|Barked: Mon Apr 2, '12 10:22pm PST |
|Hello again! Thanks so much for your responses. My heart tells me to choose an adult rescue dog (my three cats are all adult rescues), but I am very nervous about this as I've never had a dog before. I thought I'd go for a puppy so I could train him or her well and we could learn together - plus I am very concerned about a dog that has not been brought up with the cats deciding to suddenly turn on them. To make myself feel better I reasoned that all future dogs could be older rescues, once I'd got the hang of looking after and training a dog. I really am quite worried about risking an older rescue dog with the cats right now. But it breaks my heart, the thought of all those older dogs in shelters. How easy are older dogs to train?
It sounds like a GSD might be a bit too much of a challenge for me, for a first dog. I've been doing my research and have realised I'm not too picky about the breed of my dog, looks-wise - it's all about the personality. A dog that can give a warning bark to let me know if someone is approaching the house would be enough, I don't actually want to set the dog on anyone! But generally, I need the dog to bark as little as possible as I have very close neighbours.
Ideally I'd like an affectionate dog but not one that is glued to my side, I'm already followed to the bathroom by the three cats! A dog that is happy to do his own thing or lie in a pool of sunlight and sleep while I work, and won't go crazy if I pop to the shops for half an hour without him, would be perfect. I'm happy to exercise the dog for a couple of hours a day (walking on and off leash, playing games and fetch, accompanying us on bike rides) but he would be more of a home companion than one I'd take to agility activities (although, are there classes for this? If they exist I would be interested in taking him along!) I think a sociable dog rather than an aloof dog would be nice, although if all the other criteria are met I don't really mind either way. I'm happy to spend any amount of time on grooming, whatever s/he needs.
I had started thinking about Golden Retrievers... also Flat-Coated Retrievers, and friends suggested Portuguese Water Dogs and a breed called Berger Picard. When I sleep at night at the moment all I see are dancing dogs!
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