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Your posts about those silly dog training Face…

Your posts about those silly dog training Facebook groups make me worry a little. As someone who has a passing interest in German Shepherds and would consider adopting one in the future, do you know anywhere I could be directed to for accurate information on their proper training and care? (Sorry if this is presumptuous of me, feel free to ignore if this ask is annoying to you)

I would generally avoid any ‘big’ group (the ones I’m in have 100-200k members) unless you’re just there to look at photos of other dogs. 

 It might depend on the area you’re in but there are groups for responsible breeding/how to find responsible breeders (I’m in one for Western Canada but there’s probably more depending on where you are). It’s geared for all breeds but lots of GSD breeders/members there.

Another good GSD group I’ve joined is called ‘We’re fit not fat, remember that (gsd)’ focused mostly on fitness and keeping GSD’s healthy 

A lot of the groups tend to lean heavily one way or another in regards to training. Either purely positive, or balanced training. It depends on what you’re looking for. I don’t join groups for training info since everyone seems to have a certain standard for what they think is acceptable so you get a lot of different opinions and misinformation (but could be helpful if you’re stuck and looking for different views)

One resource I used a lot over the past years is the GSD forums https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ by lurking and reading threads there. You sort of have to take away from groups/forums what you can; there will always be people disagreeing, or have strong opinions and everyone has different beliefs when it comes to dog training/care but there are some knowledgeable breeders on there and it’s more anti backyard breeder/puppy mill.

http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/german_shepherd_dog/community.html Pedigree Database might be of some help though it doesn’t seem as active 

Dog Health Issues (on FB) I found fairly helpful when discussing with other members what to ask my vet about Kilo when he was sick. 

Sorry I’m not a lot of help! I haven’t really found general GSD groups that are really good, apart from the fitness one above. I don’t join a lot on FB and it’s mostly for interesting things to read (IE entertainment and to keep up with dog issues in the news) I’ve found Instagram a lot less drama filled than FB if you’re in the GSD community but it can be hard to find people to follow if you’re new to it. But it can give you info on the day to day life with a GSD and I’ve found people on there very helpful if you have questions.

Perhaps my followers can help recommend some?

Do you have pictures with your dog in the boot…

Do you have pictures with your dog in the boots?

These are the Ruffwear Grip Trex boots! She has boot liners on as well. I only have two at the moment but it really helped especially the climb down. 

Is your mom's puppy going to be bigger th…

Is your mom's puppy going to be bigger than bjorn?

Probably. She’s Great Pyranees/Maremma. I think Bjorn weighs more than her but she seems bigger right now, probably all her fluff lol 

I came across your blog from handsomedogs (the…

I came across your blog from handsomedogs (the picture recently posted of Bjorn) and I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for your loss. Kilo was a beautiful pup. Also Bjorn is just adorable.

Thank you anon <3

I&rsquo;m so so sorry to hear about Kilo… yo…

I’m so so sorry to hear about Kilo… you’re both in my thoughts

Thank you <3

this is a dumb ask but going back through some…

this is a dumb ask but going back through some of your Kilo posts made me feel better about losing my beloved cat many years ago. I didn't know she had cancer until it was Too Late, and though I don't have a definitive diagnosis it was probably hemangiosarcoma. I have felt terrible that I didn't catch it earlier, but maybe there was nothing that could have been done… anyway, I wish comfort + healing for you, and best wishes for a long happy life with new puppy and your other animal companions.

Hi anon, so sorry for your loss. Cancer is frustrating enough as it is and with our pets it seems there are so few options for any treatment. Especially with HSA even when caught early there’s not much you can do since it’s in the blood vessels and spreads so easily. Sometimes we can do everything and it isn’t enough. Thank you for your kind message, I hope you are doing well 

Bjorn looks like he's gonna be big when h…

Bjorn looks like he's gonna be big when he's grown up!

I think he will probably be similar to how big Kilo was. His breeder thought he would be bigger as well. We will see! 

so did he come with the name bjorn or did you …

so did he come with the name bjorn or did you choose it? It's different!

He came with the name, his registered name is Bjorn vom Ulfheim. I liked it and it suited him so well so I just kept it haha. Bjorn means ‘bear’. I think the rest of the litter had Old Norse names starting with B too. 

I&rsquo;d honestly wait to pick up Kilo&rsquo;…

I’d honestly wait to pick up Kilo’s ashes. We looked after my cousin’s dachshund for most of her life and when it came her time to go, I put off picking up her ashes for almost a month. Don’t rush your grief, it will only make the grieving moments harder.

Thank you I will wait and get them another day. 

I don&rsquo;t know how I missed that Kilo had …

I don’t know how I missed that Kilo had passed, I guess I was just off tumblr at times you were on. I’m so, so sorry for your loss. I don’t know if it helps to know that other people are crying for Kilo, but I am. I hope your pain eases soon and I’m so sorry.

Thank you