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        11-09-2012, 10:22 AM
    I think you should wait until you move out on your own to get a dog. You live with your mother and she's terrified of dogs. There's nothing about this scenario that bodes well.

    Animals, especially dogs, need to be socialized. If the dog is going to be stuck outside in a kennel the majority of the time and never allowed into the house, how is that having a good life? Dogs are pack animals, and we've bred them to rely on humans as their pack. It's not fair to bring a dog into a household where one of the inhabitants is afraid.
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        11-09-2012, 10:42 AM
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    I thought about that, but I have a gut feeling that if there were to be a dog here that is nothing like the dog that caused her fear that she'd overcome it. The only dogs that she's seen since then are poorly trained and unsocialized.
    I know friend's with dogs who would have no issue bringing their's over or going to the park and dog socialising, along with all of my friend's and family that love dogs.

    I probably could have used a different word than terrified..she can deal with being around them (such as my cousin's dogs that I trained that are obedient and don't jump all over you unless you ask with a cue), she just doesn't trust them. She got jumped on by a collie when she was 6-7 because it's owner (a neighbour boy) patted her chest and told it to jump up and it knocked her over. So, she doesn't trust them and I think it would benefit her as well.

    So basically..we'd be having a family dog that I'm paying for. I think if my mum realizes that a dog really can be trusted not to attack her (and she sees it everyday), that she wouldn't be so stressed and tense around them (since most of her friend's have them and she doesn't want to go to their house because of them, so she never actually sees them).
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        11-09-2012, 10:54 AM
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    In my personal opinion, it's HER house. Really you shouldn't get your own dog until you have your own place. They are a child and a life long commitment.
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        11-09-2012, 11:08 AM
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    The dog you get wants to be a family dog too.
    A family dog is not locked outside in the yard or tied on a rope line, a family dog lays in front of the fireplace on his doggy bed.
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        11-09-2012, 11:09 AM
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    Maybe as your first dog let Mom pick out a smaller dog that you can keep inside, crated at first. Then when she gets used to it and it is trained enough for mom it can be out of the crate all the time or at least most of the time.
        11-09-2012, 11:13 AM
    Dogs belong in the house with their families, not in outdoor kennels the majority of the time.
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