Things to Think About When Getting A Puppy

Posted Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 1:58 PM
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  • You didn't mention the possibility of having a computer chip implanted as identification in addition to the collar and tag. It is also a good idea to get a puppy who will grow into an adult that fits with one's lifestyle. A Jack Russell terrier is hardly a good pet for a sedate person or someone who is away from home for extended periods since they need a lot of exercise and get bored easily (and can tear up your home for something to do). Similarly, a Great Dane is hardly an appropriate pet for someone with a small home.

    -- Posted by Talia on Tue, Apr 8, 2008, at 12:44 PM
  • You make good points that I hadn't gotten around to. My main focus was health care of the puppy not whether you and a certain breed would be compatable. There are tons of websites that can help with that as well as most peope that work in at an animal care facility such as the humane society and veterinary clinics. They are familiar with most breeds and can tell you of their energy levels and personality traits.

    You might be surprised about large dogs in small homes. As long as they get their daily exercise, most big dogs aren't such a bad idea in small homes. In fact, potty training a large dog in a small home is easier that a small dog in a large home. Why? Because they have less area to deficate and most pets don't want to deficate where they eat and sleep. But there are exceptions. Thanks for the input!

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 1:05 PM
  • If you think you cant afford to get your puppy vaccinated there is always a solution. And that solution is to rescue a dog that has been neglected or abused and has had their shots and things. The only dogs that i get are rescues and they are very good pets because they have never felt love and when you show them love they will love you for eternity. And when you rescue a dog you save them from getting put down because no one wants older dogs. Everyone wants puppies. So please consider rescueing an older neglected dog before you get a new puppie.

    -- Posted by Outlawf150 on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 10:10 PM
  • And adult dogs come pre-trained (usually). Sometimes they come with bad habits.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 7:10 PM
  • yes somtimes they do but they can be corrected i am a dog trainer so i know

    -- Posted by Outlawf150 on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 7:36 PM
  • do you have ideas about having puppy and obedience classes? I don't have the time. We don't see too many problem doggies but it's nice to find a reliable trainer who can help out. And to get them started right.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:56 PM
  • umm i really havent thought about it umm im only 15 but i have trained a countless number of dogs from my own and from friends dogs but if you want to talk more about it let me know my email address is and we can talk more about it i will be willing so let me know

    -- Posted by Outlawf150 on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 4:00 PM
  • perhaps we ought to give you a few more years to hone your skills. I'd hate myself if I got you injured.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 8:13 PM
  • o no no i wouldent get injured and if i did it wouldent be serious because i can read a dog like a book i can tell when its uncomfortable when its mad and when it wants to attack i am very good at it so there no need for you to worry like i said before i have trained a countless number of dogs so i have alot of experience.

    -- Posted by Outlawf150 on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 9:51 PM
  • I thought the same thing at certain times. You should see the scabs on my hand from the cat last week. I've seen dogs that snarl and attack the cage door just to get at you. I was out walking last summer when I had a dog really think about attacking me just because he didn't like me. If I'd had my phone I'd have called him in. Too bad we don't have an animal control officer. I wouldn't want those nice people at the humane society to deal with the likes of him.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 9:49 PM
  • yeah i have never had a dog bite me yet so its all good

    -- Posted by Outlawf150 on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 5:05 PM
  • Lucky you.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 4:21 PM
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