Are GSDs the worst puppies
Jupiter, at 7 months is our first GSD and has become a lovely dog. Very playful and affectionate with me, hardly ever biting anymore, and he has been much nicer to wife and daughter. He has also become socially adept, meeting dogs at the dog park appropriately, backing off when dogs yelp or snap at him, playing nicely with the occasional compatible playmate, but mostly chasing the ball. When he meets people, he's not very interested, but he allows them to put him and puts them at ease while not being overly pet-hungry.
But all of this is so different from when he was younger! I mean, he bit the heck out of us! This is a dog that has been in training since day 1, and he has gone through Puppy obedience, obedience 1, obedience 2. I hand feed him most of his meals and most of those, I train him using his kibble. He knows about 30 commands and has been the standout pupil in every training classes. I have always exercised him _at least_ twice a day, sometimes three. Walks, ball chasing, flirt stick, dog park, you name it.
When he was younger, he bit us constantly, despite us using all the normal methods and tricks. He was 10 weeks old, too, when we got him. He also had very bitey, chasey, and "aggressive" instincts when he was younger that caused our whole family a lot of grief and uncertainty.
Now? Great. The last month or two, there has been a startling change. He is calm and happy and mild (if not obedient). Before? Oh my... there were many times I wondered if I, having had three dogs before, had bitten off too much with this breed.
Anyone had a more difficult puppy than a GSD?