Man’s Best Friend
We recently got a golden lab from the RSPCA. He’s 4 and as calm as anything.
Go and look around the rescue centers and get a calm (non jumping up at the gate doing cartwheels and barking type) and you’ll have a great dog.
Plus it misses out the couch / kitchen eating phase.Posted 8 years agoBikebreakerMember
I’m thinking of getting a dog and as I have 2 daughters I assume that come the bad weather I will be sole carer.
I don’t want to make a rash decision and regret it as I think it is very unfair on the animal if you can’t devote the right time and effort to looking after one.
My question is, who has one and how much time and effort do they really take and what have you had to give up / compromise as a result? (what I really mean is riding time)
Should mention I’m thinking about a German Shorthaired Pointer.
Many thanksPosted 8 years ago2hottieMember
My Border is Top, however it’s the first dog I have owned and have been responsible for (other than the ones my parents had). They do take a lot of work, an will keep you busy. From cleaning up the sh1t in the yard to walking them ever day they can take up a fair amount of your free time. I would suggest researching the breeds and maybe borrow a friends dog to see if you can handle it?! My GF’s sister is looking after are dog when we are away, lets see if she still wants a dog after a week then?!
good luck.Posted 8 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
I inherited my father’s 2 retrievers last October – he’d remarried and moved to a smaller house.
He buys the dog food, pays vet bills etc so we don’t have any financial outlay apart from kennels when needed.
BUT – they are a complete pain. Hair everywhere. Muddy pawprints everywhere. Picking up dog poo from the back yard on a regular basis. Walks every day, whether I’ve spent 5 hour on the bike or not. I spend more time cleaning after the dogs than I do because of the kids.
HOWEVER – the girls love them, and will grow up not being afraid of large dogs. I’ve seen more wildlife this year than ever while walking them. In the winter I was finding myself standing in the middle of walking them staring at the stars on several occasions. (If anyone had seen me they may have assumed I was mental!)
My conclusion is that I’d grudgingly admit that I like having them, and any excuse to be outside is good. Can you get hairless, pooless dogs?Posted 8 years agoseth-enslow666Member
GSP are hard work trust me I have one! Good dogs but need too much excercise. I have never seen a dog that is as hyper and I have heard the same from lots of owners. what about a whippet they are a nice easy going dog and easy to look after. Healthy breed too.Posted 8 years ago
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