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Research Before Getting a New Puppy

I have read so many times on here where people can't understand why their 3, 4, 5, or even 6 month old puppy isn't totally house trained yet. Do some research. Would you be surprised to find your 12-24 month old child still needs diapers? No, you wouldn't. If you'll do some research you'll find that a puppy is not totally trained either until it's around 2 years old. It takes a lot of time, patience, persistence, and, most importantly, understanding on your part.

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People need to do a lot of research into the breed they want before they get one. Not all breeds are right for all people. Some breeds are definitely not right except for a specific type of person. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, to name a few, are all wonderful dogs. But they need a specific type of person to be able to handle them successfully. A lot of small dogs are the same way. Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, most terriers for that matter, and other breeds need the right type of person.

So do a lot of research before buying a puppy. Are you willing to put at least 2 years into housebreaking and other training? And to continue the training throughout their lives?

Don't buy a dog because he's a cute puppy. "Cute puppyhood" only lasts a few months. And don't buy him because he looks like a good watch dog or because someone else has one and he looks like a good dog. Each person is different and so is each dog.

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Research the different breeds a lot before deciding which one would be good for you and your family. Research online, but also talk to respectable breeders, too, and not just breeders who are in the business to make money. If a breeder will sell you a puppy without learning about you and your family as people, then they aren't the ones to ask. A good breeder cares about who gets their dogs and will ask a lot of questions before allowing you to buy one. Those are the ones to talk to when researching.

Once you've done all this, and had a good talk with yourself about the type of person you are, then you'll be able to make an informed decision on the type of dog that is best for you and your family. There are plenty of breeds (and mixes) out there, so there is one for everybody. Once you've decided and have gotten one, please realize that the training (housebreaking and obedience) doesn't happen overnight. Training must be kept up throughout his life. You will have a friend for life, and there is no better relationship than that between a person and his pet.

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By Cricket from NC

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October 14, 20110 found this helpful

Cricket, your right on target with everything you said about doing your research. After all this dog is going to be part of the family and it should fit in with your family's lifestyle.

The housebeaking I don't agree with .If you got that dog as a young puppy and you have a schedule of when and how often you take that dog out and keep it close to schedule. If you don't know how to housebreak dogs or puppies. Get a book or download off line and follow that plan. That dog should be completely potty trained by a year. If you received an older dog than I give it a pass fir a while.

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I found an older dog and he wasn't housbroken or fixed and males like to mark when unfixed. After I had him neutered he was housebroken in less than 1 month.

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October 14, 20110 found this helpful

This is the best advice I have read in a long time. Bred/shown/trialed/ dogs and found people tend to allow their hearts to rule their heads when buying/adopting an animal. Photo of my beautiful German Shepherd boy Eigenschaft Heartbreaker pet name Hindu a credit to his breed.

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October 15, 20110 found this helpful

Cricket, this is excellent advice, and not.often taken. My wife and I are doberman pincher people. I researched for years before getting our previous doberman, Amadeus. He was an.amazing dog, truly one of a kind. We lost him July 2, 2010 to cancer. Researching also helps because certain breeds are known for certain medical conditions that you may or not want to take on.

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Also knowing this will give you the right questions to ask a breeder. History of cancer or heart problems? Did the mother have red mange? Etc. Research is very important, dobermans are known for stubborness, lol you have to stronger willed and more patient! In march we got our new baby doberman, Sauer Sig d'coursey. He's a 9 month old mess! Thanks for posting!

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