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Old 03-20-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hate to finally have to post this, but I must. Sadly, my 2 year old has become increasingly upset every time my dog comes near her. I don't know why, she's FAR from aggressive and is only trying to lick her, but alas, child > dog. So I'm looking for a new home for her. She's a pure bred GS, already "fixed", big floppy ears, ~70lbs and in great health. She's got TONS of energy. So, if you live in the city, forget about it. She LOVES the snow + being outside. Heck, some days she doesn't want to come inside. If you need a watchdog, shes it. She's even scared my brother away. Her bark is quite loud + scary, but don't worry she lacks bite...

Family isn't happy about this, but think its the right thing to do. If you're interested, please let me know.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:28 PM   #2
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If you don't mind some advice, I suggest that before you give up the dog you try to figure out why your kid is getting upset. She may be just a little intimidated by the dog's size and energy.
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:06 AM   #3
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How is your German Shephard with other dogs ?
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:11 AM   #4
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If you don't mind some advice, I suggest that before you give up the dog you try to figure out why your kid is getting upset. She may be just a little intimidated by the dog's size and energy.
This may be true. On the other hand, many times dogs resent the attention that a new born receives, and become intensely jealous of these rivals for their masters attention. I would not encourage leaving the kid and the dog alone together.
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:55 AM   #5
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Man.... this one is hard. I love GS more than any othe dog. John, i also suggest trying to figure it out. Don't give up the dog man... if possible.
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:46 AM   #6
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Oh man my worst nightmare. To echo the sentiment try to give it a chance. How long has this been the situation? Is this new i.e. passing phase or....?

Keep us updated and contact the G.S. national breed club. Often they can help with placements if it comes to that. Also if the dog isn't getting it's energy out everyday that's the first step to keeping him in your family.

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Old 03-21-2007, 07:07 AM   #7
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If giving away the dog completely does not work out maybe try temporary home elsewhere. Past three years it seems most dogs calm down. My dog, a pug, was wild until age 3 including even pulling diapers off children. Around age 3 he resided to sleeping most of his days away. Also the fear at 2 yrs old may pass as reasoning builds up.

Sorry about your situation. Hope it works for the best.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:33 AM   #8
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Maybe try going to a dog training class with the kid or asking an obedience school for advice before getting rid of the dog.
My 3yr old decided one day that he was afraid of dogs after having no problem with them for years. We took him to a friends house who has a 3yr old female GS and he got over it within a few minutes of being there.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:42 AM   #9
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Don't take the easy way out, John. This type of situation happens a million times around the world. There are ways to teach any dog to be obedient and calm around children. It's more a matter of being obedient and calm in general. If the dog has tons of energy then you're not giving her the exercise she needs. If no one has time to walk the dog for a half hour every day, then bring her to a doggy day care; that will wear her down. When she's worn down is when you get your child to interact with the dog. Then she'll get used to it.

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Old 03-21-2007, 01:08 PM   #10
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How is your German Shephard with other dogs ?
She's fine. Just gets a little rambuctious(sp?) sometimes. Quite a good temperment too, just alittle jumpy. My older daughter used to feed her out of her hand when we first got her so she has 0 aggressiveness to children.

Thanks for all the info guys, believe me, it's not an easy decision...
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:10 PM   #11
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I would not encourage leaving the kid and the dog alone together.
they're alone all the time. again, 0 aggressiveness. She's always trying to lick her face and my daughter isn't really happy about that.
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I say, sell the daughter on Ebay and keep the dog.
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:29 PM   #13
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:35 PM   #14
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I say, sell the daughter on Ebay and keep the dog.
Just wrong, but I still had to laugh...

Good luck with this. I love German Shephards, but we're not really in a position to take in a dog right now.
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:52 PM   #15
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Sadly..the family says no to dog #2, or i'd be all over this like a hobo on a ham sammich...
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Hey John... is our 2/3 of an acre in G-town enough? Possible to set up a meet-and-great to see if our dog and Greta sniff bums amicably?

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I love dogs. Kids? Meh, they're ok.
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:32 PM   #18
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Fitzy, thats a possibility. She just needs a place to run. She's got TONS of energy! Very jumpy. A real man's dog. She listens to me, but not the wife. I need to make sure the wifey is on board here before I take another step...
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Dude... it's a traumatic situation. Go as slow as you like and if you find someone who has 40+ acres, please, by all means tell me to go screw.

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My parents had a similar situation when I was little- but it was because I developed a nasty allergy to dogs. My mother said she almost gave me up instead of the shepherd.

They wound up giving him to a place that trained police dogs.
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My parents had a similar situation when I was little- but it was because I developed a nasty allergy to dogs. My mother said she almost gave me up instead of the shepherd.

They wound up giving him to a place that trained police dogs.
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my dad and I have 95 acres out in Hampden, MA and unfortunately our dog was shot and killed by a hunter last winter, she was an amazing dog, half shepard mix.

we did catch the guy though, and he is in big time s**t, we are looking for a new dog though and I'm sorry about your situation with your daughter that Greta isn't working out, but maybe we can talk about adopting her.
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