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thinking of getting a dog any advise ?

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as above really,our house rabbit just went to the great warren in the sky ! and i've sort of promised to get a dog,only want a small one though.anyone got any advise for me ?i've still got two childre… Read More
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
as above really,our house rabbit just went to the great warren in the sky ! and i've sort of promised to get a dog,only want a small one though.anyone got any advise for me ?i've still got two children at home (three now left home) 14 &16 so no small kids around.how do you find good puppies ? i'm based in kent,thanks
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Dogs die in hot cars (serious)
#2
Choclate lab, or a nice border collie,

Why not get a young 1 from you local pound?
#3
how about a GSD, they are small when in puppy format, lol
#4
choclatepup
Choclate lab, or a nice border collie,

Why not get a young 1 from you local pound?


cos pound shop don't sell real dogs. Der.
#5
lhaso apso's are great, no shedding.
but i agree with the local pound idea, see what they have, all dogs are great if treated right.
#6
Depends what kind of dog you want, find a reputable breeder if you are after a pedigree, a small dog doesn't necessarily mean less trouble, they can be more snappy than a big dog and nervous around boisterous teens.



we had a rottweiller and i trusted it more with kids than next doors psycho jack russell
#7
roadrunner1
cos pound shop don't sell real dogs. Der.



funny, :thumbsup:
#8
jack russell terriers are cracking little dogs but need alot of playing with and also loads of walks
#9
Make sure it is a Dog and not a Cat :thumbsup:
#10
I'm all for mongrels, less likely to have medical problems

Plus when I get mine they'll be from the local dogs home
1 Like #11
I found this site really useful when I was looking for a puppy. Gives you all the information you need to know about the the different breeds of dog:thumbsup:


http://www.pedigreesearch.co.uk/breed_guides/browse_breeds.asp
#12
stainy127
jack russell terriers are cracking little dogs but need alot of playing with and also loads of walks


very active dogs :thumbsup: but i'm in the school of ....if i can trip over it then it's a nuisance ...sorry xx
#13
My kids have grown up with our dog. She's a big staffordshire bull terrier... my lil man tugs her around and rides on her back and she loves it. She's a soft old lady. The kids have really benefitted from having her. In the teens particularly, you can see how much they love the dog even when they're mad about anything or everything else in the world.

A dog is a big responsibility. They need inoculations every yr, plus kennel cough if they're going to go into kennels. They need caring for and looking after, their teeth cleaned, nails clipped, hair brushed. If its not been spay or nutured you're gonna have to arrange and pay for that and any other medical conditions also, for instance if the dog develops diabetes. Get pet insurance, no two ways about it.

If you go away on holiday you're gonna have to arrange someone to sit for the dog or take her with you. Either choice can be expensive. A weeks boarding for our staffy costs about 200£.

Consider also the dogs behaviour. You're going to have to have her trained in all probability. She will need exercise each and every day even if you yourself dont feel like it. The dog will want company, day and night... our mutt never gets left longer than maybe 3 hrs by herself, she likes having us around. Dogs get lonely fast and when they're lonely or scared ( think thunder storms, loud bangs, a month around fireworks night ) they need support or they become destructive. Also if your dog bites someone or even just frightens someone you can find yourself in court with costs up to your ears. Again it's really important to ensure your pet in case of things like this.

If you're comfortable with all these restrictions go ahead x x

Hope this helps.
#14
Don't get a yorkshire terrier thingy, they are EVIL!!!
#15
queenlush
very active dogs :thumbsup: but i'm in the school of ....if i can trip over it then it's a nuisance ...sorry xx


ouch bit harsh :p
#16
ClarityofMind;5759093
My kids have grown up with our dog. She's a big staffordshire bull terrier... my lil man tugs her around and rides on her back and she loves it. She's a soft old lady. The kids have really benefitted from having her. In the teens particularly, you can see how much they love the dog even when they're mad about anything or everything else in the world.

A dog is a big responsibility. They need inoculations every yr, plus kennel cough if they're going to go into kennels. They need caring for and looking after, their teeth cleaned, nails clipped, hair brushed. If its not been spay or nutured you're gonna have to arrange and pay for that and any other medical conditions also, for instance if the dog develops diabetes. Get pet insurance, no two ways about it.

If you go away on holiday you're gonna have to arrange someone to sit for the dog or take her with you. Either choice can be expensive. A weeks boarding for our staffy costs about 200£.

Consider also the dogs behaviour. You're going to have to have her trained in all probability. The dog will want company, day and night... our mutt never gets left longer than maybe 3 hrs by herself, she likes having us around. Dogs get lonely fast and when they're lonely or scared ( think thunder storms, loud bangs, a month around fireworks night ) they need support or they become destructive. Also if your dog bites someone or even just frightens someone you can find yourself in court with costs up to your ears. Again it's really important to ensure your pet in case of things like this.

If you're comfortable with all these restrictions go ahead x x

Hope this helps.


Staffs are the best, still trying to kidnap my brothers dog Duke, the kids have all played horsey with him and he's a great big softy, plus with all the new kittens in the house, they just curl up and sleep in his basket lol :)
#17
stainy127
ouch bit harsh :p


like i said i apologise ..it's just my preference. :) my sis in law has 2 hairy spoilt giddy things and i am a bag of nerves everytime i visit ...they come yapping up to me and dance circles around me, i'm scared to death i will stand on one lol
#18
choc1969
Staffs are the best, still trying to kidnap my brothers dog Duke, the kids have all played horsey with him and he's a great big softy, plus with all the new kittens in the house, they just curl up and sleep in his basket lol :)


Yep our dog knows if the kids are ill and she'll nuzzle them or curl up beside them and takes care of them. Also she likes to shepherd us together.. if the kids are in the playground and i'm resting beneath the tree in the park for example she'll be tellin me to get back to the kids by walkin to them and back to me and lookin stressed lol
#19
border terriors are nice, my BF has one, sort of middle size as well.

http://www.freewebs.com/manytearsrescue/dogslookingforhomes.htm

this is a fantastic website, fab photoshots to fall in love with
#20
choc1969
Staffs are the best, still trying to kidnap my brothers dog Duke, the kids have all played horsey with him and he's a great big softy, plus with all the new kittens in the house, they just curl up and sleep in his basket lol :)


+1 they are great dogs around kids, don't shed any hair hardly and have great personalities
#21
The smaller the dog the more you have to walk it probably twice a day for 45 minutes or more each time, Larger dogs dont need to burn of as much energy as a smaller one, also agree with getting it from Rescue home and going for a Mongrel, more personality and less health problems.

When you go to look at your pup it's said that you will be wanting one that is very active, comes over to you straight away and doesnt sit in a corner not bothered.

Also I like this guys style

http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/tips/addition_starting.php
#22
ClarityofMind
Yep our dog knows if the kids are ill and she'll nuzzle them or curl up beside them and takes care of them. Also she likes to shepherd us together.. if the kids are in the playground and i'm resting beneath the tree in the park for example she'll be tellin me to get back to the kids by walkin to them and back to me and lookin stressed lol


lol just noticed your location...:w00t: bring on the weirdos :-D
#23
could you have a mature dog? or do you want to have the puppy experience?
#24
milewide
The smaller the dog the more you have to walk it probably twice a day for 45 minutes or more each time, Larger dogs dont need to burn of as much energy as a smaller one, also agree with getting it from Rescue home and going for a Mongrel, more personality and less health problems.

When you go to look at your pup it's said that you will be wanting one that is very active, comes over to you straight away and doesnt sit in a corner not bothered.

Also I like this guys style

http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/tips/addition_starting.php


you sort of look like him
#25
queenlush
lol just noticed your location...:w00t: bring on the weirdos :-D


yep.. sign up hon :-D;-)
#26
ClarityofMind
yep.. sign up hon :-D;-)


oy cheeky monkey i'm as sane as you :whistling:
#27
stainy127
jack russell terriers are cracking little dogs but need alot of playing with and also loads of walks


choc1969
I'm all for mongrels, less likely to have medical problems

Plus when I get mine they'll be from the local dogs home


we have a jack russell and shes a cracker, only ever barksat the postie as one kicked her before and hurt her :(

i rescued my dog @ 14 weeks old, someone bought her as a pup and they died a couple of weeks later/really ill cant remember so the relatives put a notice up in the local pet shop and we gave it a ring shes been with us 3 years now

she a mongrel too think shes mixed with a chiauha(sp?)



OP make sure you get some sort of pet cover as can be expensive if they need treatment
#28
queenlush
oy cheeky monkey i'm as sane as you :whistling:


precisely lol
#29
ClarityofMind
My kids have grown up with our dog. She's a big staffordshire bull terrier... my lil man tugs her around and rides on her back and she loves it. She's a soft old lady. The kids have really benefitted from having her. In the teens particularly, you can see how much they love the dog even when they're mad about anything or everything else in the world.

A dog is a big responsibility. They need inoculations every yr, plus kennel cough if they're going to go into kennels. They need caring for and looking after, their teeth cleaned, nails clipped, hair brushed. If its not been spay or nutured you're gonna have to arrange and pay for that and any other medical conditions also, for instance if the dog develops diabetes. Get pet insurance, no two ways about it.

If you go away on holiday you're gonna have to arrange someone to sit for the dog or take her with you. Either choice can be expensive. A weeks boarding for our staffy costs about 200£.

Consider also the dogs behaviour. You're going to have to have her trained in all probability. She will need exercise each and every day even if you yourself dont feel like it. The dog will want company, day and night... our mutt never gets left longer than maybe 3 hrs by herself, she likes having us around. Dogs get lonely fast and when they're lonely or scared ( think thunder storms, loud bangs, a month around fireworks night ) they need support or they become destructive. Also if your dog bites someone or even just frightens someone you can find yourself in court with costs up to your ears. Again it's really important to ensure your pet in case of things like this.

If you're comfortable with all these restrictions go ahead x x

Hope this helps.


Agree with everything you are saying but the highlighted part, yes dogs are pack animals and require contact but through proper training, you should be able to leave a dog longer than that and not have to worry (not Puppies of course but full grown dogs) Also I am not talking days.
#30
milewide
The smaller the dog the more you have to walk it probably twice a day for 45 minutes or more each time, Larger dogs dont need to burn of as much energy as a smaller one, also agree with getting it from Rescue home and going for a Mongrel, more personality and less health problems.

When you go to look at your pup it's said that you will be wanting one that is very active, comes over to you straight away and doesnt sit in a corner not bothered.

Also I like this guys style

http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/tips/addition_starting.php


lol it all depends on the breed of dog what excercise is required not the size of it:roll:
#31
milewide
Agree with everything you are saying but the highlighted part, yes dogs are pack animals and require contact but through proper training, you should be able to leave a dog longer than that and not have to worry (not Puppies of course but full grown dogs)


Yes... I think we could do.. maybe just a few hours longer, but i wouldnt want to...

Can you tell.. dog is another baby lol
#32
blackpeppa
you sort of look like him




Gracias, tomo que como elogio
#33
milewide
Gracias, tomo que como elogio


had to google : Gracias, tomo que como elogio
#34
casparwhite
lol it all depends on the breed of dog what excercise is required not the size of it:roll:


As a general rule it is also true. :whistling:
#35
blackpeppa
had to google : Gracias, tomo que como elogio


I had to use something to translate it first time.:-D
#36
http://www.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/5201/1/Dog-Whisperer-with-Cesar-Millan-Cesars-Way.jpg


http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/customavatars/avatar32402_5.gif
#37
and don't forget about holidays...who will dog sit? could you bear to put your dog in kennels? and they are expensive
#38
blackpeppa
http://www.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/5201/1/Dog-Whisperer-with-Cesar-Millan-Cesars-Way.jpg


http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/customavatars/avatar32402_5.gif


Hey no stealing my Image. :p

he needs some Grecian 2000 to be as natural as me.
#39
queenlush
and don't forget about holidays...who will dog sit? could you bear to put your dog in kennels? and they are expensive


Oh I couldn`t bear to put mine in kennels:oops: How do they know you are coming back to get them:? I`m a big softie where the dogs are concerned.:) My daughter has to dogsit for me:oops::)
#40
I am no expert but I would say at lot of things depend on how you treat the dog, and what you are looking for in the relationship.

The dog needs to know it's place, it needs to respect you. When the dog does what you want it needs to get respect in return. Personally I prefer bigger dogs, imo if a dog knows where they are with you and your family they will not harm you.

Go to your local rehoming place and have a look at a few different dogs then come home and do a bit of research.

Having said all that ask the owner of any dog if they regret their choice, I don't think many will:)

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