|Barked: Tue Feb 5, '13 12:23pm PST |
|Guest, I'm going to point out that MANY of the dog owners here are very vigilant when it comes to people potentially getting a breed/mix more than they can handle. It's certainly not a breed mix, or even breeds that I would ever recommend to a first time dog owner. I am glad to hear that you're having so much success training her, though.
That said, many of the people here WILL point out the negative aspects of a breed. You have to prepare for the worst, and hope(and work at getting) for the best, especially in poorly bred dogs and mix breeds. The reason we do this? To ensure whether or not owners are not just committed to their dogs, but PREPARED to take on the attributes that can make the breed/mix wholly difficult.
I never tell people all the amazing and good attributes about my Beagle. They look at him and assume because he's quiet and well mannered, and listens so well that ALL Beagles are that way. Not true. My dog happens to be a well socialized, VERY well trained Beagle who I WORKED at getting this way for the past four and a half years. So I tell people the hard parts of the breed instead. Essentially, "You want a happy, well mannered dog? You HAVE to work at it and give the breed the necessarily mental/physical stimulation and proper outlets."
I would like to note however, that while your puppy might be crate trained on going INTO the crate on command in a day, I can GUARANTEE it'll be something you have to CONTINUE to train for and make a positive thing each and every single day to ensure that she continues to LIKE her crate. The ultimate goal of crate training is to train a dog to LIKE their crate and view it as their safe haven, their escape, their bedroom so to speak.
I do think the dog can be successful in an apartment. However, only with the right mental and physical stimulation. I would seriously look into classes(Obedience and sport) to help ensure the dog is happy and has the proper outlets. Herding and/or things like agility can help. In fact, with herding, you can teach the Heeler in her that sheep are OKAY to herd in classes, but your pig is not. I would really, really focus on making sure that she views the pig as a positive thing too, and if any herding or prey drive kicks in, I would nip it in the bud - FAST while she's still young and new to your home. I would also NEVER leave her unsupervised with your pig, EVER, just for safety sake.
Good luck. Please make an account and let us see pictures of the cutie.
Oh, btw, do you have a Kong? If not, I totally recommend getting one!
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