What Makes A Good Dog?

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  1. figment profile image80
    figmentposted 8 years ago

    What makes a good dog?  Does it have to be registered?  Smart?  Loyal?  What makes your dog "the best" dog or "the worst" dog? What breeds are better and why?

    1. Whitney05 profile image81
      Whitney05posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      A registered dog is by no means a good one.

      Loyalty
      Protection
      Loving

      Are my biggest things. A dog should definitely be loyal, protective, and loving.

      Good dogs should also be intelligent, receptive, trustworthy, and socialized (human's responsibility)

      To each to his own and not everyone finds the same qualities make up a good dog.

      But, in my opinion, a good dog is like a good man, but a dog is always going  to be better because he'll always be loyal to you and he just can't talk back like a man can.

    2. Hokey profile image60
      Hokeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      A good owner.

      1. Doggie Devotee profile image59
        Doggie Devoteeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I agree! Good dogs start with good owners!

    3. profile image47
      sunsetsummersposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Of my lifetime I have had several dogs. A few were untrainable just too wired, in general I have had good luck with them being loyal, trainable and all around good dogs.  I currently own 2 pomeranians both were adult dogs one suffers from seperation anxiety the other really doesn't care just give her food and she is happy. The puppy is now 7 months old a Black Lab, I got him when he was 8 weeks old he follows me everywhere even to the privy. My biggest hurdle is to get him to stop jumping on people when the come to the door.

  2. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    I have the best dog in the world, Border Collie, loyal, great guard dog, great with kids, keeps the foxes away from my hens, easy to feed, easy to clean and groom, just an all round great dog, however, it took some work, firm discipline makes a playful pup into a good dog smile

    1. Niteriter profile image75
      Niteriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Easy there, buddy. The best dog lives in MY house. I tell him so every day so it must be true.

  3. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    I think a dog's personality says a lot about their relationship with their owners. Koobla was nutty, playful, affectionate, protective and a dog cookie monster lol smile

    1. Niteriter profile image75
      Niteriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well, that's a little unsettling. My dog is a bit on the unruly side!

  4. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    Niteriter - I just know you must be in my house so I am looking for you - smile

    1. Niteriter profile image75
      Niteriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Whimper...

  5. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    Dame - look I know you think you have a great dog - but unfortunatley I have the best dog in the world - smile

  6. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    you know it smile now lets talk dog, what is your dog smile

  7. figment profile image80
    figmentposted 8 years ago

    My dog is so great I devoted a HubPage to her, and I agree the dog's personality resembles the owners.  Mercy is my soul mate.

  8. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    Among others we have a shitzu. Well named dog that! smile
    He is an arrogant little bugger who thinks he is the size of a horse and bullies people, cats, anything or one he can lord it over! We love him though he is a little bugga! smile

  9. Sab Oh profile image51
    Sab Ohposted 8 years ago

    Dogs are a great gift to man. Their ability to bond with and understand humans is unique in the animal world.

  10. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    my profile pic is my dog smile look ino his eyes and tell him he is not the best dog in the world smile

  11. maxx2010 profile image56
    maxx2010posted 8 years ago

    its dog mother(technically speaking)

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    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 8 years ago

    the number one thing that makes a dog good : IT'S OWNER

    any breed, type, age , size, etc can be the best dog ever, it all depends on how it's owner cares for it and teaches it..

    ( I breed German Bloodline Boxers, Have had an American Pitt - Rip Baby, and I have a helper dog for my disability, and believe it or not, it is a 137 pound German Boxer female )


    Never blame a dog for its wrongdoings because you can only blame the owner!

  13. Ann Nonymous profile image60
    Ann Nonymousposted 8 years ago

    I used to watch Cesar Millan all the time-you know, The Dog Whisperer- and I still don't know the answer to that question, but he is pretty cool although the show is probably all dramatized! Still you could learn from his books, shows or similar personalities and/or subjects! Good luck!

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    everything big_smile

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    Pani Midnyte Odinposted 8 years ago

    I had the best dog when I was growing up. She was a Miniature Schnauzer named Misty. The day I met her, she tried to eat my hair. But I fell in love with her all the same and insisted SHE was the dog I wanted. She used to walk me to the bus stop every morning, even tried to get on the bus with me a few times. She never wanted to leave my side and, every day, like clock work, as the bus pulled up to drop me off, I would see Misty eagerly trotting down the sidewalk to greet me. She accompanied me everywhere, my family joked that she was my shadow. She slept with me in my bed. I would even sing a lullaby to her on some nights, which would soothe us both into a deep sleep. When I was sick, she'd refuse to go outside. She was almost like a second mother the way she'd worry and watch me. The day I got off the bus and she wasn't there was probably the worst day of my 9 year old life. I sprinted home, looking off in every direction trying to find her. She had been hit by a semi that afternoon. My mom said she thought that Misty had mistaken the semi for the school bus. She was gone... That afternoon, I went to the park and sat on the basketball court, crying my eyes out. That was also the day I decided I would never own another dog again because none could ever measure up to her. Of course, my family got another dog and I cared about it, but I didn't love her like I loved Misty.

    So, to answer your question, I think a good dog is a dog that feels like part of the family.

  16. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    one that does not share its picture with another dog smile

  17. Whitney05 profile image81
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    don't call names. I'm not a dog and don't insinuate such.

  18. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    what smile

  19. Whitney05 profile image81
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    you're not innocent, and you can stop playing stupid.



    In that statement another dog implies you're calling me a dog. As in my opinion, if one canine can sit next to another canine for a picture, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that and is showing traits of a good dog.

  20. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    Honestly you have lost me, now be big enough to shake hands and walk away from all of this nonsence or a smiley face will do, I will go first smile

  21. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    me second smile

  22. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    lyrics smile back at you smile

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      lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      more for you smile smile smile smile smile smile smile

  23. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    love you love love you smile smile smile smile smile double love smile

  24. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    nice one Hokey...they surely arent all nice smile

    1. Hokey profile image60
      Hokeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah it's not the dog. The dog learns what the owner teaches it.

  25. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    I agree.... smile

  26. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    I'll third that

  27. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    fourth smile

    1. figment profile image80
      figmentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      My dog even snores like me.

  28. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    funny you should say that I was watching Columbo last night, his dog at the vet...snoring....great show smile

  29. Hokey profile image60
    Hokeyposted 8 years ago

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  30. Art 4 Life profile image59
    Art 4 Lifeposted 8 years ago

    I think that a really good dog, is worth it's weight in gold...I have had alot of pretty good dogs in my life,...but those dogs, that are special and connect with you, are the really good dogs...you dont get them everyday...I have one now, but he's old, and has cancer...a good dog, not only shows loyalty, but concern, love, and heart....they are they ones that work their way into your very soul...

    1. Hokey profile image60
      Hokeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am sorry. I hope he has had a good life and has a good departure.

    2. figment profile image80
      figmentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You should write a hub about him like i did about my dog.  It makes you feel good to tell the  world how great your dog is

  31. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    Art 4 Life, hello, sorry your dog has cancer, yes a good dog is better than most humans smile

  32. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    well said Hokey smile

  33. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    figment - good idea - that would be an interesting Hub smile

  34. spiderspun profile image59
    spiderspunposted 8 years ago

    Right now a tiny tiny chiahuahu, older guy is the best friend ever. He eats very little. make tiny messes outsde. He can be a goo watch dog and barks only a couple times. He is an only dog so is spoiled thinks he is human most of the time. At night sleeps in a tiny wicker basket next to the heat vent and waits for someone to get him in the morning.
    Now that is the perfect forever puppy dog

  35. restoremyheart profile image57
    restoremyheartposted 8 years ago

    A dog that minds, and a dog that is well potty trained!  For a bonus, that would be a dog that doesn't shed:)

  36. Rafini profile image85
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    my son says:  a good dog is loyal and doesn't try to hump everything.


    I say:  a good dog is one that is well socialized and not kept in a cage/crate/kennel all the time.

 
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