you're asking questions BEFORE you get the dog. THATS an improvement. None of us are experts by any means. Some are far more knowledgable than others. Compared to many on this board, i'm a total newb despite having 4 GSDs. I'm constantly learning. I've learned about medical problems from others on this board that i never even considered. I've learned what I and a few others consider to be the best time to spay or neuter. a lot of what people say is great while other things should be taken with a grain of salt. Pick and choose what works best for you in terms of advice regarding YOU and YOUR dog. Like i've said in another post, just because you want to hear something specific doesnt mean you will. You're a newbie. You're learning beforehand which is great but you still have a lot to learn and a great deal of it you cant learn without experiencing it.