How many dogs have a purpose? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
View Poll Results: My dogs primary job is to ______??
be my companion. 43 81.13%
breed a strong bloodline. 1 1.89%
compete in dog sports. 3 5.66%
be a working dog. 4 7.55%
do something else. 2 3.77%
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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-27-2015, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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How many dogs have a purpose?

Hey guys,

I'm curious to find out how many of you all have a dog for companionship or for money like breeding or competition or as working dogs?
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Fiona is my service dog. That is her purpose.

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Fiona is my service dog. That is her purpose.
whats the service fiona performs?
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My dog falls somewhere in between. I wanted a companion, a protector, and a competitive sporting dog, and I knew my Dutchie could be all three. Would I get rid of him if he failed to be one or two of the three? No. But I'd probably get a second dog to fulfill that need.
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My dog's role is companion and exercise partner. I didn't want guard or protector, but it came with the package. My ball throwing skills have improved a lot with the daily practice.
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I voted "do something else" though I suppose I could have picked "be a companion"... but that didn't quite feel right. I didn't get my dog to have a companion; I got my dog to put him to work, for me. To track coyotes and deer, to carry items on hikes, to look plain mean and scare away people that have bad intentions and to help motivate me to live a more active lifestyle.

On that note I suppose one thing you left out in your poll, unless you consider it to be in the "be a working dog" category is a guard dog. (Which for the record I don't think my dog belongs in that category).

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I voted "do something else" though I suppose I could have picked "be a companion"... but that didn't quite feel right. I didn't get my dog to have a companion; I got my dog to put him to work, for me. To track coyotes and deer, to carry items on hikes, to look plain mean and scare away people that have bad intentions and to help motivate me to live a more active lifestyle.

On that note I suppose one thing you left out in your poll, unless you consider it to be in the "be a working dog" category is a guard dog. (Which for the record I don't think my dog belongs in that category).
i used the broad categories that was in our forums in terms of "topics." breeding, dog sports or working dogs. the companion was my answer and then of course there's always someone who feels they are in the "other" categories.

but i too picked up a high drive dog intentionally to keep me out of the house and/or off my butt. i'm hoping with all the new skills were learning, i can transition my ziggy from being a companion to competition or working dog. we'll see.
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i used the broad categories that was in our forums in terms of "topics." breeding, dog sports or working dogs. the companion was my answer and then of course there's always someone who feels they are in the "other" categories.

but i too picked up a high drive dog intentionally to keep me out of the house and/or off my butt. i'm hoping with all the new skills were learning, i can transition my ziggy from being a companion to competition or working dog. we'll see.
Same here, would love to get my dog into something like SAR if I ever find the time and if he fits the criteria.

And I wasn't trying to imply that there was something wrong with your poll, just making an observation. Sorry if it came off that way, and I did try my best to pick the right answer lol

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Butters is just my companion/house pet and eventual work-out buddy. (once I'm actually able to jog for more than 2 minutes without getting a cramp. lol)

Though, even if I had the time and money to do more with her, I don't think I would. She's happy just being around us, snoozing, playing, etc. She's pretty mellow and isn't a high-drive dog, so she really does make the perfect house pet.
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I marked companion, though my dog will have an official 'job'. But, as others have stated, I also wanted: a dog to encourage/require me to get out into the world more and make me feel safer in it (hiking, travel, backpacking, etc.), a dog that would look intimidating to deter questionable people, a 'hobby' to take up a dog sport or two for fun, a constant companion/friend to traverse with.
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