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Old 10-05-2009, 08:39 AM
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What characteristics do you look while at the shelter when selecting a HOUSE dog?
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:22 AM
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A house dog as opposed to...?

When we got Lucy, I wanted a companion dog first and foremost, so I wanted a cuddly, friendly dog. Second, I knew I was living in an apartment (and will likely be renting for a while), so I needed the dog to be small (under 30 lbs), and not on the typical "banned breeds" list. Third, no puppies! My schedule didn't allow for spending hours house training a dog--Zach and I are gone 8 hours a day.

Lucy fit the bill on all of those things. Bonus points for being absolutely adorable!
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:36 AM
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what do you mean house dog?
what is NOT a house dog? all dogs should be house dogs.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:36 AM
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A house dog as opposed to...?
Sorry, I should clarify. A house dog that lives most of their lives in the house.
This is more about demeanor at the Dog pound I think than anything else.

My first inclination is one that is calm at least in the pen. Maybe there is something else to watch for as I cruise past each kennel.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:41 AM
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I guess the same as any other dog i would look at. I have never bought from the shelter (I will in the future) I would read up on what the shelter knows about them, the possible breeds, temperment. I would probably want a dog to do somthing fun with. So a dog built for agility, fly ball or somthing. Just a dog who wants to do somthing. Im not set in stone on one specific type of activity (I think i want to test them all out lol. darn I should have started blaze earlier on with dog things)

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all dogs should be house dogs.
Not all dogs. you wouldnt want a working farm dog in a house.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:55 AM
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I am a firm believe that your heart will know. There will be something that goes beyond reason. A gathump and certainty that this is the one. I looked on petfinder for two weeks when i saw Victor's picture. I made my mind up before i saw him which was a really good thing because for about 6 months all i could think was what have i done to myself.
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I had read one time about selecting a puppy, that you should consider one that is in the middle, meaning not too hyper and not too laid back. I have my age and size requirements and it's NOT a puppy This is more about selecting which dog to consider as you walk by the pens.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:58 AM
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Selecting a puppy is much different from selecting a shelter dog.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:02 AM
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I am a firm believe that your heart will know.
If that was my selection process, most of them would come home with me.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:16 AM
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The first thing I would do is select a breed that will fit your lifestyle. That would be how active do you want the dog to be. How much time will the dog spend alone. How much energy do you want the dog to have. Do you plan on doing any advanced obedience. do you plan on doing agility. How much grooming is involved etc. When you can answer those questions and anymore you might have then you can select a breed and then look in the shelters and rescue for that particular breed.

If you do not do research on a breed first and just select a dog by looking at it you could wind up with the wrong dog. Having the wrong dog means that the do will more than likely wind up at a shelter again and that would not be fair to the dog. Also a dog that is hyper in a shelter may not mean the dog is hyper out of a shelter. He or she could be acting out from a traumatic situation from being in a shelter.
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