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Re: Want a new dog, but not just yet/scared Tanzanite

Posted by Dinah on February 26, 2006, at 20:25:31

In reply to Want a new dog, but not just yet/scared, posted by Tanzanite on February 26, 2006, at 16:42:26

I long ago recognized that I was not alpha dog. I do better with spaniels and other nondominant dogs.

What I would suggest is that you come up with a well thought out plan. One that will not only reassure you but also reassure someone who will be entrusting one of their babies to you.

First you might want to do some reading. I recommend

"Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior"

"The Right Dog for You"

Research the particular puppy you'll be getting. Since you have a history of prior problems, instead of adopting from the pound, you might want to buy from a reputable breeder. The best of them will take a puppy back if a home doesn't work out. The very best of them will require that a puppy come back to them if a home doesn't work out. Meet the mom, and dad if possible. Ask about the temperament of the individual pups. You probably don't want the most dominant, but you don't want one so submissive you might have fear biting or submissive urinating.

Consult with a behavioral specialist, both about training for you and your puppy, and also about environmental factors that might need to be changed to have an ideal puppy home.

Puppies are an awful lot of trouble. Be prepared with a puppy proof home.

Talking with vets, trainers, breeders, etc. about what to expect, and how to head off problems, will help both you and the puppy in the long run.

Oh yes, and neuter neuter neuter. Especially males, and at a young age before they get used to leg lifting and dominance challenges.

 

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