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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..

  • K.
    Here's a thing I notice with younger dogs and adults I work with when I do sessions/training.

    Dogs who are keen to play, normally also have a really nice handler focus. A lot of puppies will play with other puppies, but will it play with you? Does it get distracted really easily? When you remove it from the other puppies does it get all nervous and looking for them or Mom? Or is it willing to grab a rag and tug w/ you? Will it go after a rolled ball, and then look up at you to see why the ball stopped rolling? (so cute when that happens).
    I don't expect EVERY puppy to want to be all over me, but I do expect a puppy to engage with me if I engage it in play.

    If you stand up and walk 10 feet from a crowd of puppies, then squeak a toy. -- which ones looked up? Which ones charged you! (I want that one!!) Which ones just kept doing what they're doing?

    There was a litter of Pumi puppies I played with about a year ago Dec. One was oddly shaped and had weird hair. He really stood out because basically he was sort ugly! hahahaha

    But he PLAYED with me, and he was very willing to stop whatever he was doing to gnaw on my hands or just tug. The breeder ended up keeping him probably because his size and look was so off no one was going to want him? I would have taken him (had I been looking for a Pumi) and now at 1+ Years old, he's no show dog AT ALL< but she says he's fun and happy and really a great companion.
    That's what I'd be looking for. :)
    • That's very helpful.

      It's been close to six years since I've been out to Cherry Valley Labradoodles to get Matilda. I might go out sometime soon just to get a look at Tiffany's breeding dogs, see what her mom dogs are like.
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