|Barked: Thu Sep 20, '12 1:17pm PST |
|Sorry, OP, but I think you're being a bit too sensitive about the responses people gave you. Overall it's just not a good idea to get a puppy thinking "oh, this will prepare me for a baby." Yes, people do it all the time, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good idea. If you realize they're two totally different things though, then that might be different, but you can't blame people here for taking that as somewhat of a red flag when you didn't elaborate on what "practice baby" actually meant to you specifically.
It IS good that you're doing your research, but part of research is not being offended when someone warns you of the negatives. If you want a jogging buddy, a large breed puppy isn't a good idea unless you're planning to wait a couple years before you can jog together, so adopting an adult from the shelter would probably be the better option... but to be fair you DID specify you wanted a puppy, as well as a jogging companion, so it's only reasonable you would get responses warning you of what damage you can do to your puppy if you take it jogging before it's done growing.
I didn't suggest any breeds specifically, because to be honest the "wants" in the first post didn't bring any breeds to mind. The ones I mentioned in my earlier post were just there as examples to say "a golden is a different type of smart than a husky" or "a brittany is a different type of smart than a sheltie" etc. (not necessarily recommending those breeds yet--just using them as examples. I hope that makes sense. I'm not very good at explaining the things in my head sometimes. ) because I found the "smart and trainable" thing to be pretty vague and didn't say a whole lot about what you're actually expecting your dog to be like. I didn't mean it to sound condescending, but honestly re-reading through others' posts none of them really seemed condescending to me so much as informative, or at the most warning you of what certain dogs are like.
Edited by author Thu Sep 20, '12 1:29pm PST
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