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Old 09-06-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
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My wife has reluctantly given the ok for a dog, ounce we get settled in to our new home..

I've never been the primary care giver for a dog before, and I like to do my research, so.. Here I am..

Any recommended reading you could suggest would be most welcome!!!

Stuff like what type of medical insurance to get, food, where to get a good dog (preferably as a puppy), good thorough "quizzes" for what kind of dog would be a good fit...

We have 2 boys, 5 and 8.

I intend to walk him/her at least once a day, and he/she will be a primarily indoor dog. We have a fairly large backyard.. I might get into jogging, and would take the dog for runs..

Here's the kind of dog we would like:

Smart

Medium shedder - max!

Barks maybe when he hears someone at the door, but that's it..

Medium sized.

Easy to house train

Relaxed (very important) and friendly (no guard dog characteristics required)
, doesn't get TOO exited and pees itself or starts barking..

Doesn't chew on rugs or destroy doors when we're away.


Here's the dog I would like:

Golden Retriever.. I did a quiz on what kind of dog would fit the above parameters, and golden retrievers scored highly..

The dog my wife would like, a mini Alaskan Husky, didn't rate.. Not sure why.. Probably because they apparently are yippy, and shed quite a bit..

That's about all I can think of, for now..

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A lot of your listed qualities have much to do with training and ground rules. A good example is the barking at things outside--any breed can do this. But if you work well to establish from the get-go that vocalizations are to be kept to a minimum it should keep most under control. If the mini Alaskan Husky is anything like a Klee Kai (I think they are the same thing) then I can tell you their bark is more like a high pitched scream. If that doesn't suit you, you may want to look else-breed. Back to characteristics, submissive urination is not a breed characteristic, but more a personality trait. Sounds like you're looking for a stable, middle of the road dog. One who isn't going to tremble at a breeze, but also one who isn't going to try and lock you out of the house. When you meet the litter--watch for the pup that seeks YOU out. The one that shows the most interest in you first off is ready to leave the litter, and secondarily is often going to fit closer to your natural body lingo.

Glad you are doing your research ahead of time! Knowing the general breed characteristics will help you to have a better idea of what you're likely to get, and sometimes even the best strategies to raise them right. If looking for a puppy--steer AWAY from Puppy Mills, pet stores that sell pups, and people who are haphazardly breeding out their backyards. You want to find someone who knows their lines heritage, has done health testing, and that allows you met the bitch and sire of the little. If they don't let you met the 'parents', WALK AWAY! Best is once you have decided which breed you would like, contact the local kennel club for that breed and they should be able to help find a good quality breeder.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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Here are the matches we liked at this site: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com

English Spinger Spaniel
American Eskimo mini ***
Alaskan Klee Klai***
Shiba Inu
Scotch Collie***
Norwegian Buhund (sheepdog)
New Zealand Huntaways
Finnish Spitz
Kooikerhondje (small dutch waterfowl dog)***
Estonian Hound
Danish-Swedish farmdog
Beagle, English Dog
Dutch Smoushond
Golden Retriever***


*** like very much!


Now to see what's available in my area, breeder-wise..

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to the forum dougz. Hope you find just the right dog for you. Can't wait to hear about it when you decide. There are alot of members that will give you great advice just like Draco already has. Hope you enjoy it here.
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Thanks!

So any reccomended reading (Dogs for Dummies?), or tips about those things I mentioned?

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Hello & welcome to df.

All puppies come as a blank slate, so it's up to you & hopefully your breeder b4 you, to socialise & start training your puppy. You will find links to a good dog site in your other thread.

Here's another selctapet site http://www.petnet.com.au/selectapet/choose-a-pet

Puppies go through chewing phases, it's how they learn about their world by mouthing, chewing & heaven forbid eating things they shouldn't.

The pups I've had have been quite easy to housetrain. All I did was take them outside after eating/drinking, waking up, playing & every hour in between. Praise & treat when they comply, never scold. It's also a good idea to give it a name so they'll go when asked. I'm not sure how I'd go with a difficult breed.

Have you thought about rescuing an older dog?
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Hi dougz and

Good for you doing your research!
Great info so far! May I recommend this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Love-Do.../dp/068485502X
for choosing the type of dog that you'll be happy with? Aside from things like exercise requirements etc this book talks about breed traits and temperament.
And this site may have some useful info too:
http://www.older-dog.com/dog-breeds.htm
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Have you thought about rescuing an older dog
Not as a first timer, no..

Thanks for the links, guys!

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Just an update..

We've narrowed to down some more, according to what's available, breeder-wise, and what we like..

English Springer Spaniel***

American Eskimo mini ***

Alaskan Klee Klai

Norwegian Buhund (sheepdog)

Finnish Spitz***


I read this book, which I think I'm going to buy, as it was really good..

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The.../9780771574030

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Welcome! Lucy is our first dog. She is a rescue and she has survived me quite well! (I have never had a pet before) So don't give on an older dog! They don't take as much time as a puppy. That is something to consider too.
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