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    Puppy..........

    So, I found out last week my Wife and daughter have been looking in to getting a dog for nearly a year behind my back

    I had a dog growing up so know exactly how tieing they can be, along with all the responsibility, hence why I never wanted one as an adult.

    It is now going ahead, under the understanding it is their dog and Iím not having much to do with it, but with it arriving on thursday I cannot help but feel unprepared!

    Iím a clean freak, we have lots of expensive nice things, what do I need to know to get me through the next 10-15 years!!!!

    I know a lot of you have dogs and love them, can I be swayed?

    Any help and info appreciated!

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    I think if your not a dog person you are going to suffer. My mate is not an animal person and dislikes everything about my dogs.
    If your not interested then you are going to find it hard to put up with the downsides.

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    I feel your pain. My wife initially suggested we get a cat despite me being allergic to cat hair (well, cat saliva). It took a doctor to convince her that having a cat is not a good idea for someone with asthma and a cat hair allergy. She then thought we could get a dog, and I could take it into work with me and have it in the office all day (we lived in a tiny two-bed house at the time).

    Good luck with it all! Would it be easier to get divorced?
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    Does the dog have to be a puppy?

    I ask because there are plenty of great rescue dogs that will be house trained and grateful for a new home.

    As you don't appear to be a dog person an older dog would be a better choice IMHO.

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    I was in the same position, don't believe you can say 'it is your responsibility' - I said that, didn't work. I even fell for 'the older dog won't live too long, we should get another' - we now have two.

    Just succumb you have been rolled over - but also enjoy it.

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    It's not a good idea. The dog will sense you don't want/like having it around and will not bond with you, which will simply add to your negative feelings toward it.

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    Donít get me wrong, I do like dogs, I just wasnít planning on having one now is all.

    Its paid for now so Iíve got to get on board!

    Its a Cavapoo so not a big dog (although if I was choosing Iíd have a malamute!).

    Iím after some tips so itís transition in to our lives is good and it doesnít destroy the house Iíve worked damn hard to get! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    It's not a good idea. The dog will sense you don't want/like having it around and will not bond with you, which will simply add to your negative feelings toward it.

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    Spot on.
    If you really don't want it, it's unfair to the dog to 'put up' with it.
    Assuming it is a puppy, it'll likely chew all those nice expensive things you mentioned which will lead to bad feeling.
    Buy some fish instead.

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    Don't allow the dog in the house beyond the utility room or kitchen.
    Two of my good friends have springer spaniels and neither allow their dogs in most of the house. One dog sleeps in a shed / dog kennel the other's dog is kept in a conservatory / large porch that is attached to the back door.

    They are both real dog lovers but they keep there houses clean by their dogs being kept largely outdoors.

    I have always found a house that has dogs in it does stink of dogs, much like if the residents are smokers the house stinks of smoke.

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    Just let the wife and kid get on with it and don't interfere. If anything gets wrecked, don't bother saying anything, just make sure they know it's their responsibility for sorting it out. Buttoning your lip is a great way to keep your marriage.
    So long, and thanks for all the fish :)

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    Just read the post above mine.

    We took in a one year old crossbreed earlier this year.
    He mainly stays in the downstairs kitchen / living room with access to the garden. We keep the front room 'for best'. He comes in there when we do but isnt left alone so he doesn't get the chance to eat / maul the funrnishings.

    Don't leave anything on or near the floor if they like to chew. Coats on the backs of dining chairs, shoes out in the hall etc..

    Get training in early so the dog will respond to commands.

    Use Pet Plan for insurance, (tip from another member).

    Good luck!

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    Should have put your foot down and told them "NO".

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    Goodbye freedom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    Should have put your foot down and told them "NO".
    Thing is Mike, if he did that, it is just ammunition. Don't forget he is outnumbered.
    So long, and thanks for all the fish :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilford View Post
    Iím a clean freak
    Me too. Just donít like Ďem and struggle to feign like of friendsí dogs .

    The pub conversation the other week about dog gastrointestinal problems and soft furnishings did not make me feel any more favourably towards them.

    Iíd move out, if I was you. 😁

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    Ah, a Cavapoo. We have one, Alfie. Very bright and so easy to live with. Didnít chew and no problem. I think youíll be ok
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    Quote Originally Posted by awright101 View Post
    Ah, a Cavapoo. We have one, Alfie. Very bright and so easy to live with. Didnít chew and no problem. I think youíll be ok
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    And you say that to a clean freak while posting a picture of a dog on the couch!
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    The wife has already booked the training classes for September!

    I have friends with dogs who are very well behaved and also ďcrateĒ trained which is the route we will go down.

    we have hard floors throughout the lower level of the house bar the lounge which will be off limits anyway.

    The Wife is in the conservatory at the moment reading one of 3 books Iíve told her to download to her kindle about training!

    As its now happeneing Iím trying to find the positives, Iím sure it will be fine after a few months and will get us out on more walks Iím sure, plus the mother in law has said she will have it when we go away so fingers crossed we will still be able to get off on holiday a few times a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    And you say that to a clean freak while posting a picture of a dog on the couch!
    Ah, but the wife tells me they donít shed ;-) lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by awright101 View Post
    Ah, a Cavapoo. We have one, Alfie. Very bright and so easy to live with. Didnít chew and no problem. I think youíll be ok
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    That is so unhygenic, allowing a dog to sit on a settee where people may sit.
    Toxocara and all that, I nearly had to go and wash my hands after seeing the picture.

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    We got a 3 month old Cavapoo a few weeks back.
    Apart from a couple of 'accidents' he's been fine.
    We crate him at night and on the whole pretty good at letting us know he needs to go out.
    Not had a dog for 20 years - wouldn't be without this little fella now though.

    Yes he needs a trim again......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Spot on.
    If you really don't want it, it's unfair to the dog to 'put up' with it.
    Assuming it is a puppy, it'll likely chew all those nice expensive things you mentioned which will lead to bad feeling.
    Buy some fish instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadgerUK View Post
    That is so unhygenic, allowing a dog to sit on a settee where people may sit.
    Toxocara and all that, I nearly had to go and wash my hands after seeing the picture.
    Now that is sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by awright101 View Post
    Now that is sad
    Probably more germs in that lads mouth than in the dogs anus tbh.
    God forbid he ever has to use a public loo or cutlery in a restaurant.
    Still, he's survived this long I guess.
    So long, and thanks for all the fish :)

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    Your house will smell and be full of hairs. Your garden will be full of sh#t.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Your house will smell and be full of hairs. Your garden will be full of sh#t.

    Good luck!
    Well the garden bit is true

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadgerUK View Post
    Don't allow the dog in the house beyond the utility room or kitchen.
    I like your thinking - if the wife wants it she can keep it in her part of the house!
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    If I had to chose between people or dogs I would chose dogs, I find freedom isnít restricted (unless you have no friends!) and your life changes to include the dogs in your pleasure time and hopefully enhance it.

    My only advise would be to make sure you understand dogs and if you dont then just read the first few chapters of The Dog Listener By Jan Fennell. Abide by the basics and be consistent and youíll have a lifetime of pleasure that you will never forget
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    Quote Originally Posted by awright101 View Post
    Well the garden bit is true
    And you will forever have a pocket full of empty poo bags and dog treats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Your garden will be full of sh#t.

    Good luck!
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    I guarantee that within a week you will wonder how you ever managed without a dog in your life.

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    Consider it a test of your humanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyboy View Post
    I guarantee that within a week you will wonder how you ever managed without a dog in your life.
    Pretty sure this will be the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Your house will smell and be full of hairs. Your garden will be full of sh#t.

    Good luck!
    I think we already know your views on dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadgerUK View Post
    That is so unhygenic, allowing a dog to sit on a settee where people may sit.
    Toxocara and all that, I nearly had to go and wash my hands after seeing the picture.
    Yes it's terrible......







    But nothing compared to when they start wearing your clothes!!



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    Dog on furniture?
    Never happens in our house......

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    I think we already know your views on dogs.

    Ian
    I think we know yours on people unlike yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    I think we know yours on people unlike yourself.
    Happy with that.

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    I was in that same situation. Family really wanted on, etc We got a cockapoo last year (no dropping hairs at all) and he's my best buddy - I take him on long walks and short runs. They are hard work in the first few months but they chill out at close to a year old.

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