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Hello, hoping to start some brainstorming and get some real life experiences here.

I am hoping in the next year to get a GSD rescue puppy/young dog. My question is :

Can you take a puppy of unknown genetics and socialize, train, play , work with and do everything right and still get a dog/or people aggressive dog. In otherwords, can you do everything right from the get/go and still get a difficult dog?

What have you all experienced?
 

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Can you take a puppy of unknown genetics and socialize, train, play , work with and do everything right and still get a dog/or people aggressive dog. In otherwords, can you do everything right from the get/go and still get a difficult dog?
Yes. Temperament is largely genetic. What you do with those genetics will affect how your dog turns out, but you're always going to be working within that framework. A puppy with genetically great temperament will be much more resilient to mistakes in training and socialization, but with a puppy who has poor inherited temperament you can do everything right and still have some issues to deal with. Those issues may not be a big deal, they may just require some kind of management to keep the dog out of situations that could be a problem, but you can't "train out" bad temperament.
 

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What Debbie said. But a big part of the pup's genetic inherited temperament will be visible as a pup. You can adopt a pup of unknown background and genetic history, but if the pup is confident, outgoing, social, curious, playful, chances are, he will grow up to be a confident, outgoing, social, curious, playful adult.

If a puppy is shy, easily scared, remote, shows fears in new situations, avoident, it will be more difficult to change that. A pup can improve with age, especially if well socialized in a good environment where the owners can help to get the pup to gain confidence, but genetics will be the dominant force that will direct the pup's development.

But if you want to adopt, I'd go with a reputable rescue that has fostered the pups and can already tell a lot about them and will have a good idea about their temperaments. But pups are always a crap-shoot. Even a pup that shows impressive nerve and confidence at an early age can sometimes (but rarely) grow up "not quite right".
 
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