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    That dog is gorgeous, we've had 3 german shepards in my family and I've found them to be excellent dogs. Apart from the last one we got made my parents go into hospital for a good few days.. But other than that, great!

    ED: reading up, if you're only 16 don't get one, they're quite big and hard to look after, if you loose control of a dog of that size, there's not much you can do. Also, Alsations typically have many hip problems [to do with their breeding] and can cause quite expensive veterinary bills. Plus the fact they're massive, so eat loads, more cost. If you haven't had a dog before, I wouldn't recommend them.
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    (Original post by Cool Cat)
    mine too

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    hehe - cool cat
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    (Original post by Perfect_Gent)
    Do you really want to go into this?

    You're 16 years old with no experience of owning a dog. You want to go take on a dog that you've heard a sob story about but know nothing about its personality. It's a GSD that are a very inteligent dog but can go one way or the other dependant on their early experience. You are still living at home and are worried about waht you mother will think and it sounds like she's the head of the household and it should be down to her to decide if it's appropraite to bring a dog into the household. you're still going through your A lvels and are deciding about which uni to got to, so who going to run it when you do go or are you going to take it with you? I'm going to stop there because I could go on forever
    Nothing is permament yet I havn't even contatced the owner. As for me being 16 years old everyone else in my household is 18~50. Who's going to run it? I'm not the only one out of my family who wants one, my brother will help and so would my dad.

    I also plan to wake up a few hours earlier to walk it if not my dad's always up quite earlly so he would be able to do so.
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    (Original post by JAgg)
    Any reasons for not trusting the breed or just don't like the look of them? All dogs will have costs such as food and veterinary treatments, I'm aware of that.
    From my experience of them they are unpredictable. I know all dogs are, but with a breed so large & powerful as this is can be dangerous. They can be very protective so if you do get close to it, its not so much you who should be cautious as people you're bringing into your home.. Also IF you're going to get it, do make sure its not nervous.. a nervous german shepherd is never a good thing. I klnow they *can* be lovely, but i still would never trust one - my mother (a veterinary nurse), had a german shepherd, immaculately trained who went into the surgery for years, everyone would make a huge fuss of it and it was lovely - then one day another nurse went to take the lead from its owner, and it went right for her arm - had to go to hospital, got right through to the bone, completely unprovoked. I worked at a wildlife rescue centre where they had 2 rescued german shepherds who would bark their heads off at everyone - lived in the staff room and i was advised to never enter alone! they were lovely once you got in and theyd got used to you.. but they would still run at you and im quite sure one of these days theyre gonna get carried away..
    The breed is prone to hip dysplasia or epilepsy aswell, which don't come cheap so can you actually afford those kind of bills if they should ever be needed?
    Also, you're in 6th form? Are you planning on going to uni - what are you going to do with the dog then? I think its unfair to expect your parents to look after it if its you whos gonna be taking it on.
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    (Original post by foundintransmission)
    That dog is gorgeous, we've had 3 german shepards in my family and I've found them to be excellent dogs. Apart from the last one we got made my parents go into hospital for a good few days.. But other than that, great!

    ED: reading up, if you're only 16 don't get one, they're quite big and hard to look after, if you loose control of a dog of that size, there's not much you can do. Also, Alsations typically have many hip problems [to do with their breeding] and can cause quite expensive veterinary bills. Plus the fact they're massive, so eat loads, more cost. If you haven't had a dog before, I wouldn't recommend them.
    err what!!
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    (Original post by JAgg)
    Nothing is permament yet I havn't even contatced the owner. As for me being 16 years old everyone else in my household is 18~50. Who's going to run it? I'm not the only one out of my family who wants one, my brother will help and so would my dad.

    I also plan to wake up a few hours earlier to walk it if not my dad's always up quite earlly so he would be able to do so.
    This is just it, I'm not coming down against you, I'm just passing on experience.

    I'm an animal lover who knows how much stimulae they need, some breeds are happy to sleep all day and wake up when someone wants their attention and others need to be stimulated.

    This is a decision that needs to be taken by the whole household and not just someone who's brother agrees with him but who'll probably leave home shortly anyway.
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    From my experience of them they are unpredictable. I know all dogs are, but with a breed so large & powerful as this is can be dangerous. They can be very protective so if you do get close to it, its not so much you who should be cautious as people you're bringing into your home.. Also IF you're going to get it, do make sure its not nervous.. a nervous german shepherd is never a good thing. I klnow they *can* be lovely, but i still would never trust one - my mother (a veterinary nurse), had a german shepherd, immaculately trained who went into the surgery for years, everyone would make a huge fuss of it and it was lovely - then one day another nurse went to take the lead from its owner, and it went right for her arm - had to go to hospital, got right through to the bone, completely unprovoked. I worked at a wildlife rescue centre where they had 2 rescued german shepherds who would bark their heads off at everyone - lived in the staff room and i was advised to never enter alone! they were lovely once you got in and theyd got used to you.. but they would still run at you and im quite sure one of these days theyre gonna get carried away..
    The breed is prone to hip dysplasia or epilepsy aswell, which don't come cheap so can you actually afford those kind of bills if they should ever be needed?
    Also, you're in 6th form? Are you planning on going to uni - what are you going to do with the dog then? I think its unfair to expect your parents to look after it if its you whos gonna be taking it on.
    Didn't know going to Uni meant definitely moving out... news to me - the Uni I plan to go to is quite close so I will still be living at home.
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    (Original post by Perfect_Gent)
    This is just it, I'm not coming down against you, I'm just passing on experience.

    I'm an animal lover who knows how much stimulae they need, some breeds are happy to sleep all day and wake up when someone wants their attention and others need to be stimulated.

    This is a decision that needs to be taken by the whole household and not just someone who's brother agrees with him but who'll probably leave home shortly anyway.
    Hmm.. I might arrange a meeting with the owner and the dog and make sure to bring my household.

    Mehh.. I'll see, I mean there is hundreds of breeds out there, I think a bit more research is in need.
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    (Original post by JAgg)
    Hmm.. I might arrange a meeting with the owner and the dog and make sure to bring my household.

    Mehh.. I'll see, I mean there is hundreds of breeds out there, I think a bit more research is in need.
    Cool, don't fall in love with a breed because of how it looks. Talk to a vet, that's the best bit of advice I can give. One, you'll get to know a good vet. Second, you should be able to find the right breed for you and you situation.
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    (Original post by Sarahl89)
    err what!!
    He attacked both my mum and my dad. Had attacked my mum on previous occasions, but when that happened my dad just told the dog to stop chewing up the tv remote and he went for him, I dunno exactly what he did but I know he ripped dads arm open and got my mum when she was trying to pull him off. I just remember running in on the phone to 999 and there was blood all over the floor. We don't even know to this day why the dog just went a bit funny, he was only about a year old too. But yeah. Not a nice experience. I think its kinda put us off german shepards, but we have a new dog now [would you believe] which we got a week later [which i didn't want] cause next door couldn't be arsed with it.
    Anyways, the moral of the story is, we'd had another two of this breed before that one, and he still went and got my dad [who isn't exactly a weed], so even if you do know what you're doing, dogs can turn like that, and when it is such a big, strong breed you have to think carefully before you get one. I know any dog could attack you but chances are, you could drop-kick a westie across a room, not an alsation. But, as I tried to portray, don't let my experience but you off, but let it be a warning, when getting such a large dog [especially if it is a rescue dog, it may have had bad experiences and could lead to it being aggressive, even though my grandparents have one and this has never happened]. Erm yeah. Sorry for the rant, just wanted to let the OP know a bit more.
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    I wouldnt go for a german shepherd for a first dog, i have two and they are both lovely but are very protective and need an experienced handler. Both of mine can be agressive in certain situations and you need to know how to handle it. A puppy might be easier to train from having it, but an older dog with unknown problems might not be the best choice for a first dog. In my opinion german shepherds are the best breed but only if trained right!

    Maybe look at an easier breed, labradors etc?
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    (Original post by madeyoulook)
    I wouldnt go for a german shepherd for a first dog, i have two and they are both lovely but are very protective and need an experienced handler. Both of mine can be agressive in certain situations and you need to know how to handle it. A puppy might be easier to train from having it, but an older dog with unknown problems might not be the best choice for a first dog. In my opinion german shepherds are the best breed but only if trained right!

    Maybe look at an easier breed, labradors etc?
    It's not really what I'm looking for, I'm drawn to German Shepards due to their intelligence, loyalty and protectiveness. I can't really imagine myself with any other dog... mabye a husky?
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    (Original post by JAgg)
    It's not really what I'm looking for, I'm drawn to German Shepards due to their intelligence, loyalty and protectiveness. I can't really imagine myself with any other dog... mabye a husky?
    huskys shouldn't really be kept on their own. they're very much a pack dog.

    have you thought about a staffy? they're much smaller, though still powerful and have all the other qualities you're looking for. cocker/springer spaniels are good as well, lovely dogs.
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    (Original post by death.drop)
    huskys shouldn't really be kept on their own. they're very much a pack dog.

    have you thought about a staffy? they're much smaller, though still powerful and have all the other qualities you're looking for. cocker/springer spaniels are good as well, lovely dogs.
    My mother isn't really fond of Staffys as she doesn't like the way they look >_> and if I were to get one a dog everyone must agree on the same breed. My friend has a husky and he is kept with no other pet. Anyone else care to provide some information on Huskys?
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    How about Japanese Akitas? My friend two japanese akita puppys they're so awesome.
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    (Original post by JAgg)
    My mother isn't really fond of Staffys as she doesn't like the way they look >_> and if I were to get one a dog everyone must agree on the same breed. My friend has a husky and he is kept with no other pet. Anyone else care to provide some information on Huskys?
    a lot of people do keep them on their own, I was just told by my friend who's a dog trainer that pack dogs are much happier when kept with other dogs, it's why we didn't get a beagle harrier.

    just found this, hope it helps

    Who Should Not Own A Siberian Husky Dog?

    * People with cats or small dogs - Siberian husky dogs have a strong prey drive, and can thus be aggressive to small dogs, cats, children, and other small animals. Older children are not a problem, but people with infants or toddlers would be wise not to trust a Siberian Husky near them.

    * Inexperienced dog owners - Siberian huskies are very intelligent dogs, and can be somewhat stubborn. Because they were bred to perform tasks with less human control, they are very in dependant. They can be hard to train, especially with the "Come" command.

    Siberian Husky dogs are always looking for signs of weakness, so owners need to maintain the dominant position, without being overbearing. They can become very difficult to own if you don't do this. Siberian husky dogs should be trained from a puppy.

    * People living in apartments, houses with no fenced yards, or houses with small yards - Siberian huskies love to be outdoors. They were bred to pull heavily laden sleds over long, frozen distances. So they have a strong capacity for endurance, and a lot of energy. They love to run and roam. Apartment living does not give them enough scope to exercise, and in winter, when we warm ourselves up with heaters and fires, they may find it too hot if they have to stay indoors.

    Because Siberian huskies love to roam, they need a good, fenced yard. Otherwise they will go for miles. Fencing needs to be very secure, as they are intelligent enough to find a way out. Small yards, whilst at least providing huskies with a chance to go outdoors, will not enable them to get enough exercise. That restless energy could then be expressed in somewhat disruptive and mischievous ways.

    * The elderly and disabled - Although this is not intrinsically a problem, Siberian Husky dogs are very active and energetic. They need owners who can both keep up with them, and take them for long walks - or runs. Siberian Huskies love to run, and make great jogging partners, as long as the weather is not too warm. They find warmer weather tougher because their coats are so thick.

    * People looking for a watchdog - Although Siberian huskies are a large breed dog, they don't make good watchdogs. They tend to exit stage left at the first sign of trouble.

    * Someone who wants a quiet dog - Beautiful as they are, Siberian husky dogs are not quiet. Whilst they don't bark much, they howl and yelp similar to a wolf. Unless you have a large property, or don't mind this chattering, another dog breed may be more appropriate.
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    It's not really what I'm looking for, I'm drawn to German Shepards due to their intelligence, loyalty and protectiveness. I can't really imagine myself with any other dog... mabye a husky?
    A husky in most pet homes is an almost guarenteed disaster. They are a very specialised breed and are not for the inexperienced. They are also about as loyal and protective as a cardboard box.

    Again a gsd is not a breed for the inexperienced and I would advise strongly against going for one as a first time dog.

    There are a fair few breeds that I am dying to own one day but I recognise that for now, even with having owned three dogs already, I am way too inexperienced to properly satisfy their needs.

    Intellegence and drive in a dog is great but unless you have the knowledge and time required to harness, satisfy and control that intellegence and drive then things can go very very badly wrong. Get it wrong with a large intellegent breed and you could potentially face an extremely noisy, an extremely destructive and/or an extremely aggressive animal with the ability to cause extreme injury or, in the worst case scenario, kill. Think of it this way - you'd be stupid to go and race around in a ferrari before you'd even learnt to drive.

    When choosing a breed looks should be your last consideration, they don't really matter. For a first dog then you don't want to go for anything too challenging but bear in mind that ALL dogs are hard work and reqire time, money and comittment. Why not adopt from a rescue centre? They will be able to advise you on what dog would suit you best and should be able to match you to a suitable one.
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    (Original post by JAgg)
    It's not really what I'm looking for, I'm drawn to German Shepards due to their intelligence, loyalty and protectiveness. I can't really imagine myself with any other dog... mabye a husky?

    I would strongly suggest you do not go for a husky, more work than a german shepherd.

    Some things to think about before going for a german shepherd.
    They shed hair, lots and lots of it, our house is covered and needs hoovering at least once a day.
    They need alot of excerise, at least an hour in my opinion, and also need mental stimulation. If you arnt in the house alot then a gs proberbly isn't for you as they need quite alot of keeping busy.
    They are very loyal and protective, which i believe is a good point, if you can cope with the barking when people knock on the door etc. Again you can proberbly train them not to if you know how.
    They are BIG dogs, and need to be kept under control at all times, which means they need to be trained properly.

    Apart from that though my german shepherds are the best dogs i have ever had, i got my first aged about 12 and managed to train him myself to the point where he is very well behaved.

    If you really want a german shepherd and you have someone to help you, and have the time and patience to take it to some kind of dog training classes to make sure it is trained properly then it could be possible? Especially if parents etc have had dogs before then surely they can help?
    I would suggest you do go for a puppy though and not a rescue with potential problems!:yep:
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    Siberian Huskies and Japanese Akitas are far harder as a first dog than German Shepherds.
    Also, if you like the temperament of German Shepherds then those other two breeds are very different in character (i.e. much more independent in nature).

    Personally, I would be suspicious of whether the person advertising the dog for re-homing is being entirely truthful. They may not be being honest about any behavioural problems the dog has. I would want to be able to visit the dog at it's home and try taking it for a walk (with the owner there as well) to see what it was like.
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    (Original post by brak3n)
    Siberian Huskies and Japanese Akitas are far harder as a first dog than German Shepherds.
    Also, if you like the temperament of German Shepherds then those other two breeds are very different in character (i.e. much more independent in nature).

    Personally, I would be suspicious of whether the person advertising the dog for re-homing is being entirely truthful. They may not be being honest about any behavioural problems the dog has. I would want to be able to visit the dog at it's home and try taking it for a walk (with the owner there as well) to see what it was like.
    Yeah I will defenently go see the dog etc before. I might just wait till I'm older to get a German Shepard even though I would LOVE one now...
 
 
 
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