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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Transitioning a GSD from a grieving home

I am curious what you all think or if anyone have experiences with taking on a young GSD from a family that lost the owner.

As far as I know the death was sudden and the family is dealing with the loss and grief, and they are looking for a new forever home for the GSD. He is a 3 year old male and the breeder is helping to find a new family but the dog is still being taken care by the family.

What I wondering is if I decide to go for this GSD, would it be bad or rougher for the dog to immediately be moved from his current home to mine, or would it be better to ask the original breeder to take the dog back for a few weeks so he spends some time with his parents and the breeder, to help transition the dog from the loss of his master and the grieving family?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 01:54 PM
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No need to have another transition for him. I would get him if you like him and treat him like a normal dog; no babying, laying down the rules and bond with him. The owner's death is history for him and giving him security by gentle leadership will help him transition.
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Thanks. I spoke with his breeder and she said the same exact thing.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 02:31 PM
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No need to have another transition for him. I would get him if you like him and treat him like a normal dog; no babying, laying down the rules and bond with him. The owner's death is history for him and giving him security by gentle leadership will help him transition.
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I would try to get as much info on how the previous owner handled the dog and do the same thing while gently putting in your own accents.

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If it were at all possible, I would try to bond a little while he is in his present home. Spend some time there with him, play in the yard with him, give him some treats, brush him, when he feels comfortable with you, take him for a few short walks. A little kindness and bonding before you bring him home will help make the transition all the much easier.
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