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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    The most important thing in general is that you should really do your research before getting a dog, period. People should research canine training, behavior, nutrition, proper care, health, the right breed for them, where to get a dog for and what places to avoid buy from, etc. There's just so much that a dog owner should know before getting a dog, and too many learn this the hard way. There is also so much conflicting information out there, and I think it's best if people figure out for themselves what to believe before getting a dog.

    If I had to pick just one thing however, let me say that one of the main things I wish that people knew before getting a dog is what to look for in a breeder.
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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    (I don't know if this has been already posted here)

    Though dogs aren't human... cause they will never be...
    Yet, they also need respect and love... and your dog will love you in return... (just a positive thought)

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    If you want to be a good owner to your pet, take the time and patience to properly train your dog. You cannot do this in a weekend.

    Socialize your dog with everyone and everything!

    Buy the premium dog food. I know its expensive but in the long run, it pays off. And its better for the dog.
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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    Dogs, like people, will associate things from their past with present situations. Treat your dog right and your dog will always love you
    abuse or neglect your dog and you will not only never have that dogs trust and love but you will go strait to hell ... and i hope you enjoy eternally suffering for what you do

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    I wish every prospective dog owner could read this thread! But, if they can't do that, here's my second choice:

    Every propective dog owner should understand that dogs think differently from humans, and be willing to learn about it, preferably from an experienced, reputable trainer. If you can't do that, at least read some books on the subject. ("Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson is one great one, also "The Other End Of The Leash" by Patricia McConnell). If you don't have time to do that - well, you probably shouldn't get a dog, but if you do anyway, know this, at least:

    Dogs do what works, meaning that they get something that is a reward TO THEM for doing it. Dogs stop doing what doesn't work, meaning they don't get things that are rewards TO THEM when they do them.

    So, to me, the three bare-bones "rules" of dog training are:

    1. Reward behavior you want.

    2. Don't reward behavior you don't want.

    3. The DOG decides what a "reward" is.
    (I.E., you may think yelling at them or pushing them away is a negative thing, the dog may think it's a great game! You may think a vigorous rub of the ears is a great reward, the dog may hate that. Take the time to learn what YOUR dog thinks is a reward.)
    But really, they should just read this thread.

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    Never give a puppy as a gift. You cannot commit to 15+ years of responsibility for someone else.

    Always restrain your pet at the Vet or a public place, you may "trust" that you pet can not be provolked by another animal, but you do not know how much training the other animal has.

    Basic first aid or pet first aid and CPR can save your pet or another persons pet, it is logical to have this training and supplies necessary to help a pet in need.

    When traveling with a pet, whenever possible be sure to take the food and water the pet is used to consuming with you.

    Having a pet is never a money making proposition.

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    Dogs are the most needy of all the most commonly kept pets. Before you get a dog learn about those needs and make sure you can meet them. If you do then you will find as Roger Caras said:
    "Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are their center of the universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    I'm having problems getting to different pages here, so if this has already been said, take it down.
    Training:
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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    dogs are a long time committment. they should not be overfed. a fat dog is an unhealthy dog. they need exercise,playtime,attention,affection, and direction. i believe that every dog needs obedience training. this should be done in a happy, loving, but firm manner. this will make your dog more attenitive towards you, more well mannered, confident, and respect you.

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    Large & giant breeds get, well, large & giant...Be sure you have enough space & training knowledge before you buy that cute little fluff ball!

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    Well, this might seem obvious...

    1. If you don't like dogs or don't want one, don't get one.


    2. Keep an eye on kids when they're around the dog. Not just for the safety of the child but for the safety of the dog. Accidents happen and most likely will. A kid can surprise a dog, step on it and hurt it, feed it a "snack" that isn't good for it etc. A dog can easily knock over a child, mouth a little too hard, frighten a child, be scared and react defensively etc.
    3. You need to teach your dog manners. I'm doing this right now with my puppy. It's hard but I'm keeping at it because one day he will be 70lbs and it won't be cute if he jumps up on an elderly person. They won't learn manners in one day but they need to be worked on every day. It's not appropriate for a dog to jump up on a stranger, bark at everyone it sees on a walk, lick people excessively, be up in everyone's faces, dash at other dogs when walking etc.

      Barbie may not survive teaching your puppy what is appropriate to chew on.

    4. Decided where your dog is going to go potty. It is not appropriate for you to let your dog to wander on/ urinate/ poop on other people's lawns and yards. If it pees on the street/ pavement it will dry soon. It's not ideal especially if people walk on it and it is busy. If it poops on the pavement, it will not magically go away I know it sucks if you live in an apartment or a place with no easy toilet area so that's why you need to plan this out.

    5. If you are passing another person's lawn keep your leashed dog close to you and walk by.

    6. If your dog tries to walk onto the lawn, remove it.

    7. And if your dog poops on someone else's property or public property or any property that is not your it is your responsibility to pick it up.


      Why
      A. it's disgusting to step in dog poop. Some people have curious toddlers that will pick anything up and play in the grass. Chances are they don't want their kids picking up dog poop

      B. your dog could be sick without your knowledge and leaving poop/ pee around could infect another dog, especially a new puppy.

      C. some people do not want dogs or their messes on their property; just because you don't mind does not mean they don't; you have to respect them. Their lawn does not belong to you.

      D. You shouldn't let your dog wander/ eliminate on other people's property because your dog could get sick; example, a person two streets over from me has a large yard that people let their dogs pee/ walk on. They rescued a puppy; said puppy had parvo and had to be quarantined. These people did not put up a sign or anything and people kept letting their dogs on their lawn. Not good. Also, some people use insect poisons/ non-dog-friendly insecticides/ lawn stuff.

      E. Some people work very hard to keep their lawns looking nice (I'm not one of those people although I wish I could be). Dog urine can cause brown spots and lawn deterioration. It might be convenient for you to just let your dog to have at it on their lawn but it's disrespectful and not fair to the lawn owner.

    8. Dogs can be stressful, annoying, a lot of work but they are wonderful to have in your life. It is hard to explain how they can fulfill your life. All dogs pass away and be prepared to mourn and miss them. You might think that they're "just a dog" but when you no longer have them you realize that they are so much more. They will be a part of you forever.

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    Training your pup will be EASY BREEZY when you compare it to training your KIDS how to act with the pup!!
    I thought I wasn't a "dog person" until I was 36 years old. Turned out, I just didn't have the RIGHT DOG!!

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    Re: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    I think this thread has run it's course. Nearly all of the recent posts to it have had to be deleted as spam.

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