New GSD owner with various questions!

by Kameinu
(Puerto Rico)

Well..not THAT new. I've had my GSD's for about 3 months now. My first question may seem like a rather stupid one, but the thing is, I've never really had a female dog before.. at about what age do female GSD's go through heat? I want to get an idea so I can estimate when I can have my girl fixed during a period that I have the money to pay for the procedure.

Another question, how long does it take for GSD's to reach their full size? A fellow GSD owner told me it takes about a year. But is it the same for male and female dogs? (Asking cause I also got a male GSD).

And girl has this obsession with jumping around when she's excited, any tips on how to control this behavior? Thankfully I have to do nothing about the boy, he's quite calm and I've had male dogs my entire life.

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Jan 12, 2010
by: Anonymous

I was advised to NOT spay your bitch until after her first heat. My girl went into season at 6 month then I had to wait 3 months after that to have her fixed. THey say to let her have season so that her hormones adjust and to wait 3 month after for her hormones etc. to settle back down. Hope this helps, it's hard finding a good Vet let me tell you.

Dec 22, 2009
by: Kirby

Kirby used to jump/excited to greet people at the door. An authoritative 'DOWN!' especially with refusing to reward affection until s/he obeys worked for me.

Dec 01, 2009
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by: Debbie

1) Normally, female GSDs that haven't already been spayed can come into their first heat cycle anywhere from the ages of eight months or so up to about 15 months but it can vary from dog to dog. The earlier you have the procedure done the better for your dog health wise however.

2) TYPICALLY MALES CAN BE CONSIDERED FULL GROWN AROUND (sorry for the caps - I'm not shouting) the ages of 2.5 to 3 years old and a female around 2 to 2.5 years of age.

3) Jumping can be very typical especially in a happy and excited dog (males do it too). Get your puppy(ies) into some sort of training as soon as you can to help learn how to discourage this behavior. Good luck

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