|Barked: Mon May 7, '12 4:07pm PST |
|Personally, if I ever got a certain dog, found the breed wasn't for me, I'd STILL work my butt off to give it everything to meet its needs and work my butt off to find training techniques, etc that worked for the dog. I helped my cousin socialize her dog-aggressive husky and even helped her with training, etc because her dog was getting to a pound-possibility point.
And I do know they can be extremely loving, loyal, etc. Don't get me wrong there. But definitely not fur I want to deal with, and definitely not the typical traits either.
That said, did I do my research on Beagles before bringing Charlie home? No. Did my grandmother threaten to get rid of him if I didn't figure out how to train him and housebreak him? Yes. Did I figure it out? Absolutely and I worked my butt off to make sure I was his forever home. I don't like seeing dogs in the shelters or rescues and I will do everything I can to help keep them from there.
But with that said, EVERY breed definitely has their pros and cons. Their good traits and bad traits. I don't like that Charlie is so focused on smells, but I know that's a breed trait and I find ways to make it work to my advantage instead so that he enjoys doing what I want and I don't get frustrated, bol. Beagles definitely aren't for everyone either.
I'm sure at 16, if I'd had it my way, it would have been a husky, or a mal, or a pitbull or something else, without having done any research. After working with so many different breeds of dogs in that doggy daycare, boy, did I ever learn a lot and soon after getting Charlie, I joined dogster and learned even more. I will forever be greatful to those on here who have helped me face reality over fantasy and have helped me learn the ways of positive reinforcement.
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