I love GSDs & have wanted one for... at least 12 years now. I'm going on 26. I am more of a shy & nervous person & I'm trying to work on that! Trying to not get worked up about stuff & worry so much... go with the flow... build my confidence. I'm also in the Veterinary field & at my current job - no one likes Shepherds. Literally no one. Whenever I see one & get all excited or if I talk about owning one some day, they roll their eyes & scoff like - "psht yeah right pussey girl. You're dog will be extra psychotic with YOU as an owner..." Some of them even say "you're too nervous & anxious. You shouldn't own a Shepherd. It will just be an asshole."
Any tips/tricks to properly raise one? Any ideas how I can work on myself, as well as the dog/puppy? (Both prior to getting one & after I actually get one... if I do...) Any books/articles I can read?
Suggestions on how to deal with coworkers & friends/family?
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I found your question by accident earlier because I have German Shepherd news set up on my phone. I've signed up just to answer your question and I write this as my first ever German Shepherd puppy plays around my feet.
Please listen to this carefully: Follow your dreams. If you want a German Shepherd puppy, go and purchase a German Shepherd puppy. The only advice I will give you is this - Please find a reputable breeder who has done the appropriate tests on the hip/elbow scores of the dam and sire.
As for the comments being directed at you from you co-workers and other people, please rise above it. I'm a nervous person, too. Severely anxious and depressed at times, and I decided to buy a puppy to help me grow as a person. Of course that wasn't the only reason, but I can tell you now it's been a huge learning curve for me.
My puppy is now 13-weeks-old and the easiest part of his training was housetraining him. He can also sit, give me both his paws, bark on command, lay down, wait /stay, watch me, etc. He can also follow all these commands with strictly hand commands. He is hugely rewarding but also draining. There was even a time when I broke down crying through of lack of sleep and stress. I wouldn't swap him for the world, though.
German Shepherds are enormous work and please believe you have the confidence in you to raise him the correct way. Remember you're a strong pack leader, make your puppy sit and wait before every meal, socialise him well and you will have a friend for the remainder of his/her life.
Go ahead, buy your puppy and prove the people around you wrong. Go grow as a person and a year from now I'm sure you'll be amazed at how much you've grown.1
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