My name is Jen. I'm a homemaker and homeschooling Mother of four. I have two daughters, ages 10 and 4, and two sons, ages 7 and 6.
We have two cats and an aquarium.
I joined this forum to do more reading and maybe post a question or two.
Right now we are making the decision between taking in a one year old, female pitbull or taking in a puppy from a woman who has sixteen of them that need good homes.
We're going to meet the female dog on Saturday and may spend the weekend with her. I don't know when we will go look at the puppies. We just have to decide if we will do well with this older dog. She is dog aggressive but is okay with puppies and some dogs. She is food motivated and trainable and learning to live with cats and doing okay with that. Her foster mom will give me free training classes and a clicker and all the stuff I need and she's already spayed and all that.
I guess there is just that temptation to pick out the free puppy and mold it, you know? Like I would know the puppy's whole life but this other dog has an unknown history. But I also know that any puppy - even well brought up, well trained ones can develop dog aggression and that it is normal for the breed. I also know that either way I go, lots of training and work with the dog will be in order (maybe I'm thinking the puppy will be easier in a way? like training is easier than untraining?).
Luckily - my husband is making the decision with me so that helps me feel better!
I really got on here too see if anyone would share stories about loving life with their dog-aggressive dog.
Should I start a thread on that somewhere else?
Nice to meet all of you - I've already read so many posts!
Jen in Maine
Married to Hawk
Mom to Naomi, Elijah, Jonas, and Tamra Jane
loving life in our new Habitat for Humanity home on 3.9 acres of LAND!