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Old 01-03-2013, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Im a young university student living in the Uk considering getting my own dog for the first time. It will probably be in 2 to 3 years depending on whether I decided to do a year abroad as a part of my degree, also I want to save and create a little doggie fund because caring for a dog even little ones is expensive. I am doing research now because dogs and poodles especially are too cute! If I was looking into breeds and rescues when I could get a dog immediately I fear I would take the first one offered to me

I have always loved dogs I practically learned to read by reading a dog encyclopaedia. My former dog was the pic in the avatar and his name was spot and I got him when I was eleven years old. I wasn't one of those kids who got bored with their puppy I cared for him, walked him, fed him and took part in his training until we were forced to rehome three years later because we moved internationally and taking him with us was impossible, we have been moving between countries since.

He was a super energetic and incredibly smart border colli/lab mix and I miss him dearly also my dad's (who I also considered mine although I did not live with him) black lab called Nero died this summer. After my dear Nero's death I realised that I can't live without dogs. I haven't consider 'replacing' Spot before because the mere thought was too painful, he was my best friend, my heart dog. On top of that my father who I did not live with but spent every school holiday and summers with is a very irresponsible dog owner who has gone through a lot of dogs in my lifetime, they were either rehomed or died because of his irresponsibility. I loved every one of them and mourned them all. Because of this I am determent that my dog will have his or hers forever home with me and I would really appreciate honest answers about behaviours and health of poodles so I can make the right decision in 3 years time.

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum. It is sad to lose our BFF's.
This is a very good place to learn about Poodles. Happy browsing!

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Welcome to PF! I am so sorry for your losses. This is a wonderful forum. You will find much support and learn so much. I have been reading past posts, along with current posts, so helpful.
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Welcome! You remind me of myself because I like to research things too. My parents did not want a dog so I use to borrow neighbor's dogs and take them for walks ect. Poodles are a great choice. They are lively, affectionate and very smart. While they are very active I think most have an off switch and are not overly demanding. Welcome to the forum.
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Hi. I'm sorry about your loss, but you are researching a great companion breed. I love poodles. They are different in some respects to other breeds in that you have to discipline a poodle differently than other breeds in my opinion - at least from my experience. For example, my Wiemariener requires very structured nonflexible rules. With him - and at 100 pounds he is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met - we must be firm and strong. With my minature poodle, we must take a soft approach. We tend to get better results when he feels that what he is doing is his choice. We don't let him run amuck, we just make it fun for him. Poodles love to please. My standard poodle has so much in common with my minature. He loves to please. He's a bundle of fun and has kept my Wiem young. I'm carrying on, but I love my poodles so much. I love to see them freshly groomed. They think they are so beautiful afterwards, but they are in no way a prissy dog like so many sterotypes try to make them. My poodles love everyone in the family. More later, but good luck in your research. :-)

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