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Old 10-14-06, 04:05 PM
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Pros and cons of getting a dog...

So my sister sends me an email yesterday about a friend that has an American Bulldog puppy that she's giving away. She's already got 2 dogs and can't handle having another. It's 3 months old and almost potty trained (as she claims). I'm going over this in my head (with pressure from the gf) about possibly getting it. I've started making a list of reasons why it is and isn't a good idea.

Cons:
Initial costs (puppy is free, but vet check ups, shots, spaying, food, toys, training)
2 nights a week I'm not home (will change after this week)
Will require me to be home more (not always a bad thing)
Probably distroy my new house
Already have 2 middle age cats (not sure how they'd react)
Kvrdave might shoot her if I invite him over for dinner

Pros:
Companionship
GF would feel safer (doesn't live here, but will soon)
Might get me to be less lazy and get off my ass by taking her to the park
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6-3. Don't get the dog.
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He can't destroy the house if he's outside.

5-3. Don't get the dog.
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I live in AZ. Can't exactly leave the dog outside all day. I wouldn't anyway. It would likley be crated when I'm gone until it's trained well enough to be left alone inside.
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I have 3 dogs. Love them all.

They are basically very young kids that don't grow up, with less cost, less responsibility, and great companions if raised right. (not anti-kids, just showing the positives here)

Even trained, it will shit and pee in you house at some point. Expect that. Puppies will chomp on stuff, expect that, but after about a year-age, it will stop.

Even with kids, I'm pretty sure I will always have a dog.

And based on your past posting I'm surprised you don't already have a dog or a flamingo
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As a dog lover, my concern is that you weren't the one who initiated wanting the dog. Unless you're ready to commit to taking care of its needs (well beyond just feeding and cleaning up crap) then you may want to take more time to decide. Dogs are not "things" that should be ignored but intelligent animals that have a number of needs. I don't know about the American Bulldog breed but you can read up about them online or find books that will give you a hint about their personality. Dogs need training and exercise every day. If you aren't sure you want to commit that much time into a dog, it might be best for your sister to find it a home that is willing to give it the time.

I'm not trying to talk you out of this, but you need to understand what you're getting into. Too many people get dogs that shortly end up in a shelter because they didn't know what they were getting themselves into.

If you do adopt the dog, then you will probably have a loyal companion for the next 10-15 years. Good luck on the decision.
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Don't get the dog. Do you really want to pick up his shit?
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Originally Posted by Bronkster
As a dog lover, my concern is that you weren't the one who initiated wanting the dog. Unless you're ready to commit to taking care of its needs (well beyond just feeding and cleaning up crap) then you may want to take more time to decide. Dogs are not "things" that should be ignored but intelligent animals that have a number of needs. I don't know about the American Bulldog breed but you can read up about them online or find books that will give you a hint about their personality. Dogs need training and exercise every day. If you aren't sure you want to commit that much time into a dog, it might be best for your sister to find it a home that is willing to give it the time.

I'm not trying to talk you out of this, but you need to understand what you're getting into. Too many people get dogs that shortly end up in a shelter because they didn't know what they were getting themselves into.

If you do adopt the dog, then you will probably have a loyal companion for the next 10-15 years. Good luck on the decision.
I'm not against having a dog. I've thought about getting one before. My family had a wonder chocolate lab while growing up. I've read about the American Bulldog. Their temperment is somewhat similar to English Bulldogs. They are good w/ kids and usually with other pets.
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Just another step down the road to Ball & Chain-ville.

I think you should do it, as long as you are ok with the time commitment. I mean, the dog will eventually die, but the marriage is a lot more long term.

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pros:
makes good a target for practice
makes good meat-if you're Asian

cons:
barks
takes a dump on the lawn
doggy breath
Dave will have to pay you a visit
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Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon
pros:
makes good a target for practice
makes good meat-if you're Asian

cons:
barks
takes a dump on the lawn
doggy breath
Dave will have to pay you a visit
you obviously have never had a dog...

taking a dump on the lawn is a "pro" for a dog.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
with pressure from the gf
The decision has already been made. Resistance is futile.
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It is my house. My rules go now. I know once we are married that will change, though.
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Originally Posted by The Cow
taking a dump on the lawn is a "pro" for a dog.
wrong- taking a dump on your own lawn is a con, at least cats will shit on someone else's lawn, sorry I wasn't clear
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The only pros for me would be if I had a wife to take care of the cons...but then again, getting married is a con to me...
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Originally Posted by Deftones
I live in AZ. Can't exactly leave the dog outside all day. I wouldn't anyway. It would likley be crated when I'm gone until it's trained well enough to be left alone inside.
Do your research on that particular breed to see if he is a good match for your lifestyle and family. Different breeds have different needs.

Don't get a dog unless you're committed to walking him at least once a day, playing with him each night, and training him properly.
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If you have to do a pro- and con- list, don't get the dog.

It's that simple.
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Originally Posted by The Cow

Even trained, it will shit and pee in you
All the cons in the world can not match this huge pro!
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Originally Posted by kdubby
All the cons in the world can not match this huge pro!
err, umm,
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Originally Posted by Fielding Mellish
If you have to do a pro- and con- list, don't get the dog.

It's that simple.

Actually it's a smart thing to do. When I was going to get a dog I went through a list of pros and cons. Of course I *really* wanted a dog, and know what it takes to have a dog. It isn't all wine and roses. My dog is a pain in the ass on most days, but I love him anyway. The responsibility is just as much as having a kid, only with the benefit of being able to stick him in a cage when he irritates me. If I tried that with a kid, the CPS would come down hard on me when they found out.
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Originally Posted by mllefoo
Do your research on that particular breed to see if he is a good match for your lifestyle and family. Different breeds have different needs.

Don't get a dog unless you're committed to walking him at least once a day, playing with him each night, and training him properly.
I have. This breed is along the lines of what I'm looking for. Not terribly active since I don't have a huge yard.
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Pro: You have a dog. You get to shoot it.
Con: You have a dog. You have to shoot it.
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Pro...if it's a cute dog it will attract chicks.

Cons... (not related to the Pro) if you love your dog, your new GF won't and you'll have to choose....
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You should look at more than just temperament with regards to your research. Check out the typical health problems that breed can have and be prepared to spend money on vet bills.

Common problems with brachycephalic dogs (pug-nosed as in Pugs, english bulldogs):
Skin fold dermatitis.
Ear infections including the possibility of stenotic ear canals and surgery if left untreated.
Weight problems.
Patellar luxation (most dogs can have this).
Stenotic nares, meaning the dog has difficulty breathing through its nose.
Eye problems if the eyes bulge (typical of brachycephalic dogs).

Of course the American bulldog is more of a pitbull type, and not anything like an english bulldog:

American bulldog

So be prepared for people to persecute you if your dog shows any signs of aggression.

English bulldog:


French bulldog:

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I've read up on most of that, mllefoo. I've also reada that they can hip dysplasia.

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