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I got a dog
« on: April 16, 2021, 08:40:23 AM »
This is a big deal.  I had a bad experience with the poorly trained family dog of my childhood and have spent the last 50 years thinking that I would never get one.  However, I ended up deciding that it would help my two young adult children who are still at home.  The emotional stress of lockdowns, etc. was clearly getting to them and I wanted to do something more to help them cope.

We knew we wanted an adult dog and found just what we were looking for.  She is a 7 year old German Shepherd mix that needed to be re-homed.  The weird thing is that I am bonding with her even though I have spent my life so resolved against having a dog.
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2021, 08:56:58 AM »
Good for you! Dogs are amazing creatures, they live to please us it seems. Looks like you’ve been missing out for most of your life.
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2021, 10:13:15 AM »
I love having dogs, but don't have the personality necessary to train them. So that's my aunt's job. We're probably not going to have another after Charlotte, our hound mix, dies. My aunt has always had a dog or two, and she says she's getting too old to take care of one, and wants the freedom of not having a pet. I don't think that will last long, but we'll see.
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2021, 11:17:00 AM »
"Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the surgings of the sea: mighty is the Lord on high"
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2021, 11:20:27 AM »
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/studies-show-owning-dog-connected-to-living-longer/

In return for living longer you should give it a name that's great and noble.  Something Germanic. Heindrich comes to mind. :)
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2021, 11:42:39 AM »
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/studies-show-owning-dog-connected-to-living-longer/

In return for living longer you should give it a name that's great and noble.  Something Germanic. Heindrich comes to mind. :)


I happen to know that Heinrich (the one posting to this forum) strongly disapproves of giving male names to females.   ;D

Since we got an adult dog she came with a name and we did not change it, although I heard that is possible.  We have, however, given her a personal Latin motto, "Sciuri delendi sunt."
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2021, 12:19:52 PM »
German Shepherds are strong pack animals.  If you aren't the leader he/she will become the leader.  Make sure your husband gives it a whack from time to time to show it who is boss.  Otherwise you'll be giving it away in a year.

But once you do that, German Shepherds are fantastic dogs.  Kids can bite its ear and ride around on it and it will think it's great.  But if it senses danger, it will protect everyone.  Great dogs if you raise them right.  They also need some rough house play and running around.
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2021, 01:05:48 PM »
Yes they are strong willed animals. Gotta show them who’s in charge once in a while. But very good family dogs.
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2021, 02:15:19 PM »
Get a good, or better,  vacuum. We have a German Shepherd and vacuum at least five times a week. The canister is emptied each time. Then again, we have a pit bull, chihuahua and three cats.

Do you have a crate for her? Keep her away from the French speakers. 😂
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2021, 06:19:34 PM »
I have always lived with dogs; they are great company and a lot of fun to own; congratulations! I don't agree with those who say that you have to give the dog a good whack from time to time to show it who's boss. You can show it who's boss by just being firm with the dog when it wants to have its own way.  Dogs are like people they respond well to love and kindness.
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Re: I got a dog
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2021, 07:59:57 AM »
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2021, 12:43:22 PM »
German Shepherds are strong pack animals.  If you aren't the leader he/she will become the leader.  Make sure your husband gives it a whack from time to time to show it who is boss.  Otherwise you'll be giving it away in a year.

But once you do that, German Shepherds are fantastic dogs.  Kids can bite its ear and ride around on it and it will think it's great.  But if it senses danger, it will protect everyone.  Great dogs if you raise them right. 

I would put a paper bag on my head just to have our shepherd come running to "save me" by pulling it off. 

Get a big dog rope with the two knotted ends, its fun to whop the dog with it and get them worked up, just to let them have the rope and "kill it."  Same goes for the stuffed ducks with squeaky balls in the middle; shepherds do get mad or upset, and they will need something to work their anger out, its a very human characteristic of the breed.
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Re: I got a dog
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2021, 12:35:32 PM »
I have always lived with dogs; they are great company and a lot of fun to own; congratulations! I don't agree with those who say that you have to give the dog a good whack from time to time to show it who's boss. You can show it who's boss by just being firm with the dog when it wants to have its own way.  Dogs are like people they respond well to love and kindness.

Our hound mix is so sensitive that all my aunt has to do is change the tone of her voice, and Charlotte cringes. My aunt yelled at her for eating the cat’s food, and now Charlotte won’t even go into the room where it is.
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