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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-02-2017, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Revelation about adding another dog!

It has dawned on me recently, after decades of being a dog owner, that a GSD does NOT need another dog to keep him/her company. My present female is totally and absolutely devoted to ME. My other small dog, a Chinese Crested Dog, however, would benefit from a play pal (after a couple more years). Very interesting revelation!
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I am seeing the same thing with mine. He just wants to be with me at all times. He could care less about other dogs and personally I am overprotective with him and other dogs as I would be devastated if he ever bit another dog. He doesn't ever show aggression but I have only had him 4 weeks so I am being super cautious until I learn about him more.

I do know that he doesn't like young children running up to him as they all want to pet him so I just let them know that he prefers to not be petted. He has always liked adults and feels more comfortable around them.
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It depends on the dog. Our boy wanted attention from other dogs. My gal not so much. But they are best buddies. They can play games in the yard and run at speeds together that I cannot match.
Would either be happy having been Only Dog? Absolutely.

My gal is not fond of children either. My boy, he doesn't mind them if one of us are next to him. He knows that we'll keep them from hurting him. My gal still needs to learn that.
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It depends on the dog, and it depends on their companion. My heeler mix and GSD tend to ignore each other; but the heeler mix and Lab are inseparable, and the GSD absolutely loves running around with the Lab also. I tend to think my Lab doesn't need people to be happy, but she does need dogs. Which is very silly... if people weren't around, who would dispense her food?
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Yes, each dog is different! So far, my Cassi is pleased with having me as her BFF. I think my crested, Ianto, might like a little bud to romp with.
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I have always had multiple dogs....only once was there a single one when I had young children and one of my dogs passed from age. It was ok at the time, as my plate was full. But having more than one is normal for me. I don't know how it would be with just one again.

My dogs all get along fairly well, though I am now in a stage of keeping my younger male managed more about his freedom with the others.

When you have a 'working partner' and retire that partner for a new one, the dynamics are going to change.

I have my heart dog, he is the one I want to spend most of my time with as he is so in tune to me and my whole being. I don't think he ever needed another dog to feel 'whole'. He has always been into me for whatever, pushing a toy into me, or just keeping that one eye open on me.

Hard to transition from one to another, and it hasn't been fair to my younger dog. So now younger boy is getting some individual bonding finally. Younger dog wants to please the older dog, submits constantly and idolizes him. It isn't good for his confidence. Or good for our own training, bonding.

I know it is harder on me than the dogs, their emotions are not as strong as the human ones.
One thing that has been a blessing is how the older dogs take to a puppy, and teach the pup things that we can't.
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Some breeds of dogs are more "doggy" than GSDs, like hounds or some hunting dogs, they are more focused on other dogs or game then humans. GSDs I'd like to think of as very people or rather person oriented. There are always exceptions but generally I've found this to be true.

My husband and I always take our dogs with us when working. His Springer Spaniel is very bonded to him but after 5 minutes of working she is off missing the rest of the day chasing something or visiting the neighbor's dogs. Ends up back at home when she is done doing what she wants, usually at dinner or lunch time. She could care less what her owner is doing at that point. My GSD on the other hand is only concerned with what I'm doing and would never run off. She always has her eyes glued to me and wants to interact with whatever I am doing.
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Deja's breeder:"Yep, they like to be number one!" Never experienced that with any other breed/mutt. To me the GSD is magical. Just look at these eyes; pure devotion.
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My GSD on the other hand is only concerned with what I'm doing and would never run off. She always has her eyes glued to me and wants to interact with whatever I am doing.
So true. Kona would never dare leave. If the gate were left open and she was let out of the house to do her business, she would simply walk back into the house with not a care in the world that she could go explore. Her humans were inside and that's what mattered.
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I think there could be no argument nothing more important to a German shepherd is their people. I always feel like the German shepherds become attached to your soul like in the movie golden compass. Max is my shadow and I swear he can sense what I'm feeling. I think he thinks his job is much like queens guard-lol! I remember I fell twice a few months ago - he came rushing to my side very concerned licking my face thinking that would help-lol! With that though all our dogs get along and Max and Luna have tons of fun together. I enjoy watching them and their nutty ways. I enjoy watching Luna wanting to overpower Max and her frustrations sometimes he lets her - he will roll onto his back and she will sit on top of his chest /stomach area as happy as can be thinking she got him as they play bite the face. Our chihuahua can't be bothered with them but the gsds do love him. If the gsds are getting to much attention I feel eyes burnings into my back and turn around and topper letting me know it his turn. They all want to be number 1. I make sure they are. Instead of one German shepherd forever lying at my feet I have two and a chihuahua laying in my lap. I make sure they all get alone time just like the kids lol!

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