

Constant companionshiop from one of the most loyal breeds.
Ranks in the top 10 for intelligent dog breeds.
Highly trainable. Might end training it for a Caine sport.
Very active. I want a pet I can do things with. Ex go jogging /biking with.
I have amp finicial means to support a dog for the long term.
I'm willing to commit 100 percent to taking care of the dog over its entire life.

Cons.
I've never owned any pet before.
Can be hard to handle for an inexperienced owner.
Hard to find landlords that allow them.
Prone to lots of health issues that can be expensive to fix.
Ideally need a large fenced yard to run and play in.
Recues might be more reluctant to let me adopt one due to lack of dog experience.
Prone to separation anxiety if I go out on a trip for work.
Rescue dogs might need training beyond what I can handle.

Anyways feedback would be good along with ways to work through the cons.
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You've already got a thread in which many of us gave the biggest con of all in relation to your situation: you travel a lot for your job.
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-possible.html

That, not your experience level, would be the biggest problem for some rescues, which may have a lot of experience with people in your very situation having to give up their dog.
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Moving past my job would the lack of ownership experience be an issue for them as well? Or would they match me with an easy to handle dog?
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they will match you with a dog of appropriate temperment and handling history to the best of their knowledge and for the breed. this may or most likely may not equate to "easy to handle".

I was a volunteer for the rescue and was given the opportunity (encouraged even) to adopt my first gsd from them. she was wild, crazy, energetic, large and had no or very prior obedience training. BUT she was very biddable, extremely hardy (translate forgiving), friendly and outgoing with no aggression issues towards people or animals.... therefore deemed appropriate for a first timer, not because she was easy by any means.

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they will match you with a dog of appropriate temperment and handling history to the best of their knowledge and for the breed. this may or most likely may not equate to "easy to handle".

I was a volunteer for the rescue and was given the opportunity (encouraged even) to adopt my first gsd from them. she was wild, crazy, energetic, large and had no or very prior obedience training. BUT she was very biddable, extremely hardy (translate forgiving), friendly and outgoing with no aggression issues towards people or animals.... therefore deemed appropriate for a first timer, not because she was easy by any means.
I understand that this will be a very challenging endervor. And that this breed is not an easy one. Was she your first dog or first GSD?
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my first gsd, first dog as an adult.....but I'd been around animals my entire life. you walk dogs for the rescue right - how do you feel about your basic handling and management of the dogs?

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my first gsd, first dog as an adult.....but I'd been around animals my entire life. you walk dogs for the rescue right - how do you feel about your basic handling and management of the dogs?
The last time I walked a dog food someone I was a long time ago for a relative. I didn't have any imajor issues and it was a large black lab. I was a kid when I did this in doubt I'll have issues now that I'm older. I don't volunteer right now. Haven't in the past either. The only time I come into contact with animals is when I go to someone's house who has one. I would say my animal management skills are on par with the average novice.
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oh, I must be mistaking you with another poster. well if not volunteering - I suggest you find a gsd rescue and start working with them that way... gain some experience and see if it's even the right breed for you.

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Your Cons outweigh your Pros!

Believe me, a german shepherd puppy is no walk in the park, they are truly one of a kind! I am on my third, I do not work..my boy is just over a year, and he takes 90% of my waking day! So, if you travel for work, it may be best if you wait a few years. Volunteer at a rescue like the previous poster said, get used to the breed.

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Travel for work will be your biggest issue. You need to make sure you have a good 5/6 months at home before leaving the dog in care, and you will have to have a very trustworthy person lined up. Reading your full post I would go puppy rather than rescue. Much easier when you know the dog inside out. Also I would go show line rather than working line, look for a low drive dog. With those things in place, and if you want to love and raise a dog, you should be fine.
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