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Old January 10th, 2014, 11:03 PM   #1
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Moving into a new house this spring, thinking of getting a family dog. It has about an acre of property, nice heater garage. My wife would like a dog that can stay in a crate in the garage or even an outdoor run while we are at work during the day, but I would like something hardy enough to play with my 11 and 8 yr olds out in the yard.

Anyone have any particular breed to recommend or stay away from?
Anyone have any place to get a dog they would recommend?
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Moving into a new house this spring, thinking of getting a family dog. It has about an acre of property, nice heater garage. My wife would like a dog that can stay in a crate in the garage or even an outdoor run while we are at work during the day, but I would like something hardy enough to play with my 11 and 8 yr olds out in the yard.

Anyone have any particular breed to recommend or stay away from?
Anyone have any place to get a dog they would recommend?
Yellow lab or Golden Retriever, Although next dog Caucasian mountain dog or Great Pyrenee's.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #3
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Have you ever had a dog before?
Any pets now or before?
I can give you an avoid list. But no matter, people will have good and bad to say about all breeds. Guess what- they're all right. Just like people, everyone is different. Even of the same bred, they can be different.
Without any other info but based on kids age. Lab, golden, standard poodle. Breeds active enough for active kids. Ones that,enter act good with kids.
I've had labs, springers and Boston's.
I've had springers for about 30 years.They are a good dog too, the best for me. Boston's are awesome, nicer for indoors.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #4
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Get a big one and give it a lot of attention.
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What ever u end up getting the more time you have you and your kids around it as a puppy the better and if it does any thing bad like growl at the kids smack it.

That's what I did with my dog and he's awesome awesome around kids.

He was only bad once and that was went my younger brother got to close to his food while he was eating. I smacked him never again has he done any thing thing like it.

Now I bet there's people who frown apon that but it works
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Get a big one and give it a lot of attention.
I just hope thats not how you choose women....
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Any dog. They will be a direct reflection of how you treat them. Some of the biggest babies I ever encountered are Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, German Shepard. ANY breed you get, if you treat them like shit, they will act like shit, and you run a higher chance that they will bite/attack you, or give you problems. If you raise them good, and treat them right, ANY dog will be a fantastic member of your family.
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Hard to beat a lab.

On another note of controversy. When my daughter was wanting a dog and she had a newborn, I gave her this advice. There are lots of dogs out there that look cool and can be trained as a safe dog around kids. However, look at the breed and what it was bred for. Regardless of how well you think you can train a dog to be trusted, do you want a dog that has been bred for any type of aggression around your child?

Is your child worth the risk?
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Old January 11th, 2014, 06:15 AM   #10
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We got our choc lab 6 months before my son was born (she was a puppy). We are nearing the end of her run. My boy and our lab have been extremely close. Lab was very protective of him through out his life. She is 12.5 yrs old. She's been having hip issues for a long time now.


As stated, its hard to beat a lab for a family dog. IMO the yellows are smarter then the chocs, with the chocs being slightly larger.

But I wouldn't consider a lab as a "crate" dog.
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My friends chocolate is fine in a crate. She actually likes it. She is one of the two most mellow labs I know though.
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But I wouldn't consider a lab as a "crate" dog.
With proper training any dog should be able to be crated as necessary.

You can't crate a dog that you haven't exercised and expect him to tolerate it.

Dogs need exercise, especially when they are young. The more exercise a dog is given the easier it is to train said dog. Working dogs need a lot of exercise. Sporting/hunting dogs also need a lot of exercise.

I have a husky, it is recommended to give her at least 2 hours of exercise per day, that's a huge time commitment. When choosing a dog choose wisely.
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Take into consideration grooming and upkeep as well. Some dogs are higher maintenance than others and need monthly trips to the doggy salon. Others have breed issues as in hips and knees, or like with my American Bulldog, even food and bug bite allergies.

I personally don't crate my dog , but he is here to help protect my home when I can't.

IMO , every kid should have a dog. Just make sure you get one for the right reasons. They are a lifelong commitment. Worth every second and every dime.........but they do require, and deserve, time, love and training.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:22 AM   #14
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Dogs are den animals. having a crate for them is a good idea. Making sure they know it is their home and thier place to go is good, but not as punishment. They'll hate it. Leaving the door open with good bedding and water, they'll love it.
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I would say a lab, great with kids
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I personally don't crate my dog , but he is here to help protect my home when I can't.
As a puppy I have crated all three of my huskies, as they get older I stop using it overnight and when I am gone. It's a great training tool.

Some dogs even as puppies can prove they don't need to be confined when unsupervised. I consider those dog owners lucky lol
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We leave radio on for our dog when we have to leave her alone home. If going to be longer then a few hrs we drop her off to in laws place so she can keep a eye on the golden retriver. Dumb as a box of rocks that dog but he is a big love ball.

Also picking a breed is important per your lifestyle. On the go always, inside relaxed, outdoor active, hunter, swimmer, kids as well, upkeep, food, all good to keep in mind. I personally owned huskies most my life. Girl and I have a lab and austrian shepperd and she's well trainned but has 4hrs avg everyday of training attention. So my suggestion be a lab as a good all around family dog.
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Malamute, Lab, Husky or German Shepherd.
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We have had several different dogs. A Lab is our dog of choice. Do not go for a full bread as they will likely be in bread and have medical problems.

My wife has done day care and our different dogs have been around many children and have had ears and tails pulled and no one has been bit.

The most amazing thing is their ability to know who is ok and who is not. With day care parents and kids coming and going our labs easily learned who was supposed to be at our farm and who was not. They all had a controlled bark reflex. In which they only barked when there was a reason, and were not yappy dogs.

We had one lab mixed with dane that was around here for one year that I shot after he tried to attack my daughter in our living room. I would stay away from lab and dane mix.


DO NOT TAKE A MIDDLE AGED DOG THAT WAS RAISED BY ANOTHER FAMILY AND TRY TO ACCLIMATE IT TO YOUR FAMILY. IT WILL NOT WORK.
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If I was going to get the dog I thought I wanted, it would've been a lab or golden retriever. I ended up with a mutt that has a lot of hound in him. He's a great dog and was "free". Rather than him going to the pound, I took him in. There are a lot of people out there looking to get rid of perfectly good dogs, I'd start there. Bud would agree.

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