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Hi All,
I was just wondering if anyone else had a GSD that did this. My female puppy always is on her back, showing her belly to get rubs. No matter what is happening if you walk up to her she will flop on her back and want her belly rubbed. She sleeps this way as well. Its cute... but is this normal? Her legs are always open as well which makes me worry about her hips.

Just wanted others opinions... thanks
 

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Much better than when my oldest went through the stage of peeing when anyone walked up to her.:wink2: Enjoy this cute little puppy age, it flies by quickly.
 

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My dog Scarlet will be 3 in August, and still flips over every chance she gets to have her belly rubbed. I put it on cue. Now I say “slap your tummy” and there she goes, lol.
 

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My Lex girl was supposedly trained for patrol work and she was not terrible, except if I didn't stop her she would flop over for belly rubs from the people we were supposed to be removing! Oops.

Her career was short lived.

Enjoy your sweet puppy.
That is so funny, truly speaks to the breed. Even with all the training, they are stubborn and will do there best to get what they want.
 

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My 9 year old male will always sleep on his back given the chance, with his hind feet propped against the wall, back of couch, or whatever's handy, so he can stay in that position indefinitely. When awake, he positions himself strategically on the stair landing, in the hallway blocking as many doorways as possible for 1 dog, etc. and will immediately roll on his back as soon as someone in the family approaches. We consider the 15 second belly rub to be the toll he demands to let us pass.
 

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That is a very vulnerable position, so she clearly feels very relaxed and safe. If she had bad hips, it would likely hurt to splay out her legs like that. You are very, very lucky to have such a sweet, confident pup. Not to mention drop dead gorgeous. Where did you get her from?
 

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That is a very vulnerable position, so she clearly feels very relaxed and safe. If she had bad hips, it would likely hurt to splay out her legs like that. You are very, very lucky to have such a sweet, confident pup. Not to mention drop dead gorgeous. Where did you get her from?
Thank you very much! We were lucky to find a family near us in the Inland Empire (California) that had a liter. They were all long hair and beautiful, healthy large puppies. We got her at 3 months so she had a long time to bond with her parents and her littermates. We already had a 4 month old male who we wanted to have a partner (not for mating, just for company). Both her parents were long hair and beautiful as well, calm when we met them to get her, very good temperaments. That is not always the case with strangers coming into the house to take there puppies away. We have had her for almost 2 months now and she has settled in so perfectly. Both puppies are just the sweetest dogs, we have lucked out! Below are some more pics from when we 1st brought her home to today.
 

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We were lucky to find a family near us in the Inland Empire (California) that had a liter. They were all long hair and beautiful, healthy large puppies. We got her at 3 months so she had a long time to bond with her parents and her littermates. We already had a 4 month old male who we wanted to have a partner (not for mating, just for company). Both her parents were long hair and beautiful as well, calm when we met them to get her, very good temperaments. That is not always the case with strangers coming into the house to take there puppies away. We have had her for almost 2 months now and she has settled in so perfectly. Both puppies are just the sweetest dogs, we have lucked out! Below are some more pics from when we 1st brought her home to today.
Thanks for the pics--she is adorable. Folks here are real suckers for pics, so if you have pics of your male those would be fun too.

You made a wise choice here, carefully considering the parents' temperaments before you got her.

You are also the kind of dog owner I love to see because you got your male puppy a buddy. Don't want to hijack the thread here, but I think this is a wonderful thing to do. A psychologically sound pup needs the company of his own kind. As a dog trainer, I've lost count of the number of people who solved their dog's behavior problems just by taking my advice and getting their dog-friendly dog a compatible canine pal.

Some folks claim that getting two pups will prevent the pups from bonding with you. I have never had this happen when I've gotten two pups. They love each other and are overjoyed to have a canine pal, but they've always loved me best. The best thing I've ever read about depriving dogs of canine companionship to make them bond with you is by Suzanne Clothier:

Of Hostages & Relationships - Suzanne Clothier/Carpe Canem Inc.

So you did good. I see a lot of stupid, ignorant, and downright mean human behavior as a dog trainer. Which is why it truly makes my day to see someone like you who treats their dogs with intelligence, kindness, and respect for the dogs' needs.
 

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Thanks for the pics--she is adorable. Folks here are real suckers for pics, so if you have pics of your male those would be fun too.

You made a wise choice here, carefully considering the parents' temperaments before you got her.

You are also the kind of dog owner I love to see because you got your male puppy a buddy. Don't want to hijack the thread here, but I think this is a wonderful thing to do. A psychologically sound pup needs the company of his own kind. As a dog trainer, I've lost count of the number of people who solved their dog's behavior problems just by taking my advice and getting their dog-friendly dog a compatible canine pal.

Some folks claim that getting two pups will prevent the pups from bonding with you. I have never had this happen when I've gotten two pups. They love each other and are overjoyed to have a canine pal, but they've always loved me best. The best thing I've ever read about depriving dogs of canine companionship to make them bond with you is by Suzanne Clothier:

Of Hostages & Relationships - Suzanne Clothier/Carpe Canem Inc.

So you did good. I see a lot of stupid, ignorant, and downright mean human behavior as a dog trainer. Which is why it truly makes my day to see someone like you who treats their dogs with intelligence, kindness, and respect for the dogs' needs.
Yes I completely agree. We always knew we wanted 2 of them, not from the same liter and not to breed but to have companionship with each other. Getting our female did wonders for our male. We met Chunks parents as well, the mom was very laid back and allowed us in with the puppies. The dad was alert and let us know he was there but not aggressive. He allowed us both to pet him. We got him at 9 weeks old and felt every second of his puppy attitude. Once we got our female, he settled. I was so happy when we got them and they instantly connected and couldn't even imagine not having them together. They both bonded very well to the family, both preferring my husband as the leader (which is fine with me). They spend a lot of time together but we have started doing separate training/walks as well to make sure they are balanced. Our male is a super sweet handsome boy, pics below from day 1 through today. He is 3 weeks older then our female. They are both still so young and change weekly.
 

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