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    Dogs also chew. and they chew anything they can get their mouths on unless you do something about it & teach them that they can chew on their toys, but not your shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IlovemybXrs View Post
    How about these. Dogs are not your babies to dress up, dye, and push around in strollers. They are not a fashion accessory. And also don't get a dog as a status symbol or because of the way it looks. (typical example is people who get huskies/akitas/boxers/various hunting type dogs who don't understant the concept of exercise but like the idea of having a 'cool' dog)
    People dye their dogs? thats messed.
    pushing them in strollers is messed up too.
    But then again there are certain breeds, for the dressing up, aspect that would need a sweater and boots at the very least whether it looks fashionable or not, because the weather is bad, and/or they are small or dont have long fur.
    or any, ex. chinese crested has very little fur.
    where I live, having a poodle you need to clothe it when you walk it in the winter.
    The humane society even suggests it.
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    Please read this before buying any dog. You will notice right away that this is geared towards Cocker Spaniel's but it applies to all breeds actually
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    As this is canine dental health month... you need to take care of your dog's teeth as peridontal disease can lead to organ damage. This includes brushing consistently brushing them. Get them used to it early.
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    Dogs need exercise! For the most part, a dog (especially a young one and some breeds in paticular) is not content to sleep the day away while you're out or too lazy to go for a walk. If you want an animal that does this; get a cat.

    Don't buy a dog to replace a previous dog. Just because the last dog you had, or dog you had as a child was perfect in your eyes doesn't mean your next dog will be exactly the same. All dogs are different. This especially applies to breeds; just because your last lab wasn't extremely energetic doesn't mean your next one won't be bouncing off the walls.

    Understand that most breeds were bred for a specific job in mind (ie: border collie for herding). This means that a working breed dog needs some type of job to do (even if it's just doing obedience every day).

    Most vets do not specialize in behavior or know anything about training. Do not go to your vet for training advice unless they are specifically skilled in that area. Same thing goes for a trainer; not all are trained in the medical field and you shouldn't go to them for medical advice.

    Socialization is EXTREMELY important! If you do not get your dog out of the house and introduce him to as many situations and people as possible he may become antisocial and aggressive; which is a huge liability and heartache.

    Dogs should not be "outdoor only". They are social animals that need to be with their family. Yes, some dogs are happier outside, but that doesn't mean you can stick them in the back yard and only go out to feed them and throw a ball once in a while!

    Dominance is overrated. Dogs are not evil, subservient beings trying to hatch secret plans to oust their owners and become "alpha." (Not even Plott Hounds.) (Sorry, bad joke.)
    I think this is kind of debatable, as it's a subject that gets debated a LOT. While I don't think dogs are out to rule the world or anything like that (I liked the Plott Hound joke by the way :P), I don't think people should underestimate dominance just as much as they shouldn't overrate it. I personally think a dominant dog in the wrong household is like a problem that is only going to get worse rather than better... so I really think this point is a bit irrelivant to potential dog owners. Let them know pack structure theories are out there and they should do their own research and understand their own dog based on how that dog acts and interacts with them, and then let them decide whether or not it's something they should consider as important.

    Personally in my household, it is important, because before I introduced NILIF into my house my lab nearly took my face off when I tried to remove a toy from him. NOW I can take anything I want away from him with no questions asked. So to me, it is a big thing that needs more than just consideration in our house. Other houses with different dogs may not need to ever really think about it.
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    (I am unable to get to page one of this thread so forgive me if this has been posted)

    Dogs cost money. Not many people have unlimited funds but you need to be prepared for unexpected things. If you don't have money for the unexpected, then be prepared to beg or borrow the money or, if need be, turn the dog in to a shelter/breeder/rescue. Some things that are of the norm: food, vaccinations, yearly vet visits, toys, leash (not a rope), collar. Oh, if you get a young puppy, check that collar daily and buy a new one when it's needed.
    Some of the the things most don't think about: special vet food. I'm not talking of the vet food that some vets encourage you to buy: dental food, lite food etc but I had a fox terrier who lived for a few more months by eating a Purina vet diet. I thank god daily for the veterinary nutritionist at Tufts who advised I buy it. Unexpected vet visits: my younger sheltie once ate a stick, had an abcess in his mouth and had to go under to clean it up. My fox terrier had to have an exploratory lap to diagnose her illness. Dogs can break a leg, swallow something and alot of the times, they have to have surgery, it's not something that gets better without. Crates: for me, they're the norm but alot of people, esp first time dog owners, think they're cruel. They can be cruel, if your dog spends all it's waking/sleeping hours in one. Crates are wonderful for all dogs and I think every single dog should be crate trained, as you have no idea when it may need to be crated (see my unexpected vet visit comment)
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    Most puppies will enjoy being around other dogs/puppies. This does not mean it is a good idea, nor does it mean your life will become easier, if you get a second puppy to be a "companion" to your first dog.

    The costs will double, and you'll still have to housetrain both dogs (they won't teach each other), and they will get in to twice the trouble.

    By all means, multiple dog households are great, but don't get a dog for your dog, get a second dog for you and your life.
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    The world is black and white for dogs, right and wrong. They do not know how to rationalize. If you let a dog jump on you at the door because you're SO excited to see them when you get home, your dog is going to jump on you the next time you come in the door. Dogs need consistency. Don't expect them to know the rules of your house if they are always changing.
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    Learn to manage your expectations. Puppies don't get housetrained in a day -- it takes time, and that's OK. There will be setbacks -- those are OK, too, just deal with them. Chances are, your dog is going to be within the "normal" range for learning things, so learn what is to be expected, and don't expect things to be any easier, no matter how "different" or "perfect" you think your puppy is. (and of course it IS perfect -- and perfectly normal!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by IlovemybXrs View Post
    How about these. Dogs are not your babies to dress up, dye, and push around in strollers. They are not a fashion accessory
    I know this is to the general public, and to girls like Paris Hilton, but my doxie has to wear sweaters because he has skin problems, and some of those sweaters match some of mine. He also has a bag to be carried in, and climbs in when he is overwhelmed in public. I've also painted my mutts nails (the pink collar is not enough to give away the fact she is a girl) and his nails when they've hung out in the salon with me. I'm still a good dog owner.
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    Some things you should know before getting a dog. Mutts are just as good as pure breeds. If not better. You get the best of multiple breeds. Dogs are only vicious if you make them that way. It's all on how you train them, not the breed. If you are going to adopt from a shelter, pick an older dog. Less work and they are in more danger of being put down than a puppy. If you decide on a puppy, get ready for some work. A doesn't fully grow out of the "puppy stage" til at least 1 to 2 years old. A dog is your responsibility for the next 15 years or so. And last but not least. Vets cost a ton of money. Hope you think about this and the other stuff people are writing before you get a dog.
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    A point of housekeeping: Stickies are intended to share to share commonly requested information. When they start to veer off-topic, they get closed. To prevent that, I've moved a few posts to a new thread so that a reasonable, but off-topic, discussion can continue.

    That thread is here: http://www.dogforums.com/19-first-ti...ave-start.html (Does Everyone Have To Start Somewhere?)
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    Like my ten year old kid said, "Everyone who owns a puppy can expect to loose something they love."

    So true. It might be your favorite shoes, or the cable TV cord, definately you'll loose a lot of your money.......and of course, you'll loose a little piece of your heart, too.
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    People should know that puppies are not necessarily better or worse than adult dogs. I've seen too many people say that they, "need a puppy" and have no interest in an adult dog. All puppies turn into adults if they live long enough. Not all adults have behavioral issues (in fact, most do not IME) and adults can and will bond with you the same way a puppy will. Plus, you generally know a lot more about an adult as far as size, temperment, etc... There is certainly nothing wrong with puppies, but don't write off an adult dog just because it's an adult dog.
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    Many factors should be considered before one decides to get a dog. First, evaluate if having a dog can fit your lifestyle, including your schedule and your home. Research on what breed is best for your taste and your lifestyle. Also consider the pet care required for a certain breed. Make sure that your lifestyle suits those requirements as having a dog is a commitment to care for another life which will be totally dependent on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacafamala View Post
    Like my ten year old kid said, "Everyone who owns a puppy can expect to loose something they love."

    So true. It might be your favorite shoes, or the cable TV cord, definately you'll loose a lot of your money.......and of course, you'll loose a little piece of your heart, too.
    Not just something you love... probably a lot of things. Dogs think Legos are crunchy treats! They will chew your favorite stuffed animal, your socks, your underwear, etc. because those things smell like YOU! And they will probably keep doing it... because they love you!

    So you should be prepared to have closed doors, dog-proof containers or gates to keep your dog out of areas with those things, even when you are home, unless you can supervise them every second.

    Feeding a dog from the table - even ONCE - creates a begging problem.

    The most important thing (for me) is that the dog associates the very last thing it did with your response. Yesterday, my dog was trying to steal snacks from the kitchen. I called him, and he came around the corner to me. Still thinking about the snacks, I said "No!" He looked at me with sad confusion. He thought I was criticizing him for coming when I called him! I gave him attention, told him he was a good dog, and the next time he tried to grab the snacks, I snuck up on him and caught him in the act. (I have to find a better place for those, out of reach.)

    But, don't feel you have to be the "perfect" owner with the perfect situation to have a dog. You can learn together. Love is the most important thing!
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    A puppy DOES NOT know thatís a $150 dollar pair of shoes they just destroyed, a puppy also DOES NOT know ripping paper apart cause a big mess...as a dog owner you cant get frustrated and take it out on the dog...the dog didnít choose you, you chose it! So therefore itís up to you as a responsible dog owner to teach your dog.

    also a bored puppy will get their nose into anything! they need to have their mind stimulated but toys, traning, exercise, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThoseWordsAtBest View Post
    I know this is to the general public, and to girls like Paris Hilton, but my doxie has to wear sweaters because he has skin problems, and some of those sweaters match some of mine. He also has a bag to be carried in, and climbs in when he is overwhelmed in public. I've also painted my mutts nails (the pink collar is not enough to give away the fact she is a girl) and his nails when they've hung out in the salon with me. I'm still a good dog owner.
    Your not a bad owner i just dont see the point of it.
    I dont understand why you havent trained your dog to cope with that specific social circumstances.
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    Puppies: Think of what you think is a lot work.... Multiply that by 100.

    ...and this comes from a newb...

    If you can do it, it's the best experience ever. If you can't, then I advise against it, even as a newb.
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    Training isn't about doing tricks - it's about getting your dog capable of living in human society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warandchaos View Post
    I dont understand why you havent trained your dog to cope with that specific social circumstances.
    I'm sorry, what training are you aware of that I've done with my dog? I'm not going to clog up this thread in a back and forth, but any interest in how far along my submissive fear biting rescue Dachshund has come along can be viewed in The Fearful Dog thread or inquired about in a PM.
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