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What unique dog activities can you add to this list?

Amusement Parks/ Aquariums:

·         Knoebels Amusement Resort- pets not allowed on big rides

·         Tweetsie Railroad NC

·         Dinosaur World FL

·         Fun Spot FL

·         Pistachio Land NM

·         Theater of the Sea aquatic park- FL

·         Jurassic Quest Drive Through

·         Key West Aquarium

·         Dinosaur World KY

Truffle Hunting:

·         Truffle Dog Training Classes WA

·         The Oregon Truffle Dog Festival OR

Scenic Train Ride:

·         Skunk Train CA

·         Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, PA

·         Delaware and Ulster Railroad, NY

·         The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, OR

·         Conway Scenic Railroad, NH

National Parks:

·         Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO

·         Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park FL

·         DC Monuments

·         Acadia National Park

·         Old Faithful Gyser, CA

·         See a large canyon- Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

·         Sleep Under the Stars in Yellowstone- Under Canvas Yellowstone MT

Going on a boat/cruise/tour:

·         Dog Gone Sailing Charters MA

·         Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine FL

·         Cruise the Chicago waterways- Mercury's Canine Cruise

·         See Dolphins on a boat- Captain Sheri's Wild About Dolphins, Key West FL

Unique Events and Festivals:

·         Mardi Gras Parade- Mystic Krewe of Barkus Pawty in the Park LA

·         Frankenmuth Dog Bowl Olympics, MI

·         National Dog Day CO

Too Unique to Categorize:

·         Private Skijoring Lessons for you and your dog- Louisa Morrissey of High Country Dogs, CO

·         Surfing Lessons: Maui Surfer Girls HI, Outer Banks Surf School NC, Helen Woodward Animal Center CA, Gulf Coast Surf School FL, Jack's Surf Lessons and Board Rentals SC

·         Safari Drive Thru Zoo- Custer State Park, National Elk Refuge, African Safari Wildlife Park, Bearizona

·         Dog Mountain VT- swimming and dog chapel playscape*

·         Dog day at pet friendly spa- Inn by the Sea Maine, Wanderlust and Lipstick, The Resort at Paws Up

·         Whitewater Off Leash CLT NC

·         Explore a cavern- Fantastic Caverns, MO

·         Run A Race: too many to mention

·         Kayaking/tubing/paddleboarding

·         Hiking/camping/waterfall

·         Swimming hole

·         Walk around historic graveyards

·         Drive- In theater together

·         Browse the pet store- look at cats, birds, fish, hamsters

·         Pet friendly thrift stores/shopping/yard sales

·         Bike riding while in a basket/bag/running next to bike

·         Go to a brewery

·         Vineyard/orchard/berry picking

·         Yoga class with your dog- Petco (Doga Class)

·         Arboretum/botanical garden

·         Napa Valley- Regusci Winery, Viansa Winery, Cornerstone Sonoma, Dog-Friendly Wine Tours

·         4 Paws Kingdom and Campground NC- camping catered to dogs

·         Local dog breed events and competitions

Unique Museum/Art Gallery:

·         Paramount Ranch Agoura Hills CA

·         The Last Blockbuster

·         Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum Asheville NC

·         Snook's Dream Cars OH

·         Tallahassee Automobile Museum FL

·         International UFO Museum NM

·         Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum TX

·         Gangster Museum of America AR

·         Museum of the Bizarre NC

·         National Buffalo Museum ND

·         RV Motorhome Hall of Fame IN

·         DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun AZ

·         Torpedo Factory Art Center VA

·         Spanish Village Art Center CA

·         A.T. Hun Art Gallery GA

·         William Secord Gallery NY

·         San Luis Obispo Museum of Art CA

·         Pima Air & Space Museum AZ

·         Air Force Armament Museum FL

·         Palm Springs Air Museum CA

·         Fargo Air Museum ND

·         Naval Air Station Wildwood Museum NJ

·         Mystic Seaport CT

·         The History of Diving Museum FL

·         Seashore Trolley Museum ME

·         Miramont Castle Museum CO

Holidays:

·         Pawliday Winter Wonderland, NJ

·         LGWC Dog's Got Talent at Lake George Winter Carnival NY

·         Historic Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Walk PA

·         Pics with santa

·         Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk, MA

·         Turkey Day 5K, MN

·         Pumpkin Picking/Corn Maize: Bella Organic Farm OR, Brownsburg Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch IN, Cool Patch Pumpkins and Corn Maze CA, Chesterfield Berry Farm and Market VA

·         Halloween Pet Parade: Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade Long Beach CA, Wag-O-Ween Savannah GA, Salem Main Streets Howl-o-Ween Parade MA, Halloween Pooch Party at Cheekwood Nashville, Howloween Dog Parade CT, West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Pet Parade IN, Howl-o-ween Pet Parade MO, Autumn Alive! Fall Festival and Pet Parade PA

Tropical Vacation ideas without Quarantine (in US):

·         St. Croix Virgin Islands

·         The Florida Keys

·         San Juan, Puerto Rico

·         Hawaii

 

 

1 Comment
2024/06/09
20:27 UTC

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Am I the only one who walks around the dog naming other dogs?

In my head when I see other dogs I always think “ oh that’s definitely Gregory for sure” or like “this ones’ name is Bernie”. Or am I the only one who does this?

23 Comments
2024/06/09
20:04 UTC

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Breed for small family

Introduction

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?
  • 3rd
  1. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?
  • Breeders are very expensive.
  1. Describe your ideal dog.
  • A decently energetic dog to have fun with, play frisbee and catch with, go on long walks, and cuddle too ofc. My life is boring after my border collie died.
  1. What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?
  • I loved my border collie. I am interested in a herder or gun dog primarily because of the athleticism but also many particular breeds I love the look of, like brittanys and wirehair pointers. I like kelpies and Australian shepherds too.
  1. What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?
  • I could play frisbee for hours so I’d like one that’s really good at that. I want one that’s easily walkable and won’t steal food; general obedience
  1. Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?
  • no

Care Commitments

  1. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?
  • I love long walks and playing fetch and stuff. Usually 30-40 min walks/fetch maybe 2 hours total per day.
  1. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?
  • I don’t really expect to get much less than about an hour exercise per day.
  1. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?
  • I can tolerate no more than a moderate shedder, like my beagle or border collie I use to have nut preferably less.

Personal Preferences

  1. What size dog are you looking for?
  • medium
  1. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?
  • moderate shedding, moderate barking/vocality, no slobber
  1. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?
  • not necessary, just easily walkable

Dog Personality and Behavior

  1. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personale space?
  • the more snuggly the better
  1. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?
  • eager to please
  1. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?
  • I want at least some watchfulness
  1. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?
  • No. my border collie got nervous at dogs on walks and lunged sometimes but it was somewhat manageable and wasn’t exactly aggressive though.
  1. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?
  • just the basic bad behaviors

Lifestyle

  1. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?
  • Not very much. Right now I live with my mom and two siblings, One sibling moves out soon. We all have different schedules but many days we’re all home.
  1. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?
  • my mom wants a golden retriever more than anything. I think they are very uninteresting and shed too much. Ones we all agree on are Brittany, border collie, and Australian shepherd. I want a male but my mom doesn’t.
  1. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?
  • one cat
  1. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?
  • I have a 3 year old nephew that visits 3-5 times a year.
  1. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?
  • Rent currently. Will likely rent or buy soon. It’s also likely that we will stay in our current home until I move out in a few years. We are kind of deciding when to time getting a dog.
  1. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
  • no. I live in the city.
  1. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?
  • typical

Additional Information and Questions

  1. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
  • No additional information.
  1. Feel free to ask any questions below.
0 Comments
2024/06/09
18:55 UTC

0

ThaiRidgebackDog

This is My ThaiRidgebackDog TRD breed (Boonping) https://airtable.com/appGbPuuwf4dlT2Rr/shrUxPA7DOTneqCIh

0 Comments
2024/06/09
18:05 UTC

2

Breeds Reccomendation

1)Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

My first dog by myself, but I have had two dogs growing up. One was a yorkie poodle mix that I only had for a few years when I was young. The other was a mutt that was half great Pyrenees and other random large breeds.

2)Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a [reputable breeder]( http://ownresponsibly.blogspot.com/2011/07/identifying-reputable-breeder.html)?

Not particularly as my favorite dog I've had was a rescue and the sweetest hting ever, but I have always been curious to get a purebred. 

3)Describe your ideal dog.

medium-large, loves cuddling, good with other dogs, good with other people, able to train recall, loves to be active/run with a lot of stamina, loves to learn.

4)What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

Great Pyrenees because I love huge dogs and they seem to have great temperament, Golden retriever because they have bee nmy favorite breed since being a kid, or a mix of the two. 

5)What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

Recall, be able to run with me while I bike, climbing Crags dog, able to walk without pulling, able to walk around people, able to play with other dogs responsibly

6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

No

**Care Commitments**

  7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

at least one hour, some days 4+ hours, depending on how much time I have. 2 hours as puppy.

8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average?  What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?  

at least an hour per day, sometimes more. dog park if they like other dogs, but they need to have good rcall.

9)How much regular brushing are you willing to do?  Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home?  If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

I would be able to pay someone to groom once every few months, but I would be willing to brush them at home.

**Personal Preferences**

10)What size dog are you looking for?

medium-large

11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

shedding and barking are okay, but I don't like drool.

12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

very important because I would like to be able to take them climbing with me and biking.

**Dog Personality and Behavior**

13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?
snuggly

14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

mix

15) How  would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard?  How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?  

barking at door knocking/yard. greet strangers happily and friendly.

16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

I have one right now, but I would much rather the dog love other dogs because it is difficult to walk with a dog who hates other dogs.

17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

No

**Lifestyle**

18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

Likely around 4-5 hours a day.,

19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog? 

My girlfriend will likely be able to take the dog out once a day.

20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets?  What breed or type of animal are they?

No
21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

No

22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

No

23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

There are none. United states in a city.

24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

summer 76-88 F , winter im not sure. pretty cold.

3 Comments
2024/06/09
17:40 UTC

2

Chew toy safe for teeth

My dog recently had to get some teeth pulled that were cracked due to excessive chewing on bones/toys that were too hard. My vet said not to give her anything my thumbnail can’t make a dent in. Well, I can’t use that parameter buying online.

Anyone have suggestions? My dog loooves to chew, but I don’t want to give anything that’ll damage her teeth!

4 Comments
2024/06/09
17:04 UTC

3

Megathread: Pet Insurance

Which pet insurance is best for you? Are there any that may cover your dog's current treatment? Did your dog get injured during the waiting period and want to know if you're covered?

Here's the place to ask.

Do know we cannot help you here with medical concerns, and lying or not disclosing things to the insurance company is illegal so we don't allow that either.

0 Comments
2024/06/09
16:15 UTC

3

Megathread: Why Does My Dog Do That?

Does your dog turn his head when he hears an odd noise? Does your dog bury their food with your pants? This is the thread to ask why.

Please keep this thread to non-medical issues only.

0 Comments
2024/06/09
16:00 UTC

17

I need dog toy recommendations for heavy chewers.

My dog is a labrador husky mix. I have bought her numerous toys to chew on over the years. She is absolutely hell-bent on destroying whatever she gets within a few days. The thing is the toy has to be interesting enough for her to chew on. Things like those rubber tire toys and treat balls are rather uninteresting to her. She needs to feel like she can destroy it without being able to for at least a little while. Would appreciate any recommendations especially from people with similar breeds.

42 Comments
2024/06/09
15:04 UTC

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Megathread: Aging, Illness, and Euthanasia Support Group

This thread is where to get emotional support with all things related to death and illness with your dog. This is also a thread where you can seek assistance with deciding whether it is indeed time.

This is not a thread to seek anecdotes with medical care. All rules involving medical questions and anecdotes remains the same for this thread.

If your dog has passed, you can still post here for emotional support or you can create your own thread tagged with one of the RIP flairs. Be sure to review the rules of our flair guide. It is up to you how you choose to grieve.

1 Comment
2024/06/09
15:00 UTC

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please recommend a breed for me

Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs? It will be my first dog.

Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder? I would try to adopt if the right breed is available, if not then i don't mind going through a reputable breeder.

Describe your ideal dog. A dog that is on the smaller, because I'll be living in a small apartment, I'll be moving for my grad school.

What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why? I do not have any specific preference except the size.

What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do? Maybe some basic ones like tricks, such as stay, sit, roll over, but if there's time then something more.

Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport? No

Care Commitments

  1. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

I will be able to spend 4-5 hours per day. Maybe even more on the days I don't have classes (which is most days cuz it's grad school). I'm a homebody so if it's not school related, I am mostly at home and multitasking.

  1. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

I go on walks everyday (around 2.5 miles). I do yoga daily, and want to do pet yoga with my pet.

  1. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

Does not matter, will be able to handle anything.

Personal Preferences

  1. What size dog are you looking for?

I want a small dog.

  1. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

Do not have a preference, okay with anything. Maybe just less drooling.

  1. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

Honestly I probably won't be leaving my dog unleashed for their own safety...

Dog Personality and Behavior

  1. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

Definitely a more snuggly dog that will spend time with me when I'm home doing my tasks.

  1. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

Don't mind either, as long as the dog's willing to spend time and play with me!

  1. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

I don't mind how it will react to guests, just not being aggressive and biting people.

  1. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

Honestly as a first time dog parent, i don't know if I'll be able to handle that. So preferably a more sociable dog.

  1. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

Not any that I know of.

Lifestyle

  1. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

On days that I have classes for 3-4 hours (2-3 days a week probably). Otherwise I'll be home.

  1. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

I'll be living alone with the dog, hopefully.

  1. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

No, this is my first pet.

  1. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

No, no kids in the family either.

  1. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

There aren't many restrictions to be honest, but I would just prefer a smaller breed

  1. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

I live in the North East region of the USA, there are no major laws against breeds as far as I know.

  1. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

Summer 80-90F and Winter 60-70F

Additional Information and Questions

  1. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

I hope to get a breed which doesn't have much caring costs, like for example going to groomers often, or which are more prone to health issues, as I'm still a student and I live on budget

  1. Feel free to ask any questions below.

I'm not sure if i should go for a puppy or a little bit older dog to be honest, you can suggest your opinions to me.

4 Comments
2024/06/09
12:43 UTC

9

Which breed suits my lifestyle?

Introduction

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

I had a dog for around a year when I was in 2nd grade and I don’t remember a thing on caring for her, so probably I’ll be classified as a first time owner.

  1. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?

I would LOVE to rescue a dog but since I don’t have any experience, I know that’s a long way to go since most of them have other needs than a pure bred dog that didn’t go through things.

  1. Describe your ideal dog.

A dog that is happy, greets me with a wagging tail, can be left around 5 hours alone unattended in a crate or a designated space with food and water provided, I don’t have a problem with shedding or barking

  1. What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

I don’t have any specific breed in mind, I just am not fond of really small (chihuahua) or really big (Great Dane, Bernese) breeds

  1. What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

Basic commands like sit, stay and so, respond to their name, any fancy commands they can learn, like high five or play dead, don’t know if it’s right to train that to a dog, but generally to protect me from unwanted people (aka people following me around at night and so)

  1. Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

No, don’t want to compete to anything

Care Commitments

  1. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

Training as long as it needs, I can train every day, playing whenever I’m home, aka more than half of the day

  1. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

I can exercise my dog daily for 2+ hours and go with him/she to a dog park

  1. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

I can brush every day for an hour or so, I can learn how to trim nails and for things I can’t, of course I’ll go to a groomer

Personal Preferences

  1. What size dog are you looking for?

Any size, just not the really small and really big breeds, as mentioned above

  1. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

I don’t have any shedding or barking preference, I’m not too fond with slobber

  1. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

I really want to train my dog to a level where he/she can roam freely unleashed without being in danger or causing problems

Dog Personality and Behavior

  1. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

A snuggly dog wouldn’t be bad, but not as snuggly in terms of it can’t be left alone due to high desperation anxiety, if that makes sense

  1. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

A dog that’s eager to please

  1. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

I want a dog that can protect me when needed, so I can’t say for it to be nice to strangers

  1. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

Not really since I’m not that experienced

  1. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

No aggression towards other animals mainly

Lifestyle

  1. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

Around 5 to 6 hours a day, mostly in the mornings

  1. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

No other people in the house

  1. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

I would like to get a cat in the future

  1. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

Only other people’s kids and not really often, a few times per year

  1. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

I would rent sometime and there are no general restrictions

  1. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

I live in Greece and from what I know, there are no bans

  1. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

In the summer the weather comes to around 40°C and in winter almost never under 10°C

Additional Information and Questions

  1. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

I can’t think of anything else

9 Comments
2024/06/09
11:52 UTC

11

Its five o'clock somewhere right?

As summer is here keep your pup cool and enriched with dog friendly margaritas! All you need is the following:half a cucumber well cut up, half a cup of plan greek yogurt,one cup of ice, And then blend it all together.Yogurt has lots of probiotics to boost dogs gut health while cucumbers ensure that your dog is hydrated. Can be served in cup or on lick mats. Let me know if your dog liked it as much as mine!

3 Comments
2024/06/09
02:36 UTC

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Favorite XL Dog Toys?

I have a boxer and a bull terrier… They play super well with toys and love playing tug/keep away in the backyard. We have a Kong jumbler and they love it.

What huge, fun toys do your dogs love? Bonus for toughness.

7 Comments
2024/06/09
01:18 UTC

46

So many ticks!

Just want to start by saying my dog is currently taking Simparico Trio.

So I went on a hike today and found a few dead ticks when I was checking her after the hike. Got home and gave her a bath because she got muddy during the hike. Some time later, I spot a few more dead ticks on my bed and on her back legs. In total, I found about 8 ticks, the size of a poppy seed, maybe a little smaller. Most were dead when I found them which means the Simparico is working, right?

I’ve checked her all over like 6 times already from paranoia and I dont see anymore. How can I make sure I got them all? And will she be ok?

28 Comments
2024/06/09
01:15 UTC

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Dog Breed Recommendation

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs? It will be MY first dog (in high school), but both my parents have grown up with dogs and have a lot of experience with dogs.
  2. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder? We feel that in our family it would be better to get our puppy through a breeder
  3. Describe your ideal dog. A dog that is on the smaller (toy breed size) side (Less than 18" in height). Willing to exercise and go on runs every other day (I run about 3 miles every other day), but is also willing to spend days where it can just be with us and be happy with being on our laps.
  4. What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why? I do not have any specific breeds that I am interested in so far. We just want a dog that will be happy with being with us as a family dog.
  5. What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do? Only the most BASIC tricks, such as stay, sit, roll over :)
  6. Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport? No, we just want a dog that will be willing to socialize with our family and go on trips

Care Commitments

  1. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

Me personally (on a avg day) will be able to spend 1-2 hours per day, but my brother, who is 9 years old and has a LOT LESS HOMEWORK will be willing to spend around 3-4 hours a day and both my parents are more than willing to spend time in terms of exercise with our dog as they go on walks almost everyday.

  1. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

I go on runs every other day (around 3 miles) and my parents go on walks every night. Also we do have a 0.6 acre lot meaning we will be able to play with our new dog in the backyard whenever we get the chance.

  1. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

In terms of brushing we are willing to brush our dog 1-2 times a week and would rather not do grooming work at home. We are willing to pay around 35-45 dollars to groom our dog every 6-8 weeks. (Maybe a bit more if it means it would be better for it)

Personal Preferences

  1. What size dog are you looking for?

We want a lap dog size breed that is less than 18".

  1. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

In terms of shedding we have a sort of unique perspective on it. If we can vacuum every other day and not have too much visible hair around the house it is fine. With barking we are fine with barking but obviously want a more contained dog, if that makes sense and don't want it to be barking SO much that it is disturbing us and neighbors, although it should definitely be willing to bark to communicate something important towards us. In terms of slobber we would definitely prefer a dog that barely drools.

  1. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

We likely won't be letting our dog off the leash in public places. We have a big enough of a backyard (0.6 acre), and are willing to spend time with it there.

Dog Personality and Behavior

  1. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

Definitely a more snuggly dog that will spend time with us

  1. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

Eager to please and willing to follow commands if we tell it to

  1. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

We don't mind how it will react to guests, just not being aggressive and biting people it doesn't know

  1. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

We would prefer a dog that would shy away from fights and run off rather than hold its own.

  1. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

Overchewing on items. I fully understand that this is mostly caused by under stimulation and there will be sometimes when dogs will do this no matter what but we don't want a dog that will be chewing on the dining table or dining chairs

Lifestyle

  1. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

Very rarely, there is almost never a point in time where no one is at home (obviously unless it is like a quick family outing such as going to the movies ). Never more than 2-3 hours

  1. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

They are willing to all step in and go on walks with our dog and spend time with it.

  1. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

n/a

  1. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

My 9 year old brother, he is pretty mature for his age and understands the importance of being patient and give it space if it needs it.

  1. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

n/a

  1. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

We live in the South East region of USA, there are no major laws against breed

  1. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live? Summer 70-80, Winter 35-50 (Fahrenheit)

Additional Information and Questions

  1. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

To sum it up we are looking for a family dog that will be willing to snuggle with us, easy to control, and be less agressive

  1. Feel free to ask any questions below.

n/a

15 Comments
2024/06/09
00:22 UTC

89

What do you use to moisturize yourself? Dog licking post shower issues.

I haven’t used lotion since I got my dog four years ago. He licks me after a shower no matter what I do. I only use face stuff because he knows face kisses aren’t allowed. He sleeps in my bed with me and I shower at night because I workout in the evening. He has a really sensitive stomach (enough so to require a special diet) so I just stopped using as a precaution. I’m tired of dealing with my dry skin, so I thought I’d see what this community does in this situation. Thanks in advance!

156 Comments
2024/06/09
00:06 UTC

6

Help entertaining a dog

I have a very smart dog about 4 years old. I'm looking for a way to entertain him while I work(from home). He's hard on toys. He destroyed a kong wobbler and ate some cuncks so that's out. All his others he wants to play with me. Need some opinions other then a regular kong and puzzle toys because he gets them so quickly.

11 Comments
2024/06/08
22:55 UTC

1

Toy for an senior dog that likes to chew on blankets?

Baby is an 11 year old throwback pomeranian (20 lbs) and she's never been interested in much outside of car rides and walks. She doesn't express much interest in squeaky toys or balls.

When she's relaxing with me, however, I notice she loves to chew on my blanket. Is there a toy I can get for her so she can lay off of my blankets? The problem is, I don't think I can just buy her something and expect her to use it. She's always been a very odd dog and some have said she completely lacks personality. I don't agree with this - I personally find her to be very charming and her timid personality is what I love about her.

She doesn't bark, I have to really get her hyped up with treats in order to get her acting playful for a minute, but other than that she kinda just relaxes and side eyes people. It's not her age, either - she's been this way since she was a pup. Basically, I just need a 'blanket simulator' that will keep even the most timid dog occupied. I think maybe if it had flavoring on it, she'd love it.

5 Comments
2024/06/08
20:51 UTC

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Anyone ever use a playpen for new puppy

I’m getting an Airedale puppy in August. He will not have the run of the house until he is potty trained and not chewing on my furniture. Is this a good idea?

60 Comments
2024/06/08
18:39 UTC

5

Active, non clingy bikejoring buddy?

**Introduction**

1)	Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

    *   No. Currently own a borzoi, and grew up with dogs of very different breeds. 

2)	Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a [reputable breeder]( http://ownresponsibly.blogspot.com/2011/07/identifying-reputable-breeder.html)?

   *    No.

3)	Describe your ideal dog.

   *    A dog with good drive and athletic ability because I want to mainly do bikejoring with them. I prefer more will to please but I really don't like the velcro personality that tends to come with that. I like when the dog just chills out at home and don't jump up as soon as I move. Our current dog tends to be in the same room with us but just lies there and isn't standing right at my feet at all times. I prefer them to be aloof with strangers and not the kind of dog that happily greets every single person they see. Not too fond of barking and howling, I'm fine with some just not all the time. Either not long hair or hair that can get trimmed/cut short. 

4)	What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

   *      I really don't have a preference since I just want a dog that fits what I want. I've looked at every group, all types of breeds and found qualities I both love and don't like in many of them.

5)	What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

*  I love doing fun trick training on walks or at home and stuff like that. Picking up stuff I drop, finding chanterelles, just fun little things that are also useful in an every day setting. Basic obediance and more advanced on a hobby level.

6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

  *      Bikejoring, I did this with my current dog and got pretty good results for her being a borzoi. But I want to up the level and do it more seriously, maybe even compete. Even if I don't end up competing I would do it on a pretty serious level "at home". 

**Care Commitments**

  7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

   *   Play and mental stimulation I kind of throw in wherever possible with my current dog and like having it that way, but I wouldn't be opposed to also having more dedicated training sessions for some hours each week. 

8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average?  What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?  

   *    Several hours. Off leash play time (for my borzoi that mostly consists of running around on her own but sometimes I get to throw a ball and she'll fetch it a few times) outside, long walks with fun exercises thrown in to strengthen or build balance, the joring. Longer hikes when time off.  I use a dog park but in my country it's not like a small park with a lot of dogs. It's a big, big fenced in area, often with trees and it's more like a field. And you go in one at a time or let people in if you know your dogs get along. But that's like one other dog at a time. The bikejoring I would do a few times a week and want the dog to be able to go around 40km/week.

9)	How much regular brushing are you willing to do?  Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home?  If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

   *    Fine with trimming, don't want to brush too much. All other things like basic care, brushing teeth, cleaning ears and so on is of course fine. 

**Personal Preferences**

10)	What size dog are you looking for?

   *    Minimum 25 kg. Don't care about height and can't really say a maximum weight but not too heavy since I need speed and endurance.

11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

  *     Ideally not much shedding but it's not a hard limit. Barking is fine to a degree, don't want the chatties dog out there but they can alert to strangers at the door or talk a little, as long as you can also stop it when needed. Slobber is like the shedding.

12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

   *    Not really since I'm used to sighthounds but it would be quite nice if it was possible, for hikes and such.

**Dog Personality and Behavior**

13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

  *     Personal space. I love how my current dog is so I can describe her. She loves to be close and cuddle, often sits in my lap outside but she isn't clingy at all at the same time. She isn't desperate to be close, she just likes it a lot of the time. But is also very capable of just lying down and chill a bit away from me when we're sitting outside. At home, she's fine with being in her spot a few metres away from me in the same room. Sometimes she whines a little for attention, she doesn't want cuddles but that I look at her and talk to her. A few minutes of that and she's fine again. When she wants to cuddle she comes up to me, I pet her a little and then she goes back to her spot by herself again. Like, we know she loves us and likes to be close but doesn't come of as needy, clingy or desperate for attention. 

14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

   *    More eager to please. 

15) How  would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard?  How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?  

  *  I prefer aloof, I don't mind guarding instincts at all but I do mind the typical lab "everyone's my friend!" mentality. The borzoi for example seems oblivious that other humans even exist and I like that. We don't get many visitors but do live in a city and use public transportation so it needs to be fine with being around others. It's fine with more guarding qualities but they need to back down if I let people in.

16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

* Not at all, since it needs to get along with our current dog.

17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

* Any kind of real aggression, to other dogs or humans. Separation anxiety. No off switch, like ability to just chill when inside or on the bus.

**Lifestyle**

18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

* A few times a week, for maximum 4 hours.

19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog? 

*  My partners preferences are mentioned so that they can live with the dog but I will be the main caretaker in all areas. They work a lot more and have a lot less energy than I do and don't have the same love for dog sports and training. But they really love dogs and will offer a lot of love, cuddles and involvement when free.

20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets?  What breed or type of animal are they?

* Only my borzoi. 

21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

* One child above the age of 12, maybe one to two times every other month. 

22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

* This is not relevant

23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

* This is not relevant

24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

* Around 0° C in winter. Summer is around 20° C. 

**Additional Information and Questions**

25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

* No additional information.

26) Feel free to ask any questions below 
11 Comments
2024/06/08
16:42 UTC

3

Megathread: Why Does My Dog Do That?

Does your dog turn his head when he hears an odd noise? Does your dog bury their food with your pants? This is the thread to ask why.

Please keep this thread to non-medical issues only.

0 Comments
2024/06/08
16:00 UTC

7

Megathread: Aging, Illness, and Euthanasia Support Group

This thread is where to get emotional support with all things related to death and illness with your dog. This is also a thread where you can seek assistance with deciding whether it is indeed time.

This is not a thread to seek anecdotes with medical care. All rules involving medical questions and anecdotes remains the same for this thread.

If your dog has passed, you can still post here for emotional support or you can create your own thread tagged with one of the RIP flairs. Be sure to review the rules of our flair guide. It is up to you how you choose to grieve.

2 Comments
2024/06/08
15:00 UTC

1

Help identifying my new puppy’s breed

Hi! I just adopted this beautiful girl named Olive!! The rescue organization said she is a Chow Chow Mix, She is 3-4 months old and weighs 15lbs right now. I am just wondering if anyone has any logical guesses on how big, height and weight. She is going to get and what other breed she might be! I get her on Thursday of next week and I am so excited! Thank you

https://imgur.com/a/lGsKaIn

1 Comment
2024/06/08
03:37 UTC

7

Seeking a Snuggly, Versatile New Best Friend

Introduction

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?
  • No, growing up, my mom ran a 501(c)3 sporting breed dog rescue out of our home, I was involved in 4H dog obedience, handled an English Pointer in the show ring, and worked and volunteered off/on at shelters/humane societies, boarding kennels, and with various dog training companies. I don't consider myself an expert but have been around dogs quite a bit :)
  1. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?
  • I am trying to figure this out myself. My last well-bred dog was my pointer who lived to be 16 and never had health issues. My soul dog, I just lost, was a rescue who lived to 12 and had health issues off and on throughout her life. :( IDK
  1. Describe your ideal dog.
  • A snuggly breed. Think: a lap dog that is too big to be a lap dog. A dog that can be described as happy and is versatile. I want to get more involved in dog sports and activities like obedience, rally, fastCAT, etc. and enjoy hiking but want a dog that also has an off-switch and can snuggle up with me on the couch. Looking for something medium-large (35+ lbs) and any coat type.
  1. What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?
  • Was looking at: show-line border collies, finnish lapphunds, english setters, gordon setters, irish red and white setters, icelandic sheepdogs. I also considered beaucerons but they are too aloof, I think and also looked at collies but heard that they don't necessarily like to cuddle lol I was also thinking about a german shepherd but I am nervous about the health of the show-line dogs and I think the working dogs are too high drive for me.
  1. What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?
  • All the typical stuff, nothing particularly specialized. I love learning about a dog's natural behaviors and tapping into it with new tricks. My corgi mix loves to toss toys and bump me with her nose, so we're doing a lot of nose-targeting and holding objects.
  1. Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?
  • Yes! I don't care about titles, etc necessarily but I love working with dogs and using the activities as a way to bond with them. I have most experience with obedience but my current dog is the first one I am taking through agility, nosework, and possibly herding trials. I am looking for a dog who is equally as eager to try new things :)

Care Commitments

  1. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?
  • I can make anything work. I work from home and have been able to devote several 15 min breaks to training, playing, and giving my corgi mix enrichment throughout the day. I also often go to work at a farm, so would be able to take the dog with me there as well.
  1. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?
  • Depends on the dog, to be honest. My corgi mix now gets like 3-4 little breaks where we either do training or run around outside or I give her a puzzle or something. I would adjust to the needs of the dog. She gets tired after about 10 minutes of zooming so I don't push her too hard.
  1. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?
  • I am open to any and all! At two of my previous jobs, the groomers were starting to teach me some of the basics and I would love to learn more -- and obviously pay a pro who knows what they're doing lol

Personal Preferences

  1. What size dog are you looking for?
  • Medium-Large (35lbs+)
  1. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?
  • I am a gross dog person who grew up on a farm full of rescue dogs. I don't mind any of it.
  1. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?
  • I think the type of dog I am looking for is a bit more "velcro", so I would hope they'd stick by me. I would like to take them to the farm with me, which is an open space (with a fence, but pretty far out) without worrying that they'd just find the fence line and want to take off.

Dog Personality and Behavior

  1. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?
  • Snuggle bug please.
  1. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?
  • Eager to please
  1. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?
  • Barking is fine, but I don't want aggressiveness. I am accustomed to socializing dogs, but don't know that I want a breed that is predisposed.
  1. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?
  • Yes, my old dog was dog-reactive and I learned a lot from her (namely how to avoid / manage the behavior).
  1. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?
  • I don't really want a breed that could be described as aloof or cat-like.

Lifestyle

  1. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?
  • Rarely. I work from home full-time and help out at a farm where I can bring the dog. I take my corgi mix pretty much everywhere.
  1. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?
  • I would be the primary caregiver. My partner lives with me, but we don't have any kids. Her involvement with the pets is pretty minimal except that she enjoys snuggling and playing with them.
  1. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?
  • We have a senior chihuahua, a young corgi mix, and two cats.
  1. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?
  • No
  1. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?
  • We are currently in an apartment, but are planning to rent a home with the yard at the end of the year when our lease is up. There are a lot of options out here w/ large fenced yards, so will likely hold off on getting a new dog until next year when we are settled.
  1. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
  • Georgia, USA. I don't think there are any breed bans here.
  1. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?
  • 85-90F in the summer and 20-30F in the winter. The dog will be an indoor pet only.

Additional Information and Questions

  1. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
  • I was originally looking at more rare breeds because I feel guilty buying a well-bred dog while there are so many labs/goldens/shepherds in the shelter, but I am also kind of leaning towards purebred/well-bred because so many of the dogs that came through my mom's rescue had devastating health issues. We saw young labs with hip and elbow displasia and previously had a corgi mix with a medical issue who passed at only 7 years-old. My purebred English Pointer lived to 16 and was about 60-70lbs and never had health complications until her old age. But I think what I am asking for is something I'd probably find in a more popular dog breed because I suspect a lot of people want a happy, outgoing dog who enjoys spending time with their person, snuggling up on the couch, but also going on hikes and going to "work" ... so I am all ears and look forward to your opinions and experiences!
36 Comments
2024/06/08
13:02 UTC

72

Puppies need several naps per day

If your puppy is far too active, try putting her or him in the crate. If soon that puppy is sleeping your dog need a nap and less stimulation. Frequent naps are good for puppies’ health and your relationship. You will have far less friction and frustration. Our English springer needs a two hour nap every three hours or so.

19 Comments
2024/06/08
11:49 UTC

5

Anything better than bac out for doggie smell?

I tried multiple washings, vinegar, both and separately. The machine is a HE one which says not to use powder, so I can't use baking soda. My SIL says bac out is best. I'm going to order some tomorrow, but thought that if anyone knows anything better or agrees with this product, it would be good to know. I'm also going to be soaking the foam rubber pad in one of their tubs 🤫. Thanks for the help.

12 Comments
2024/06/08
05:58 UTC

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Do you and your dog have a “song”?

When I was a young teen, I loved the song You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King — the description of unconditional platonic love always struck me. Eventually it faded into the background and I kinda forgot about it.

I heard it recently, and I was struck by the fact that it almost sounds as if it were written by a dog: “You just call out my name / And you know wherever I am / I’ll come running to see you again / Winter, spring, summer, or fall / All you have to do is call / And I’ll be there / You’ve got a friend”

Also this part too: “Now ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend / When people can be so cold / They’ll hurt you, and desert you / And take your soul if you let them / But don’t you let them” 😭😭 literally sounds like it was written by a wise old dog who’s seen their human go through troubled times and get hurt by people.

I’ve listened to it a few times over the last few weeks and it just feels like me and my Newfie’s “soul song.” He’s my first dog, a COVID puppy, and such a loyal Velcro dog. I don’t deserve how much he loves me. The song makes me think of all the hard times I’ve been through where he’s always been there for me to lean on or cheer me up. It makes me emotional and reminds me just how important he is to me.

Do you and your song have a song?

87 Comments
2024/06/07
22:59 UTC

5

Looking for recommendations for my first dog

**Introduction**

1)	Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

* Yes

2)	Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a [reputable breeder]( http://ownresponsibly.blogspot.com/2011/07/identifying-reputable-breeder.html)?

* Preference is to rescue, but I'm open to going through a breeder to get a healthy dog

3)	Describe your ideal dog.

* Moderately active, able to be trained to do tasks, larger in size with a healthy build, friendly and open to meeting new people and animals.

4)	What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

* Border collies, labradors, and German shepherds. For their intelligence, healthy build and ability to be trained.

5)	What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

* Sit, lie down, stay, fetch, heal, walk off leash.

6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

* No

**Care Commitments**

  7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

* 2hrs a day

8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average?  What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?  

* 1hr a day going during the week for a walk to a dog park. And a couple of hours once a month doing a long hike of 2-5hrs in different locations.

9)	How much regular brushing are you willing to do?  Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home?  If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

* I'm happy to doing regular brushing once a week. I'm open to doing grooming at home but I'd probably prefer to pay a professional.

**Personal Preferences**

10)	What size dog are you looking for?

* Medium to large

11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

* Minimal shedding, minimal to moderate barking, and I have no issues with slobber.

12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

* I would prefer to be able to walk a dog off leash, but I am happy to keep it leashes or harnessed if required.

**Dog Personality and Behavior**

13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

* Snuggly, 

14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

* Eager to please

15) How  would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard?  How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?  

* I'd like it to be friendly to visitors, happy for it to bark at knocks at the door or new people.

16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

* Yes, but since this is my first dog I would prefer to avoid this if possible.

17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

* No

**Lifestyle**

18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

* 9hrs a day 5 days a week, I can make time in the middle of the day on my lunch break for 30mins if needed to let them out/interact with them.

19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog? 

* They're happy to have a medium to large dog. They have had dogs before. They will have some involvement in caring for the dog, looking after it in the middle of the day 2-3 times a week.

20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets?  What breed or type of animal are they?

* No

21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

* No, apart from those in the local parks, dog parks, and hiking trails.

22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

* Currently renting, no current restrictions.

23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

* Brisbane, Australia.

24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

* Summer, 25 - 30°C. Winter, 10 - 20°C.

**Additional Information and Questions**

25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

* No additional information.

26) Feel free to ask any questions below. 
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2024/06/07
21:44 UTC

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Breed Questionnaire

I need help deciding between a saluki, standard poodle, or miniature poodle. I love affectionate and energetic dogs but my main concern is the prey drive because I have 2 rats, 1 hamster, and a crested gecko. They are kept in their secured enclosures and I don't plan to let them interact with the dog when they're out of the cage (which is not often).

Dog Breed Questionnaire

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?
  • First time owning a dog on my own but I grew up with a dog. The dog is a small/medium mix and I quite like her aloofness and independence. She's 10 and currently lives outside the country with my parents.
  1. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder.
  • Either but preferably rescuing since I don't plan to have a puppy.
  1. Describe your ideal dog.
  • A sweet, gentle, playful medium ish sized dog that is comfortable being inside and doesn't bark too much. Preferably with minimal shedding. It'll be good if the dog is able to safely live with cats & dogs and get along with kids, since my landlord is still deciding if she wants a dog or cat in the future and her nephew would be visiting the house occasionally. Not a dealbreaker as long as they are not aggressive to cats and kids since I personally don't plan to have cats or kids. Ideally not too difficult to train. Preferably an adult dog.
  1. What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?
  • Salukis, Standard Poodles, and maybe Whippets and Miniature Poodles. I really like their intelligence and athleticism and their elegant and unique look. Really like the independence of Salukis and the fact that they can be pretty active and energetic outdoors but also fine indoors. The minimal shedding is part of the reason too.
  1. What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?
  • Basic commands
  1. Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?
  • No
  1. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?
  • A few hours a day as much as I can
  1. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?
  • 1 to 2 hours a day. A bit more than 2 hours per day would be fine too since I don't have much going on despite working. 2 walks (before and after work) in the city during the week, as well as a short play session mid day with me or dog walker during my lunch break and a longer play session in the evening in the backyard. I'd take them to hikes or dog parks during the weekend. It would be nice if the dog can go jogging with me too.
  1. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?
  • I am able to groom as needed but would prefer not to have to do excessive grooming.
  1. What size dog are you looking for?
  • Preferably medium to large dog breeds. I'm not really interested in dogs less than 25lbs or more than 70lbs.
  1. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?
  • Not excessive barking since I live in a shared house. Preferably minimal shedding and slobber.
  1. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?
  • Not important at all. If the dog is able to do that it'd be nice but it's perfectly fine if they can't.
  1. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?
  • Not too cuddly like golden retrievers etc. I'd prefer a dog who wants my attention but still wants some time by themselves.
  1. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?
  • Probably lean towards wants to do its own thing but not too picky.
  1. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?
  • Not too reactive. A warning bark would be fine as long as they don't go crazy when someone's trying to enter. Don't really have a preference of their reaction to strangers or visitors as long as they're not aggressive or bark like crazy.
  1. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?
  • No since I would visit friends with dogs frequently.
  1. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

Aggression to people and kids. Excessive chewing and barking.

  1. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

6~8 hours in total on weekdays since I typically work 9-5. My current schedule has long lunch breaks so I'm planning to go home mid day for a short play session. If I can't I'll hire a dog walker. My landlord typically goes home around 4 and she said she'd be happy to walk the dog but I'm not relying on that since I'll be the primary caretaker.

  1. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

My roommate doesn't have a preference. My landlord prefers a dog that can be quiter indoor.

  1. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?
  • I have 2 rats, 1 hamster, and a crested gecko. They are kept in their secured enclosures and I don't plan to let them interact with the dog when they're out of the cage (which is not often).
  1. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?
  • Not currently but my landlord said there will be children around 10 to visit in the future.
  1. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?
  • Currently renting but no restrictions.
  1. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
  • Canada. No laws that I’m aware of.
  1. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?
  • Summer probably averages around 20-25℃ but can get up to 30℃. Winter averages around -5℃ but can get down to -20℃ occasionally.
  1. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
  • Not a big deal but it would be nice to have a dog that can bond with me instead of being super friendly to everyone. I also prefer an adult dog but young dogs are fine too.
  1. Feel free to ask any questions below.
18 Comments
2024/06/07
20:53 UTC

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