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Old 08-09-04, 06:36 PM
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buying a dog: breeder or pound?

which would you recommend? anyone have any experience with either or both?

(side question: on average, how long does it take to house train a dog)
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Do you just want a generic 'dog' - pound

Do you want a special breed, assured of bloodline purity (and breed characteristics) - breeder $$$$$

If its just something to play with....rescue one from the pound.
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Pound no question!
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The positives from a pound dog are that they are usually pretty cheap, and the cost to spay or neuter them is usually included in the price of getting the dog. I've seen a ton of cute animals come from the pound. Usually the puppies are all taken quickly. I'd consider looking at maybe a year or two old dog, since they will likely already be housebroken.
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My dog is from a "pound" -- a rescue place. I'd recommend it highly- he came neutered and fresh with shots. He is well behaved (mostly) and he's basically my little baby. There are thousands of cute, loveable dogs waiting to be adopted - most are already house trained. Please don't buy a purebred unless you really know what you want and what you're getting into.
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I have experienced both and like Tommy Ceez said, it depends on you.

If you're not looking for a specific breed, then by all means go to your local pound. You will get a new friend AND save his life .

My current dog is a bernese mountain dog, so to get him I had to go to a breeder.

Regarding house training, give it maybe a month or so if I remember correctly. Make sure to use strong positive reinforcement when your dog does his business outside! I know I looked like a fool going "YAHHO! GOOD DOG!" and giving my puppy a treat everytime he went outside. Your dog will catch on quickly!

Good luck!
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No different than saying "Yahoo! Good one!" to your child when you are potty training...
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Buy some dog biscuits open nieghbors gate, choose a dog.
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Please, please rescue a dog from a shelter or pound.

Also check into rescue leagues for the type of dog you want.

Our society is a disposable society and there are far too many fine dogs left to be euthanized simply because someone does not want them anymore.

To answer you other question, if you rescue a dog that is already house trained then the problem is solved for you. If you want a puppy I would say 2-4 months but that is a rough estimate.
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thanks for the replies guys!

so if a dog is house trained in one house, its house trained no matter where it moves to? it just knows where to go?
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Buy a dog? BUY A DOG????
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er, should i steal one?
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No...you should shoot one. Or at the very least, give one a right hook.

I would just pick one up in the paper "Free to good home" type thing. People seem to be giving away puppies all the time around here.
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Originally posted by atari2600
er, should i steal shoot one?
That's what he was looking for. Dammit! Dave beat me to the draw!
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Originally posted by atari2600
thanks for the replies guys!

so if a dog is house trained in one house, its house trained no matter where it moves to? it just knows where to go?
Generally speaking this is true. However, when you get a dog (have you had a dog before?) you should watch it closely for the first few hours and take it outside frequently. When it goes outside you praise and reward.
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Pound.

Unless you plan on breeding/showing, there are some great dogs who need homes.

-pedagogue
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Nice adjective
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Definitely a shelter. I'm thinking about getting a dog at some point in the near future (within 6 months) and I'm definitely going that route.
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My dog and cat are both from the pound. I would at least go to the pound and look.
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Originally posted by BigDaddy
My dog and cat are both from the pound. I would at least go to the pound and look.
Exactly, it can't hurt. You could save hundreds of $$$ if you find a dog that you like.
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Dave stay away from my pound ....



I have had pets from breeder and pounds/shelter etc..breeders was, like everyone else said, for a specific type (and other reasons as well). However, I have had wonderful pets from the pound and never regretted it for one moment.
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Pound or rescue league. Consider a greyhound!
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Originally posted by Tommy Ceez
Do you just want a generic 'dog' - pound

Do you want a special breed, assured of bloodline purity (and breed characteristics) - breeder $$$$$

If its just something to play with....rescue one from the pound.

Keep in mind there are rescue groups for every breed. You can get purebreeds from rescuers. Do a google or check out my site: buskerdog.com (altho it hasn't been updated in a little while) for lots of links.

Also, the pound isn't your only option. Look for rescue organizations in your area or go to a vet and see if they know of any dogs that need homes.

I'm all for rescue but don't automatically go for a hardluck case. Get the dog that's right for YOU. Don't be hasty. Look around . But by all means, go with a rescue.

Also, most importantly, check out http://www.petfinder.org and put in your area. It's an awesome resource!
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I went to an pet shelter. They wanted $65 for an adopted pet. I asked why they wanted any money. They said that they needed to recoup the cost of food, shots, etc. I told them it wasn't my fault that there business model sucked. I would take one off their hands to keep them from incurring any further costs.

It irritates me when people say they have pets to "give away" to good homes, and you should adopt, and take a stray, etc. and then charge more than I can get one from the paper.
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Yeah, it's really an outrage. Bastards.

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