Anyone considering making a GSP part of their family must consider the HIGH ENERGY needs of the breed. They require stimulating exercise on a daily basis and consistent obedience training. Do not expect a dog that just lies around. If their energy needs are not met, they can become destructive in the house. MOST GSPs are surrendered to us because of their high energy level. In many of those cases the family brought a GSP into their lives without fully understanding the exercise requirements of the breed. Consequently, they could not meet those needs & sought our help in placing the dog in a new home. GSPs are a hunting breed with HIGH PREY DRIVES. They can become easily distracted and chase squirrels, birds and other small animals. Thus, GSPs are not particularly reliable off leash and are best in a home with secure fencing. GSPs also love to be close to their families and do not do well in homes when they are left alone for excessively long periods of time each day. Ideal placements are with families who can provide the animal with love, attention, training, daily exercise and most importantly make him a part of their every day lives.
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for additional information on the breed to help you determine whether or not this breed is right for you.