1) Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?
- Our 15 year old beagle/pug mix passed in November. We rescued her at age three. We are ready to look for a new dog but don’t want another beagle mix.
2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?
- We are willing to rescue but feel that we want the right breed and that may limit our ability to rescue this time
3) Describe your ideal dog.
- We want a dog that would be a good emotional support animal. Friendly and cuddly. Makes you feel good to be around. Should also be quiet and not a big shedder or drooler
4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?
- I love the idea of a golden retriever but am not sure that’s the best fit no matter what I dream of. Some on-line breed quizzes suggest Boston Terrrier.
5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?
- Sit and stay. Not jump on people when they come in the door. Our last dog never mastered that one.
6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?
7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?
- In terms of active 1:1 play probably 30 minutes or so.
8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?
- We walk three miles several times a week and can walk 1.5 miles on days we don’t take the longer walk. Also happy to have a dog that doesn’t want to walk that far.
9) How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?
- our last dog did not need regular grooming but we are open to needing to brush regularly and to grooming services.
10) What size dog are you looking for?
11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?
- Prefer a quiet calm dog. Don’t mind barking when someone is at the door. I don’t want a drooler but seasonal shedding is fine as long as it isn’t massive clumps of fur.
12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?
Dog Personality and Behavior
13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?
14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?
15) How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?
- some Barking is fine. Aggression is not ok. We want a friendly approachable dog.
16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?
17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?
- excessive barking, destructive behavior
18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?
- Both of us work out of the house for a full day. We travel periodically and in the past have used a great kennel.
19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?
- two adults in the house no kids. Both committed to dog ownership.
20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?
21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?
- No. only place would be on walks
22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?
23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
- Central CA . Not aware of any restrictions
24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?
- Summer about 80/55. Winter about 59/52
Additional Information and Questions
25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
- husband takes allergy shots but was fine with our pug/beagle. Our puggle was always too excitable to cuddle and I really want a cuddle animal this time. We have a very small fenced in yard with no grass- all patio or stone.
26) Feel free to ask any questions below.