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    So my shrink says she thinks a dog would be really good for my anxiety, and I've wanted a dog most of my life. I'm like 99% sure that I'm not actually allergic to them (my mom always said I was, but I don't actually remember ever reacting to one). I had an allergy test made a few years ago I think was negative for dogs, I'm gonna call my doctor to ask.
    anyway. I've never had a dog, and my husband hasn't since he was a kid. We live in an appartment, but we do have a shared garden area, and both lake and forest nearby. There's a doggy daycare nearby who also offers to pick them up for walks during the day (it's nice to know the options, we can't both be home all the time), a vet across the road, and a puppy training school that meets up down the road...
    so... does anyone have ideas about what kind of breeds we should be looking at? (Yes, we've considdered adoption, but the shelters here generally don't want first time owners)
    I've looked at poodles, but suspect they need more space than we can offer. Greyhounds, they might be ok with an appartment as long as they get good long walks? But I can't find a breeder that seems ok (we have dkk which is an organization for breeders, that have very strict rules about health and enviorment and such, and thy don't have any greyhounds listed).
    and coton de tulear, mostly because one of my friends has the sweetest little cottonball, and the personality seems to be very easygoing...
    but I'm very open to suggestions.
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    You really should look into breeds,for a service dog(what they are called when they are for conditions,even anxiety,many Veterans have them for PTSD) Almost like a seeing eye dog with training. Some breeds make better service dogs. Temperament is a big concern.
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    You really should look into breeds,for a service dog(what they are called when they are for conditions,even anxiety,many Veterans have them for PTSD) Almost like a seeing eye dog with training. Some breeds make better service dogs. Temperament is a big concern.
    I've had that thought too. I looked up therapy dogs, and found greyhoundsand poodles on the list of dogs that make good therapy dogs. Most of the ones listed are just really big. But yes, we'retrying to steer clear of the ones that might be a bit high strung. My anxiety attacks aren't of a dramatic sort, I mostly cry a lot, but I wouldn't want the poor thing to be a shaking wreck because of me.
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    We had a lady living here that was blind,and her dog was VERY well trained.
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Guide dogs have to be the ones I've met have been golden retrievers or labradors mostly. I just don't know if they would work in a smaller livingspace...
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    There are smaller breeds that train well,shelties kind of like a collie lite are used in herding sheep.
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    There are smaller breeds that train well,shelties kind of like a collie lite are used in herding sheep.
    They train well, but don't they need some living space? They seem to be very high energy levels. I'll look into them though I could very well be wrong.
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    See a link here.

    One of the most popular breeds for therapy dogs are Shetland Sheepdogs. This breed is extremely intelligent, so they can easily be trained in any required therapy functions But, even more importantly, they are sweet and gentle. Because Shelties are very playful and lively, they do especially well with children and with assisting in physical therapy sessions.
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Iris - You'll absolutely love having a dog. I can't help you is selecting a breed - K'Roe and I are very easy going and we have lots of space, so we just pick up a dog at the animal shelter and adapt to the dog .

    But, for you, here is a search engine into which you can input your needs and it will suggest breeds that match:

    http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-se...tml?question=1
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Thanks anu i knew they were bright, but I didn't know they made that good therapy dogs. The size is perfect for here.

    Oh corbin, I envy you a bit wish we could do that. We want to move somewhere bigger, but it will be a few years. And I don't want to wait a few years getting a dog if I can help it.
    Cool, I'll look at that later. Tanks!
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