I would appreciate any help anyone could provide for purchasing a "small", easily managed dog for a house dog.
I currently have a 3/4 Beagle, 1/4 English Fox Hound that I truely love. But, the neighboors do not like her barking and I am forced to keep her in the Garage while my wife and I are at work. I feel I am being cruel to not let her run outside in my back yard, but I have received threats from the neighboors regarding her barking.
I would like to have her adopted by a good family who has the space and neighboorhood to allow her to run and bark like she wants.
In return, I would like to adopt (purchase) a smaller in-house, in-car, lap-type dog than can accept my love for Dogs.
Any advice and/or experience will be greatly appreciated.
I'd say go to a rescue and they could set you up with a non barking dog but they probally won't accept you after giving one up. Any dog can bark,a lot of little ones are even prone to it. Just be carefull with what you get and probally go with an already grown dog. If you get another puppy and it grows up and barks, what will you do?
I don't think its cruel to keep the dog in the garage while your gone though. That swhere two of mine go when I'm not home. She shouldn't be running around the yard while your not home. If its at a decent hour shes outside then let the neighbors complain. Have you tried obediance classes or anything with her?
My friends boston barks all the time though. I don't think I've ever seen a dachsund bark though( Weird!). that could be because I don't know many!
I'm the opposite, I've never seen a barky Boston, but my aunts weiner dogs drive me nuts lol. :)
I would say for an apartment, to actually stay away from those toy breeds if you can't take a week off to really train them not to bark. Those ones are known to bark a lot. I would actually suggest a Great Dane. They are big, but everyone I talk to say they are sooooooo lazy and do very well in an apartment. They don't like a lot of exercise, and would be perfectly content laying on your couch all day and then going for a walk with you when you get home.
***Edited By: huntersmom on 1/29/2005 5:19:18 PM*** Reason: added
Well, I'm partial to my 2 breeds...chihuahuas and bichons. I love them each equally and you can train pretty much any dog not to bark. It does take time and consistancy, but it can be done. My chis very rarely bark even with my neighbors chi mix that barks non-stop running back and forth along our fences. They are 3 years old and I do recall a time that they did bark a bit more when they were younger. The bichon doesn't bark much at all, she does love to run back and forth with the neighbors little one. She is not quite 1 yet so that's where her energy must be from. Both are great with my kids and anyone elses kids that come over. I have a 12 month old little girl that can do pretty much what she wants to with any of them and they tolerate it well. Now I don't let her get rough with them but she does pat a little harder and hugs quite a bit. I love my babies and think that they would be great for anyone that wants a little dog to keep them company.
Tina, my Chi is the same way. It took a very dedicated week with her when I first got her, but now she doesn't even bark at all. What I did was at night I put her in the bathroom at the other end of the house. Then I put a towel by the door to hush the whining some more, and when I went to bed, I shut my door and turned on the fan. The bathroom was completely covered with puppy pads because I wanted to litter train her, so I didn't have to worry about getting up with her. She whined her head off for a few nights but I didn't even hear it unless I went and checked on her. She learned from me ignoring her after a few nights that whining got her no where. lol. Once she was good at night, then I just put her kennel in my room next to my bed and she now she goes right to sleep when I put her in there. As far as during the day, I would put her in her crate and ignore her, and the minute she was quiet, that was when I let her out. She learned from that that being quiet meant freedom. She doesn't even bark at strangers. I think any dog can be taught not to bark as well, but if it's something you're worried about, you really need to take the first week off work when you buy a puppy and work with them 24/7 so they learn right off. :)
***Edited By: huntersmom on 1/29/2005 12:34:33 AM*** Reason: grammar
I'm so glad to hear that you were able to do the same with your chi, HM. So many people ask me about if my chi's bark or if they are yappy and they are always shocked to hear that they are not. I think that many people misconceive chi's as being this way when it really has to do with the owner. I also think that a lot of people refer to most toy breeds in this manner. I guess we are able to prove that isn't always the case if you're diligent with your little ones...and I do love mine as I'm sure you love yours...:)
I got my dog Bailey at shelter four years ago, His mother was a full blood Lhasa Apso ( not sure if thats spelled right) They didn't know what breed of dog the father was, but he acts much like a full blood Lhasa according to everything I have read.
He is an awsome apartment dog. I have never had to worry about him barking, except when he sees other animals on TV or hears someone come in with out knocking. He is friendly, smart, and loving. However , it may just be me spoiling him but, he is very demanding. The world revolves around him and he can lay a guilt trip on thick. He doesnt responed to negative punishments - only the reward system. The last time he was punished he urinated on my pillow while I was at work. That one horrible experience aside- he's a great inside dog and everyone in my building loves him.
Alfjoe, I have a Maltese/pom mixed 1 yr old male puppy. His name is Toby. I also have a 2 yr old Jack Russell Terrier. His name is Max. I live in a neighborhood with houses very close to each other. My little Maltese/pom does bark, not excessively or anything, but his bark is not very loud and does not carry. My Jack Russell's bark is very, very loud and the neighbors hear him. I have a neighbor who works night shift so he sleeps in the day. I have to be aware of Max barking when outside even in the day. Toby however can bark his little heart out and they can't hear him. I love my little Toby, he is a great lap dog, very affectionate and is potty trained to go outside. This can prove to be difficult when the weather is bad, but he doesn't seem to mind. I would recommend a Maltese. They are high maintenance as far as grooming goes, but he is the perfect dog for loving and getting affection back, and best of all he doesn't shed. Forgot to add one more thing: A Maltese also does not have to be walked everyday because they are so small that they get exercise just being in the house, especially if you play fetch with them for a short time. They love walks but it isn't required daily like other dogs need. Plus they are really cute. http://www.dogster.com/?56140
***Edited By: wendy3249 on 1/29/2005 11:56:29 AM*** Reason: typo
I have 2 maltese that don't bark even when they want to go out. They just come to me and look at me. Good thing I can read their eyes. They also love to be held and ride in the car. You could have a puppy cut done on them and then the grooming would be cut to a minimum. Good Luck on finding the right dog.
I would have to say a Pit Bull, but thats my favorite breed so I'm partial, but they seem to make nearly perfect house pets. Minimal shedding, hardly bark, easy potty training, well mannered, minimal shedding, people oriented, easy to bath-minimal grooming (nail trimming a few brushings) and they are really clean dogs on their own. I think a French Bulldog might be a good house dog too, but I've never owned one (yet) so I don't know much about their needs, traits, ect.
I have to throw in that although the greyhound is a large dog, the one I adopted from the greyhound track is so quiet and lazy you don't even know she's there. She doesn't seem to take up near as much space as my chi! Figure that one out.
I think keeping your dog in the garage depends on where you live. I am in South Texas and there is no way a dog could stand the heat in there. If you are up north it may be different.
One thing about the greyhounds though is that they are so lean from racing they have almost no body fat and need to be kept indoors. The good side is they are already trained and great pets.
Just because you're in a small place doesn't mean the dog has to be small, just has to be a breed that does well in small places. I've heard the same things about great danes.
Let us know what you think.
I also agree that you might just take a look around a shelter and see what's there.
Thank you all very much for your replys!! I have learned alot from your comments. I think I made my mistakes when "Haley" was between 15 weeks and 6 months old!
If I am able to adopt her to a good deserving family, I think I will check out the "Chi's" and "Malteses" referred to in your comments. They seem to be good candidates for the type of loving dog I would love to raise and nurture.
I think I will probably look for a two year old or little older dog that has been house trained and had some obedience training if I can find one. Please let me know of any available if you know of any.