HI GANG I NEED HELP TO FING THE RIGHT KIND OF DOG FOR MY WIFE AND MYSELF. WE LIVE IN A SMALL UPSTAIRS APPARTMENT ABOVE HER AUNT. WE DO HAVE THE ABBILITY TO USE HER BACK YARD AND IT IS FENCED IN. MY CONCERN IS WE HAVE OUR EYE ON A VERY CUTE 9 WEEK OLD BEGAL GIRL AND WE DON'T WANT TO UPSET OUR AUNT OR NEIGHBOR WITH HOWELING. WE LOOKED AT HER AND PLAYED WITH HER YESTERDAY AND NOT ONCE DID SHE HOWEL. SO I'M JUST A LITTLE SCARED TO GO AND GET HER AND HAVE A PROBLEM OR EVEN WORSE HAVE TO GIVE HER UP. CAN YOU SUGGEST A GOOD BREAD OR GIVE SOME ADVISE. EMAIL ME AT NISMO24@HOTMAIL.COM
I request that in the future, you not post in all caps, its one of the posting rules for this forum.
How long would the dog be left alone (in the apartment or the yard) during the day? Bored and lonely dogs tend to be problem dogs. The more time that you and your wife have ot spend with the dog, the less likely it is to bay/howl. Especially if it's well exercised.
don't you love people who come to a discussion board and request you e-mail responses to there private addresses. ha! you do they think are burt reynolds. It's also a bit strange there have been quite a few people posting there e-mail address up there. i am not to computere savy but is there away to get a virsus from sending a e-mail
A lot of beagles will not start howling or barking till they are older. Since you know you won't be able to have a loud dog I'd suggest an older dog that has already reached maturity(at least three for a large breed).
What are your plans? Like indoor/outdoor, what temps are considered normal, do you have children, allergies, grooming preferrence, what type of lifestyle do you lead-activities, etc, do you have a size preferrence. Tell us a little more and we may be able to help you find the right one. We just simply do not know quite enough for all of us to be able to make a good suggestion.
I wouldn't expect the dog to howl unless it has a reason to.Like being left alone. I seriously would consider a different breed, just in case it starts later. I would go for a breed that is a little more laid back.
Joce I rest my case......... I didn't mean you, You were the first out of several post to offer help. I just ment the critical posts.Sorry but no warm fuzzy feeling from the board members makes it easy to go away. You have a great day.
***Edited By: Jammy on 6/17/2005 8:36:32 PM*** Reason: wasn't finished
Try researching Mini Poodles, Bichon Frise, West Highland Terriers, Yorkies. You can research on the internet, go to a pet store and look at books on the different breeds or check out your library too. Go to your local Humane Society and check out what they have, nice to save a dog if you can. I have gotten several of our pets from our Humane Society and they were great dogs! Do you want a purebreed or is a mix ok? The Humane Society has them both. Good luck in finding that perfect pet.
Why don't you try to rescue a small mild tempered mixed breed from a local shelter you would be suprised. My neighbors have one she looks like a tiny mini yellow lab and she rarely ever barks, very sweet dog. You would be saving a life and gaining a companion. If not, I suggest doing alot of research on as many breeds of dogs as possible because my toy poodle and miniature schnauzer are great pets but they both bark their heads off whenever anything comes near their territory. Their dogs. It's kinda what they "do".
Why don't you talk to the aunt about what kind of dog to get? If both you and your wife work and are gone most of ten hours a day, could auntie let the dog in and out a bit? Perhaps your dog could be company for her, as well.
Dogs develop behavior problems if they are left alone too much and/or if they don't get enough exercise. Make sure you have enough time for a dog. Puppies are a pain in the neck if you have to be gone all day. An older dog is often a VERY good choice, especially for a new dog owner.
Unless aunt objects, GET A DOG. Everyone needs a dog, just make sure it's the right one.