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So when I get to the breeders, what do I do to pick a puppy thats right for me?

Discussion in 'Choosing A Puppy' started by BigChief, Jun 24, 2007.

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  1. GoCougs

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    There isn't a true way to test this. You can kind of get an idea from the Volhard testing. But this is just another, of a number of questions, to ask the breeder. What is the pecking order in this litter?

    You have to remember that dogs are pack animals. And in every pack a pecking order is established. You see this in almost every litter, to a small degree, where there are puppies who try to establish themselves as dominant and some who are more submissive. Dominant puppies almost always try to assert their dominance over the mother, and the mother usually puts said puppy in it's place. That's normal and expected. In fact, this is one of a number of reasons why puppies shouldn't be separated from their litter and the bitch until 8-10 weeks of age. Much of this type of behavior is dealt with and learned during this time.

    Aggression toward other dogs is quite normal for a pack animal. Dogs don't think people are "part of their pack" like some people would try to lead you to believe, so aggression toward other dogs and not people isn't at all surprising. Outside dogs are seen as just that, outsiders, and a dominant dog will push the subject.

    So, it's tough to say about your particular dog. How old was he when you brought him home? Was he prematurely separated from it's mother? Was he dominant in the litter?

    I think one of the best thing anyone can do for a puppy is to socialize it...a lot. Take it to the pet store, dog shows etc. Anywhere where it's a strange place with lots of strange people and creatures.
     
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    Thanks for responding. She is an interesting little case, but actually quite normal when put into your context. I got her at nine weeks and she was the only female in a litter of four, and yes, she was the dominant pup. For instance at six months she was lifting her leg :) and still does. She marks just like male does. Her Mom was not dominant at all-very sweet. The Dad was also sweet, but did not take any "guff", especially from younger dogs but all his corrections were appropriate that I saw. I wonder if perhaps my Nysa did not get the "mom" corrections she should have but I know the pups were with the Mom the whole time-they were not separated. At any rate, she is fine with all the dogs she met as a pup and plays great with them, which certainly speaks to that "pack" mentality. She did start to challenge my older male in the house but we worked with a behavorist and that is no longer an issue, though it certainly was for awhile as she came into maturity and we are very strict about managing that . She is fine with strange dogs once we socialize-go for walks, slow intros, etc. And, though of course we avoid this :), she if fine with dogs she gets into fights with who "win". In other words once she submits to a dog (but not without a fight) she respects that dog. She has never bitten though she has been bit. At 14 months she has come a long way but is not , and probably never will be, reliable with strange dogs. As I said here before, she is not "dog park" material. She is a great girl in obedience, with her pack, and with people, and especially little kids. I am just always fascinated by the behavior of dogs so she has been quite my little challenge. Thanks for your insightful response.
     
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    I agree that you should simply sit down and let the puppies play around/with/on you, and talk to the breeder about which pup would work best in your home. Please don't attempt the temperament testing you may have seen on tv or read about. Anybody who startles my puppies on purpose as part of some kind of personal fact finding mission would find themselves leaving pretty quickly. Not because my dogs are sound sensitive (if they drop their keys, fine, things happen, and my pups would be used to regular household sounds anyway) but because I wouldn't know what they might try next. Not to mention that the standardized temperament testing is done at a precise point in time under specific circumstances, and introducing them to elements of it earlier could invalidate results.

    There's plenty of information to be gathered in gentle interaction with a pile of puppies!
     
  4. BigChief

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    Just as an update, I went to pick him out on the 6th and I took him home on the 14th. I ended up going with the biggest of the bunch... Not because he was the biggest, but because he was the sweetest! I had two males to choose from, and once we had all 8 of them out and I watched them play, we narrowed it down to the two males, one flashy brindle, and the other the classic brindle. It was clearly evident which one I should go home with, he kinda chose me... Hes a real people person and loves to play and love on me, the other one, seemed very independent and I felt I had to force him to pay attention to me. I chose the classic brindle male, even though I was hoping for a flashy one. He was also the one the breeder recommended for me. I"ve named him Elwood. I've had him since last friday and it has been quite an experience!!! My whole life revolves around him now! But hes worth it! He's sleeping quietly in his crate.. I'm trying to type softly as to not wake him... hehe.
     
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    Wonderful name! Best of luck with puppy :)
     
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    Nine times out of ten.... this is the best way to chose a puppy. Let it chose you.
     
  7. Boniboxer

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    When I want the right pup I let it find me ! I walk up and sit down and wait ...they all come over and lick and play at first then they leave and somehow one always stays , lays down and then I know this is my spirit child .
     
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    Congrats I knew the right one would choose you !And Im proud of you that you could recognize that ,even though you wanted a flashy one ,this one was for you ! I love the name Elwood
    Me and Girlfreind are doing the happy dance for you and Elwood
    Geeze that has to be the cutest name !!!
     
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    Definately! ;) It's an instant click! Congrats on finding your pup! appicon
     
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    The breeder and I both had the dog picked out when I got Abby. I went to pick her 9 not Abby) up and had we not talked forever I would not have asked about the one scurring to sleep behind mom. I went home with the dog I never played with or emailed about and yet she is the LOVE of all our lives. Even the breeder thinks God had a hand in helping us that day.
     
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