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    I agree newfsie...my old girl Chevy for the first 2 years of her life was an only dog and there were no children either so she was with me pretty much 24/7 but was never anxious when sh was away from me. She was probably quite happ to not be dragged to parties (I was only 17 when I got her, hence parties, was quite funny too because she kinda became our social groups mascot and the odd time she wasnt there people would be like "wheres Chev, I was looking forward to seeing her" LOL)

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    I recommend: Dont get another dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    I recommend: Dont get another dog
    Why not?

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    Bernie, now you're just sounding cranky!

    We've been there and covered that in the first pages of this thread. I had actually rather hoped that you could have given this person a bit more info on GSDs and their needs as it is one of the breeds on pbk's wishlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Bernie, now you're just sounding cranky!

    We've been there and covered that in the first pages of this thread. I had actually rather hoped that you could have given this person a bit more info on GSDs and their needs as it is one of the breeds on pbk's wishlist.
    saying that - I will update first POST so people do not have to read the whole thread

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    I was cranky. MY apologies
    GSD as a pet in a family: they need: roughly about 1 hr exercise in the morning, with lots of 'thinking' and 'problems to solve'. Imagine its a working dog, because it is, and you need to work it.
    As a mum of young children, i would not have had the time for a GSD.

    Then they are very large, and ungainly in a tight house space, so knock your children over, time and time again, so the children have to be the robust bounce back type.

    If not exercised mentally, they can destroy your home, garden and wardrobe full of shoes, the car seats etc. But only if not stimulated sufficiently.

    Then there is the vocal range of the GSD. It has a noise for every occasion. They 'talk' a LOT. Your neighbours will not thank you. They are more vocal, the more energy they have.

    BUT, and it is a big BUT...
    Train them well, work them often, walk them daily
    and you couldnt wish to own a better dog. Im very biased. This is a pretty subjective opinion.

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    THanks Bernie - and to everyone shared their comments and opinions.

    Just a quick update everyone - I am now saving for $$$ in few months We will be welcoming our new family member, it will be a surprise. I am wishing that through my research and studies I will accomplish great things and will have an excellent family member.

    First from our plan

    1. Divide the back yard
    2. Put up fences
    3. Concrete where the kennel will go (Near the shed) so 1/3 of the back will be concrete the rest grass
    4. Making sure that where the laundry goes is dog free
    5. Front yard will be fenced and gated so the dog can roam around the house (dedicated door just for the dog)

    so I think this will be a project for good 3 to 4 months

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    Sounds like you have a good plan in mind! Great to hear.

    The only thing I would point out is that you are going to allow the dog to roam around the front of the house. I would advise against this for several reasons, the first being so that you a preventing possible fence aggression issues ie: running up and down the fence barking/growling at passersby etc.
    The second is that most State laws require that people have free access to your front door, so people would need to be able to come and go and that is not a great situation for your future dog and could put it at risk of being accidentally let out etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Sounds like you have a good plan in mind! Great to hear.

    The only thing I would point out is that you are going to allow the dog to roam around the front of the house. I would advise against this for several reasons, the first being so that you a preventing possible fence aggression issues ie: running up and down the fence barking/growling at passersby etc.
    The second is that most State laws require that people have free access to your front door, so people would need to be able to come and go and that is not a great situation for your future dog and could put it at risk of being accidentally let out etc.
    Will only let the dog at the front when we are around - none the less only back yard and indoors

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    I commend you for going to such lengths to prepare for your dog. Shows you are committed. But I do question if you might be overdoing it a tad? Of course it's all good, but is it necessary? I have never needed to divide my backyard or have a kennel for my dogs. Nor have they shown any interest in the laundry, ever.

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