Mike: Will the Caucasian mountain dog be good for me?
I'm 15, and i will be moving to a place where we have a ton of space. Because we're moving, I'm probably going to be bored out of my mind 70% of the time. I want a dog, and I fell in love with the caucasian shepherd breed, but i hear negative things about them..
With all the time that i have will i be able to train this huge dog on my own, or should I look for another one?
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Not a first time owner. I've had 3 previous dogs, and a variety of other pets who can bite fingers off..
But if i have to pay for a trainer, i will.
so, SHOW, what you're saying is there's like a ZERO percent chance i will be able to effectively train this dog, even if i spend as much time as possible with it and train it myself?
i'm only arguing because i'm sort of disappointed.
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No no God no!!! These are NOT dogs for first time owners, and NOT dogs for children, and NOT dogs for people who don't have extensive training in handling such big, strong animals. The CMD does NOT trust people.
They will bond with one or two owners, but you will have issues with strangers and other animals FOREVER if you can't get him in professional, one on one training. Extensive training costing hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You are in NO way prepared to handle this breed. This is a horrible idea!! Don't ever pick a dog just because of how it looks. You have to live with this animal for 15 years (what's going to happen to it when you go to college, anyway?? Who is going to care for it while you're a school? You can't keep a dog outdoors, they are INSIDE pets who need love and affection and company from their people. You can't leave them alone more than 4 hours during a day, and that's ANY breed.)
If you want a dog, adopt a mutt from a shelter. Get an older dog, who has has SOME sort of training.
Caucasian Shepherd Dog
Caucasian dog video ( don't necessarily agree with all of this video, but this is what you'll get with a Caucasian Shepherd dog NOT PROPERLY TRAINED AND SOCIALIZED. It is worse case scenario. I see it being the ONLY case scenario with an inexperienced 15 year old owner.
You're STILL only 15, and a Chihuahua could bite off the finger of a grown man if it wanted to, so that means nothing to me . Have you ever owned and trained an animal that could bite your head off? THAT I'd have to consider. Also, where will you be getting the money for a trainer?? Will your parents really be willing to fork out that much money for YOUR dog?? It's just a very bad idea, and since they are SO rare in North America, I doubt you will find ANY breeder, good or bad, who will sell to you. You can't even sign a contract, anyway, so unless your parents are totally on bored, give this idea up. If they are on board, THEY should be doing the research, and asking the questions. I noticed you ignored my other questions, though. Anyway, you're not making this decision, so let it go, let your parents deal with this stuff.
You simply don't have the TIME to train it. You're in school all day. You have after school committments. You have friends, right? What about when you get a girlfriend? What about when you're learning to drive and ALL you want to do is drive! You have a part time job, right? Your life is just too busy to put the training in that this breed needs. We ALL suffer disapointments, and they feel horrible, I know. Feeling like you've failed a pet and then had to rehome it, and wonder if it will ever be happy, or even FIND a new home, is even worse. I am speaking from experience. Kids get in over their heads before they ever realize it, and it's like "crap, how did I think I could possibly manage this!?" Training a dog of ANY breed is really hard, and takes a LOT of work. There are other breeds out there that you could handle, though. Just look for them! You come across as very responsible, and as being the type of teenager who would do well with a dog. You just need to find the right one for you!
I'm really sorry your disappointed, really I am. Give yourself some time to be bummed, and then get excited about a breed that is going to make you much, much happier in the end!!
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