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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

I'm an old man living alone, although I prefer to call myself an aged gentleman. A good lady friend recently suggested we get a dog together, she would have it in the summer and I would take over in the winter - I can't quite make up my mind!
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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

Very interesting thread. I am convinced I want to get a dog when I retire (not long now...) - even daydream about it. But I've never had one - always had cats in my childhood. I haven't changed my mind but definitely making me think a bit more realistically!
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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

My husband and I got our first dog about 8 years ago because we both love dogs. It is without question the best decision and investment anyone can ever make. We both can't understand that everyone in this world doesn't see that. Dogs are the biggest gift this planet offers to us humans.

No, he doesn't tie us down. We love taking him along on holiday and if we fly anywhere we just take him to the local Tierheim or leave him with close friends that also adore him. There are always plenty of options of hotels that allow dogs and almost all restaurants allow dogs. He sleeps quietly under the table and no-one knows he is there - completely different to children.

Yes, he costs money but we couldn't care less and neither does he, really. He also doesn't need to cost a lot, we got a medical insurance early on to make sure we never have to worry and argue about health costs and with regard to food and toys, that really doesn't have to come to much. Our main cost goes into his daily dog walker while we go to work.

He smells amazing, we sometimes put our faces in his fur and inhale just because he smells so good. We have had to bath him about three times in 8 years (there have been one or 2 incidents with cow dung, then he didn't smell so good for a bit). Yes, the floors and furniture will never be as clean as before you got the dog. Cleanliness might be close to godliness, but for me, life is about a bit more.

Male or female. If there's issues, castrate. It's not a nice thing to do and we still feel guilty but they forgive you for it.

We have an Australian Shepherd and as I'm sure you have picked up, we think he is the best.

A few breeds drool, many don't, ours certainly does not. The poo bit, really? If that puts you off, then yes, you probably shouldn't get a dog. If you feed him good quality food, the poo is very non-offensive and picking it up is really not a big deal.

And in my opinion, no, a cat is definitely not better. It's a bit less hassle and cost for about 10% the returns. I understand others feel differently, but that's my opinion.

I can see you already have thought better of it. I commented more in case anyone else reads this in future. We were almost put off of having a dog by others that seemed to go on and on about what a huge commitment and deal it is. Having a dog is amazing and not half the trouble a lot of people make out it is. But you need to love them.


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In the near or far future I will live in the mountains and was thinking that maybe I could get a dog for company. I have some thoughts that maybe you could help me with?

a) I don't like being tied down or deal with the responsibility hence I never had kids. A dog I assume will be almost like a kid? More loyal probably so a definite upgrade? Costly as well?

b) I don't like the way they smell or their hair going on everything. Someone said keep the dog outside. I think that would be cruel, if I get one then it will get all my love. Maybe I will get used to the hair and smell? Just keep cleaning and washing the dog?

c) Male or female? Are male dogs more protective and strong? If I get a male dog and it gets the neighbourhood bitch pregnant, will I be liable for costs? Castrate?

d) Which breed? I don't want a huge dog neither a tiny one that looks like a rat. Golden retriever, Shiba Inu, Jack Russell Terrier I seem to like visually. Temperamentally Golden retriever might be the best?

e) I don't like dogs drooling everywhere or on me! Also collecting their poo part is not very appealing

As you can tell I never owned a pet. Maybe a cat would be better but I can't take it hiking nor will it guard the house.

Before anyone recommends a goat, yes it could come hiking but won't guard the house
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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

a) Especially as a puppy and regarding education, there are many parallels to kids. You get everything including teenager behaviours. You have to get through to the dog or it will be out of control, possibly knocking down an old lady and causing her death, if it's a big one. It's a bit easier to go on holidays if you have relatives who can take the dog for a few weeks. It can become expensive if there are health issues but if they get cancer you can opt to just put them down.

b) I grew up like this so for me it was never an issue, idk if you can get used to it. Every time you open the car windows, it will be an hair storm, even if the dog hasn't been in it for weeks. Get a dog type that does not drool and does not smell too much, i.e. avoid water dogs, big dogs get worse with the drooling as they get older. Small short-haired dogs work best imho. Overwashing the dog is not a solution, the grease is necessary for skin protection and that's what smells.

c) generally you are not liable. I would castrate and sterilize when convenient. I haven't noticed a big difference in behaviour, except that female dogs tend to react badly to meeting other female dogs (not always, but still).

d) I would get an easy to train breed. Jack russel terrier would fit your other requirements, but it sounds like a hard to deal with dog. Golden retriever is a smelly drooly water dog. Shiba Inu sound super hard but would also work. A small-sized mix would probably have the best temperament because it gets the working character diluited out.

e) If you can't get used to collecting poo, just don't get a dog.

Get geese to guard the house and a goat for hiking.
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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

Go to the local dog pound and make some furry friends there. They'll appreciate the company. You'll have something to do.

It will do you at least as much good as it does the animals there, and you won't have to worry about most of the downsides, like vacations, dog hair in car, smell etc etc.

You never know maybe one of them will turn your life around...

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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

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He smells amazing, we sometimes put our faces in his fur and inhale just because he smells so good.

I read it wrong the first time around, I thought it said faeces I see that you love your dog which is nice to see and I wish you many happy years together. There is no question in my mind that a dog is many times better than a kid and better than most humans.

I will keep my options open and obviously being a caring, loving and loyal person I will take full care of the dog if I ever got one, including picking his poo. Also putting my face in his fur It is better to go in with eyes open hence the thread.
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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

Judging by your descriptions, the Basenji breed would be a good fir for you. Neither big nor small, shorthaired, and even "barkless".
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Re: Dog questions, never had a dog.

As the owner of a Fox Terrier and a Jack Russell..both male from puppies...I would recommend you get a Donkey. Inbuilt lawn mower and fertiliser machine!
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As the owner of a Fox Terrier and a Jack Russell..both male from puppies...I would recommend you get a Donkey. Inbuilt lawn mower and fertiliser machine!
I could use it as a vehicle too.

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