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German Shepherd advice

1164 Views 9 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  luvmyfurballs
Hi! First off, I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this type of question, but it looked the most relevant one.

I am looking to get a german shepherd, preferably a young puppy, and was wondering if it would fit with my current life structure.

Basically, I:

>Have a full time job
>Can take dog out in the early morning for a walk, lunch for potty break ONLY, and play with it anytime after 4pm
>Am planning to take 2 weeks off work to cage train and do other necessities with it.

Based on this criteria, am I ready to get a dog of my own?
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I agree with Amaryllis.

Consider your decision carefully. In my experience, GSDs are extremely smart, loyal and wonderful dogs if you have the wherewithal to train and exercise them both mentally and physically. Every single day. Please know that "smart" doesn't just mean "easy to train" it also means "needs a job." Because if you don't give it one, it'll find one. And you probably won't like it. As far as potty training goes, it's a huge endeavor and no one you're going to overcome in 2 weeks. You can begin conditioning, but I don't consider a dog to be completely potty trained until they've gone at least 2 months without an accident in the house.

I'd also be interested to read your reasoning behind choosing the breed. Hopefully it's more than "they are da cutest puppiez evarrr."
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