|Barked: Sun Oct 4, '09 5:19pm PST |
|Welcome! Once you have a GSP, you will probably always have a GSP. They are a fantastic breed. You are right, they are great with kids. I grew up with our first GSP and we've had one ever since. I cannot imagine life without one, or two, or three.
I'd be very careful about letting her off leash. Teaching the "leave it" command is an excellent idea, but your dog should also have a solid recall. Most GSPs will take off after small animals and some have such strong drives (like my girl, Cali) that they won't even hear you calling them to come back! It's not impossible, but it will take a lot of hard work and consistency.
You have a beautiful dog. Good luck with her and if you have any questions, let us fellow GSPs know!
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