|08-24-2013 10:35 PM|
I never looked at the signature.
Having a senior, especially a toy breed, and a puppy (of any breed or size) is a recipe for disaster if you want to bring in another dog.
I personally wouldn't bring in another puppy until my youngest was at LEAST 2 years old and was at a stage where I could focus at least 80% of my energy and sanity on a landshark.
Having the senior makes it a no-go. But that's my opinion.
|08-24-2013 10:24 PM|
Even if your parents WERE on board, ARE on board, the people here SHOULD be telling you NOT to try to bring in ANOTHER dog when you have a PUPPY currently at your house, and already have TWO dogs.
This is not rude. It isn't. It is just not what you want to hear.
If I started a thread, saying I have a 12 year old dog and an 8 month old puppy and I am thinking of bringing in another dog, is this a good idea, people will say NO. Puppies are a LOT of work, and if the puppy you have isn't responding well to you, than the answer is NOT another puppy, it is to get your puppy out there and WORK and PLAY with it. That puppy should be 2 to 4 years old before an average adult dog owner should consider bringing in another dog.
|08-24-2013 10:09 PM|
Unless your parents (both of them, not just your mom) are absolutely, 100% on board and don't change their minds about it, don't get a dog. And that should be starting point #1.
|08-24-2013 08:48 PM|
|Roemly's Mama||Why not follow the suggestions of some to work with the puppy and video it so you can get some tips and such? Then you can learn about training and bond with your puppy and it might work out. What do you think?|
|08-24-2013 06:53 PM|
I have been keeping up with this and I don't believe I've seen it suggested yet, but if it has been forgive my repetition.
I am absolutely certain that there has to be at least one Kennel Club in your area. There is probably a breed-specific club, given the high concentration of breeders in CA. I'd really recommend finding out who you can contact and attending a local meeting. It's super fun once you introduce yourself and you'll meet 'crazy dog people' like yourself to make friends with. There may be members there who have breeds you're interested in and they all could get you into contact with members who do rescue, good breeders, or perhaps may have their own dogs they'd like to retire to a good home... maybe your home!
The bonus is you can bring your family along to involve them if you'd like. My mom said she realized how serious I was about training my first dog when I asked if she could drive me every weekend to our local training group. I met great folks, they were so nice (I was 13!), and I learned a ton. I trained my dog to a pretty high level and realized more of what I was looking for in my next dog.
I'd highly recommend finding your local kennel club and at least exchanging some e-mails. I can almost guarantee that you'll be snapped up by someone or other to show in Junior Handling, lol!!
|08-24-2013 04:43 PM|
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|08-24-2013 11:22 AM|
|lhczth||Lies, very good suggestions.|
|08-24-2013 10:37 AM|
Noah if you want a BC or Aussie I think that's fine, even for a kid, even for a first time dog owner. I got a working line GSD as my first dog and how many people would say that's a bad idea? I put twelve titles on her in 3 years and she was my FIRST dog.
The thing is though, as I read through your threads, you seem to change every hour what kind of dog you want. These breeds are VERY different in size, temperament, grooming, how they are trained, etc. It doesn't really worry me that a young person wants a high drive kind of dog, more that when you change your mind so often (or would settle for any of them), it doesn't seem like you've really thought it through and your desire for *any* dog is clouding your judgment.
Like I told you before I NEVER had a dog growing up, EVER. This was non-negotiable with my parents. I waited until I was almost 23 to get my first dog, and I survived! Honestly I don't know how I would have ever given a dog enough time while I was in high school and college since I was a full time student and also worked several jobs from age 13 through college in order to support myself.
If you are set on changing your parents' minds, go about this a different way. PROVE that you are capable of being responsible for such a high drive, high energy dog by 1) making an effort with the dogs you already have and 2) finding a job to raise money for the dog (even if you can't pay for everything, it at least shows you are responsible enough to help contribute).
|08-24-2013 02:22 AM|
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