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Are there any particular behaviors associated with the breed that owners should be aware of?

Hi everyone,

I am considering adopting a puppy and have been researching different breeds. I am interested in a specific breed but would like to know if there are any particular behaviors associated with them that I should be aware of as a potential owner. I want to make sure I am prepared for the responsibilities that come with owning this breed before making a final decision.

Any insights or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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sheller

Hi there,

I have owned two German Shepherds in my lifetime and they are both very different in their behaviors. My first dog had a tendency to be very protective of our home and family which led to some behavioral issues. He would become agitated and overly aggressive towards strangers, even visitors we had over on a regular basis. It took a lot of socialization and training to help him feel comfortable and confident around new people.

My second dog was much easier to train and more social. She was always eager to please and loved being around people. However, she did have a lot of energy and needed a lot of exercise and play time to keep her from getting bored and anxious. As others have said, German Shepherds are incredibly intelligent dogs and require a lot of stimulation to keep them happy.

Overall, I would say that German Shepherds can be great pets if you have the time and energy to devote to them. They are incredibly loyal and protective dogs, but they do require a lot of work in terms of training and socialization. If you are up for the task, they can be wonderful companions for many years to come.

tfarrell

Hi there,

I used to own a German Shepherd when I was younger, and they are definitely one of the most loyal and protective breeds out there. However, my experience with my dog was a bit different than user 1's.

While my German Shepherd was very intelligent and trainable, she also had a tendency to be anxious and nervous around new people and situations. This often manifested in behaviors like barking excessively or pulling on the leash during walks. It took a fair amount of work to help her overcome these behaviors, and it required a lot of patience and understanding on my part.

Additionally, as others have mentioned, German Shepherds require a lot of exercise and attention. They thrive on human interaction and need to feel like they are part of a pack, so leaving them alone for long periods of time is not ideal. When I was a kid, we had a big backyard and I was able to play with my dog often, but if you live in an apartment or have a busy schedule, a German Shepherd may not be the best fit for you.

All that said, they are truly amazing dogs and I wouldn't trade my experience with my German Shepherd for anything. Just be aware of their specific needs and personalities before deciding to adopt one.

lorine.sanford

Hey, I actually have personal experience with the breed you're interested in! I have a two-year-old German Shepherd and while he is the love of my life, there are some behaviors that owners should definitely be aware of.

Firstly, German Shepherds are very high energy dogs and require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. They love to run and play, so having a big backyard or taking them to a dog park or on long walks is important. If they don't get enough exercise, they can become destructive and disobedient.

Another thing to note is that they can be very protective of their owners and homes. This can be great for security purposes, but it also means that they may react aggressively towards strangers or other animals if they feel threatened. They are very loyal dogs and will do anything to protect their family.

Lastly, German Shepherds are incredibly intelligent and require consistent training and positive reinforcement. If they are not trained properly, they can become stubborn and difficult to handle. However, if trained correctly, they can be the most obedient and well-behaved dogs around.

Overall, I highly recommend German Shepherds as they are incredibly loving, loyal and intelligent dogs - but it's important to be aware of their specific needs and behaviors before adopting one.

okshlerin

Hi everyone,

My experience with German Shepherds has been nothing but positive. I have owned two of these dogs, and they have been some of the most loyal and intelligent pets I have ever had.

One thing I would like to add to this discussion is the importance of early socialization when it comes to German Shepherds. My first German Shepherd was not very well socialized when we got him, and it took a lot of work to get him comfortable around new people and dogs. We enrolled him in a puppy training class and made sure to expose him to a variety of different people and situations from a young age. This helped him become a more well-rounded and confident dog, and he was much more social as a result.

Additionally, I would say that German Shepherds can be very sensitive and need a lot of positive reinforcement. Harsh training methods or punishment can make them anxious and scared, so positive reinforcement is key when it comes to training them.

Overall, I would definitely recommend German Shepherds to anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort to properly train and socialize them. They are amazing and loyal pets that can bring a lot of joy and happiness into your life if you take the time to properly care for them.

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