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What dog is right for me?

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 04:57 PM
ok loook, i went to visit my cousins this summer and they had five dogs, i really liked the pomeranian becuz it looked really cute and was really loyal to its owner. now that i am home i wanted to get one but my family doesnt like the breed, they think it ugly. and my dad thinks it be kinda weird for me ,a guy, to have such a tiny toy puppy.(like it wud be kind of awkward for me a man to have such a girly dog) and i agree with him to. so what kinda of dog should i get now? i would like a companion. we have a jack russel terrier at this moment but i dont think it likes me.

if i were to get a dog i would get a male for sure. reasons are i heard they have periods and i dont wanna even think about it. anyone have any advice or anything, im just a teenager .

i also have been doing some searches in some classified ads and etc, and the price of dogs seem to have shot up pretty high since i last checked.(last time i checked it was $200 canadian, and now its like $600 canadian for a pomeranian!) can somone tell me a good reasonable price and more information on the breed you suggest for me, PLEASE!

perhaps a not so small and not so big dog that can watch the house.

:sad:

Beaglemom
August 16th, 2005, 05:16 PM
Welcome to the board. You will find a lot of great information here.

First, I would not recommend you purchase a puppy from an ad or a petstore. These puppies are products of backyard breeders and puppy mills. Your best bet would be to go to a breeder or rescue/shelter.

As for wanting to get a male because females come into heat, well this really shouldn't be much of a factor since the responsible thing to do would be to get your pet spayed/neutered anyway.

As for the cost of purchasing your puppy. That is only the beginning. A puppy requires vet care which can be expensive. They also require training. The first year can be very expensive.

As for what breed is best for you. Well, this depends on several factors. You have to see how much time you have for grooming, exercise, etc. You should do research on which breeds are suited for you lifestyle.

Here is a link to a breed selector quiz. It might help you see what breeds are suited to your lifestyle.
http://www.canadiankennelclub.com/Default.aspx?tabid=228

A pet requires a lot of time and commitment. They are for life of that pet, not a possession that you can just toss when bored. Please research extensively before making a final decision.

Roxy's_MA
August 16th, 2005, 05:19 PM
I just wanted to note that alot of JRT's have same sex aggression. Is you current dog a male or a female. Not all JRT's have this problem, but a good majority do.

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 05:50 PM
would a male be more agressive in playing? and a female would be more laid back?

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 06:00 PM
usually my dog when he encounters another dog, male or female, he sniffs it and sometimes licks it.im sure he is friendly with any dog, he doesnt bite anything besides me when i play with toys with him :p .

Jackie467
August 16th, 2005, 06:01 PM
would a male be more agressive in playing? and a female would be more laid back?
No, not really it all depends on the individual dog. My mothers dog is a male and perfers to be more of a couch potato, but mine is a female and likes to play all the time.

It is generally a good idea if you have two dogs to have one of each sex to avoid dominance issues, but once again this depends on the individual dog. Do a lot of research before you pick a dog, and definatly don't pick one on looks or you may very well be very very dissapointed when it doesn't act they way you want it to.

Never purchase a dog from the newspaper or a pet store. You will most likely have a dog riddled with health problems. The best route to go would to save a dog from dying and getting one from a rescue. And if you would consider an adult dog then you won't have to deal with all the puppy nonesense. I got a puppy and believe me I'm glad she is grown up now, my next dog will most likely be an adult. Good luck with your seach, and remember since you live at home you have to get a dog everyone will agree with.

Jackie467
August 16th, 2005, 06:03 PM
usually my dog when he encounters another dog, male or female, he sniffs it and sometimes licks it.im sure he is friendly with any dog, he doesnt bite anything besides me when i play with toys with him . just remember that meeting a dog that he just sees for a bit and a dog that will be living permanatly in his home that he may react differently to the one living with him.

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 06:05 PM
i would like to get a puppy that is only like a couple weeks so we can train it to adapt to our living. for example train it to pee outside and jump at us or sumthing if it wants somthing. becuz our dog comes to us and kinda barks and tries to get us to follow to the door so we can open it for him. if we get an adult dog could we still train it to do that? or do we have to adapt to ITS living.

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 06:06 PM
so if we do run into a problem where 2 dogs r fighting for dominance what should we do? sell one? seperate them for a while? are there any solutions besides "this house isnt big enough for the both of us"?

StaceyB
August 16th, 2005, 06:13 PM
I see this often when someone sees a dog of a particular breed and the way that this dog behaves and thinks that if they get one it will be the same. You can have a whole litter of the same breed, each go to different homes and are raised differently, socializing and training. Each puppy may turn out to behave completely different from the other.
Why do you say that your dog does not like you?

Set the older dog as well as the new pup into training. This way they are both kept mentally busy. The older one will still have time spent with just him while he adjusts to sharing his home. Train your dogs and socialize them well and you shouldn't have this issue.

StaceyB
August 16th, 2005, 06:19 PM
From what you have told us it seems that your dog has some bad habits that need to be taken care of before you bring a new one in. The best age to bring a puppy in is 8 wks if they are coming from a breeder. If someone offers you a puppy that is younger than this I would decline.
Honestly I would train the dog you have before you get another. Puppies learn bad habits much faster than they learn good ones.

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Why do you say that your dog does not like you?


becuz he doesnt follow me around like i am his master and when i wake up and stuff he doesnt care. if my parents or sister wakes up he would run to there room and like all happy and stuff. follow them everywhere. probably because they feed him all this stuff and i dont.(when he was lil, they spoiled him) he was suppose to be my dog! i searched for him and even called the owner, now im the one that bathes it and my sister picks up his poop.


yes he has some bad habits and i dont think we can change em, hes been like that ever since we got him(a greedy pig). hes 5 years old now. still a spoiled brat.but he is very cute n funny. but it is sad becuz he dont like me much so i want a dog that is mine only. (like in movies and stuff)

StaceyB
August 16th, 2005, 06:44 PM
As a dog trainer I know for a fact that you can change these behaviours if you are willing to learn and do the work. It doesn't happen by itself. Your dog has to be taught how to behave. Taking the dog you have to classes will help to build a better bond between the two of you as well as the whole family unit. He will also learn what is expected of him.

LavenderRott
August 16th, 2005, 06:51 PM
Puppies shouldn't leave the litter until they are 8 weeks old.

In order for a dog to be "yours" then you are going to have to work at it. You have to be responsible for every aspect of it's life. You have to feed it, walk it, train it, and whatever else it needs.

As far as what kind to get - check your local shelter. They have lots of lovely dogs that will love you for saving them!

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 07:00 PM
Just because you get the dog (bring it home) doesn't make it yours!! I know many people here who got a dog, and the dog ended up loving another family member better!

You can't choose who a dog likes or dislikes for that matter.

What will you do if the next dog likes your other family members more then you??

omg no way! of course do u think i am 6 years old. i know that , thats why i am asking what can i do to make the dog like me. and sumone told me pretty much everything (walk the dog,feed it , train it and etc).

happycats
August 16th, 2005, 07:02 PM
omg no way! of course do u think i am 6 years old. i know that , thats why i am asking what can i do to make the dog like me. and sumone told me pretty much everything (walk the dog,feed it , train it and etc).

You don't have to be so rude!!!
Grow up!!!
And yes you do sound like a 6 year old!

jjgeonerd
August 16th, 2005, 07:19 PM
troll?

If not, spend quality time with the dog you have (i.e. training, playing, etc.). Dog's aren't just automatically loyal...it takes work to develop the bond. Any dog can be trained...no matter how old or what habits they have developed.

Gamblers
August 16th, 2005, 09:11 PM
You don't have to be so rude!!!
Grow up!!!
And yes you do sound like a 6 year old!

yes 6 years old can read, i dunno about 4 year olds like you.

happycats
August 16th, 2005, 09:14 PM
Don't feed the TROLL !!

Freyja
August 16th, 2005, 09:25 PM
Moderator!!!!

Joey.E.CockersMommy
August 16th, 2005, 10:00 PM
Gambler if you are looking for a dog, take the advice here, go on the internet, talk to other people and ask questions about the kind of dog that would be best for you. Take your time and spend some time with your JRT maybe you and him can go to doggie school and develop a bond. Goodluck. Also you should have respect for the members on this board.They are only looking out for your best interest and that off your dog. :)

White Wolf
August 17th, 2005, 01:25 AM
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