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When I think back to when I first joined the forum, I hardly knew anything about GSDs other that they come in B/T, Solid black, or solid white, and that was about it. Didn't know about different lines, sables, bite-work, nerves, thresholds, the history of the breed, the problems in the breed, the amazing unbelieveable super-human intelligence, desire to please, and willingness to work of the well-bred dogs that are still true to intent of the breed.

I didn't understand bite-work (I mean, why in the world would someone want an "agressive" dog?) , maybe had heard the word "Schutzhund" once in my life prior to being invited to join a local Schutzhund club, and hence me getting more interested in the breed, had never even laid eyes on a pedigree, nor had any interest in anything pure-bred, because a dog is a dog is a dog, right?

Didn't understand the issues that separated good breeders from BYB - prior to getting involved in more advanced training with my mutt and prior to reading about the issues of ethical breeding, I would have just as easily bought a dog out of the newspaper, or from a pet shop, not knowing any better.

Funny looking back how much my attitudes and understandings have changed. Quite the transformation (when I was growing up, I didn't even like dogs!). And much of the change from the last 8 years or so I blame on this forum!

So let's hear it! How has your view and understanding of GSDs and related areas changed since you have been a member of this forum?
 

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Like day and night.

Helped expand my knowledge of shutzhund. Helped me discover raw feeding , and all the various types of GSD , breeders and imports, working lines , showlines. What to look for when getting another GSD in the future. I've learned a lot and still learning.

Went from a newbie GSD owner to a confident GSD owner:)

Also learned there are people out there that live thousands of miles away and they share the same love for this breed.

I will continue to use and participate in this forum for a long time :)

(Also some of the members on here are awesome and will message you some great answers to your questions)




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when i joined the forum all i knew about GSD's (dogs) was how to
train and socialize them. i didn't know there was blk&reds. i've learned
an i'm continuing to learn so much an i thank all of those that have
taught me.
 

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I have had GSDs for over 35 years, but living in a small city in Texas, I had never been exposed to responsible breeding practices. Every person I knew if they wanted a dog just found a newspaper ad or word of mouth and got a pup. I hadn't heard anything about the different German lines as everything pretty much here is just American lines.

I had heard some vague references to Schutzhund but obviously had never seen it in person and even now I think the closest club is probably 2- 2/12 hours away.
 

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I've absolutely learned a lot since I joined the forum. I knew a good amount coming in, because I was exposed to Schutzhund and the conformation world (have attended tons of local shows with my dad years ago), and my focus was on police dogs and my local canine unit. I knew all the dogs once upon a time. I also have a strong background (and education) in animal care, so I had that coming in in terms of training, care, behaviour, etc... still learning, of course!

Training Hunter in a variety of things, starting the KW German Shepherd club, starting training clubs, and creating the German Shepherd Guide online was sort of the peak of me feeling like I really was involved and informed on the breed. I feel now, like I have a lot to offer the community, and can begin teaching others now.

So much more to learn... it's never-ending. I am training and soon to be competing in more difficult sports, continuing to learn about pedigrees, influential dogs, west german working bloodlines (my passion). I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends to chat with about the GSD... met so many great people here, this forum (despite it's issues and craziness) is very special to me.

Thank you all for learning and growing with me! <3
 

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Ive learned about different lines, BYB vs reputable breeders, the many health concerns and new ways to play and train with my gsds. Lucia, you are the one who helped me look at Zoey's issue with not releasing while playing with the flirt pole, that's been a huge help and changed how we engage in other games/playing, I love the "happy prance" she does when she wins.
 

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Thanks Nigel - I have learnt much because of many members who took the time to answer questions and share their knowledge - I try to give a little back. Sometime being an ADMIN is aggravating and frustrating, but in the end, if I can help one person and their dog be happier, it is all worth-while.
 

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I have an interest in k9 health..specifically for our breed. Not my profession at all but I have learned a lot from members here. Those GSD that have passed away & the members who were kind enough to share details I know has saved others dogs lives.
 

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I learned my puppy is a GSD in sable coat.

My crazy puppy was in the "normal" range for a GSD. Not an easy puppy but not deranged either.

The hard crusty spot on my dog's hind legs are just callous.

That was how little I know.
 

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I continue to learn about genetics, bloodlines, and what particular historical dogs have to offer. I've probably learned more about AmLines than anything else, since I didn't know much about them to begin with. I'm happy to see some AmLine breeders are going for moderation, temperament and working ability.

Wish that the pedigree gurus would post more often, though! That's my only wish for this forum--that the experts continue to post and comment, and do so with frequency. :)
 

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I've learned how very confusing it all is. So many different types so many different methods to train, feed, what can they chew. Duchies and Mals are a different breed but whites are still Shepherds at least in America but not in Germany. I've learned that the definitions of what is a good breeder vary greatly from person to person. I think the thing I find most helpful is the nutrition advice and the information about different shepherd issues like pannus and dm. What I also find amazing is no matter the differences of opinion when someone loses a beloved pet we all come together to sympathize and support.
 

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Even though I adopted Hans from an individual who was "done" with him, I have learned from this forum how to choose a great breeder and how to at least stack the odds in my favor of getting a GSD with a stable temperament and good hips/elbows.

Sometime in the future (may be several years) I would like to have a GSD that I can train to be a well behaved dog, instead of pulling my hair out trying to get rid of bad habits he learned well before I got him. Of course, he wouldn't be the first animal with horrible habits I've had to deal with-such is the nature of rescue.

He has been a challenge for sure, but I owe a lot of thanks to many on this site for their help!



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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.
 

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One of the first things I learned was that my puppy wasn't an insane genetic mutant that wanted to eat me - she was in fact a normal GSD puppy I wasn't exercising enough!

Since then, this would be a really long post if I listed everything, but I'd like to think overall I've learned to be a better GSD owner. I've also learned that I've learned just the tip of the iceberg! So thank you to everybody, this has been a fun year!
 

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I learned that each dog is a different puzzle. Its a lot easier seeing the whole picture when you have numerous sets of eyes to point things out. This is a great community to bounce ideas off of. I joined because I wanted my dog to have every chance for a successful life but now I see he is fine just the way he is, I am the one who needs the help. LOL
I have learned about flirt poles, rag training, raw vs kibble, keeping my puppy stimulated, vaccinations, worms, teaching reasoning in games, bloodlines, breeder questions to ask, crate training, house breaking, letting him win at tug to boost confidence ( works really well!) socialization, to puppy class or not to puppy class, training, safety in the car, etc..... wow so much!
 

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I look into my GS's eyes and I can tell there's a lot of moving parts.

I take it one day at a time with her and try to figure out what she wants when she acts a certain way. It's incredible to watch her every day and I wish I didn't have to work so much so I could spend every waking hour with her. :)

But a job means stability and a life for the both of us.
 

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I have learned that GSD owners are a breed as varied as the dogs they favor, with some basic characteristics, some common faults, many health concerns, and temperaments all across the spectrum.
 

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I've learned a great amount from some of the members in this forum and because of it, have the best GSD I've ever owned. There are some pretty damned smart people in here and they have helped me out immensely.

What comes to mind first, is what I have learned regarding the dog's drives and how to use these innate "desires" to the overall benefit of the relationship. I also have raised my expectations of what the breed is capable of, because of savvy trainer's advice and displays of their dog's performance. Even though my bitch is a companion dog, she's the highest performance "pet" I have ever had the privilege of sharing my life with.....


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there is a lot to learn from gsd forums.there is already a huge amount of dog related knowledge.almost every situation or problem that a gsd or its owner can have.as i am a junior member so it will take some time to get used to forums.from some of my previous posters i got no replies.just one or two two.i dont know why...but there is still alot to learn and also many questions and things i want to know,,,,,
 
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