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    Dogs in the summer

    If I can't comfortably stand barefoot on the pavement because it's too hot, either we walk somewhere else (like drive to a state park and walk on shaded cool hiking trails) or I put boots on the dog or we skip the walk. To avoid those things, we usually take our first walk very early in the...
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    Dogs and babies/young children

    I don't think dogs should be left alone with children until the children are old enough to prove themselves reliable at correct handling of the dog. I didn't let my daughter alone with a dog until she was 7 and had completed an obedience class with my dog with her as the handler. I have had a...
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    Scary Dogs

    I think a large part of the problem is that some breeds really do require experienced owners who are confident trainers. Too many people get a dog because they like the look of them or the 'idea' of having that breed as a pet without really understanding a breed, having the correct skills to...
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    Does your dog like cats?

    I had a German Shepherd growing up who was like that. He loved the barn cats and thought they were his own special friends. He would lick them, share food from his bowl, and happily gulp down the remains of any prey critters they hunted down and didn't finish eating. It was pretty cute to see...
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    Scary Dogs

    I've been bitten, multiple times, including twice that needed stitches. I'm absolutely positive that all dogs can bite and have the potential to be aggressive, especially when they are scared (fear aggression), injured, or territorial. I've never seen any particular breed as "scary" but some are...
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    Does your dog like cats?

    My dog is curious about cats. He wants to sniff them, figure them out, and play with them. Most cats are not pleased with that plan. First they make the warning noise, then they hiss, and then if he's really unlucky, he gets swatted in the nose. I watch the process with amusement. He seems to...
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    Best Kid-Friendly Dogs

    I wouldn't necessarily look for a specific breed but traits that I want to see. Stable temperament - not easily scared. Drop a loud object and watch how the dog reacts. If a puppy, I'd want to see a volhard score and would aim for a pup with mostly 4's if I had kids. As it is, my current dog...
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    Do you pay someone to do it?

    I brush my dog daily but I also pay for regular groomer visits. Typically he goes to the groomer ever 6 weeks but depending on his fur length, it might be as frequently as weekly or as far spaced as 8 weeks. I can give him a quick brush out without trouble. I can even confidently trim nails on...
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    Dog Parkour

    During training, most dogs do parkour in a harness. The harness allows the owner to grab them safely/easily to provide additional support/stabilization as they're learning. Here's a novice video: - done on harness This one, Neo the border collie, is fun to watch. Border Collies are very...
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    Neighbor's Big Dog

    There are also specific products you could try like "bitter apple" or "bitter yuck" that discourage chewing. I also might be tempted to use a no-bark device in the yard that emits a sound to discourage barking or even use a water gun to spray the dog or a loud noise in my yard to startle the dog...
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    Small vs. Big Dogs

    My current dog is medium sized, 25-30 pounds and 17 inches tall at the shoulder. I grew up with large dogs. For our next dog, I have a list of criteria but it includes an adult size of at least 15 tall and an adult weight of less than 75 pounds. The minimum height is because we're active and I...
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    Dog Parkour

    I think it might be practical too. For instance, my dog learned the "table" cue (meaning jump up on that object and wait there until released") in agility classes. We use it for grooming at home & at the groomers, on picnic tables at the beach to dry off his paws, and even at the vet's office...
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    How often do you groom your dogs?

    When I had a GSD and a GSD mix, I didn't bathe either of them more than 4-5 times a year. Regular brushing kept their coats nice. If I noticed a strong dog scent on their coats or they got into something messy, they got a bath. Otherwise, I didn't do it even though both of them loved their...
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    How many dogs is an ample amount?

    The most dogs I have had at one time was 4 large dogs. At that time, we lived on 15 fenced acres with plenty of space. Even so, one of the dogs was primarily an outdoor dog who slept in the barn and mostly stayed in the fields; he had a "job" of watching for and scaring off predators who might...
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    Does having a dog make a difference in your life?

    I think the biggest difference it has made for me is that I now have no choice about getting out of bed on non-work days or going for walks. Those things must be done because the dog needs me to do them and having someone/thing else to care for keeps me focused. It's good for me to get out of...