Hi, my husband and I just bought our German Shepherd after weeks of searching! But we didn't get exactly what we set out after. We were originally looking for a younger puppy to buy from a breeder, but instead found ourselves answering an ad for a 6 month old puppy off of Craigslist. We were both skeptical at first, but after talking with the owner this morning, I knew we at least had to meet him.
"Bear", now known as Kaiser, was originally purchased by the people we got him from when he was 12 weeks old. Medically, he's been very well taken care of. He's been to the vet once a month since they got him, he has all his shots, and has always been on heartguart and frontline. Last week they noticed he had a cough and took him right to the vet. He's currently on antibiotics for a slight cold, which we were given, along with a 6 month packet of heartguard plus and 2 more doses of frontline max. It really surprised me because alot of people around here (Jacksonville, NC) would never do any of that, sad to say.
But when I asked if he was housebroken he said no, they didn't have the time so he was only an outside dog. When I asked why they were getting rid of him, he said it was because he wasn't aggressive enough- he was too friendly with everyone. Seeing as they had 2 small children (a 6 yr old and a 3 yr old), I thought that would be a good thing, but hey, their loss!
Now that you know the background, my question is: when do we begin training? I read somewhere else that when you get an older puppy like this, it's best to push back formal training until they've adjusted to their new family, home, and lifestyle. But I'm thinking it should begin right away- it would be a good bonding experience as well as making him an active productive member of the family. But seeing as I'm not a dog trainer, I thought I'd get some more opionions. So let me have them!