advice please doggie people...
Getting a beautiful german shepherd rescue dog soon and would appreciate any tips from those who have adopted the breed before. We have an advice sheet from the rescue place but any extra info would be great.
He's under a year, castrated, and bascially a gangly legged pup. Unknown history as he was in the pound before the rescue kennels, due to be destroyed He's been in kennels 2 weeks. Good with other dogs, walks to heel, and surprisingly calm for a youngster. Bit nervous of strangers but he soon settles.
Clean in his kennel but no idea if he's toilet trained... guess we'll find out
Can't beat a nice German dog.
Speaking of which, how's your missus DM? (no offence mate!)
Corinthian wrote (see)
Have his back legs checked out - Canine Hip and elbow dysplasia is a congential defect in the breed. I had one which needed a major opp on both back legs before she was 18 months old
kittenkat wrote (see)
Enjoy him Siance.
I know, kk... I thought of you when we decided to get him.
Will ask Mr S about the books, that's kind of you
We got a rescue dog and did totally the wrong thing by smothering him with love and attention. He was scared of men when they came into our house (so much so he would hide between Mr CM and I's legs or go balistic barking) and we thought by nurturing him, or removing him from that situation it would get better.
The problem we have now in the house is that he runs up to men and gets all scared, goes submissive (ie gives a paw, or lies down) and the min the man bends down he freaks out and starts barking and goes for the hand. (He is fine outside. Very placid and payful unless a tall man runs up to him).
We have had a trainer in and we have been forced to become far more dominant of him in order to reassure him. He can't sleep with us, no cuddles and scraps on the sofa, no treats, no games until it is on our terms, absolutely no whining, and no running ahead on lead - which he hates as he is much quicker than me over the first 4 miles. It is a nightmare - But we can see already he is so much better and happier - but it has been a hard transition.
In summary (phew) love him, support him, but you must, must lead him!
And congrats - it is an amazing thing you are doing.
I have no doubt there are numerous GSD rescue organisations on the web. Might be worth doing a search to see if any of their sites have advice. Kennel club site may also have advice on rescue dogs.
Start as you mean to go on. Be firm; calm instructions are generally better than shouting. Things should happen when you want them to, not when the dog wants them to and that includes play, cuddles, etc.
Thanks guys, appreciate the advice. This site has good info too. And I understand the importance of being Pack Leader - as Mr S knows only too well!
I think consistency is going to be key so that he learns to trust us and get into a routine. The GSD contact said it could take a couple of weeks for him to settle; to take in us and his new surroundings.
We really miss the presence of a pet around the place since our last cat was put to sleep 7 months ago
It was time... and that's what I'm looking forward to most about getting him. That and the heavy sigh of a contented dog.
Always difficult to know how quickly a dog will adapt to a new home. I do some work with rescues (Labradors) and some go in, have a good sniff around and settle immediately; others get hyper and take a while to stop bouncing off the walls/furniture/etc; others creep in, hide in a corner for a few days before feeling confident enough to take part in family life.
I'm sure the rescue centre have advised you that behaviour seen in the first few days may not necessarily be representative of the dog's true character.
Bit of a difference between a cat and a GSD
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