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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Will it be a good fit?


I want to get a dog. Coincidentally, my coworker has a 7 weeks liter white GS pups. I thought I should ask the experts here if it will be a good fit for my lifestyle and family. So I live in a town home with a small deck, about 15x15 approx. I have kids 7 yr old and a 4yr old - I'm a single mom. For a year, my parents will also live with us and my dad is thrilled to have one too. I work Thurs-Sat and some Sun. Thurs will be the hardest day because I will be gone for 16 hours shift work but my parents will be home by 8pm. One of my coworker recommended rover.com for puppy sitting on thursdays and I thought that was necessary.

Will this kind of set up work with me/familly? This pup will have to go with us on a car ride every mon-wed when I drop off my son to school.. about 1 hour drive only. Walking him will not be a problem as I live in a very walkable area, and my property is at the end unit. Walks will be done early in the morning, lunch time and after dinner. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 07:28 PM
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There are folks who live in apartments and make it work so a town house wouldn't be much different. if you have researched the breed and understand the work required you should be fine. Getting the right pup will make a huge difference, Gsds often suffer from temperament issues usually as a result of poor breeding practices. With kids in the house (& friends too) you want a rock solid dog, do your homework before looking at puppies.
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The first thing that popped out to me that may be an issue is exercise requirements.

GSDs are large, active, working, breeds. They need a fair deal of exercise as adults. A leashed walk at human pace does not count as exercise. They need to sprint and maintain a trot (which as humans have to be at running speed to provide) to be happy and healthy.

do you have a place where you can allow the dog to run free and off leash? Do you jog or bike?

If not... a smaller breed (with shorter legs) that can trot at your walking pace and get several good sprint strides in your home/deck/green spaces would probably be a better fit.
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