I actually found this site totally by accident when I was surfing the net for dog stuff. My name is Tiffany and I live in Texas. I am a big dog lover. My family has 2 dogs: one is 8 year old Lilly who's an Australian Shephard mix, and the other is 4 month old Oliver, who's a Beagle mix. Anyway, I wanted to ask a few questions here.
Eventually when I live on my own I'd love to get a dog. My biggest reservation is that I love travelling. Are some breeds better at traveling and what do you do when you want to go somewhere, do you leave the dog home or do you take it with you? If you take the dog with you how do you make if comfortable (especially if your flying). I do wonder how those who are in dog shows and events travel with the dogs. My other reservation is when I have go to work (I plan on being a teacher), I am afraid to leave the dog on it's own. Any suggestions with that? Now I don't plan on getting a dog for awhile, but I love planning ahead lol. Is there anything wrong planning for something that might not happen for some years? Oh preferably I want a pure-bread cause I'll have a basic idea of what the dog's personality is like. I've been to the AKC's site alot and I am still having problems deciding on which breed(s) I like the best. I've wonder if it's possible for the AKC site to create a survey so you'll be able to find out which breed is right for you. Cause even though I watch all their televised dog shows for the past several years, I am still daunted by looking through all of those registered dog lists at the site. The size, type of coat, and maintanence are easy, it's the temperement that I am confused with. Okay that's enough for now lol. Thanks!
I do not think it is ever to early to start doing research! As a matter of a fact I wish more potential buyers/adopters would take the time to reserch and ask questions about breed traits and training instead of doing impulse.
First may I suggest volunteering/fostering at an animal shelter. This honestly helped me get aquainted with a lot of breed types and at the same time allowed me to help out some dogs in need of socialization/training as well (deffinitely payed off when I brought home my own rescue!).
As far as traveling I drive everywhere so Lucy (my rescue Bully) is quite the traveling Mat =) If you prefer to fly a small to medium dog may fit you best. As a double check why not check into what type of weight or breed restriction airlines have? With any breed if you start out with crate training, positive training, and create a routine this will really help both you and your future dog in the long run. Good luck with your search!
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Thanks alot. Volunteering would be great but I am still in college. But that's something I'll consider for sure. If not this year than next year I am going to try and convince my mom if I can go to the big Houston Dog show in the summer. Be hard since I don't have a car anymore *sighs*. I am getting practice in dog training with our two dogs. Our new puppy is a handful. I think when I first start out I should get a grown up dog. I've also thought of taking in one of those dogs who are retired from the Police Force or something like that cause I heard these dogs make great pets.
I think in general small dogs are easier to travel with or find a sitter for. They fit in a smaller car, their crates are smaller, some hotels only allow small dogs, and kennels usually charge much less and have more room for them. I travel with my Maltese all the time he's great in the car and small enough that I can even carry him in a dog carrier if I have to. My Rottweiler is a completely different story. He takes up the entire back seat of our large sedan so their would be no room for luggage if we tooke him with us. The kennels where I live book up their larger runs much quicker and they cost more. My boy weighs about 106lbs so I have to pay the most. I'm lucky enough that I can take him to my aunt and uncle's house where he plays with their Lab. They travel a lot, though, so I have to work around their schedule. We had planned to visit my brother in Louisiana for Easter but couldn't because my aunt and uncle had plans too. You can travel if you have a larger dog but it is a lot more work. I great idea I've heard of is trading off with a friend; you watch her dog and she watches yours. Hope this helps.