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Old 08-03-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Question 2 Questions: Will I manage to be a dog owner? and what dog breed is best for me?

Hi!
This forum seem like a great place to ask my questions about dogs, I hope you could help me out with.

Just two questions:

1. Will I manage to be a dog owner?
I've been thinking about getting a dog for a long time. Lately when I got time I started researching, watching "Dog whisperer", and planing a head to see how I can fit a dog into my new life.

The thing is... I'm almost 20 years old, and I've been in the military for quite some time now, about 1 and half years and I'm returning home soon. I'll get a nice "leaving bonus" that will allow me to have a not bad starting point in my adult life. Although I do know what responsibility means, I have no siblings or parents in the country, so it will be only me.

2. What dog breed is best for my propose?
My plan in large is: get a pup, work very small hours for the duration of the training so I could give the dog the full attention it needs. (We'll live off the "leaving bonus" mostly)

The most important part: I want to be able to trust my dog to come with me (and follow me) without a leash, I like traveling and camping and I would like to take him with me. I'm looking for a very strong dog with a lot of endurance and that I could train to do what I want at all times (or at least when it matters).

I like big dogs preferably as beautiful as they can get, fur looks amazing mostly :P

I've looked into Huskies and Malamutes which seemed like the right type, but as I understand that Huskies are no good for leash-free traveling. Malamutes are still in question, but I do not know enough about dogs to know what kind of dog is right for me.

I'm probably missing a breed or two that I should check out and this is why I'm writing this post.

So what do you say? Will I manage to be a dog owner? and what dog breed is best for me?

Thanks and have a great day!

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Old 08-03-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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Hi Noname and welcome aboard to Df Well first up Cesar Millian I do like some of his ways especaily his three words at the end of every show E.D.L
(Excersise, Discipline, Love) How ever some members don't like him I have a lot of respect for him and he can control a large 'Pack' of dogs (around 30!!)
Any way 1. Do your research on the types of breed you are interested many times Cross reference sites to see what may differ from one site to a next!!!
Also here will be a good resource center for you as we have a lot of members on here with different breeds of dog and can advise 2. Positive training methods is the way to go! Start training within a week after the pup is settled!
3. Remember Consistancy and Repetition 'ARE the keys to success in any training so when the going gets tough you keep going it's not easy bring up a pup I know been there got the T shirt and DVD LOL Other members will say the same who have brought up many more pups than I have but you put the hard work in the benifits you reap later will be life long So hope this hasn't put you off getting pup but it's rewarding!!! So
Optimum time is 8 weeks to 16 but don't worry you can still train well after this period even years later but it does tend to be harder Nip bad and unwanted behaviour straight away so it doesn't become a learned and a habitual behaviour which can be harder to change!!!

There are breed sites out on the web A-Z That list everything breed traits to size of the breed and more!! HTH and Good luck Seems like you do just fine too
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The off-leash requirement depends on where you live. Rural is probably not a problem but urban and/or suburban would be.
The dog should be leash trained anyway for those times where it is required.
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I looked at one of the many 'what dog is right for me' sites and did a little guessing as to what you might answer and got a 98% for a Gordon Setter.
I would go through some of those sites and see which one comes up most from your answers.
https://www.google.com/search?q=what...ient=firefox-a
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:42 AM   #5
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MrJohn, I've been doing those tests I just wanted to hear a person opinion before I decide to move on. Test can help, I just believe that sometimes we don't understand exactly whats right for our situation so I posted this to hear has much opinions and tips as possible

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We can only suggest 'certain' breeds for you but utlimately the choice is yours Prehaps more info is needed from you we know you like traveling you want dog that walks with you off leash (Many breeds will do that if trained) Must have endurance then you say must be as beautiful as they can be and be big. So you can rule out the toy breeds straight away Have you considered a St Bernard? They are big and beautiful and they have bags of stanima etc We can only advise! Good luck
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Thanks Bigboy I've done some more research, found the Akita breed, they looks beautiful! About the St Bernard I don't know he just doesn't feel right to me. In terms of looks I'm looking for something like Alskan malamute, Huskie and even Akita.

What you guys say about the Akita? Will it be cool with traveling and camping (and be trusted without a leash) for a long periods of time?

I will devote any time necessary to insure its training to be as good as it can be.

Btw: I found the term of the looks I like in dogs - Nordic

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I certainly would not use the dog whisperer as a model for your training practices, personally I would dismiss any trainer or training advice as soon as the word dominance pops up. Look for a hands off positive reinforcement based system

As far as the off leash goes , it is doable but don't expect miracles. It will be a lenghty process that you build up to , you can't just hop right into the dog being trustworthy off-leash.
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Of course Necknot, I do not at all expect for it to be a short process or any easy one. Just want to know if it is doable and hear any tips from your experince on the subject to prepare me to what is ahead

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Welcome to Df! noname! You also might look into going to an obedience class too. Most towns have a leash law and only allow the dog off leash on your property. Good luck.
Maybe rescue a senior dog?
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