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Old 01-22-2014, 01:44 PM
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Hello from Georgia!

Hello fellow dog lovers!

My name is Jessica, I'm soon to be 22 years old and I am to be married in April to my best friend and High School sweetheart. I'm from the great state of Georgia, so hello to any other Georgian's out there!

I love dogs deeply, but haven't had the opportunity to own one of my own...BUT since my "time" is approaching in the next year, I'm here to learn anything and everything I can before I get my dog!

I've wanted a dog since I was little and to do some type of fun sport with him/her, but it hasn't been until recently that I've actually been able to find people in my area that do agility training, obedience and flyball and I've begun "networking" with them. I've definitely read up on these sports but I still have a TON of learning to do! I hope that I can learn from some of the people here and I am excited to "meet" other people and their dogs! Hopefully I will have my own to brag about soon!
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Welcome to The Forum, Jessica! You should probably go to the dog sports forums, because they would have more information than general dog chat. You should probably pick out a dog that is more meant for sports like that. My kind of dog, the Bedlington Terrier, is a wonderful example of an agility dog, because of its curved chest and back, ability to jump high, and long legs.

If you want some more information, I can give some to you. You can also go to www.yourpurebredpuppy.com and you can find lots of dog breed reviews. You will be able to find the perfect dog for you. Also, make sure to find one that would be ideal for you, not just sports.
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Hello from Florida!
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What part of Georgia? I just moved to close by Augusta, GA! Welcome to the forum
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Hi Jessica, I'm Caitlin and I'm from Ohio. I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I was in a very similar situation (and I am also getting married this year! Congratulations!!!) when I was your age. I was never allowed to have any dogs or pets growing up because my mom is allergic to everything under the sun, except somehow my dog that I have now. When I was 22 I adopted her as a 10-month-old stray. I woke up one day without a dog and went to bed that night a dog owner, basically. I had absolutely zero preparation besides some research I had done on the Internet, and I went and bought her a kennel and all of her necessities. Some friends of mine found her on the street and they were looking for a home for her. I couldn't let her go to a shelter so I took her home and that was that. I was scared out of my mind because I had no idea what I was doing. Fast forward four years, and she is now a beautiful and healthy four-year-old dog. She is well-trained and loving and she has not had any professional training or classes. We did it all ourselves. I read a LOT of books and there are some great resources on the Internet. She still has some issues and she was behind in training because we think she was abused before my friends found her, so it was a LOT of trial and error. She has come such a long way since her first few days as as scared little puppy. Whatever dog you choose to adopt, you will do absolutely fine! i did not have any experience with dogs or pets of any kind and now I'm a pro at it -- but still learning. You learn new things every day! The most important thing I learned was patience and responsibility, as you are caring for another being other than yourself. It has taught me a lot, and in turn given my dog a loving and nurturing home. I think we found each other and we needed each other. All of the research and reading in the world will never prepare you for the first feeling of accomplishment when your pup learns to sit or does something on her own. Juno was scared of stairs at first and we had to coach her on how to go up and down. Now she zooms up and down the stairs with no problems. When she first made it all the way up and down by herself I will never forget the feeling of relief and happiness. I know I don't know you but it shows a lot of maturity by posting here and shows that you care to learn as much as possible before taking a dog into your home. I think that shows you are ready! And just remember -- the perfect dog for you sometimes has to find you!
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