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Q: i am looking to adopt a dog for my 3yr old,6yr old and 9yrold and i am looking for a good safe type

November 21, 2009 | By Tracy001 | 8 answers | Expired: 1759 days ago

for my kids on christmas

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Ches21
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Nov 25, 2009

This is a great time of year for that. All I can say is if I had three kids and I could afford it they would all have their own dog. But all I can say is don't get a small dog they choose one person and that is the person they want to be with 24/7 my mom went in july several years ago to get a new family dog when she brought back our new female rat terrier puppy we named her Skitters and the little pooch grew up fast but she chose me and she is not the family dog like my mom had planned she is my dog because of that. My grandma took home a miniture poodle named Cricket and she chose my grandma over my grandpa and older sister. My dads parent's dog chose my dad's mom she is a pomerainian. My dad's dog chose him over anyone else she is an american eskimo. I would say maybe an older dog though and go to the humane socitey and ask them for their least adoptable dog there more than likely it will be a black lab, a pitt bull, a mutt or a dog with health problems and usaully that dog will be 5 years or older. I think it is important that you get an older dog instead of a puppy because the puppies easily find homes and older dogs have more trouble especailly if they are big dogs. Plus your kids should learn that a puppy might be cute loveable and playful but they are gonna grow up and older dogs some of them can be just like puppies. Also if you live in or near the Longview, WA area zip code 98632 cowlitz county look at rescued paws we have tons of loveable sweet dogs that could use homes in fact we do have some puppies as well and some of them are older puppies. We have a three legged male yellow lab mix named chance who would really like to have some kids to play with we also have some black labs and pitt bull mixes that need good homes. We even have some cats and kittens so please take a look if you can't come down here to look we can bring the animal to you so that you can meet it. Good Luck and happy holidays!

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Kris
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Nov 23, 2009

I think it's great that you want your kids to have a dog. You need to consider how much room, how much time, how active your lifestyle is, etc. when choosing a dog. Some breeds require a great deal of exercise while others may not need as much. You need to be sure you have the time to care for the dog when the children don't want to. I would go to your local shelter once you have looked at breeds that might work for your family and see how the dogs and your children interact and involve them in choosing even though it is supposed to be a Christmas gift. It is not an easy choice and one that requires lots of research and thougth, but I know you will find the perfect dog. Good luck.

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Kavykeeper
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Nov 22, 2009

I don't think pets should be given as gifts. If you're choosing a dog for your kids, involve them with the selection and take time to see which breed would be best and how the kids interact with a dog. I would definitely never surprise anyone with a pet. There are too many things that could go wrong.

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Mary C.
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Nov 22, 2009

I think it's wonderful for children (no matter how old) to be raised with a dog, if you can teach them the proper way to behave around them and to respect them. My family had owned dogs all through mine and my siblings childhood as well as I raised my daughter around dogs. I don't know if we would have loved them as much as we do now if we didn't get the opportunity to have them be a part of our lives. That being said, you need to find the right breed that fits into your lifestyle, and with the right temperment for your family. Research your breeds and take your time so you can find your forever pet. In my opinion here are a few family friendly breeds you might want to check into: Golden Retriever, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and poodles (just a few of my favorites and based on my experience with them) Whatever you choice, good luck :)

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Lisa B.
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Nov 22, 2009

Maybe a beagle puppy. check www.akc.org Be careful it´s like having another baby around for awhile. Jealousy, etc.

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Jillian
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Nov 22, 2009

personally, i disagree w/3 year olds having a dog if they weren't raised around them. i mean no offense, it's just that kids that age don't know their own strength and no matter how well you do at socializing the kid to the dog, they will pull on the tail and ears at some point. 4 or 5 is really a better age, but if your kid has already learned how to handle dogs, i would go w/a golden lab. this breed is gentle w/children and is a docile beginner dog for their ease of training and sweet, submissive nature. the best age to get this breed is at 4-6 years b/c they're emotionally mature, but not so old that they're losing their patience. b/c you're looking for a dog who will be good w/children, i would try a rescue where they live in foster homes. the problem w/dogs at shelters is that you don't always get the best idea about their personality. inside the shelter they may be more submissive or excited than they are in a home and b/c one on one time is more limited, the shelter can't usually give a very thorough description of that dogs unique personality.

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Amber
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Nov 21, 2009

if your kids haven't been around dogs much...well, when you say "safe" i'm sure you mean good with kids, generally non-aggressive,etc. but unless your kids have been around dogs enough for you know that allergies won't be an issue, you might want to either 1) get them some exposure as a test before picking a dog, or 2) choose a dog that is less likely to cause allergy problems, just in case. no dog is entirely hypoallergenic, but some are better than others for allergy sufferers.

as far as "safety", yea, it's really hard to say. i've known some absolutely vicious Chihuahuas and insane Jack Russell Terriers, both small and seemingly harmless dogs, and then some of the sweetest dogs i've ever known have been bully breeds, including Rottweilers and Pit Bulls. besides that...well, mutts are wonderful and unique wildcards. with mutts you can't so easily apply breed stereotypes, but this also may not be an entirely bad thing. training really is everything, and your kids should be an active part of that training, whatever type of dog you choose. an adult dog isn't a bad idea. it's true, you stand a better chance of getting to know their true temperament if they're grown, but like Jennifer said, there's a big difference between a shelter and your home. the more time you can spend with the dog before choosing to bring it home, the better.

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Jennifer K.
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Nov 21, 2009

well its not really about a safe type, because any dog can be safe or unsafe based on how it is raised and trained. Many people think small dogs are "safe," but if they are untrained and unsocialized, they can be just as aggressive as large dogs. So really what you need to consider is finding a dog with an energy level that will meet your needs - because a high energy dog that does not receive adequate exercise is likely to develop behavioral problems in the future. Are you looking for a puppy? Or would you be interested in a older dog? Older dogs have outgrown their hyper puppy phase, and may be easier for you to handle with three children. My advise would be to go to your local shelter and walk through and look at the dogs. You don't want the dog that is over excited and is jumping and barking uncontrollably at the gate, but you also don't want the dog that is hiding the corner. You need a dog that is social with children, but not overly excitable. Once you have narrowed it down, ask to take a few of the dogs to the individual visiting area and assess the dog's behavior. Keep in mind the dogs have been in a cage most of the day, and are probably going to be very excited to be out. But you don't want a dog that is already jumping too much or nipping your hands. Bring some treats with you or get some from the staff and see if you can get the dog to settle down and sit for you - maybe you will find a dog that already knows some obedience commands! As far as type of dog though, possibly a medium sized dog would be best for you. A large dog will oversize your three year old, but too small a dog will likely get stepped on or played too rough with and may bite back. Good luck finding your perfect pet!

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