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checkurhead
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


We had a WGS for 12 years named Cisco.

Great dog. He was a bit of a nervous nelly sometimes but he was a overall a great dog.

I know you may only want one dog but if you are in the market for (or would consider) two dogs you could consider getting a puppy and adopting an older dog. My experience with puppies is that they tend to do a lot better if they have an older dog to teach them what to do in conjunction with your training.

I found some nice WGS rescues in the area.

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My $0.02. Good luck either way you go.






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laangler21
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Don't think, just go get a dog.





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Drew Orleans
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Logan is pretty cool but they require a fenced in backyard. I live in an apaartment complex.

I'd prefer a male but will get a female.

The others either aren't pure or can't be seperated from another dog.






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Drew Orleans
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also, this is incorrect


Not in my experiences. Plus if you have one from an early age they have a closer attraction to you and take less of the adopted role. I want a puppy/dog that feels like family.






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6nmylifetime
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Just re-read your post. If you get a "him" there is a statistical likelihood that your dog will bond with your wife rather than you


Thought about this for a few days and concluded no relevance to it. Here's why. Dogs are pack animals and every pack has,in the dogs mind, a clearly defined hiearchy. There is only one Alpha in the pack. All other dogs in the pack will want to do one of two things. Either become the Alpha or please the Alpha. If you have a dog that wants to be the Alpha you better be a strong leader of your pack. If you have a Beta dog then he will want to please the Alpha more than others. If your dog "bonds" or wants to spend more time with one spouse over the other then what is that dog telling you about who in his mind is the real alpha of the pack is? Keep in mind that a dog doesnt care who has the higher income. Who drives the nicer car, or who has the higher degree in school. The dog knows who sets the routines in the house. The dog knows who has the stronger leadership qualities. The dog knows who is more confident and outgoing and who is more unstable. That's why a pack of dogs will not follow unstable leadership. Man is the only animal that will do that. If a male dog bonds with a wife then it's more likely because she is the more stable person in the household. If this makes any sense it's because it comes from the guy who knows what he's talking about. Ceasar Milan. This is why his books are IMO better than "How To" books. Just for example, it's much more effective to know why your dog sits when you tell him to instead of how to make him sit. If you know the "why" then the "how" is so much easier.






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F machine
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The others either aren't pure or can't be seperated from another dog.


I'm not one who will lecture you on getting a shelter dog, because I have a dog who isn't a shelter dog. I'll just tell you don't put an absolute ton of stock in if he's pure. My dog is like 90% lab and 10% chesapeake bay retriever. Most don't even realize he isn't a full lab, and I'm hoping I can avoid some of the genetic things like bad hips when he gets older since he isn't pure.






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DadFanAlum
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Smart decision to wait a bit on the dog. You are a newlywed, and having a puppy is almost as restrictive as having a baby. Those spontaneous trips to N.O. for the weekend get more difficult; a week in Cancun requires a week of kenneling for the dog, $$$, etc.

I respectfully disagree with the "don't buy a dog for its looks" comments. Obviously, you have researched the breed and like GSDs and that is the correct way to pick a breed. You are perfectly within your rights to want a "pretty" white one to compromise with the wife.

Getting a mature, or 1 or 2 year old WGSD from a rescue is something to consider. Although it may have some bad habits, it also may not. You can avoid the problematic puppy stage and basic training. And a good-natured rescue dog will bond with your family as closely as one you had as a pup. So, please consider looking into rescuing a WGSD. Don't feel pressured into taking one unless you feel it is the right dog for you.






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Drew Orleans
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


So turns out there was miscommunication. The current litter is still available in a week but the next litter isn't over the summer, its about to be born. Then after that the next litter could be during the summer or it might be pushed back to the winter. Depends on how the moms recover, being in heat, taking, etc.

So now my options are get one of the puppies, that will be born soon (like tomorrow), in 6 weeks, or wait until the summer/winter. I'd hate to ge one over the summer and have to give up tailgating and football because he can't be left by himself that long. Also if they push it back to the winter, thats a full year. Not sure I want to wait that long.

Not to mention traveling for the holidays.



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SUB
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


I think you have answered your own question. Get one now.





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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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I'd hate to ge one over the summer and have to give up tailgating and football because he can't be left by himself that long.


This is a serious concern? First, you have the rest of your life for "tail gating and football." If going out there all day is that big of an issue, leave him in the crate and problem solved.






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Drew Orleans
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


I'm likely to only be here for another year and I have season tickets. I would feel horrible leaving a puppy alone for hours.





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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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I would feel horrible leaving a puppy alone for hours.


Trust me, you will do no harm to that pup. I have raised and trained dogs for 20+ years. He will be just fine alone. It'll actually help him be a better adjusted dog. You don't want a pup that begs - and gets - attention whenever he wants it. Just give him plenty of chew toys and make sure he has an empty bladder before you go.






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Drew Orleans
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Leave him in the kennel for 4-8 hours at a time?

I know older dogs can take it but a puppy might piss all over himself.






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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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No, I wouldn't advocate leaving a pup in a crate for 8 hours during the day. Have I done it? Yes. Did it hurt the pup? No, he's laying by my chair right now and has been for the last 10 years. Would I do it again? No.

He will get bored to death. Take some responsibility for it and get some to let him out. Get a girl to play with him while you are partying. Find some kids to play with him for a little while.

Remember, you control what the dog drinks. If you restrict his water intake you take away his urge to urinate.






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Mouth
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


you getting a male or female dog?





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Drew Orleans
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Yeah.

BTW my situation is in the OP and updated on page 5.






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Drew Orleans
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Male.

Why? Got input?






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SUB
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I've had a male and a female dog. I'd get a female dog every time now. They seem to be easier to raise as they aren't trying to hump and piss all over everything. Also, if you are getting a larger breed, females tend to be smaller than the males, and I like a smaller slender dog than some huge male.





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Mouth
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I've raised 5 dogs in my life... 3 females, 2 males. and the male dogs have always bonded more with the women and female dogs with the man.

although with larger breeds like a WGS there won't be a greater bond with either or but its very possible. they will accept attention from whomever wants to give it to them.

Currently our male bichon is so far up my fiance's arse its ridiculous. but I am the next best thing if she is not around

I prefer females in larger breeds. JMO. good luck and enjoy. dogs are awesome, especially a shepherd.







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