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Thread: Do You Think It’s Cruel to Keep a Retriever As a Family Pet?

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    Question Do You Think It’s Cruel to Keep a Retriever As a Family Pet?

    I have a question. Do you think it’s cruel to keep a retriever as a family pet? My partner and I are thinking of getting a flat coated retriever as a family pet early next year, but I was wondering if it’s cruel to keep a dog of this nature in suburbia? I had a cattle dog and she lived in suburbia and I think she was very happy. And when I got her I asked the same question, so I was just wondering if you had a though or opinion on this matter, because I find myself asking this question quite a lot.

    My partner love to walk, we go to the park with our son, and we want our dog to become a member of our family. With us at all time’s when it’s possible.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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    I dont think it is cruel as long as the dog is in a loving and caring forever home.

    Obviously you need to be able to provide a big back yard and the proper care, excersice, training, nutrition ect. but if you have researched all of the dogs needs and are prepared to take on those responsibilities and meet them in every aspect then i dont think it is cruel at all.

    Of course it is all on the bases that you have researched every positive and negative aspect of owning this tpye of dog and are making the desicion that this dog is right for you.

    Maybe if you are questioning it then you are not really prepared / comfortable to make this commitment with your whole heart?? in which case I would reconsider the breed of dog you would like to get.

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    Thanks for the advice. And for getting back so fast.

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    We have researched this breed and are comfortable with our choice, I was just wondering if people had an opinion on the subject. We want a retriever and the flat coated sound’s perfect for us. I know it’s a massive decision and not one that should be made on the spur of the moment.

    It’s nice to hear what other’s think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taraboombara View Post
    I have a question. Do you think it’s cruel to keep a retriever as a family pet? My partner and I are thinking of getting a flat coated retriever as a family pet early next year, but I was wondering if it’s cruel to keep a dog of this nature in suburbia? I had a cattle dog and she lived in suburbia and I think she was very happy. And when I got her I asked the same question, so I was just wondering if you had a though or opinion on this matter, because I find myself asking this question quite a lot.

    My partner love to walk, we go to the park with our son, and we want our dog to become a member of our family. With us at all time’s when it’s possible.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
    Oh god no. Retrievers can make lovely pets. So long as they are socialised, trained and given something to do with their brains (agility, obedience, flyball, long walks on the beach - now I sound like an RSVP ad).

    No dog that is loved and that you spent time with will be "cruelly" treated by living in suburbia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    No dog that is loved and that you spent time with will be "cruelly" treated by living in suburbia.
    Ditto that.

    They only want the basics, being with you and having their basic needs of food, health and exercise. I've met homeless people that have happier pet dogs than some folks on farms!

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    Thank you for replying to my post. It make’s me feel so much better about our decision to get that particular breed.

    We have been looking at puppy pre-school and puppy school. I have taken one of my previous dog’s to puppy school, but what is puppy pre-school and this also something we should look at with a Flat coated retriever? And do most vet’s offer both programs?

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    K9: something to think about is, traditionally these dogs have a high degree of prey drive, this is what makes them retrieve.

    Some of the ones bred today don't have any more prey drive than any other breed so will work perfectly in your family home, others will have a high degree of prey drive & without consideration of this genetic trait, the dog can become board, destructive & hard to control / train.

    There are training styles that can turn the highest drive dog into quite a manageable pet.

    Higher drive dogs have greater capabilities so can be great dogs to own, but if you have use no for these drives they can be tiring.

    the best idea is to be careful when choosing a pup, research & get so professional advice.

    I have some articles that I have written on drives here.

    Training in drive

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    Understanding drives
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Ditto that.

    They only want the basics, being with you and having their basic needs of food, health and exercise. I've met homeless people that have happier pet dogs than some folks on farms!


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    You have some great advice here

    I think an element of doubt as potential new owners of a dog is very healthy and i have experienced this with each of my own dogs and every single rescue babe. I have no doubt i will continue to do so...

    A bit like when you decide to start a family...Will we be great parents? Am i able to meet their needs and take on the responsibilities? and all the what if's!

    I wish all dog owners researched and put as much thought into responsible dog ownership as you have.

    I feel nervous in taking every single dog....I worry as it is an enormous responsibility and a life time commitment essentially.

    Having said that there is reward and blessings beyond words that you will experience with a new family member.

    Steve has raised some very relevant points and i agree. Research your breeders very carefully. Training/breeding will be an important element along with other things (which you are happy to do i know.)

    It is not just stimulating them physically it is very much mentally as well...

    Ask every and any question and really take your time...it will be worth it believe me

    Congratulations! and let us know how you get along

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