What Type Of Dog Should I Get?

My parents have decided to let my sister and I get a dog! =) We’re both teenages and would prefer a small to medium-sized dog, not like a retriever-sized, but not a tiny Paris-Hilton type.
I’d like to have a breed that’s friendly, caring, playful, loving, loyal.. and basically all the great qualities of a dog. I really like Cockapoos, but what’s the best kind of them to get, and are there any other good breeds you recommend?
One more thing.. would yolu recommend getting a full-grown dog or a 1-year old puppy or something? We’d want it to be little when we get it, but trained…
All answers welcome =)

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What Should I Know Before Buying My Own Dog?

Okay, so I am a teenager, old enough to get a job, and I am very responsible and my mother agrees that if I pay for my own dog I can do it – but I have to pay for the vet bills, the toys, food, and anything else that comes along with it. However, she said if the dog gets really sick, she will pay for any surgeries that may need to be performed. I do not plan on getting pet insurance, btw.
I was just wondering what initial costs there will be besided the actually price of the dog… what essentials will I need to make sure he lives as happily as possible?
I would like to adopt from the pound, however most dogs there have been abused and since this is my first dog I’m worried that I won’t properly be able to help/train it. On that note, I DO NOT want a purebread due to the health problems they are prone to get – so what cross breeds are good? I was thinking Cockapoos because my friend had one and he was an amazing dog… Also, I do want a small – medium sized dog, no huge ones.
I live in a small town so there’s lots of open space and I have a big backyard so excersize won’t be an issue. Also, I would prefer a breed that’s good with cats, children, easy to train and isn’t very talkitive 🙂
Thanks so much!

Should Changing Puppy’s Food Cause Him To Poop Every 10-20 Min All Day And Night, Will This Balance Out?

We got our Cockapoo from breeder and within 4 day we noticed looser poop and blood in his stool. The Vet checked him and he had parasites and was on a week of medicine and boiled chicken and rice or boil hamburger diet. He improved and was only out once a night to go to the bathroom so we put him back on his puppy chow food (same as breeder). He started getting loose stool and blood again, so we had him checked out again, Vet said it probably is just that puppy food not agreeing with him. Now we have him on Science Diet small bites and he is now having solid poop and no blood but has to go every 10-20 mins all day and night. He was completely house and crate trained after 3 days home, but now if I don’t sleep right beside him at night he poops in his crate before I get to him several times through out the night and/or he barely makes it out the door before he goes. Do I switch him again or will this balance out?

Should I Keep This Dog? She Has So Many Issues!?

We rescued a dog over 3 weeks ago from a shelter. Not much was known about her. Shes 3, probably a cockapoo and was either a stray or neglected but probably did live inside at one point (only had one accident and has held it for 10 hours before!). She doesn’t shed (YAY!!!) she’s incredibly loving (to me and my husband), cute and has funny quircks.. but she also has some “baggage” and behavior issues.
1. She’s very protective over her toys,treats, and sometimes her space – has bitten kids lightly.. my 6 year old doesn’t like her that much and is afraid of her.. he’s dramatic but still..I want him to like the dog!
2. She doesn’t come when you call.. she hears you, see’s you, but she chooses not to come. She’s not a big pleaser. More like a cat.
3. She just started humping our pillows AND humped me yesterday! I flipped! She was spayed 3 weeks ago!! It totally grosses me out! Guess she wants to be top dog. No no!
4. Not the easiest to train. Got past “sit” but sometimes she doesn’t

When Should A Dog Be Put Down For Being Vicious?

My good friend was out of town over the weekend. She had a dog sitter come by to feed and let the dog out. He apparently didn’t latch the fence gate well enough and the dog got out. The dog ran at a neighbor who was walking her two small cockapoos in the street in front of the house. The neighbor picked up her two dogs to protect them. One of the cockapoos was bitten. The neighbor was scratched. It sounded as though my friend’s dog was pretty aggressive. The dog sitter successfully got the dog back behind the fence after it was all over. My friend’s dog is 7 years old. She’s a golden lab/chow mix. Are there other ways rather than putting the dog down that you would recommend to ensure the neighbor’s safety if the lab/chow were to ever get out again? Electric fence? Muzzle? Socializing training? Other thoughts? Is the lab/chow too old for re-training?

What Kind Of Dog Should I Get? ?

^ i really want this dog! it’s a cockapoo. are they hard to train?
what is a non-shedding, small dog (no more than 25 pounds!) not short hair, easy to train
help 🙁
i know i’m kind of asking for a perfect dog. haha

My Dog Attacks Me When I Punish Him, What Should I Do?(extra Details For My Last Question)?

i have a two year old cockapoo and he attacks me when i punish him. he is a dominant male that is fixed. he has a potty training problem, ive worked with him since he was eight weeks old and he is still not housebroken. he is crate trained. i correct him by either smacking him on the butt or yelling at him(verbal commands, bad dog ect.) i havent let him get away with much without a punishment. he attacks any dog in sight and doesnt like little children. his attacking has gotten soo bad that i took him back to the breeder for advice. she told me when he attacks me i should grab him by the scruff and put him on his back until he calms down. ive tried this but after he calms down and i let go he attacks me again. he can be a nice dog sometimes. ive taken him to the vet and there are no health causes. please help!!!

My Dog Attacks Me When I Punish Him, What Should I Do?

i have a two year old cockapoo(cockerspaniel + poodle) and he is a dominant male that is fixed. he has a potty training problem and every time i try to correct him when he goes in the house, he attacks me. he is crate trained. he also attacks any other dogs in sight and cant get along with my cat. he also cant stand little kids that like to play. there are a lot of little kids in my neighborhood and i dont want him to attack any more dogs or any little kids and have myself sewed. please help me!!!!

Should I Adopt A 4 Month Old Cockapoo?

I found a 4 month old cockapoo at my local shelter, and I want to adopt him. I’ve had family dogs before, and I’m definitely a “dog person,” but by wife is definitely not a “dog person,” and this will be the first dog she has ever lived with. She’s ok with getting a small dog, but she’s still very apprehensive. I’m really wondering about three things:
1. Will adopting this puppy at four months of age create any real behavioral or training challenges I should be aware of?
2. Is this a good dog to adopt as a first pet for a woman who is somewhat afraid of dogs and insists she is “not a dog person?”
3. Are there any other key pieces of information I really need to know before moving forward with this?
Any and all advice you can provide will be GREATLY appreciated!

What Treats Should I Give My 8 Week Old Cockapoo?

I just got a little male cockapoo on the weekend. He’s doing great but I want to start giving him little treats to work with the training. Anyone have any good ideas for treats? He is very small… his father was a toy poodle.