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lefty's random dog thread.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by lefty, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Best advice I can give is - don't rush and double check everything. You will have this dog for a long time.

    lefty
     


  2. Stazy

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    Best advice I can give is - don't rush and double check everything. You will have this dog for a long time. lefty
    Thanks for the advice & I definitely agree. I want to make sure I'm getting a good dog.
     


  3. djblisk

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    I found a breeder in Florida that has puppies...If it turns out to be a reputable place this little guy will hopefully be mine [​IMG]

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    Great looking dog. Good Luck!
     


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    That would be extremely generous of you. The ad said they are located in Central West Coast Florida so I'm guessing Tampa region.
    If its Tampa then that's out of my range. If you find out the exact location, and its farther South, let me know.
     


  5. lefty

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    One very dog-wise pal of mine thinks 3 1/2 to 4 months is the optimum age to take a puppy, which of course eliminates most of the "puppy cute" phase, especially in large-breed dogs. His opinion is that the dog learns a lot from his mother and through interaction with his littermates.

    One friend of mine got a 4 1/2-month-old Tosa puppy, and he turned out to be a wonderful dog. He stayed with us a couple of times as a youngster (ca. 10 months or so) and he couldn't have been sweeter or better behaved. A lot of pups placed when they're six or seven months old turn out to be great dogs.

    I don't know how this "seven weeks or spoiled goods" view of puppy buying ever arose. Many dog-wise friends of mine are vehemently opposed to it.

    My first Tosa, Zuma, came to me when he was 3 1/2 months old. He was always somewhat shy, but I am sure it was the genetic shyness found in many highly bred fighting dogs.

    Of my other Tosas acquired as pups, Jessie was 12 weeks, Dempsey was 10.5 weeks, and Cyrus was 11.5 weeks. All turned out to be good dogs.
     


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    If its Tampa then that's out of my range. If you find out the exact location, and its farther South, let me know.

    The exact location is Palmetto. Is that in the right direction?
     


  8. lefty

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    One very dog-wise pal of mine thinks 3 1/2 to 4 months is the optimum age to take a puppy, which of course eliminates most of the "puppy cute" phase, especially in large-breed dogs. His opinion is that the dog learns a lot from his mother and through interaction with his littermates.

    One friend of mine got a 4 1/2-month-old Tosa puppy, and he turned out to be a wonderful dog. He stayed with us a couple of times as a youngster (ca. 10 months or so) and he couldn't have been sweeter or better behaved. A lot of pups placed when they're six or seven months old turn out to be great dogs.

    I don't know how this "seven weeks or spoiled goods" view of puppy buying ever arose. Many dog-wise friends of mine are vehemently opposed to it.

    My first Tosa, Zuma, came to me when he was 3 1/2 months old. He was always somewhat shy, but I am sure it was the genetic shyness found in many highly bred fighting dogs.

    Of my other Tosas acquired as pups, Jessie was 12 weeks, Dempsey was 10.5 weeks, and Cyrus was 11.5 weeks. All turned out to be good dogs.


    My best dog was picked up at 12 weeks. I have seen screwed up dogs that were taken at 5-6 weeks.

    lefty
     


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    The exact location is Palmetto. Is that in the right direction?
    Its about 3 to 4 hours away on the other coast of the state. You'd probably be able to make it down there before I could.
     


  10. Stazy

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    Its about 3 to 4 hours away on the other coast of the state. You'd probably be able to make it down there before I could.

    Haha it was worth a shot. I appreciate the offer nonetheless.
     


  11. Rambo

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    Haha it was worth a shot. I appreciate the offer nonetheless.
    No problem
     


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    Lefty,
    what do you think about a boston terrier or enlgish mastiff for apartment living in NYC? any problems with those breeds to look out for?
     


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    Lefty,
    what do you think about a boston terrier or enlgish mastiff for apartment living in NYC? any problems with those breeds to look out for?


    Not lefty, but I have a friend with a BT in a NYC apartment. The dog kinda sucks, though most BTs that I have met have been pretty cool. I suspect this one could have been socialized a bit more as a puppy and could do with some additional exercise. Also, I was not too impressed with his breeder. At any rate, the breed should do fine in an apartment. Seems odd to be cross shopping them with Mastiffs, though.
     


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    The breeder I got my dog from did not give out gods before 8 weeks. He did not even handle them before 8 weeks as he felt the mother and pack mates did a better job of it then he could and the weak would be weeded out by then. I got mine at just around 16 weeks and she is solid as can be and had ZERO trouble bonding totally with me and the family.

    I was BSing via e-mail a few weeks ago with the breeder and he said pretty much all dog problems are a result of shitty owners putting their own neurosis into their dogs.
    I could not agree more. People have so many expectations about how they want their dog to act or how it "should" act that they forget that it's still a dog.

    One example that drives me nuts is the second a dog really gets into something and starts to make the play/ excited/ happy/ rough growl noises that dogs do their owners start freaking out and yelling "no! no! bad Fluffy, be nice."

    All I can think is for fucks sake, let your dog have a moment to enjoy its self. A Lab and a Beagle aren't going to kill each other, let them work it out and have a little fun.

    The dog is doing what is totally natural and harmless for it to do and you start yelling, hence the neurosis.
     


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    Dcg,
    I always wanted a large, laid back breed. But i understand apartment life won't give me endless options as far as breeds with a full time work schedule.
     


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