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Choosing the Right Dog > Suggested dog types?

Setiv

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Barked: Tue Jan 14, '14 8:43pm PST 
Thats a good point. Our current dog does well with single dogs, but not too great when there are a lot of dogs (i.e. a rescue facility environment) so being able to do a home test would be important. Thanks for the responses so far!
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Choosing the Right Dog > Suggested dog types?
Setiv

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Barked: Tue Jan 14, '14 12:03am PST 
I am interested in adopting a dog from a rescue organization and would like some suggestions as to what breeds/mixes I might want to keep an eye out for.

I work 830-530 with a half hour commute both ways, would like a medium-sized dog (preferably not the larger side of medium) that sheds normally or not at all, typically well-mannered indoors (willing to train lots), I jog 3-6 times a week, go hiking about twice a month, have a dog and cat that will keep it company, have roommates that may or may not be home during the day to let them out, I'm considering installing a dog door to allow them access to the backyard during the day (though our current dog does perfectly fine without), and I want a dog that I can train tons of tricks to (smart!). I would also likely do things like Frisbee, flirtpole, and fetch, but not agility that requires a bunch of equipment.

I keep running into similar dog breeds/mixes (mainly heelers) but read a lot of push back because I work 'the 9-5' and can't/dont want to afford a dog walker or daycare everyday (IMHO overpriced). I am definitely open to other types of dogs, but seriously though, dont most people work 9-5?! I KNOW those people have dogs.

Anyway, does anyone have a suggestion as to the type of dog I might want to consider? Part of the reason heelers keep coming up is because I love merled coats or unique markings and I tend to click on those dogs while searching. So cool looking dogs isba plus. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you all have!
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Australian Cattle Dog > Adopting a 1.5 year old ACD?

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Barked: Sun Jan 12, '14 5:08pm PST 
I am seriously thinking about adopting a cattle dog I met at a rescue facility this past weekend. She was good off-leash with other dogs at the facility's dogpark, beautifully walks on leash without prior training, and was a very calm but happy dog. She seemed like a very relaxed(non-typical), but curious cattle dog. She will be my first dog of my own, but ive grown up with dogs and am comfortable enforcing rules.

However, I work a 9-6 type job and cannot come home during the day. I have roommates that may or may not be home to walk her during the day. We have a frenchie/pekingese mix that has done this with us for years and has been fine. We also have a cat that is friendly with our current dog, but doesn't play with her unless they're outside (their choice, not ours).

I'm interested in getting a dog to be able to accompany me jogging 3-5 times a week (varying morning/evening), hiking 1-2 times a month (San Jose, Can, lots of choices around the bay), train lots of obedience and tricks, and play frisbee or other minimal equipment games/sports (i.e. not agility, etc.). I am in the process of building a 6' welded wire fence (not easily-climbable chain link) to section off a portion of backyard that she and our current dog can access through a doggie door and am considering setting up a small springpole as well.

Some of the concerns that the organization had were that I work 830-530 and that might be too long at a time and that she might grow out of her calmness and become a more demanding dog as she matures, which would contribute to the amount of time I'm gone a day.

What say you guys? Anyone gone from about 8 or 9am and return around 6pm and still own a happy, adjusted cattle dog? Anyone have a calm young cattle dog that grew up to be a handful? I dont want to do her wrong, but I feel like this'll work and felt like I vibed with her pretty well. 8-10 hours day can't be too bad, with access to toys, the outside, the occassional person, and a canine older, smaller sister, can it? Id love to hear both good and bad stories!
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Irish Terrier > IT Training and Friendliness

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Barked: Tue Sep 4, '12 10:31pm PST 
I'm seriously thinking of getting an Irish Terrier to add to my household where I will be the primary caregiver. I've done a bunch of research, but now I'm curious about a few things:

-Does anyone here do obedience/rally/agility/tracking/disc/etc. with their ITs? How quickly did you feel the dog picked things up? Is there a sport that ITs specifically like/might excel at?

-Does anyone walk their dog off-leash for either short spurts or whole walks? I know they're not the ideal dog for this, but I wonder if anyone has put some serious time and training into this and what there results are.

-Did anyone here clicker train their Irish? Did you feel it made a difference with your IT as opposed to other dogs/IT you may have trained in the past using other methods?

-How dog-unfriendly and stranger-unfriendly are ITs really? Many descriptions depict them as very headstrong and not very peaceful with other dogs, but how is that truly playing out now that we're in a contemporary society where the dogs and their parents are mostly companions with typically higher socialization opportunities than the dogs of our past?

-How much does your Irish Terrier bark? I've heard many different opinions on this.


Much of my internet research has shown me two things: 1 most of the information comes from the same source, often with the same verbiage and/or 2 much of the information is a little outdated, even the breed standard describes the dogs as smaller than what they typically are nowadays. So here I am asking Irish Terrier owners their opinions. Thanks in advance for the advice! =]
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