Hello from Georgia

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Hello from Georgia

Postby EricTheBean » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:30 pm

Hello guys,

I'm Eric from just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I'm married and have two little daughters. I grew up a cat person, but thought a dog would make for a masculine pet in a home full of girls. Of course, my dog is a girl too though.

We adopted Piper from the humane society. I don't know about other areas, but the HS out here is filled to the brim with pit bulls. Piper was a three month old brindle pit with lab listed as the secondary breed. She is a wonderful dog. Super friendly, but a little clumsy.

As I said earlier, I'm fairly inexperienced with dogs as a whole, but I've been learning a lot. I did some research on pitbulls before adopting Piper. My experience with Piper has been exactly what the pro pit websites had described and thankfully nothing like the anti pitbull websites described.

Right now Piper is house trained and I've decided to start trying some obedience training. I'll probably sign her up for classes to show me the ropes.
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Re: Hello from Georgia

Postby jamielvsaustin » Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:23 pm

Hi Eric! :welcome:

You sound like you're going to be a great owner and a great addition to the board. Here are some stickies, articles/links for you to read in your spare time :)
Dog park
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Nothing in life is free
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Two weeks, give’em a break
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Is my dog dog-aggressive
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Dog body language
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Critical developmental stages
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Lots of newbies get caught up in the dominance/alpha talk, so here are some articles that help give a better perspective of it. I think the last one is just general info, but also has some dominance/alpha talk in it as well.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"
http://drsophiayin.com/philosophy/dominance/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"
http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-expert" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"
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Re: Hello from Georgia

Postby EricTheBean » Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:26 pm

Thanks, I'll check 'em out!
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Re: Hello from Georgia

Postby Curly_07 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:21 pm

Welcome! You do sound like you'd fit in great here! Thank you for adopting, and also for trying to be a good dog owner. I'll approve you later when I'm on my PC if another Mod doesn't get to you before then.

The links Jamie posted are great reads to help you get started. They are packed with tons of info. They helped me tremendously when I first joined!

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Re: Hello from Georgia

Postby Curly_07 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:16 pm

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