- Dec 21, 2019
I’ve grown up with german shepard’s since a very young age and all my family members were very disciplined in owning them so I grew up with that discipline as well. I currently own an American Staffordshire Terrier and I’ve owned mini pinschers and Doberman Pinschers, all three absolutely great dogs.I don't have a dog. Or any pets unless you count my children. I don't hate dogs. In fact, I can see that they would offer alot of practical utility. A security gaurd when I'm not home. Body gaurd for the kids. Someone who can watch my back when we go outside. Leftovers disposal when I'm not as hungry as I thought... But due to some family members raising dogs to sell, and other friends and family having dogs that were poorly trained, with nasty homes because of them, I've been very turned off to the idea. My wife is a huge animal lover and dying to have a doggy. I'd love to make her smile. But we live in an apartment so there's the extra expenses and such that go along... I've literally thrown up many times because peoples houses smelled so bad from not caring for and cleaning up after their dogs properly. It's just disgusting...
Yet I kind of even want one just because it'd make my wife happy, but you can only step in poo so many times before you begin to associate dogs and shear nasty.
Yet again, I ramble...
I guess I just see alot of dog lovers here and kinda need input. Feel free to comment if you have any advice.
Back to the op...
When I take my kids and/or wife out for walks I'm always (legally) armed. I usually carry either my G22 or a revolver for any sort of aggressive threats that may materialize. I'm thankful that I've had no need to use them. I hope I never need them. I don't want to hurt anyone.
You’ve seen the bad side of owning a dog when you’re not disciplined in owning and training so you already know what to avoid.
My advice to you if you’re considering a dog for the family is do extensive research into what type of breed/sized dog you want for your house. Every breed has different personality and temperament traits you want to find one suitable for your family and apartment. American Staffordshire’s are great mid-size family dogs for that.
or if you want to adopt, adopt a breed you know would be suitable.
Before adopting or purchasing I would spend some time on Youtube learning how to properly own and train a dog. There is hours upon hours of great content on YouTube teaching you the ins and outs to owning, training, and living with a dog. I would have all that down prior to getting the dog so there is no surprises and you know what needs to be done before receiving it.
In short having a dog requires discipline from the whole family and the dog. You have to be consistent and you have to be disciplined, especially during the first three years of a developing dogs life. Once you’ve done that after three years old, you’ll have a full trained and disciplined companion for the rest of that dogs life and it’s the most rewarding thing ever.
But yeah, go to YouTube type in whatever you want to learn, super important. Every single dog small or large needs to be properly trained, socialized, and must receive the necessary amount of exercise every day to ensure you’re both happy. Good luck!