The only thing two gsd owners will agree on is that the third one is wrong.
I haven't paid enough attention to your posts to begin to answer your question, but even if I had, it's rarely so simple. We do have many people with an obvious broad range of knowledge about dogs in general, GSDs in particular, breeding practices, training techniques, nutrition and health, competition in a sport, but we also have many people who know a lot about one or more of these subjects, but are not expert at all of them. It's usually pretty easy to tell when someone knows what they're talking about and when they don't.So when it comes to dogs and GSDs, what level does it appear I am on? Level like Beginner, Amatuer, Novice, Expert, etc.
^ What she said.However, you should not (IMHO) give advice pertaining to things that you have only read and not things you have personally experienced or dealt with unless you follow up your statements with something to the effect of, "I haven't personally done this, but I heard/read the following..."
Well, you have! But that's not what you asked, is it? None of us are experts at everything, and some of us know more about some things than others. Why would that be a problem? As long as we all acknowledge what we DON'T know and continue asking questions to learn as much as we can, that's what's important.I'm sorry I made this thread. I guess I just wanted someone to say to me "You've made an improvement".
TOTALLY. I got my first GSD (and first dog as an adult) in 1986, probably before many of you were born. And yet 24 years later, I'm STILL learning! There is no shame in not knowing, only in refusing to learn.We all learn new things about our dogs every single day. It's a never ending process.
You want to learn about the breed, you're excited about becoming the owner of a GSD and every simple question you ask probably helps someone who isn't asking it, but wondering.I'm sorry I made this thread. I guess I just wanted someone to say to me "You've made an improvement".
May or June of 2011. That's if the breeding is successful. I'm glad I came to this forum, and I do have some experience with dogs. I have used a clicker, fed Blue Buffalo and saw the results, little stuff like that. However, I am only experienced in keeping outside dogs and not a bit of experience with inside dogs. My first GSD will be my first inside dog.You're doing fine, except for a bad case of puppyitis. When is it thay you intend to get your first shep?