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hi everyone im new to the forum I have a question I adopted a 6 year old pure bread German Shepard im going to pick him up tomorrow he is 6 year old well behaved male that lived on a farm his hole life with his owner due to them moving he had to be put up for adoption my question is how do I get this dog who has been with his owner since newborn to trust me as his new owner any tips that may help me would be great
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Have lots of patience with him. Don't push things. Let him acclimate before you expect anything out of him. Don't try and introduce him to your whole family and all you friends right now. It will probably take a while for him to trust and bond with you, maybe even months. Two weeks is the general down time for a rescued/adopted GSD--don't try and make him do anything other than eat, sleep, poop and pee during that time.

Is he a house dog? Is he crate-trained? Have you owned dogs before?

Others on this forum will add lots of good information, you will probably see more posts tomorrow.

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hi everyone im new to the forum I have a question I adopted a 6 year old pure bread German Shepard im going to pick him up tomorrow he is 6 year old well behaved male that lived on a farm his hole life with his owner due to them moving he had to be put up for adoption my question is how do I get this dog who has been with his owner since newborn to trust me as his new owner any tips that may help me would be great
Just one tip IMHO. It's going to be very rough on him the first few weeks. I would not let him off leash or in a yard that is not adequately fenced for many weeks. He has to get used to the separation, you, new habits etc. There are many GSD's that are apt to "take off" if you don't. This is a very smart breed. Give lots of love, no stress, time out to just mellow and adjust, lots of one on one time.
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Like Susan said, 'patience'. Also, when one first gets puppies, a piece of clothing comes with a familar scent.. Ask what he eats, how much, schedule.. Ask for Vet records, or name of Vet that has seen your boy, then give this info to your Vet. Thank you for adopting this boy! He is one lucky dude! Photo's please...Enjoy

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That is not an easy task It will take a lot of time and effort If it is was me, I would simply pretend the dog was a puppy, and start from the beginning. If you are able to, I would recommend taking a week off work and staying home with your new dog. Simply focus on bonding - by playing, exercise and establishing leadership.
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