First Post! Just Joined!!
Hello everyone! I am a proud owner of a GSD named Bear. He is 7 months old and we have had him since we was 8 weeks! It was our first GSD and we have been so happy with him. He is a sweet dog, loves to play, cuddle, and has his normal puppy habits as well. Lol. He is so food and ball driven! He LOVES to play hide and seek, we hid his toys and he finds them all over the house and backyard. He listens to his commands SO well and it’s the smartest dog I’ve ever owned, by far! However, he does bark a lot at people, other dogs, children. Been that way since he was about 4-5 months... we tried socializing him but with th brutal winter it was hard. He lunges and gets real rowdy. Seems so unsure of himself. More afraid than aggressive, but it comes off as aggression. We are getting private training done in a few weeks from a GSD Trainer. So we are looking forward to his development! There are a few things I wanted some input about and would really appreciate! We just got him neutered two days ago. I unfortunately didn’t do any research on the topic given the advice we got from people we knew and the input from our vet seemed it to be okay... Needless to say I have been reading a lot of stuff in the last 24 hours and I am devasted we got him neutered this early... I have such a feeling of regret and have been really hard on myself for doing it... Can anyone ease my mind with there experiences of neutering at this age and how their dogs turned out? I keep reading (growth plate, joint, hip dysplasia problems) 😔... I have been researching things to help given the fact there’s no going back now! Any advice or testimonials would be greatly appreciated. I can’t say enough how bad I feel right now and I know there’s nothing I can do about it! I am glad to be apart of a forum for GSD loving people! I realized how long of a post this is but I hope you all can understand! Thank you! 🙂