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    OH sorry - I believe Chops is referring to a dog that is a restricted breed/dangerous dog - not an issue for you
    Last edited by Occy; 08-02-2009 at 06:55 PM. Reason: wrong person

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    Ahk yeah. I don't think I can see a little dog being declared dangerous in a hurry hehe

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    Hello and Lauren!

    We adopted our Ziggy in December last year. She was 6 months when we got her and I insited to get her insured (including "health insurance"). OH was against it at first but I said I don't want to be in a situation where I wouldn't be able to pay for her if something happens, ever. We pay $360 per year (I think) and I am glad we did it. Because unfortunately she had two surgeries already, the first was ~$1000 and the second ~$3000.... So me personally, I would always recommend insurance for a dog...
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    Oh bugga , sorry for the confusion guys.
    Yes,was talking RB .





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    Hi Lauren
    to the forum.
    Good on you for doing your research and planning for your new arrival

    In re. to costs, it varies so much. Eg. Last year my vet bills for Misi were $55This year I've already spent $700 on her and that's for minor illnesses.
    Maybe do a bit of research on insurance.
    I used to spend approx $700 a year on quality dry food for Misi ( before getting my 2nd dog). Add to that treats, bones, and raw meat.
    It helps to get to know your local butcher, you can get cheap bones or even freebies sometimes once you're a regular.
    Collars,beds, toys etc don't have to cost a fortune. Ebay's good, alot of the cheapy $2 shops now stock dog accessories, charity shops like Salvos are good for blankets, toys especially soft toys. I used to get big teddies for Misi when she was a pup for 50 cents each.

    In re. to time. Once you're in love with your fury friend you'll find the time and enjoy spending time with him/her, In really hectic times just as long as your pooch gets a walk and some play time it will be happy.

    In re. to training. It varies too. Depends on the dog. Misi took forever and still has to be corrected as she pushes to get away with things. She's 5.
    Lola learns at 100 miles an hour and has a huge desire to please. She's only 11 months old and I've had her for 7 months. She's a perfect pup, and I was told by people that she'll be naughty as she's a working xbreed .
    I made sure I got my 2nd dog in my 1month long Christmas holidays. This is when I got Lola. That's all it took to toilet train her, train her simple commands like sit and stay and to walk on the lead.
    That's what I'd recommend to you Lauren, get a dog in your holidays.

    In re to breed. I would recommend going to your local shelter/rescue and waiting for love at first sight-till something tells you that this is the one. You might be suprised like me when you end up with a breed/xbreed that you didn't think of. By the way, I've heard that Greyhounds sleep alot and are suited to a busy lifestyle.
    Hope all this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Oh bugga , sorry for the confusion guys.
    Yes,was talking RB .





    woo hoo!!! I got Occy confoozled for a whole second *off to bed now*
    Hardly - I just thought I saw ozeymums name on that post - then I checked and it was you. WOO

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    Hi Lauren...., hope you enjoy yourself here

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    Yeah, it's a great forum!
    I really think it is looking like I will be able to get a dog. I've already started saving, though I'm not earning a great deal at the moment! Year 12 is such a full on year! I'm thinking if I can save enough money, I may be able to get a puppy/dog as early as this summer.

    PET FOOD: Since my parents live in a rural area, roo meat is really easy to come by. It is sold as pet mince, and our vet recommended it to our dog, who was getting a little porky. She now refuses any kinds of canned food so I'm assuming it tastes good. The meat in question, is safe for human consumption. Is roo meat good for puppies and dogs? Because if so, that could cut food costs dramatically (like, $1.20 a kg). A 3kg bag of pork or beef bones, with minimal meat on, costs $2.50.

    TOYS: My friends laugh at me coz I'm so animal/pet obessessed. Especially coz the only pets I have to spoil are mice atm. So I seriously doubt my pup would be ignored. Ever. Actually, on that - is it possible to over stimulate a puppy? Like, would too many toys be bad for it?

    PET INSURANCE: I'm not really surely how pet health insurance works, would you mind explaining it to me Hippo? (sorry 'scuse my ignorance!)

    WHICH GENDER? Does the gender of a dog affect it's health/behaviour problems?

    Haha thanks guys for the continued support! Sorry for so many questions! Its just easier to ask on a forum, coz so many websites are misinformed and on a forum, it is many people's POV at once - rather than just one.

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    Starting with pet food; my two pups get dry food, and any safe dinner/lunch/breakfast leftovers. I wont feed processed canned dog food, as the majority of it is fat, its usually a birthday treat. If your gonna mix them together, I would make 2 thirds kibble and 1 third wet food and then watch how much treats/left overs they are given. Now this could be a bit strict compared to others, but I have to deal with so many obese dogs everyday. My kelpie gets two cups of kibble a day and my JRT gets one, but this means I can allow them as many 'treats' as i/they like. I think it really depends on the breed and weight.

    Toys; Neither of my dogs play with toys, but I dont think its possible to over-stimulate, but just remember, toys dont make up for regular exercise and your attention.

    Gender; Its a personal and breed choice really. I own a boy and a girl, two different breeds, and when it comes down to it, the only difference is personality.

    I'll leave pet insurance to Hippo.

    Hope this helps.

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    The best thing concerning pet insurance is to google it and compare the different options. Or maybe ask at your vets. Mine told me that they are not allowed to recommend one but he gave me a leaflet which compared 4 different pet insurances with each other. It really depends on what you want. Some only cover vet costs, some have other extras like money when the dog is missing for advertisment, paying for boarding if you have to go to a hospital, third party liability etc. It is really hard to give advise on this as I think you personally need to decide what you would want to get covered. Hope this helps anyway I highly recommend google

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