And also for all those, vaccines are important... for those of you that are my age... polio and small pox were eliminated by vaccines.... do the same with Covid.... stay healthy and help protect others....
Sorry, but I believe that dogs' health should come first. I understand the dilemma that it puts shelters and rescue agencies in, but in general I believe if you can't handle having intact dogs don't get them. Full stop.
The more research that is done the more clear it is that we hurt dogs by neutering them. Yes it is annoying to keep a bitch safe once or twice a year when it is in heat, but if you aren't willing to do that why would you get it? Nor should his health suffer because you chose to get a bitch and seem unsure of your ability to keep them separated. I really wish people asked this question before adding an intact dog to their family.
The next question is whether you are willing to keep them apart and want help with ideas on how to make it as peceful as possible. Having lived with a male dog that howled the entire time we had a bitch in heat, I can only say that it isn't Fun but it is doable. You can do this!
the problem boils down to this... what will you do if one leg refuses to let your pet continue? What will happen if you depend on them not checking something and then they check and your dog is grounded?
I would like to say that we check several airlines before moving to Israel and many of them would allow a small enough dog I E. our basenji, in the cabin but they limited the number of pets most of them at around 3 per cabin and they would say that if someone flying who was allergic then your dog or pet had to go in the hold so you didn't really know till you got there. We were lucky to have 2 pets that could be next to each other and they both just sort of chilled and even though it was a hellish flight neither of them seemed at all stressed or bothered and we were able to keep them with us until they actually took them to put on the plane and pick them up almost immediately on landing. I just think unless you're moving the best thing for your pet is to find a way to leave it at home. If you must take the pet then you may be better off paying the extra to have a professional pet travel agency take over all the responsibility and fly your pet for you which unfortunately doesn't usually include in the cabin.
I never had an issue flying puppies to their new homes in the cabin with their new owners.
In the end it probably doesn't matter. If there were cues of some kind that many, many reporters missed, it would still be incredible for someone to achieve that high a level of cooperation from a dog. Most if not all trainers would be pressed to do the sort of thing Chuck did even if they walked beside the dog and instructed him on every step. I saw it, with the dog working far away from Chuck, too far for subtle cues, and no verbal instructions after the first conversational suggestion....
@sanjibasenji - Well it would depend on where you stop to eat and of course the weather. It it is hot or cold out that is not comfortable for your Basenji. I prefer to keep an eye on the in the car/suv/RV. All depends on when you stop and the location.... Mine have always been crated when traveling...
@tanza I thoroughly agree with you (again !) - putting a puppy into a crate for a nap - poor little animal probably thinks he is in a prison - and that having to take a nap when he may not want one is some kind of punishment.
A nice comfy bed beside a radiator, with a favorite toy and a bone and he will nap when he needs to once he learns that is HIS place and he won't be disturbed when he is sleeping there.
Puppies nap for shorter and longer periods, as they need to - you can't regiment them !
training it (potty train, learning commands such as sit, no etc or remembering their names)
-from my experience it i harder to tach them so you really need to practice them few time in a day.
Removing it from its litter? Will it have separation anxiety?
-yes they would. 1st month would be difficult but after that they will feel more relaxed.
Will they be comfortable settling in a new home?
-it would take obviously but just be patient and always notice them for them to easily love you!
@chealsie508 - I just heard from the breeder in MD that I spoke about.... can I get your email so I can connect the both of you? She might be able to help with finding a good vet for Oakley. You can email me, address you can find on my website, link below.