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Crowe

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Posted: 09/19/19 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The smarter the better. That's why when I travel, I bring a Border Collie.

I disagree. There's a lot to be said about a lazy dufus who will obey commands and not look for trouble. I love border collies but I will never get one-I don't need a dog that's smarter than me! [emoticon] Keeping certain breeds challenged and busy presents a whole new set of issues. I know, if you train your dog well yada yada yada but sometimes one who's too lazy or stupid to do anything fits the bill.


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Posted: 09/19/19 05:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Crowe wrote:

More critical than the breed is the dog's socialization very early in life to different situations.

Most definitely. While you can make SOME generalizations it's mostly up to you. Ran into a woman with a Springer a few months ago and the dog was not aggressive but not comfortable meeting new people. Mine will knock you over trying to get your attention. I'd be more concerned with temperament and personality than breed.
I would agree with Crowe on this as well. It's mostly up to you to socialize. Border Collies are a high energy dog that requires lots of activities and exercise.

It's definitely a commitment to travel with a dog.

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Posted: 09/20/19 04:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We recently adopted a 2=3 yr old solid Red Aussie from a shelter. Some SOB dropped her off in a ditch with two of her puppies, almost dead but still nursing her pups when found.

Vet thinks she has had 3 litters, and came from a puppy mill based on a few things she observed like the condition of her pads.

1st time camping right now, loves it, she might possibly be the best pooch we have ever had demeanor wise, sharp as a tack albeit skittish which she is slowly coming around on. 55 lbs of couch potato. Sort of wish we would of taken her two puppies also.

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Posted: 09/20/19 05:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

as most replies have stated there is no tried and true answer but from my experience..... DW and i travel with 4 small dogs. a mini doxie, 2 chihuahuas, and a chi/beagle mix who is 15 yo. the 2 chis are rescue foster failures. DW and i have fostered for a chi rescue for over 5 years. they were considered special needs because of their puppy mill background. huge trust issues. thats why we adopted them after 2 years with us. they have become very sweet and loving dogs. they love be with us on trips. i always personally introduce myself to camping neighbors and ask them to notify me if our dogs ever become an annoyance by barking inside rv when we are off site. 3 years later to date no one has ever complained. we leave radio on when we leave camper for background noise, and normally aren't gone more than 3 or 4 hours. they have always traveled great. they are great watch dogs and will bark if they hear something unusual and they have extremely good hearing except for the 15 yo. i like this, no one will every break into my home or rv while im there without me knowing it.

working in dog rescue myself i can say one benefit of adopting an adult dog from a rescue that utilizes foster homes is that the foster home can give you a pretty accurate description of the dogs personality. our rescue adopts dogs on a trial basis. to make sure the dog is a good family fit before adoption is final. from time to time things don't work out and another dog is tried.



best of luck on the search.

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Posted: 09/20/19 05:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

toedtoes wrote:

The best dog is the one that chooses you.


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in over 5 years of dog rescue work fostering, i have found this to be very very true. DW and i have 2 foster failures to prove it.

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Posted: 09/20/19 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

colliehauler wrote:

Border Collies are a high energy dog that requires lots of activities and exercise.
This might explain my need for more caffeine.


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Posted: 09/20/19 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think any will travel well if introduced to it early. I agree rescues make the best pets, they are happy to have forever homes. Every truck we have had has a bench built from the back seat to the front so Pops can see too.

One thing I think is very important is training them to load and unload on command, you don't want them jumping out into traffic.

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Posted: 09/21/19 11:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[quote=Crowe]The smarter the better. That's why when I travel, I bring a Border Collie.

I disagree. There's a lot to be said about a lazy dufus who will obey commands and not look for trouble. I love border collies but I will never get one-I don't need a dog that's smarter than me! [emoticon] Keeping certain breeds challenged and busy presents a whole new set of issues. I know, if you train your dog well yada yada yada but sometimes one who's too lazy or stupid to do anything fits the bill.[/qruote]

I like smart dogs. But there are different types of smart dogs. Border collies, shepherds, etc. are smart but they want to please you. So they tend to use their smarts in good ways.

On the flipside, I grew up with a Siberian Husky. These dogs are extremely smart, but more importantly, they know it and they enjoy outwitting us mere humans every chance they get. There is never a moments peace because they will wait for that perfect opportunity to outwit you and then they laugh at you.

Shepherds never laugh at you.


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Posted: 09/21/19 02:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree rescues make the best pets

I beg to differ. The BEST pet is the one that works for YOU, regardless of origin.

On the flipside, I grew up with a Siberian Husky. These dogs are extremely smart, but more importantly, they know it and they enjoy outwitting us mere humans every chance they get. There is never a moments peace because they will wait for that perfect opportunity to outwit you and then they laugh at you.

Shepherds never laugh at you.


LOL! My two springers are complete opposites. Jake is as dumb as a stump but behaves very well. Jesse is smart and will try to outwit you at every turn. He doesn't laugh per se when he wins-he just prances with a smirk on his face! [emoticon]

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They sound like a great pair. I love the loyalty of shepherds. Moose-dog is shepherd/poodle/newfie and he will leave me to protect our friends. If it's just me, he expects me to protect him. Bat-dog is a being unto herself. She loves only me like a good shepherd, but she tends to think with her chow and beagle brain parts and gets in trouble a lot. They are both smart, but don't try to outsmart me.

Our huskie used to escape through the locked storm door in the garage. My Dad finally put up electric wire around the door to stop him. Every morning, the dog would go out back, walk into the garage and put his foot on the door frame. If he got shocked, he went back out back. If not, he unlocked the door and left. One time, after he had gone off, he came home and my Mom noticed a different collar on him. My Dad took it off and looked at it. There was a note taped to the inside "he came by the store and wanted a new collar. We put it on your tab.". He had gone clear across town and stopped at the pet store ( owned by family friends). It was the most expensive collar in the place, of course.

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