Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > The Dog Breeds


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-27-2005, 05:06 PM
BigDog2191's Avatar
BigDog2191 BigDog2191 is offline
Big German Shepherd
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posts: 3,749
Default German Shepherd

Well, I, for one will be getting a German Shepherd in about six weeks and I was wondering who, in this forum, has a German Shepherd? I just thought if you have any knowledge from owning a German Shepherd that you could share or all around thoughts.

I can't wait till I get my GS and I have prepared myself a great deal! Anyway, happy posting!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-28-2005, 09:56 AM
Renee750il's Avatar
Renee750il Renee750il is offline
Felurian
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Where the selas blooms
Posts: 94,266
Default

Hey, Big! I've had German Shepherds since I was 12 years old. Once you've lived with a Shepherd you just can't imagine life without one.

Are you familiar with the Monks of New Skete? (www.dogsbestfriend.com) They are famous for their dog training techniques and also for the German Shepherds they breed and train. I met one of their dogs once when I was travelling and I was so impressed. All of mine except my first one, Purdue, have been rescues; Bimmer, the GSD who shares my life now, is a GSD/wolf mix and sometimes I think he's the only thing that keeps life with our Fila Brasileiros from getting too strange. He's half their size, but they both do what he says!
__________________
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. ~Buddha

Stupid is the most notoriously incurable and contagious disease known to mankind. If you find yourself in close proximity to someone infected with stupid, walk away as soon as said infection is noted.


There are few things more nauseating than pure obedience. ~ Kvothe

***8206;"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Rumi
Be a god. Know when to shut up.


Good Kharma Tags
Felurian
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-28-2005, 05:59 PM
BigDog2191's Avatar
BigDog2191 BigDog2191 is offline
Big German Shepherd
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posts: 3,749
Default

Wow, no, I haven't heard of them. But I'd be happy to check 'em out! I can't wait till I get mine! Six more weeks, Six more weeks, it's what I keep telling myself !

I'd be happy to see a pic of your GS/wolf though!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-28-2005, 06:34 PM
Saje Saje is offline
Island dweller
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 23,932
Default

Hi Big Dog. You can see any of our pictures at the gallery. There's a link at the top of the page. "dog pictures" from there you click on members galleries and search by the first letter of the user name. The last time I checked Renee had more than 50 pictures of her family.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-28-2005, 09:37 PM
BigDog2191's Avatar
BigDog2191 BigDog2191 is offline
Big German Shepherd
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posts: 3,749
Default

Wow, thanks for letting me know.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-29-2005, 06:25 AM
Doberluv's Avatar
Doberluv Doberluv is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: western Wa
Posts: 21,914
Default

I've had GSDs. I love 'em! My last one was from a reputable breeder and was wonderful....absolutely wonderful. I had babies at that time and a daycare. He was absolutely fantastic with the kids and trustworthy beyond belief. He was well socialized and completely comfortable around friendly strangers. I would never think that he was protective because he seemed to like everyone, repairmen, delivery people whomever... I never had to worry about any overprotectiveness or any mistakes. Something did happen one time that was weird very late at night on the front porch...the brass door handle jiggled...someone was out there and he became utterly vicious....gnashing teeth, ready to defend the household. He was easy to train, very willing and smart.

I've been fascinated with other breeds too and that's why I haven't had one for a long time. I got my Lab when he died because I just didn't want to be comparing another dog of his breed to him all the time and so I got a different breed, different sex.

And also I've been obsessed with Dobermans for so long, I really wanted to try one. So that's what is my latest "project." LOL. I love Dobermans too, very different but I now can say that I can't imagine life without a Dobe. But GSDs are a super breed too. I do like the clean, no hair aspect of the Doberman. But I also have two Chihuahuas, the Lab. See? I told you I like lots of breeds.

Congrats on your upcoming pup. I do hope you are going to a reputable breeder. That is so important. Good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-29-2005, 03:02 PM
BigDog2191's Avatar
BigDog2191 BigDog2191 is offline
Big German Shepherd
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posts: 3,749
Default

It is a very reputable breeders one of the best in my area. I got his name and number from the local vet.

Before I decided on the GS I was thinking between a Doberman or a Rottweiler. But I decided on the GS. For one, there aren't many breeders of Dobermans where I live, I actually couldn't find any. Rottweilers, I was thinking... and thinking... I actually found one place but the woman I was talking to I just didn't trust and she was a bit rude, not to mention the price was a little too high.

So I decided to go with the GS. Reasonable price, reputable breeder, great dogs.

I can't wait. Thank you all for your responses and keep em comin'!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-29-2005, 03:10 PM
BigDog2191's Avatar
BigDog2191 BigDog2191 is offline
Big German Shepherd
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posts: 3,749
Default

I'm a bit concerned.

I don't have to many people who have dogs to bring over to my house and vice versa. In fact, I don't think I have any. I have next door neighbor who has a Lakeland Terrier but I doubt it'll work. So I'm a bit worried about socialization. Not with human contact (no problem at all there) but more with dogs. I don't want him to see every dog as a threat.


Does anybody have any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-29-2005, 03:18 PM
Renee750il's Avatar
Renee750il Renee750il is offline
Felurian
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Where the selas blooms
Posts: 94,266
Default

You'll usually get quite a bit of dog-to-dog socialization just walking him, but if you check with your vet, local pet supply stores and even humane societies they can steer you toward puppy and training classes that will be a big help to you.

Parks are okay, but can be a bit overwhelming for a puppy if there are dogs off leash that just run right up to him. It can be counter-productive if they scare him.
__________________
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. ~Buddha

Stupid is the most notoriously incurable and contagious disease known to mankind. If you find yourself in close proximity to someone infected with stupid, walk away as soon as said infection is noted.


There are few things more nauseating than pure obedience. ~ Kvothe

***8206;"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Rumi
Be a god. Know when to shut up.


Good Kharma Tags
Felurian
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-29-2005, 03:32 PM
Doberluv's Avatar
Doberluv Doberluv is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: western Wa
Posts: 21,914
Default

I agree. When your pup is through with his puppy shots, get him right away to a puppy kindergarten obedience class. They're great. Make sure you find a reputable trainer who uses positive methods. Even before the shots are through, you could ask the trainer you're going to use if you could come visit once a week so your pup can meet other dogs. Make sure with the trainer that they have been vaccinated and be careful not to overwhelm or let anything frighten your pup. It is essential that he gets around and has GOOD experiences with other dogs, adults, kids and all kinds of enviornments; noisy traffic, city streets, woodsy places, gets exposed to everything you're ever going to want to do to him....clip nails, baths, car rides...you name it. Saturate that pup without scaring or overwhelming him by the time he's 16 weeks. And keep it up thereafter. Don't skimp on socialization. It was a real project for me. I had to drive an hour almost every day to get my dog around lots of people because the nearest city is that far. I really, really went out of my way to work this pup and I am glad I did. These protective types need an abundance of exposure to things.

Good luck.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:53 AM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site