I started learning all I could about GSDs when I was 10. Unfortunately, I was limited to our very small local library.
I had to move out of my parents' home to get my first dog, and I was almost done with college and working full time when I got him.
By the time I found this forum, I had already had my problem child, Frodo, who taught me the most, and I had had Jazzy and Arwen and then Dubya. I had been to classes with Arwen and Dubya from a couple of different trainers. I had lost Arwen and found her -- that experience tought me some stuff as well. I had managed to buy dozens of books, mostly on GSDs and read them.
Since I joined the forum, I have experienced whelping, I have joined a dog club, I have gone to trials and matches, I have trained(and/or trialed) in obedience, rally, agility, herding, cgc, tdi, and conformation, I have filled out my GSD/dog Library with a LOT more training/behavior books, a book on genetics, and Von Stephanitz book.
I think I have learned a lot since I joined the forum, and have gleaned a lot of good information from the site, some in health, some in training and behavior, some in breeding, and the breed. I have also learned to question everything and make up my own mind whether its vets, trainers, people on the internet.
This site is one area of learning/understanding other people's management/training/relationships with their dogs. But I have learned tons during this time from my mentor as well, about breeding, showing, health/vet, bloodlines, etc. And I still learn from my trainer who I have bringing dogs to for almost the same amount of time. And my dogs teach me all the time.
It seems like at different times, different stuff is important. Right now I am learning how to train children to be safe and train dogs and puppies. Maybe some day I will be willing to train adults. I doubt it though. Adults are too aggravating. I marvel at my trainer for not smacking people upside the head during the course of many, many training classes.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.