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Author Topic: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy  (Read 1580 times)

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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2017, 08:47:54 AM »
GSP can do all this they are a hipper breed and require a lot of running. Gunner is a very smart dog and learns quickly, I sent him to obedience training for a month and he came back awesome. Beat family pet I have had since I was a kid. He does shed but it's fine short hair so it's not as notice lie as my daughters German Shepard Lab mix now that is a shedding dog.
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #31 on: September 03, 2017, 11:54:03 AM »
russ- shorthairs are great dogs. they do need to be reeled in though. they are a hyper bunch.

they also are subject to heart worm. we lost a couple before we knew what it was. a quick pill takes care of that.

they are always ready to go. great pointers. good retrievers. great noses. if you are going to be in water, you need to start them early. we only had one that liked water. that was our fault 

we have a golden retriever now. the difference is night and day. shorthairs have a lot of energy. i was surprised metalman's stayed around in the video. ours loved to roam

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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #32 on: September 03, 2017, 03:17:48 PM »
Russcat, A GSP is a good choice.  The other breed I've been thinking about is a Vizla.  I had never heard of them before, but a bunch of years ago I went out to Kansas pheasant hunting with an old friend, and another guy was there with his Vizla pup - maybe 8 months old at most, and his first hunt.  That little guy was great, full of enthusiasm but did a pretty good job.  He pointed a couple for us and attempted to retrieve, but a crippled rooster gave him a good challenge until one of us got to him & put a little twist on his neck.  If they're all like that little guy was, I'd gladly take one.
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #33 on: September 03, 2017, 08:33:48 PM »

Russcat, A GSP is a good choice.  The other breed I've been thinking about is a Vizla.  I had never heard of them before, but a bunch of years ago I went out to Kansas pheasant hunting with an old friend, and another guy was there with his Vizla pup - maybe 8 months old at most, and his first hunt.  That little guy was great, full of enthusiasm but did a pretty good job.  He pointed a couple for us and attempted to retrieve, but a crippled rooster gave him a good challenge until one of us got to him & put a little twist on his neck.  If they're all like that little guy was, I'd gladly take one.
My childhood best friends family raised vizlas!  Yes they are great dogs.  And they do it all too. Thanks for the reminder of this breed.

If they are roamers that may be a problem. I live very close to a crazy busy highway.  That won't work.
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #34 on: September 04, 2017, 07:04:57 AM »
Russcat it all in the training and how much love they get. Gunner thinks he's a lap dog and is very attached to my wife and I he pouts and mopes when we not there or another dog is around. He loves to walk beside us and will sit or heel when ever we tell him now that we spent the time in training. He the best behaved dog I have had. Now when he was young a toy or dish towel didn't stand a chance. Oh and he hates beds he destroys everyone he has had.
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #35 on: September 04, 2017, 07:51:30 AM »
russ- metal is exactly right. when i was a kid, my dad didn't spend any time training. he just expected the dogs to know what to do and if they didn't, he'd beat the heck out of them. it was terrible.

when i said 'roamer', a lot of the problem was training. they have great noses. if ours caught a scent, they were gone.

i didn't want to sway you away from GSP. if i still bird hunted, it would be my #1 choice. i just couldn't keep a bird hunter at home when i bow hunted. but i would have trained mine very well
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #36 on: September 04, 2017, 08:33:10 AM »

Russcat it all in the training and how much love they get. Gunner thinks he's a lap dog and is very attached to my wife and I he pouts and mopes when we not there or another dog is around. He loves to walk beside us and will sit or heel when ever we tell him now that we spent the time in training. He the best behaved dog I have had. Now when he was young a toy or dish towel didn't stand a chance. Oh and he hates beds he destroys everyone he has had.
What is it with beds?  My lab had done the same thing.  I hate seeing them sleep on concrete. But my labs have always shredded their beds too. Every bed.
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #37 on: September 04, 2017, 08:35:14 AM »

russ- metal is exactly right. when i was a kid, my dad didn't spend any time training. he just expected the dogs to know what to do and if they didn't, he'd beat the heck out of them. it was terrible.

when i said 'roamer', a lot of the problem was training. they have great noses. if ours caught a scent, they were gone.

i didn't want to sway you away from GSP. if i still bird hunted, it would be my #1 choice. i just couldn't keep a bird hunter at home when i bow hunted. but i would have trained mine very well

I believe in the training too.  Spend the time and if needed the expense up front to get the full long term benefits of the dog.  Those who don't train are missing out.
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #38 on: September 04, 2017, 11:37:11 AM »
Russcat make sure and not spoil your GSP just saying.


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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #39 on: September 04, 2017, 11:50:35 AM »
metal- that looks like the last GSP my folks had. i lived there while i was building my house and TROUBLE was just a pup. every night she went to sleep on my lap. even when she grew up, every time i would visit and sit on the floor she would climb on my lap to the day she passed away. she was a lover. the sad thing was she never got to hunt. it was a waste of a great dog IMO, but i still enjoyed every minute w/ her. she was the only dog the folks ever let in the house. spoiled rotten
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2017, 08:17:48 PM »

Russcat make sure and not spoil your GSP just saying.


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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #41 on: September 06, 2017, 05:17:49 AM »
Metalman - Who has been training who....LOL...great pictures of Gunner!!!
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #42 on: September 06, 2017, 06:30:22 PM »
Everybody needs a lapwarmer now and then.  I chose poorly though in the past and had a couple of Newfoundlands - if they crawled in your lap you couldn't feel your toes after a couple of minutes.  Was best to keep those guys on the floor if possible.  Good looking pup Metalman!
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #43 on: September 26, 2017, 06:40:21 AM »
I don't know how this post got by me... I'm the victim of owning a GSP. By far, head and shoulders, above any "hunting" dog I've owned. Probably the best family pet we've had and I've churned through a bunch of them. I've had weimeraners, labs, labs, labs, labs, labs, shitzus (not mine, the wife), beagles, fiests, and more labs. The lab is hard to beat, but the drive and determination out of "Murphy" and then the loving afterwards is by far the greatest I've seen. I train myself, and this is probably the smartest dog I've ever owned. I was such a sucker for it, we decided he needed a buddy and got "Miller" about a month ago.
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Re: Getting a German Shorthair Puppy
« Reply #44 on: September 26, 2017, 01:02:23 PM »
you will have fun for years to come w/ that duo. they are tough to beat
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