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Re: Suggestion for a new sticky thread

Lately, I've read quite a few threads with questions started by people who are thinking about getting a german shepherd. Which I think is cool. And in one of the threads a member provided a brilliant check list of things to think about first. Thats what prompted me to start this brainstorming thread.

I'd like to see a sticky thread created for people who are thinking about and researching german shepherds as a potential pet. This thread would not ask "what are you looking for in a puppy/dog?" it would be "what is a puppy/dog looking for in you?" Or something like that...I'm sure one of you will come up with a better title if you agree it would be a good topic for a sticky thread.

The purpose of this proposed thread would not be to make people feel like they are not good enough to parent/own GSD's or deter people from buying/rescuing them. Instead, it would be education to prepare people for owning/parenting a GSD and help them get off on the right foot. And it would give people the opportunity to determine if they have the money, time, energy, skills and/or desire to spend the money, make the time, use the energy and develop the skills to raise and care for a GSD.

I am a first time dog parent and I started with a german shepherd. It’s been the most amazing and exhausting experience of my life.:) The only regrets I have is not asking the right questions before we brought him home. I honestly thought I was informed. I spent months researching dogs. I read materials on how to train a puppy, puppy proofing the house, etc.

Only I didn't ask all of the right questions. I asked myself what I wanted in a dog. I never asked if I was what the dog needed. I didn't google "how much exercise and mental stimuli does a gsd need" even once. I didn't think about breeding, or puppy mills. Never took into consideration vet bills or the cost of food. Didn't talk to anyone about the best diet for him or potential health issues except for with my vet. I know. I sound like a complete idiot. But, I'm not. I'm an intelligent mature woman with lots of love to give who didn't figure any of this stuff out until after I joined this forum. I don't think I'm alone in that.

I have no regrets about getting Mac. He is the love of our lives. And, with help from all of you, I'm becoming a stronger leader and giving Mac structure. He's happy and healthy and brings more joy to our lives every day. But I think if I would have asked the right questions, I would have been a better mother.

But the reason I started this thread is because I think it would be helpful to people who are thinking about getting a dog and especially one like a GSD to have a checklist of questions to ask before actually getting the dog. Maybe it will make life better for the dog...maybe avoid some rehoming...I don't know...what do you all think?

Carrie

 

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I think this is Great Idea for potential first time GSD parents !!! :)
 

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I think that is a great idea!

I think alot of people get GSD's for the way they look or because when they think of GSD's they think of big guard dogs.

They are alot of work, they require alot of patience and training.

GSD's have a bad reputation, before you decide to get a GSD you need to do alot of research on them and if you do end up getting one then you need to work hard to prove that not all GSD's are bad. I take socialization very seriously, I made sure to socialize the heck out of my GSD, he went everywhere and met everyone with me. He spent alot of time with other dogs, he spent time with cancer patients, he spent time at my mom's beauty salon. I have worked very hard trying to get peoples minds to change about GSD's and I think that for people that want to get one they better be serious about helping their reputation and not doing further damage to it.
 

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I think that is a great idea!

I think alot of people get GSD's for the way they look or because when they think of GSD's they think of big guard dogs.

They are alot of work, they require alot of patience and training.

GSD's have a bad reputation, before you decide to get a GSD you need to do alot of research on them and if you do end up getting one then you need to work hard to prove that not all GSD's are bad. I take socialization very seriously, I made sure to socialize the heck out of my GSD, he went everywhere and met everyone with me. He spent alot of time with other dogs, he spent time with cancer patients, he spent time at my mom's beauty salon. I have worked very hard trying to get peoples minds to change about GSD's and I think that for people that want to get one they better be serious about helping their reputation and not doing further damage to it.

A weak leader like me doesn't do any favors to the breed. Luckily for me & Mac, I have the time and energy to improve. And thanks to people like you, I have.
 

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A weak leader like me doesn't do any favors to the breed. Luckily for me & Mac, I have the time and energy to improve. And thanks to people like you, I have.
I had 2 Lab/Chow/Rott/Border Collie pups when I lived at home, they were my first dogs, problems arised at home and I had to move out ASAP (stepdad put his hands on me) so my sister took them in until I could find an apartment that would allow dogs and I had the money again to properly care for them, when the time came to get them back my sister had them for a year and her, her husband and her kids were head over heels in love with them and they didn't want to part, so I let her keep them. I knew I wanted another dog so I began research on the GSD breed, I fell in love when I saw my first black GSD and I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. Once I got Sinister I began doing even more research and then I found this forum and it taught be even more about them. This forum is fantastic, almost everyone on here is trying their hardest to improve this breed, to fix their reputation and to educate "new" GSD owners and "new" dog owners.
 

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...I think alot of people get GSD's for the way they look or because when they think of GSD's they think of big guard dogs. ...


Laren, OMG! You make another good point. My husband liked GSD's because they are beautiful. After "research" I determined they were protective and loyal.

We considered GSD because of what WE wanted....never considering what they would want...
 

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I had 2 Lab/Chow/Rott/Border Collie pups when I lived at home, they were my first dogs, problems arised at home and I had to move out ASAP (stepdad put his hands on me) so my sister took them in until I could find an apartment that would allow dogs and I had the money again to properly care for them, when the time came to get them back my sister had them for a year and her, her husband and her kids were head over heels in love with them and they didn't want to part, so I let her keep them. I knew I wanted another dog so I began research on the GSD breed, I fell in love when I saw my first black GSD and I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. Once I got Sinister I began doing even more research and then I found this forum and it taught be even more about them. This forum is fantastic, almost everyone on here is trying their hardest to improve this breed, to fix their reputation and to educate "new" GSD owners and "new" dog owners.

Well said and thanks for allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to provide the details that you did. [I had 3 step dads so I get it]

I can understand there are many reasons for rehoming. I actually rehomed a child so I know that sometimes its for the best of the kid/dog.
 

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...I think alot of people get GSD's for the way they look or because when they think of GSD's they think of big guard dogs. ...


Laren, OMG! You make another good point. My husband liked GSD's because they are beautiful. After "research" I determined they were protective and loyal.

We considered GSD because of what WE wanted....never considering what they would want...
I think alot of people do that. Some cant handle the biting stage (puppies) and they think it's aggression so they give up and rehome the puppy, some people dont exercise their puppy/dog enough so again the puppy/dog starts misbehaving and the owner cant handle it or doesn't want to take the time to train and work with it. Then there are people that get a GSD without doing research or very little research and when a problem arises they look into obedience classes, professional help or they come here looking for answers. They look into fixing the problem, they look into getting help and they are trying to do the right thing, those are the "new" GSD owners I like. :)
 

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PS the Kid I rehomed was my nephew who I have custody of. Just so you know...I let him live with his mom again once I determined it was safe
 

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Great topic idea. This is my third dog and first GSD. She is by far the most intelligent and demanding.... and rewarding. We, too, got a GSD for all the wrong reasons. My wife saw one that was very nice and well-behaved (and grown up). We had no clue what it must have taken for that dog owner to have arrived at that state. But we sure learned! Ours has turned out to be a great dog but we went through all the standard trials and tribulations getting here. Many are the times we look at her and say: " Did you think we would ever make it?!" We dealt with the poop variations; the mouthing and attendant bloody hands; getting used to the car; dealing with fear issues; panosteitis; will the ears ever stay up; chewing on no-nos; being a general brat; having to induce vomiting; peritonitis, major surgery as a result of staph infection from the spay..... could bore you to tears with more....

But we made it!
 

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Getting Skylar was by far the best decision i've ever made- i researched for over a year, and thought i was prepared.
yeah, right.
I started socializing skylar at 9 weeks old as soon as i got her- she went everywhere- baseball games, beach, playgrounds, parks, town, wherever i went, she was there. I was in no way prepared for her to get aggresively charged at by a lab, and have to start dealing with meeting dogs/people in a whole new way, because skylar gets upset/scared/angry when meeting a lot of people and dogs now. SO, make sure that you're prepared for the most unexpected situations, and that you'll be able to deal with whatever happens, expect the unexpected :) Be prepared to use your patience, and if you don't have any- GET SOME. It takes a lot of dedication. People have told me they want a GSD because of skylar, how smart and easy to train she looks- They are so smart, but have so much energy and don't train themselves!
With all that said :sleep: getting, training, loving skylar has been the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me, whenever she learns something new it's the best feeling in the world, i'm always amazed at how incredible she is. :wub:
 

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We don't normally have 2 weekly discussion topics but this topic was brought to my attention after I started another topic. This looks like it could be very helpful and interesting - so this week there are 2 topics. :)

Thanks for starting this one Mac's Mom.
I was hoping this thread would inspire someone with more knowledge to start a sticky thread. For people researching, my initial post is way too long and I don't think it will engage new people.
 

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Frank is 6 months and my husband and I were talking last night about with his age, size and energy people really need to think about what the pup needs before getting one, and that's why so many end up in rescue and such. Franks out of the little cuddly puppy stage and growing into a big puppy where some of the things that were cute as a puppy now hurt big time. Frank will learn, we'll just have few more bumps till he has the whole obedience thing down.
 

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I was hoping this thread would inspire someone with more knowledge to start a sticky thread. For people researching, my initial post is way too long and I don't think it will engage new people.
Who has more knowledge than a GSD owner? I hope it will engage new people too.
 
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