So…after a lot of back and forth and looking at this breeder and that breeder and meeting litters, I have made a deposit on a male from a litter that I have anticipated for a year. I know a couple of adult dogs from this breeder and love their temperaments.
This will be my first full working line pup. I am hoping to do some rally and nose work and would like to work on therapy dog skills. I am teaching in a partial hospitalization program for ages 12-17 and the company had plans for pet therapy, but confidentiality made it impossible to bring in someone from outside. So I am hoping that my pup can fill that spot. I have the idea of training for comfort skills…a sit or down next to someone who is having a hard time in class or in group (I have two classes a day, each class has 10-11 kids and lasts 90 minutes, so in theory I would have plenty of time for potty breaks, etc. and I would get a professional to help with training).
The breeder will pick the best match for me, given my needs (including the therapy dog goal). There are four males in this litter, so I am hoping that one of them will be a match.
I am super excited to have another GSD, and super stressed about having a puppy again. My husband is not pleased, but I know my heart.
Any tips on how to deal with a pup and training and still have time to ride 3-4 days a week?