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Which is the best dog?

This is my girl Meika.

This is my girl Meika.

I am always amazed at the questions I get asked when I tell poeple that we have a dog training business.  Story in point.  My wife Pam and I were hiking a local favorite trail of ours called the Dechutes River Trail in Bend Oregon.  The trial is a 3 mile loop that follows the beautiful Dechutes River with the half way point a bridge overlooking the river.  I try and do the trail at least once a week when I have a moment to get out and enjoy this area. We often run into lots of dogs mostly off leash.  The reason I mention that is that this is an on leash hike but that is for another story. 

As we were on the other half of the hike we were approaching a couple with a dog ( off leash ofcourse) the dog ran up to us waggin it’s tail looking for some attention.  The dog jumped up a few times and the owners triesd to explain it away as the dog is just not very well mannered.  I always tell people when I see a happy dog and they say something negative about their dog ” I spend alot of time working with dogs that are not very happy to see people or other dogs so it is really nice that your dog is a happy dog” I could say something like ” if you spent some time actually training your dog not to jump then you might like yor dog more” but I never say that and only offer a business card and say I would love to work with you and your dog.  On this one occasion with the trail dog the woman asked me because she thought I might be able to share some secret knowledge about dogs in her own words ” which is the best dog?” I thought to myself how in the heck can I answer that when I love all dogs.  I guess it seems that when you are a dog trainer you have some magical insight as to which is the best dog.  I just said to her ” they are all the best dogs”

I thought about this when I got home and have been thinking about this for over two months since since she asked me that question.  I have come up with a few thoughts.  Ok for one you should actually like dogs if you are going to get one, you should be able to spend time with the dog if you are going to get one, you should train the dog if you are going to get one, you should have a conversation with your entire family if you have one and are going to get a dog so there are no surprises, you should pick the right dog for your lifestyle.  Are you an athelete and want a running partner? if so a Basset hound might not be a good choice but a German Shepherd or a Siberian Husky might just fit the bill.  Are you an older person who is not very active? I would not suggest getting a Border Collie or any kind of a young herding breed.  Do you live in an apartment?  If so then a Maltese might be a good choice.  It is all about choice when it comes to getting just the right dog as their is no secret recipe for said dog as in my opinion they are all the best dogs, they just have not found their best person yet.  I am sure of one thing though if you ask the dog they will most surely tell you that you are the best person in the world.

 

Dennis Fehling

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