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Labradoodle/Goldendoodle - November 19th 2013, 08:53 PM

I know I'd pay for a mutt, but I would rather have a puppy with parents that I can see and I know was not abused. I could also train him or her from the start and socialize him or her enough to potentially turn him into a therapy dog where I can round hospitals and nursing homes with if the dog can pay attention long enough.

Is it wrong I feel guilty paying for a dog like that? I know with cats I go with shelter cats but cats are a bit easier to manage than dogs that may have picked up very, very bad habits or been abused. My boyfriend's boss has two labradoodles and they are very polite and do not shed that much.

Ultimately, my goal is a therapy dog. I will have time to train him or her as I will be graduating from nursing school this December and I do not plan on getting a dog till January. I will work part-time so only two days a week with potentially a third and I'll be going to school online.
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Re: Labradoodle/Goldendoodle - November 21st 2013, 05:28 AM

I think that your plan actually makes a lot of sense, so I wouldn't feel bad about it at all! If you want to train your dog to be a therapy dog, it's very important that they are friendly, well-behaved, trusting of people, and not at all opposed to being touched/petted. These traits are a little iffy with mutts and shelter dogs because you just can't know everything about their background. I think that you are doing the best thing - you can raise the dog yourself, exactly how you want it to be, so that it's ready to be a great therapy dog. And plus, labradoodles and goldendoodles are super cute!

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Re: Labradoodle/Goldendoodle - November 21st 2013, 03:24 PM

That's the main hesitation is the issue of socialization. I also want one where the mom and the puppies are raised inside the house before I get it.
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