About the German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
German Shepherd Dogs are a powerful, intelligent, strong-willed breed and are not the best dog for every family. Nor are they the best dog for everyone to get their first real dog experience with. However, if you are committed and able to devote time to educate yourself about their requirements, and provide adequate exercise and training, a German Shepherd Dog can be an excellent addition to your family.
- Is the German Shepherd Dog (GSD) Right for You? – List of the "Top 10 Reasons Why a German Shepherd Dog May NOT be the Dog for You".
- Children and Dogs – If you have children or if children visit your home, you MUST understand the potential for a dog bite to happen - with ANY dog. Find out what to consider when dogs and children interact and how to keep both dogs and children safe.
- Is a Rescue German Shepherd Right for You? – Dogs rescued from shelters are under-trained and often under-socialized. New families must spend extra time and energy to supervise and manage their new rescue dog until they have it adequately trained. A smaller, calmer breed may be best for families with children 7 years and under, frail people, or small pets.
- Thinking About Getting Your First German Shepherd? – Read about what you can expect when you have a German Shepherd dog.
- When You Bring Your New Dog Home – What you and your dog will need when you bring your new dog home from Golden State German Shepherd Rescue.
- After You Bring Your New Dog Home - The Adjustment Period – What to expect during the first days and weeks after you bring your new dog home, including a list of common signs of stress seen during the adjustment period.
- What a GSD Is or Is Not – A quick look at the temperament of a GSD
- Considerations for Seniors with Pets – Benefits to seniors of having pets and getting ready to adopt or foster one