With 3 dogs you officially have a pack. It is grossly unfair to have rules for one dog but not the other two. It will not make for a balanced situation. Get the help of a trainer so all dogs know what is expected of them and all the rules that must be enforced equally. Just because the new dog is a puppy and you will be starting fresh and new with a moldable youngster to train does not mean the other dogs are not trainable. Dogs like having rules and continuity in their lives. It makes for a happy household. Why do you feel you will be able to train a new GSD puppy when the other dogs were not trained prior to getting the gsd? Just curious because you say you are not going to "learn how to train a dog" but you will a pup. I hate to break it to you but training a GSD pup is harder than training an adult dog. You will be frustrated as puppies have very short attention spans and will try your every last nerve. I am very perplexed why anyone would say they will not train their adult dogs because they are "dogs" as you put it but they will train a "puppy." Not fair or responsible to any of them. What happens when your pup becomes a "dog???" When you own a puppy or dog, it takes continual and very regular (as in daily) training for LIFE not just on a whim. They don't just learn things, remember and never need reinforcement and conditioning afterwards. Sorry if this sounds harsh but the way your post is written, it just strikes a major nerve that you have gotten a puppy that you believe is worthy of "training" and your adult dogs, apparently... are not.
Last edited by kam214; 02-11-2013 at 02:49 AM.