If you know my husband and I then you know, we’re always up for a challenge. We got a dog before we were married. We are chasing dreams of debt free living AND buying a farm, all at once. We work full time jobs, have a baby, run a small business and my husband is in school. We also have 2 dogs, Saban and Sadie. Saban in the sweet, energetic Shorthaired Pointer. He is kind during the day and a fierce protector at night. He never stops between the hours of 6am -8pm and would go for his own jog around the neighborhood every morning and every evening if we let him. So how do we live with a shortaired pointer in a neighborhood?
Lots, and LOTS of exercise! These dogs love to exercise. He runs what feels like 24×7. He loves to play, swim, jump, and eat everything that he’s not supposed to. Neighbor threw out some bones that they ate a week ago? Not a problem for him. Visiting a friends house and unbeknownst to them there’s a dead animal in their backyard. He’s not picky. So as you can see, these curious, entergetic dogs are hard to control. They want love and attention but also are stubborn as they come so you need to make sure you are firm and stronger than them but also sensitive to their soft personalities.
- Exercise. I used to run with my pointer every morning and then throw the ball with him every night but quickly learned that, that wasn’t enough. Then I moved to also walking him on lunch breaks but he could still run circles around me all day long. So I settled on letting him roam the backyard during the entire workday. I him out first thing in the morning. Get him food and water, check the yard, and usually throw the ball with him for a while then leave him to run and play and enjoy the backyard while I’m gone.
- Good Quality Food. I remember when I first got him I didn’t know any better and fed him cheap dog food. I thought that it would be fine, after-all “he’s a dog, they eat anything” I thought. Then he’d have issues with needing to use the bathroom multiple times a day or throwing his food back up and we quickly learned the value of paying for a pricier alternative. Good dog food goes a long way with a GSP. They are high energy, highly athletic dogs and need a food that can keep up and keep them fueled throughout the day.
- A Friend. I can’t speak for every GSP out there but their breed standard is very social and very interested in always being with their “pack”. Saban is no different. Left alone (or even indoors) for any length of time will mean barking, crying, or destruction. He needs socialization. For us, that meant getting him a dog friend, for others that may mean enrolling in doggie daycare or taking your GSP everywhere you go. Whatever you do, just remember that your GSP is probably a social butterfly and will hate being left alone for any length of time.
I realize that every GSP is different and while maybe some of this may be true for you doesn’t mean that it will all be true. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy your German Shorthaired Pointer for many years to come.