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Getting a puppy soon

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After extensive research on my wife's' part she decided that I had picked a good breed to begin with, Welsh Corgi.  I had a stupid reason (Cowboy Bebop) she had a list of wants and reasons to satisfy, had to be a good warning dog, herder, get along with humans, and be able to relax when not working and had to be a puppy cause our cats may let it stay were as a full grown adult would be a big fat no in their books.We have been on the search for a good breeder that isn't asking a small fortune (seriously, I've bought cars for less then what some people are asking for a dog)and may have found them. Going and looking at the dogs on Monday.  keeping fingers crossed.
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That's great, Gunnar!  We have a siberian husky and while she has her quirks we love her to bits.  She is an amazing family dog but when it comes to other dogs we meet she can be unpredictable.  One day she'll be fine with new dogs, the next day, she wants nothing to do with them but that is siberians and we knew that going in.  She is super protective of our kids and anyone she sees as being part of her pack.

I hope Monday goes well for you and you end up with a new addition to your family!
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post #3 of 12
We're looking for a new dog also.  Whiilst we have 2 cats, they are used to having a dog around (sadly passed recenctly).  So we are loking for a rescued dog from the RSPCA, small breed, because we have a small yard.  Don't want to get a yappy one that barks most of the the time, certainly not a Jack Russel.  I've found that Corgis do yap a lot and snap at your ankles - only because they are essentially herders...you may want to take that into consideration. My MIL had 2 that would not shut up... while they were friendly, they were loud.

But good luck with it, and enjoy :)  Maybe a Pembroke Corgi could be an option, if they are available there (the black and white ones).  I have no experience of how their behaviour is, maybe you could research that on good ol' Google.
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post #4 of 12
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actually it's a pembroke that we will be checking on monday. I know they can be yappy dogs, but most of the ones I have met are more of the bark to alert that someones around then come looking for loving. They are almost the cat of dogs when raised properly, don't much care that you aren't around but happy when you are.I have had several dogs, my last was a Dachshound. A supposedly yappy breed, he didn't yap at strangers, only barked when the doorbell rang or noone was home. Part of it is letting the dog know where they are in the pecking order and letting them feel secure that you are in charge and got their backs, they really relax and can become quite silent pets
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well we picked him up today, he's a pretty little tri-colored pembroke. Actually I am sure he will be big for the breed. Had our choice of five we narrowed it down to two pretty fast. This one was still active and interested in us when his brother went to lay back down in shade. We have named him Riley. He was pretty happy about the car ride till the first pit stop when he realised none of his litter mates were anywhere to be seen. Now he is sleeping and a bit mopey , cried a couple of times but he seems good for the most part. I'll have pics later in my album.
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post #6 of 12
The two my MIL had also yapped at the doorbell - but loved their comfort and I can see how they can be called the cat of dogs.  Were always up on the sofa getting a head scratch. So every chair had to be covered with a pet rug as they shed like crazy :)

Sounds like your pup is going to live the life of Riley ....with lots of pampering...lying in the sun.  It's very true what you say about dogs - if they are trained properly - and socialising them is an important part.  They feel secure and well fed and cared for, a little yapping is not a problem.

I think we may go for a "bitsa". A Heinz 99 varieties  Bits of this, and bits of that.  They tend to live longer than the purebreds and fewer problems with hip displaysia etc.

Look forward to the pics - enjoy the l'il guy.
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post #8 of 12
Ohh so cute!  Look at those baby doggie ears! 

Thanks for sharing!

Speaking of dogs my husband made up one of those priceless things featuring our dog.  I'll have to figure out how to get it on here...
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post #9 of 12
He is a cutie - oh now I wanna go get one - all your fault Gunnar heh.  Hope he's getting over not being with his litter too much now - he's got you guys.

Lookit the size of them paws..... he could well turn into a big 'un.
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post #10 of 12
So sweet.   A trick to help puppies get over separation anxiety is to put a wind-up clock in their bed under a blanket, or in their crate if you are crate training.  The ticking simulates the heartbeat of their former litter-mates and gives em the impression that they're not alone.

Good luck!
post #11 of 12
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he is so over that, now he just wants to crawl into bed with us. Can't happen till he is kitty approved, he has taken over the floor so our raised california king bed is the only safe haven for the cats.. More pics later maybe..probably just link to my wifes blog if she ever quits playing with him long enough to post. Oh and we start puppy training tonight at 5, he is gonna smoke those stupid Labs and Poodles everyone else gets

p.s yes he has some monster paws on him.  hope he isn't a a compulsive digger
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post #12 of 12
I had our dog help me make our front flower garden.  I was out there with the shovel and she was tied up but wanted to help so I moved the tie out and let her go at it and the garden was dug in no time!  She doesn't dig unless she is given permission so she just took my lead and went to town!  We have to grade the front yard this year (yay I get to kill the grass!) and well I think I may just enlist her help again.   Only thing for her is that she has to have a bath after she helps us because she is just filthy.  
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