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    Hi animal lovers!

    I could use some advice. As you know I am closing on my house today and moving this weekend- woo. At some point in the not too distant future I want to get a dog. I like the idea of having a warm fuzzy lovie who barks to protect it's home and family.

    I've never had a dog- of my own. Not really. I had a dog- but it loved Mom best. This time I would be Mom- and dog would love me. but I have some questions about dogs.

    Breeds? I prefer mixed breeds- or does anyone have suggestions for breeds (mixed or otherwise) that are known for liking kids, cats and people and also being protective?

    I will only get an animal at a shelter- preferably a young one so the cats and the dog can get used to each other- any tips on that?

    Dog runs- we have one at the house already. I want to update it because it is all rock (poor little paws) - so, any tips on dog runs?

    I don't want a dog that will jump fences, dig out, or generally destroy things- is that a breeding or a training issue?

    A lot of care and thought will go into this decision- so I am gathering advice now.

    Thanks

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    Pound puppys are the best! Thats all I've ever had! If you could find a Golden retriever, lab or shephard mix, they usually make pretty good pets!




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      Originally posted by Nephythys View Post
      Hi animal lovers!

      I could use some advice. As you know I am closing on my house today and moving this weekend- woo. At some point in the not too distant future I want to get a dog. I like the idea of having a warm fuzzy lovie who barks to protect it's home and family.

      I've never had a dog- of my own. Not really. I had a dog- but it loved Mom best. This time I would be Mom- and dog would love me. but I have some questions about dogs.

      Breeds? I prefer mixed breeds- or does anyone have suggestions for breeds (mixed or otherwise) that are known for liking kids, cats and people and also being protective?
      Labrador and german shepards are my favorite good with kids.
      But it all depends: if your interested in a short hair/long hair dog
      for maintenance wise.

      I will only get an animal at a shelter- preferably a young one so the cats and the dog can get used to each other- any tips on that?
      Thats really nice to get one from the shelter, I think these dogs are more loyal to you. I think Cesar Milan said dogs dont live in the past they live in the moment. The now.

      I don't want a dog that will jump fences, dig out, or generally destroy things- is that a breeding or a training issue?
      A lot of care and thought will go into this decision- so I am gathering advice now.
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      or a Petsmart http://www.petsmart.com/training/index.shtml


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        I'd suggest a lab. Good dogs very loving......
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          I suggest a Shephard or lab mix. if you are looking for a loving dog that will protect- shephards are great and labs a very good with kids.
          If you can get a dog about a year old- housebreaking shouldn't be a problem cause the dog should already (hopefully) be housebroken - but he may need a refresher course. Also- watch Dog Whisperer- great show! Great advise. I Tivo it.
          I have a boxer- great dog- great with kids, hardly barks, but will protect his home (and will bark if someone comes to the door who shouldn't be) but alot of energy so unless you have the time to handle this dog, I don't advise on getting them. Same goes for Dalmations. They need a lot of "me" time.
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            Originally posted by penguinsoda View Post
            Pound puppys are the best! Thats all I've ever had! If you could find a Golden retriever, lab or shephard mix, they usually make pretty good pets!
            My dog is a Pound puppy. Beagles are very loyal, which is what I have. This dog meets us at the door, loves to go for walks. When we are home he is no more then two feet away. Very loyal. Labs are excellent, very loyal. I have had him for about 8 years and no problems.
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            • #7
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              What I'd like to get some day is a Shiba... very pretty dog.

              And one thing I like about them:

              The Shiba is a fastidious breed and feels the need to maintain themselves in a clean state. They can often be seen to lick their paws and legs much like a cat. They generally go out of their way to keep their coats clean and whilst walking will avoid stepping in puddles, mud and dirt. Because of their fastidious nature, the Shiba puppy is surprisingly easy to housebreak and in most cases will housebreak themselves. Having their owner simply place them outside after meal times and naps is generally enough to teach the Shiba the appropriate method of toiletting.
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                my dog is a shepard, chow and poodle looking dog mix. he is very loving and protective. He's very smaert and has been relativly easy to train. He started digging when he was a puppy, but it was VERY hot at the time and the books say they do that to get a cool place to lay in. He hasn't dug since until we had to fix a sprinkler. He saw my Bf did this really big hole and now he finds it really fun to dig up that same hole. Other than that he has been a great dog.

                We had a pure bred german shepard growing up as well as two golden retrivers and a yellow lab. They were very good dogs. Probably any mixes of those would great...

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                  I agree...Labs are great dogs...but, lab/chow mixes are SO SO cute!! The ones I have known were very loveable but, also VERY protective of the kids and home. German Shepherds are great too. I've only known one, but, he was great. So sweet, but, VERY protective of his house. He'd bark at everyone...until he recognized you.



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                    Originally posted by Nephythys View Post
                    I will only get an animal at a shelter- preferably a young one so the cats and the dog can get used to each other- any tips on that?
                    First of all, I want to say it is FANTASTIC that you will only consider a shelter pet! :clap: Not only will you gain a companion, you'll be saving a life!

                    Second... go to the AKC website and research the various temperments of the breeds. Try to find one that matches the lifestyle of your family. For example, if you prefer to be low-key and not particularly active, a beagle (or a beagle mix) may not be the best bet. Conversely, don't look at a bassett hound if you like to be very active and go running every day.

                    When you go to the shelter, take your time, greet each dog and try to get a feel for their personality. Chances are your intuition will kick in, and you'll know which dog is right for you.

                    Good luck finding a new pet Neph!!!!

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                    • #11
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                      I am so glad to hear you want to get it from a shelter!! :clap:

                      My husband's whole family has golden retrievers- literally there are like 10 of them in his small family. I thought that was weird. Now we have one and I see why. I don't think I'll ever have another kind of dog. I trust him implicitly with my son and I am not even slightly worried about the new baby coming. He is the most gentle, well behaved dog ever! If you find one, snatch him up!
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                      • #12
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                        Awww. How great for you, your kids and the lucky pound puppy that will cherish all of you!

                        We adopted our Lab through a rescue organization here in California. She was a stray running the streets of LA. Under weight at 45 lbs. Four years later she weighs 88 lbs. ) The girl loves mealtime and treats. Our lab has become a very important member of our family.

                        This is one of the best nation wide adoption websites out there:
                        http://www.petfinder.org/ They provide links to animals in shelters across the nation and info related to breeds and adoption.

                        Have a great time finding a new family member!

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                          Originally posted by TinkPink View Post
                          I am so glad to hear you want to get it from a shelter!! :clap:

                          My husband's whole family has golden retrievers- literally there are like 10 of them in his small family. I thought that was weird. Now we have one and I see why. I don't think I'll ever have another kind of dog. I trust him implicitly with my son and I am not even slightly worried about the new baby coming. He is the most gentle, well behaved dog ever! If you find one, snatch him up!
                          before we got our current dog I could ahve gotten a rescue golden for $200.00. She was 1 year old, spayed and had all her shots and my Bf said no. I was so sad. i love goldens, but I love the dog we ended up with also..

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                          • #14
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                            I'm not much of a dog person but would choose a Labrador before any other breed. A good friend of mine is on her fourth Lab that she obtained from the Guide Dog Foundation. Many of these animals don't cut it when it comes to graduation and they are put up for adoption.

                            The training these puppies go through is astounding and they are totally socialized.
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                              No point in really asking for breed help, as pound dogs typically aren't purebreds. I would just go for whatever dog suits YOU. Stay away from the pits at the pound, also the other dog aggressive breeds. As for chewing, destroying, digging...it's dependant upon you. Petsmart offers a wonderful line of classes for 99 dollars.

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                                Originally posted by migo View Post
                                No point in really asking for breed help, as pound dogs typically aren't purebreds. I would just go for whatever dog suits YOU. Stay away from the pits at the pound, also the other dog aggressive breeds. As for chewing, destroying, digging...it's dependant upon you. Petsmart offers a wonderful line of classes for 99 dollars.

                                If you have a choice, I would pick a LAB any day. They are so mellow and kind and loving, they're pretty much the exact opposite of me.

                                I am trying to get one from Lab Rescue here in AZ.

                                Migo is right, training is key. If the $99 is too much, you can get a roll of duct tape for like $1.59, that will correct chewing behavior too.



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                                  Don't pick the quietest shy one ... they are never quiet or shy.

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                                    i would defidently suggest a sheltie, a sheltie collie mix if you can get one...true they are farm dogs at heart (and trust me, it shows if you kick a soccer ball around for them...almost all of them love it) they are adaptable, they love kids and people in general, and they wont hurt anyone unless it is needed, one thing with shelties though is you never know if they will be big on barking, and hip diplasure is a common thing wiht them, i have had one for 9 years now and my parents are beginning to disscuss with me putting him down and he is in pain. they are incredibly adorable and loving dogs though.

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                                    • #19
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                                      I'm so glad you're looking for a rescue dog! Adopting from the pound is great, but if you can find a rescue organization in your area, it may be easier to find a dog that fits your lifestyle. I only say this because many of these organizations foster the dogs in their homes & can tell you a lot about their personality & quirks. The rescue organizations will also accept the dogs back if they don't work out in your home.

                                      As for digging & jumping, I wouldn't recommend a Jack Russel, but I think most of those issues can be taken care of with proper training in any dog.
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                                      • #20
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                                        We have only adopted pound pups and I honestly think they know that we have rescued them. We are on dogs number five and six right now and to a dog, when we first bring them home, they walk right by our side for days looking up, as if to say, "thanks for saving me, Pop, what do you want me to do now?"

                                        Best dog we have ever had is one our current ones, Lizzie. She's half Lab and half Doxie. She looks like a Lab on short, but giant Doxie legs. Because of her Labness, the vet doesn't think she will be prone to back problems like some Doxies. She understood what our trainer was teaching us before I did and hasn't forgotten a single thing she learned in class. She can be stubborn, but never, never hateful. Most of the time, she immediately obeys commands. I'm pretty sure she understands ever word we speak.

                                        Go to petfinder.com, put in your zip, choose how far you are willing to go to interview your new potential pet and type in the breed you are looking for. They will usually list hundreds of dogs that range from purebred to mixed containing the breed you requested. All from rescue groups. It's a great resource.

                                        Congratulations on your new home and thanks for including a rescue pet as a new roommate. Much happiness to you and your canine kid.

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