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What Is Your Best Piece Of Advice?

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Parkeyre   

Always buy from a reputtable and ethical source.

- Do your research and look for (and FIND) a Registered Breeder, or a Rescue Group that desexes before releasing.

Dont ever buy a puppy from a petshop or Backyard Breeder.

Designer Dogs are mongrels. Plain and Simple.

If you are not going to become a registered Breeder and do the right thing, desex your dog.

No litter of "once off" cute puppies can be worth the risk of your family pets' health and life.

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harper   

We wouldn't expect a human baby to learn and grow into a well adjusted member of society if it was brought up with no disapline, boundaries or schooling. It is a mistake to have this high expectation of dogs. You get what you put in.

Your dog is not being naughty to annoy you it just does not know what is expected. They cannot rationalise like us and do not have the greatest grasp of the english language. :laugh: Be patient. Learn to be a good teacher.

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Jessm   

Meet the breed/dog in question.

Your perceptions can be completely different to what the breed is actually like.

If you are in a family situation, make sure everyone in the family wants a dog, and everyone will be comfortable with that particular breed of dog. You can't have half of the family being frightened of him/her.

Don't take the decision lightly.

I researched for 6 months of about 10 breeds before the puzzle looked like it will actually fit together.

And I couldn't be happier.

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I would second some of the comments on the thread and add - dont focus on what the dog looks like pay attention to how much time you actually have a day to give it and how active you actually are every day and when you have written your schedule down and been honest about your activity levels then go looking for your companion. Make your choice based on activity levels and mutual interests ie playing games, training or ball play etc Look ahead - what will I be doing in 5 - 10 years? The dog you choose will be entirely dependent on you for all its needs make sure you can meet those obligations for its entire life. If you are unsure what you will be doing in 10 years consider offerring a home to one of the many beautiful mature dogs who are without homes. If you "love dogs" but dont know what you will be doing in 5 years then consider fostering a rescue dog or volunteering at a shelter or offerring a temporary home to a guide dog puppy.

Sing Song

socialise and train your dog.
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helen   

Purchase 2 books by Gwen Bailey, The Perfect Puppy and Puppy School. Follow these books as they will help you build you pup into a dog that is a joy to live with. Also look at the Ian Dubar book After You Get Your Puppy which is free on the net.

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Have an opened mind to everything, and value other opinions! You just dont know when you might find it handy. Take on board all different advice and use what works best for you and your dog. Never ever wear blinkers!

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Tonymc   

Give the dog what he or she needs, not what you think he or she wants.

The basic needs of a dog are shelter,food,water,stimulation and good leadership.

One of the basic needs of a dog that so many overlook or fail to satisfy is to treat and allow the dog to be a Dog. Tony

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VJB   

One sentence I've never forgotten.

"Remember you have your dog, and your whole life....... but your dog has just you"

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Luvmy4   
I always say research what you are doing first. Don't ever do anything on impulse.

a must

If you don't have time for a dog, don't get a dog.

Exactly

A dog is for life....

Agree

watch 'the dog whisperer" cesar millan :(

If you can't watch but his books

Never buy a dog as a 'toy' for the kids.

1st (shih tzu) was as a substitute sibling when I couldn't keep a baby, when he passed I had developed epilepsy had 3 kids and it was to risky for more my sbt is my 4th but a wise old soul at 1yr old

One sentence I've never forgotten.

"Remember you have your dog, and your whole life....... but your dog has just you"

Yes

My dogs have been from byber's (I won't lie) yes I've been lucky.since joining fb and seeing ppl(acquaintance's) advertise their litters on it (1 bitch pups each cycle :)) never again yes i've been lucky. I feel sorry for the mother. Mean while my Baby is curled up with my kids

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Sayly   

Research your breed and the health tests required, then go with someone who does health test. If you are going to fork out $800, $1k, $2k for a dog you don't want it going blind or passing away when it's 2.

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Have you got

PATIENCE

AND

TIME

because without this you cant get a dog!

Then do your research when you find these two things!

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B-Q   

Be prepared for a 15 year commitment.

We give dogs the time we can spare, the space we can spare and the love we can spare.

In return they give us their all.

Its the best deal mankind ever made.

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Haven't seen it yet but I believe it's the best piece of advice I can give..

Actually meet your internet-found intended breed, more than once if possible!

I was almost 100% SET on an Airedale after meeting a friend's one for the first time, went to a meet, and they just weren't the breed for me. We did not click at all. I was saddened, but it saved me a lot of heartache.

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