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Choosing the Right Dog > Breed Match (Tillers help wanted!)
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Barked: Sun Dec 9, '12 9:19pm PST 
Papillons and seem to be a good fit for you. Paps are usually obsessed with their person! Very trainable and eager to please. They are not a working dog that will work just to work. . . they work for praise, treats, etc. They usually thrive in homes that will work with them in some sport. They do best with very positive training; negative training can break them down and make them very skittish and nervous. Also, lack of socialization can make them very fearful.

If you want a Velco, rare is the Pap that will let you go to the bathroom alone. They are always happy. They are active little dogs but not hyper. You can throw 30 Paps in a yard who've never met and rarely will there be a scuffle. They aren't super playful with other dogs.

Easy to groom but they do shed. Your rule with shedding is simple: the longer the hair, the less the dog will shed. However, the longer the hair, the more grooming you have to do to prevent matting and to keep the hair pretty.

Another good thing about them is they tend to be very healthy and long lived. I have two 13 year olds. They have gone gray, one has lost much of his hearing, but they have the energy level of a 6 year old. The lines I work with are especially long-lived. They are good 'til 15ish and then from 15-17 they become frail and old, but many pass away on their own around 16 or 17.

You should check out my site if you are really interested.
http://www.letitpapillons.com/info/index.htm
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Choosing the Right Dog > Is there a good big dog for me
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Barked: Wed Dec 7, '11 3:36am PST 
Too many ewe necks in the breed from MY experience and in talking to breeders. This isn't good for agility. They aren't athletic enough for me. Very smart but I need a more agile dog for agility. I'm not trying to insult breeds! They are all great. Poodles just aren't protective enough for me nor intimidating. I have never been intimidated by one nor met one that didn't jump on me with wags n kisses. I want (ideally) a true protection dog.

A G Schnauzer came to mind?
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Choosing the Right Dog > Is there a good big dog for me

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Barked: Wed Dec 7, '11 2:54am PST 
Thanks for the suggestions. Poodle is great but not intimidating, which I need, and with straight shoulders and not athletic enough. I can compromise on some things, though.

I know lots if Malinois. I like them n their energy level us fine with me. Although I've had em around my dogs, I don't trust em enough so thats a deal breaker. I've been told Tervs are much easier to live with other pets and their coats are more to my liking. I've only known one (did live with a small dog).

I have a Malamute stay with me a couple months out of the year and his shedding is fine as it comes out in tufts which are easy to clean. Had a Pug stay over and I couldn't handle the shedding.

GSD are so sweet but I can't deal with the way they've been bred to move. It is not a deal breaker but is a drawback.

I just want to do agility n obedience with the dog apart from regular walks. I've been interested in tracking and S&R but with no previous experience in either, I can't be certain they are for me - though agility isn't for me either, I just do it for the dogs.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Is there a good big dog for me

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Barked: Tue Dec 6, '11 7:56pm PST 
here is my ideal big dog

Lovable n safe around kids n pets
Loyal n protective
Looks intimidating
Trainable - good in agility
As low shedding as possible - no Lab
Non drooling
Healthy
Big but not so huge it will break my furniture or not fit in my car - no Giant anything or Anatolian size
Tolerates hot environment

Some of my fav breeds are BCs and Aussies but not sure they fit the protective n intimidating need

Like Rotts n Dobes but not a fan of the shedding and getting that short hair which I know sheds more than longer hair

GSD are out cuz of their structure

Thinking about the 4 Belgian Shepherds. I'm most familiar with Malinois which I think fits the trainable, athletic, intimidating needs. Not sure I can live with the short shedding coat n not sure I can trust one around my small dogs. I don't have much experience with the other varieties.
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Dogs and a Clean Home > grout

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Barked: Tue May 10, '11 12:24pm PST 
Only real way is to seal the grout. You are supposed to do it annually. As long as it isn't sealed, it will get dirty.
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Dogs and a Clean Home > Stuffed animal toys
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Barked: Tue May 10, '11 12:21pm PST 
I wash all their toys every month with a non toxic detergent. Usually the squeakers survive but if they don't, I just toss them. Yeah, it costs money but I can't stand dirty toys. Pet Edge has cheap toys.
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Dogs and a Clean Home > What does your dog smell like?

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Barked: Tue May 10, '11 12:19pm PST 
Being that she is a Papillon, she should be odorless. My dogs will pick up that "outside" smell too if they are out for a while on a humid day. However, being bathed every 3 days means they usually smell like shampoo.
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Sports & Agility > Papillons in the world of dog sports?

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Barked: Tue May 10, '11 12:09pm PST 
Only breed I've ever owned has been a Papillon. I find them to be very eager to learn. Some have a high drive and others do not so they won't all be great in sports, but most all of them will enjoy themselves.

They are super easy to train. If a Pap isn't doing what you ask of him it's because you aren't training him correctly. If that happens, ask an expert. They work off of their bond with you more so than any other reward (food or toy). If you get frustrated with them or try to be too assertive (punishing them instead of rewarding them) they will break down. That's why all training has to be kept very fun for them; if they aren't having fun, they won't do it.
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Behavior & Training > What to do? Old dog biting.

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Barked: Thu Feb 10, '11 8:08pm PST 
I agree. She may be losing her sight, not feeling well, or going senile. The vet may be able to prescribe meds for her. My friend's dog ended up being put down and it was discovered that he had a big tumor on his brain. I've worked with lots of dogs and some of them really did get testy as they aged. I'd just let her be if the vet can't help her. Keep people away (put her up when visitors come). She probably won't live much longer and the personality change is just a sign of her failing body. When you handle her, you probably need to go slow and speak to her so she knows what you are doing and stays calm.
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Behavior & Training > What would you do if this happened to you
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Barked: Thu Feb 10, '11 8:04pm PST 
Sit down on the floor and have the child walk back and forth. Each time the child got near, I'd treat the dog.
When eating out of his bowl, I'd put my hand and play with his food. Before being allowed to his food, I'd make the dog stay-sit until released. When he is eating, if I say "leave it" the dog must back up from his food bowl. Also, this has to be done with kibble AND high value food such as treats.

I did all of this to make sure my dogs grew up with zero food aggression. Seems like a lot of work, but my dogs won't bite or growl no matter how tasty of a treat they have in their mouth.

That written, even though my dogs are tiny, I still wouldn't allow a child to get near them. That's just begging for an accident to happen.
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