Getting a puppy

  • 1AlanZSky

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    May 27, 2014 6:49 PM GMT
    I want a puppy. A Siberian husky... Sheds a lot of hair, lots of exercise, need plenty of space. Do you have a dog? How did you find the right one? Do you want a puppy? I love animals. I like cats and dogs but dogs are cute and I like how they like humans.
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    May 27, 2014 6:55 PM GMT
    Will you be out at work all day? Lots of dogs get separation anxiety.
  • 1AlanZSky

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    May 27, 2014 6:56 PM GMT
    Ohno saidWill you be out at work all day? Lots of dogs get separation anxiety.


    Not all day. Normally I finish at 5pm, start at 8am. Weekends I don't work.
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    May 27, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
    Picking the breed was easy. I wanted a big dog that was hypoallergenic and DEFINITELY didn't shed. That only left one breed - standard poodles. (Labradoodles don't count; given the mixed breed shedding's a crap shoot.) Picking the actual dog was harder - for me, it's like "Sophie's Choice" - so each of my two (who just turned 8 and 9 last week) were picked for me.
  • 1AlanZSky

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    May 27, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
    owl_bundy saideverybody wants a pug or a husky though. what about... uhhhhhh.... what about


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    a puppy that never grows up. it's like a teddy bear that breathes. look at it..... i mean her, him, them. it's almost like a human.


    LOL, you might want to scale that jpg. Can't see...
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    May 27, 2014 10:00 PM GMT
    You could be a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. They provide assistance dogs for people in wheelchairs. You get the dog when it's 8 weeks old, raise it for a year, then return it to CCI and they train it. Yes, returning it is very hard but you have about a 65% chance of getting it back; only about a third end up being good enough for the program. Since it's going to be a service dog you may be able to take it to work with you; that's what I did with the ones that I raised. In California they have centers in San Diego and Santa Rosa and there are satellite groups; for example Sacramento.

    You have to do the usual dog training and use a crate; they give you lots of guidance and hand holding.
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    May 27, 2014 10:03 PM GMT
    I don't have a dog, but I do know someone who has trained a puppy and she said it was very difficult to do. It takes a quite a bit of patience.
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    May 27, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    I think you just know when you've picked the right one. It just feels right in your brain and in your heart. Be prepared to say goodbye to some furniture though. While in the puppy stage, they can make toys out of anything in the home.
  • Scalese89

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    May 28, 2014 9:19 AM GMT
    My parents have an English Cocker Spaniel - male named Benny. He's just over two years old now and still behaves as badly as he did when he was much younger. Oh my, he's tearing up the sofa, barking constantly, running off on walks, disobedient, etc. My parents have had a number of dogs and therefore know how to train and look after them. This one is something else though. It has really made me think twice about whether I want dog or not. I don't think I can go through what they have had to endure.
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    May 28, 2014 9:32 AM GMT
    I hear its good to only get male dogs cuz female dogs bleed on your carpeticon_eek.gif
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    May 28, 2014 9:41 AM GMT
    I have four dogs in my home! three of them are abandoned ones, I don't know which breed do they belong to. We usually call the street dogs because we found them on the streets when they were very young.

    And to find a right one, I personally, strongly believe one has to be open to ups and downs and love the animal as it is and not as one wanted it to be. Soon, the owner will see that every dog is a right dog. All it needs is a little bit training and patience. Well...This is just me.
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    May 28, 2014 9:45 AM GMT
    NERPalicious saidI hear its good to only get male dogs cuz female dogs bleed on your carpeticon_eek.gif


    We have an option to get them spayed. Voila! problem solved!
    And if we don't neuter male dogs, they often turn quite aggressive and difficult to control especially when he sees a bitch in heat!
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    May 28, 2014 11:12 AM GMT
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    May 28, 2014 4:14 PM GMT
    Scalese89 saidMy parents have an English Cocker Spaniel - male named Benny. He's just over two years old now and still behaves as badly as he did when he was much younger ...
    I have had several Irish Setter, cant speak for other dogs but the Irish are not mature till about 4years old.

    My current irish setter is an intelligent dog with an attention span in the milla seconds.

    He forms bad habits easy. Recently i had to put a small mouse trap with a tissue over it in the kitchen garbage pale.

    During the night he was opening the kitchen door and operating the foot pedal to open the lid and get at the trash out.
  • 1AlanZSky

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    May 28, 2014 4:19 PM GMT
    PatLok saidsmoke a cig OP you're so stressed


    If I am stressed I go to the gym. If I am stressed, I meditate. I rarely get stressed.

    Smoking is harmful and I will not let you ruin the spirit of this thread and that is about being healthy. Smoking is not healthy. FACT.
  • 1AlanZSky

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    May 28, 2014 4:27 PM GMT
    Nah, PakLok. No thanks. I like being healthy, PatLok. Don't you?

    Do you like puppies?
  • 1AlanZSky

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    May 28, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    PatLok said
    1AlanZSky saidNah, PakLok. No thanks. I like being healthy, PatLok. Don't you?

    Do you like puppies?


    why are you being so nice to me?
    insult me, godamnit


    No, lol. Nah. It's not in my nature. Fair enough, I can shout and scream. Maybe I have been rash sometimes, but a puppy can bring out the best in you.

    What is your favourite animal?
  • 1AlanZSky

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    May 28, 2014 4:37 PM GMT
    What kind of puppy? Breed?
  • venue35

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    May 28, 2014 4:44 PM GMT
    Im thinking of getting a jack russell terrier
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    May 28, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
    James_Thunder_Early saidI don't have a dog, but I do know someone who has trained a puppy and she said it was very difficult to do.

    That's definitely true if you don't know what you're doing it. Basically it's all about timing; giving them a positive reward immediately when they do the right thing. And likewise, a negative reinforcement immediately when they do the wrong thing. Dogs live in the here and now. Punishing a dog for chewing something while you were gone is pointless since they did it long ago and don't remember doing it.

    I taught my golden retriever puppies to drop the ball in my lap when we were playing fetch in the back yard, within the first 4 weeks I had them.
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    May 30, 2014 8:43 AM GMT
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    James_Thunder_Early saidI don't have a dog, but I do know someone who has trained a puppy and she said it was very difficult to do.

    That's definitely true if you don't know what you're doing it. Basically it's all about timing; giving them a positive reward immediately when they do the right thing. And likewise, a negative reinforcement immediately when they do the wrong thing. Dogs live in the here and now. Punishing a dog for chewing something while you were gone is pointless since they did it long ago and don't remember doing it.

    I taught my golden retriever puppies to drop the ball in my lap when we were playing fetch in the back yard, within the first 4 weeks I had them.


    I like a retriever/labrador
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    May 30, 2014 8:51 AM GMT
    Real animal lovers don't purchase dogs.....they ADOPT an animal that's in danger of being euthanized or is homeless. Millions of fantastic dogs are killed because people continue breeding and purchasing puppies. If you find yourself obsessing over a particular breed, you're getting a dog for the wrong reasons. Appearance should never be allowed in your mind as a factor because dogs are not an accessory item. I hope you'll consider rescuing a dog instead of buying one. There are so many out there who need you.

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    May 30, 2014 9:05 AM GMT
    I had puppy-choos that my parents had just given away (I'm away for college reasons) I wish you said something earlier.
  • Marko89

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    May 30, 2014 9:22 AM GMT
    I'd love to have a Husky, I'd even name him Tiberius.
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    May 30, 2014 10:04 AM GMT


    I want OP as My Siberian husky.

    He would take care of me and I could take care of him

    ++ we can have our Kiki anytime.

    *but lock the doors tight! icon_lol.gif