Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Puppy, Socializing, Obedience
Bryan, Texas, United States
Posted December 21, 2018
My dog GSD was a great spokesperson for the breed. She was highly trainable and great around little toddlers who were still learning manners around canines. She loved being in a household with other dogs, especially during her puppy years as she learned from them and had a constant companion. Having a constant companion is important for a GSD if you cannot give the full attention needed for such a high energy breed. They aim to please, so training them based on what they are motivated by (food, toys, praise, etc.) can help with their high energy demands. It is even better when they are given a job if they do not have another way to run through their energy during the day. A job could be anything from guard dog, fetching things around the house on command, or even a jogging companion. GSDs are extremely loyal and are great companions to humans and to other animals. I will say, it is essential to introduce them to other dogs and animal species in their early puppy months (4 months of age at least, once they have their shots). This can help them be amiable around other dogs in adulthood and can help them later in life to accept new things they are introduced to as friendly and not threatening. Overall, a GSD is a great dog with a wonderful personality. It is important to do your research about breeders to ensure that your GSD is getting the best possible genetic combination it can. There are many breeders that are reputable and want to propagate good genetics in the breed, it just takes time and research to find them. Also, make sure to take medical advice for your pet only from a veterinarian once you have picked up your pup from the breeder. This will lead to the best medical decisions for your pet and can lead to a much healthier and happy life for your dog.