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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..

  • I enjoy the training, meeting the challenges, finding the solutions. I like competing, too. Agility is really the first competition I've ever done . I never did a sport growing up. I like having success, but I'm not the "winner take all at ll costs" person. I think it would be fun to get good enough to go to regionals or nationals, but I'm enjoying working toward titles locally.

    Which kind of agility person are you?
  • me? staving off alzheimers with a dog i love... but no actually I have been having to think about this in one of Daisy's classes (Athletic Conditioning for Agility Handlers) where we have to fill in a goals sheet for the next six months and honestly agility training was something I started with B and we were doing it together (same with the therapy dog work) and now I'm doing it alone and its a little lonely... so my reasons, motivations are not the same... and so what then are they?
  • I'm the type that couldn't work with a Minivan type agility dog. Just being able to Q isn't any fun for me. I like the excitement of never knowing what might happen. I think I would probably want an oddly tuned 78 Dodge Charger. Sure, they break down a lot, but when they are ON they are ON! and they look so retro cool. :P

    Sure, I don't make sense, but I think you get what I mean.

    I think for me, a dog that does well in therapy wouldn't match my personality. NOT that I don't respect that. And boy do I enjoy it when I meet those types. There's a young lab I'm working with on leach reactive issues that in the house is the ultimate gentleman. I just want to SMOOCH him all the time. He's lovely too, gorgeous black dog. But honestly, if he were mine? I wouldn't know what to do with him.... Maybe dock dogs? That always looks fun, but my dogs hate the water. sigh.
    • "never knowing" yeah gotta have THAT... predictable is so well... predictable... there's gotta be the puzzle and the magic and the balancing act
    • Yes a Minivan wouldn't be much fun. Those dogs that slowly move around the course, taking everything just fine but without any zip wouldn't be for me. Matilda is a good challenge for me.
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