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Choosing a Puppy

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I have been reading [info]nosemovie  and her research on getting a new puppy. I'm also thinking about getting a new puppy. I'll wait til late spring or summer when I'll be out of school and have the time.  I'll be getting another labradoodle.  I have asthma. and I have felt much better, really have had no attacks, since I no longer have cats or a shedding dog, and I really love Matilda.  I've contacted Matilda's breeder to see what she has coming. She'll have several litters ready to go home late spring, early summer. I'm also going to contact the breeder where [info]dinahprincedaly   got Stella.

I want a dog for agility and for therapy dog work, too.  Stella's breeder has a group of smaller labradoodles which I thought might be good. They have the same temperament and look as the larger ones.  For agility I thought  it might be good to have a dog of a different height. A dog of a different height would be a new challenge.  Also,  I don't like the thought of running dogs back to back, but of course it would be  a several years any way before a puppy would be doing trials. Also for traveling having one dog a little smaller might be easier. I'm not firm on the size.

Does anyone have advice on judging puppies for structure and drive? What I should be looking for? Advice on books to look at? When I got Matilda I had no idea I'd be doing agility. I was just looking for a cute puppy. The therapy dog part I thought about right away, especially when I was able to bring her to school with me.  Now I'll be looking for a puppy who'll an agility puppy as well as a pet..

  • how many gears does the average race car have?
    • Ha! you think you can stump me??? You can NOT: The major difference between a dedicated racing transmission and a stocker is the engagement mechanism, commonly referred to as "dogs." Dogs are basically no more than cogs on a slider. The shifter pushes them into a receiver ring which engages the gear it is attached to. There is a separate dog and receiver for each gear in the transmission. On a racing transmission, there is a lot of "slop" (the gaps in the receiver are a lot larger than the teeth on the dog), which makes it easier to move into and out of the gears at higher rpms without fully engaging the clutch. Just like a full-blown race car, a racing transmission would be a nightmare around town but is a dream come true on the track. A racing transmission is a nightmare around town, or in a nursing home. hahahahahah
      • "which makes it easier to move into and out of the gears at higher rpms without fully engaging the clutch"
        a race car does have a life besides the track... it has to be using them lower gears to get to and from... why is this a nightmare around town?
        (I knew the car thing would get you going)
  • That was their quote, not mine.
    But what the difference is at lower speeds, it's a LOT more work to drive a race car as the rmps don't stay low... they race around up and down. So I"m sure you've heard (in the BIG CITY) those assholes with the high tuned transmissions going "RRRRRMMMMMM, bababababa, RRRMRMRMMMM , bababa" from stop light to stop light. It's annoying as hell from a audio standpoint, but for the driver it's even worse. You have to play the clutch in and out and it's touchy! Plus you have to REV the engine to keep the rpms up and keep it from dieing.

    Sorry, you've made my point. You CAN drive a race car to the store, but you'll find most drivers have a "regular" car for the carpool and such. ;)
    • ok... conceded. but there is drag racing
      • Those are WORSE!!! They're built for that initial BLOW off the line and then they peter out afterward. Those are the speciality cars tho. I think you're talking street drags.... supe'd up Hondas and such.

        Those can be daily drivers. True.
        • greased lightning... you know, small town, full of stories, pretty to look at too

          so the kind of drive a brilliant agility dog needs... you believe it is the kind with ONLY the top two gears? Would Tori agree? Mimi? Daisy? Silvia? Susan? Really no quiet curl-up love ability at all?
          • That goes back to what you were asking way before. What type of HANDLER are you, or do you want to be.

            I think Rev is a sweet dog, snuggly. But that's off. When she's on, she looks focused to me and really quick.

            Let's go back to cars. I think a good agility dog (like, good enough for what I want) is like a Audi w/ a v6. It's a sedan, you can drive it around, but when you WANT power, it's there.
            Some handlers are ONLY going to want race cars. Their either going, or not.
            Some handlers might love a Mini van. You can do SO MUCH with it, but it's not going to climb hills that fast, and you'll never beat the Audi off the line.

            You do have to decide what sort of car you need. It's a good point you made in the very beginning.

            currently in agility I drive one of those over tuned medium sized off-road trucks. He's indestructible! But he also slips gears and often goes off road without my permission. Still, I love him. :)
            • Rosie, you HAVE to write the car/agility dog parallel for Clean Run. You are hilarious!
              • A While back we did a "what sort of car" is your dog post. I can't remember how long ago.

                Maybe time for another?

                Your sister is going to hate us! We hyjacked her blog!
    • but this is totally the stuff she should be thinking about, right Liza?
    • This is fun!
  • Oh, and many race cars are trucked on a flatbed to the track. Just for that reason....
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