Originally Posted by nemesis1
So seeing as humans have brought me nothing but misery, I'm thinking about getting myself a dog to keep me company.
I've always liked dogs, but have never been able to have one as i have nearly always lived with my parents and my mother hates dogs. But i recently moved out into my own place so I'm seriously considering getting one. Having never owned a dog before i know this is gonna be a huge change in my life but i feel could be a good one, mainly as another life to care for apart from my own, companionship, and a reason to go out everyday (talking it for walks)
As I live in a flat I'm gonna have to get a small dog, the breed im thinking about getting is a Miniature Bull Terrier, heres a pic for ppl who dont know what they look like;
So does anyone have any advice or anything here about SA and first time dog owning? I'm a little nervous about this!
Any other SA dog owners here?
Dogs take work, especially in the training dept. But I'd say they're the most fun pet to have, especially if you get a kind of dog you like and will do well with.
I recall my 1st dog, he was like a member of the family: had SO much presence. When I was a kid, and scared to go out somewhere, he came with me and it felt like I was going out with another person. If I spoke to him he'd look at me and cock his head to one side; he was very attentive.
When you get one like that they're great companions, ESPECIALLY for someone with anxiety.
My recent dog, King, tho was a an @$$hole. Be very careful where you get a dog from. Everyone says 'ohhhh shelters! pet stores!' I say NO.
They will likely have SEVERE problems SO BAD you'll have to get rid of them eventually. I made that mistake with King, and he was a selfish dog who enjoyed toying with people and getting them upset.
He was VERY ill and I had to have him on IV and many meds, but he got better, tho it was like he was brain damaged and I guess that's why he acted so awful. In the end, I gave him to someone in Turner Valley who could care for his special needs better than I could. He left not even caring where he went. But I'm glad I took him; he'd be dead if not for me, so I saved his live at least, tho we were not a good match. Next time, I get the dog *I* want, a husky. Planning on getting one early this summer.
I recommend getting a dog from a good breeder.
Also, the desicion to spay/neuter....a lot of people have been fooled into believing they should always do this. ONLY do it if you want to make sure that they don't accidentally have puppies, tho responsibility should prevent this. (not letting your dog run around by itself) It's not as big an issue as cats.
When I used to get vet training in mid-late teens, I remember how they told us to make people suckers that way, because it alleviates THEIR problem, like shelters being overpopulated with puppies. They said let the owner have to deal with the fact that the dog gets aggressive, lazy and other weird behaviors. (Saw at least 9-12 dogs get like that) I think I would be too if I had my balls chopped off without any choice. That makes sense when society starts pushing ideas on public; you can tell they want something outta it.
Of course there's some times when doing such is needed.
If you get a new puppy, you can tell their personality by picking them up and looking at them. If the dog turns it's head away from you, it is submissive. Overly submissive dogs can be trouble, as they randomly pee on the floor if you so much as greet them, and at least I don't know how to train them not to be, as opposed to training dominant dogs to be more in the middle of the spectrum, which is the best place to be.
All in all, dogs are great pets. But be very careful when deciding on one, take your time and don't rush into it.