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Hello, as you might tell from my username, my name is John.

My family of 4 (wife, myself, a 5 year old girl, and 9 year old boy) is looking to have a dog join our family. I have always grown up a dog lover/owner. My mother was a Rotty breeder when I was my kids ages, and she had always had dogs. I grew up training our dogs, and even was a training associate for a non-profit "service dog" training facility that trained dogs for Military Veterans. I trained my sisters dog before I joined the military myself, and 4 years later I came home and my sister was telling me that the do was not listening to her and needed to be "trained again". When I went over (with my wife, and it was her first time meeting this dog), the dog still remembered me, and instantly although was excited to see me and jumped up on me when I walked in, within 10-15 minutes he was not only listening to commands, knowing what he should or should not have been doing. This was due to my sister not enforcing the training, but enough about me, lol...

My wife's family had a dog, a beagle mix, that she never really interacted with, and it was never trained. This experience turned her off to dogs in the past, she is only interested in a dog that is trainable and she knows I have those skills.

We looked at Rotties as those were my babysitters and family members when I was growing up, but upon further research both she and the kids have determined they want a GSD. I have joined these forums to help me know more about the breed, interact with other dog lovers and really determine the best pup to join our family.

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John P.
 

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Welcome to the forum John! Lots of great info on this forum about finding a good breeder, and consequently the "right" puppy for your family. Also, plenty of tips on surviving that first few months LOL! Good luck in your search!
 

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Good on you for doing the research. My biggest gripe is that people spend more time researching the next car that will sit in the driveway than the next dog that will sit on their couch. (or eat the couch). Welcome.
Can anyone confirm to me whether the statements that dog behaviorist Will Atherton makes about German Shepherds not being very patient with children and not making the best house dogs are accurate?
 

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Hello, as you might tell from my username, my name is John.

My family of 4 (wife, myself, a 5 year old girl, and 9 year old boy) is looking to have a dog join our family. I have always grown up a dog lover/owner. My mother was a Rotty breeder when I was my kids ages, and she had always had dogs. I grew up training our dogs, and even was a training associate for a non-profit "service dog" training facility that trained dogs for Military Veterans. I trained my sisters dog before I joined the military myself, and 4 years later I came home and my sister was telling me that the do was not listening to her and needed to be "trained again". When I went over (with my wife, and it was her first time meeting this dog), the dog still remembered me, and instantly although was excited to see me and jumped up on me when I walked in, within 10-15 minutes he was not only listening to commands, knowing what he should or should not have been doing. This was due to my sister not enforcing the training, but enough about me, lol...

My wife's family had a dog, a beagle mix, that she never really interacted with, and it was never trained. This experience turned her off to dogs in the past, she is only interested in a dog that is trainable and she knows I have those skills.

We looked at Rotties as those were my babysitters and family members when I was growing up, but upon further research both she and the kids have determined they want a GSD. I have joined these forums to help me know more about the breed, interact with other dog lovers and really determine the best pup to join our family.

Thanks,
John P.
Hi John!
I fought the family desperately for a Golden Retriever as that’s what I grew up with (bird hunting dogs). So glad I was out ruled with our GSD Charlie. Talk about smart and willing to please, she has been easier to train than I ever remember our Goldens being. We are currently in shark phase, but even so I couldn’t be happier.

We did the Volhard (?) test when picking her out from the litter. Although she was probably coming home with us no matter how she scored🤣. I hope the right pup finds you. :)
 

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Welcome to the forum and the best breed on the planet.
However they're not for everyone; serious training and exercise (physical and brain) requirements. They can be awesome for your kids age.
 
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