What is wrong with your german shepherd? You say that he has the runs and I was wondering if the vet explained to you what the reason for that is? I am genuinely concerned.... Sounds like it's a long term problem as you have said that until this problem is cleared he will have to stay outside. I am not going to judge you and you do sound as though you love your dog but german shepherds have as much right to be an indoor dog as any poodle mixes. Make sure that any other dog that you bring into your home is introduced to the german shepherd under supervision and don't leave them alone unsupervised at first as the consequences could be tragic, I am only generalising here as I don't know the level of socialisation that your shepherd has received but nevertheless it's best to take the introduction step by step until they get acquainted and I know that it's hard not to go overboard with devoting more attention to the newcomer but being an intelligent dog the shepherd is likely to notice this and resent the new dog and jealousy is not displayed in the best of ways in the canine world. Make sure you give your shepherd as much attention as ever, it wouldn't be fair to neglect him in favour of a new dog. I am a little concerned as you seem to regard the german shepherd dog as an outside dog and a cockapoo as an indoor dog, all dogs irrespective of their size or breed should be made to be a part of the family. I own a german shepherd and he sleeps on the bed with me and he is such a smooch and when visitors come with their small pooches, he would be seen lying on the ground covered in smaller dogs, they seem to think that he makes a very warm and comfortable mattress and he doesn't mind a bit.
***Edited By: Ruby on 5/9/2006 5:33:56 AM*** Reason: added.