Would a puppy breeder find it weird if I'm scared of dogs?

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So yes I am scared of grown full sized dogs (big dogs like German Shepherd, Husky etc), I've always been afraid of dogs but I'm not so afraid of puppies or anything that cant seriously harm me if it wanted to.

I've been wanting to buy a German Shehperd recently and be the main carer. I believe I can do it, I'm a very nurturing person and not a push over. However, I would be very nervous about going to the breeders house where there will be grown German Shehperds around. It will.make me feel very uneasy and I dont think I'll be able to hide it.

Would the breeder be less likely to offer me a puppy if this is the case? I have done plenty of research and understand how highly active these dogs are, I'm very responsible, it's just this one thing letting me down.
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So what happens when this puppy grows up?...
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This is quite unclear, so what I'm asking is, will the breeder be less likely to want to give a puppy to me if I was to tell them that I rather have the adult dogs away from me or kept separate from the puppies while I'm visiting. How would this come across?
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(Original post by LovelyMrFox)
So what happens when this puppy grows up?...
Well obviously I'm not going to be afraid of a puppy I raised or know very well. It's a temporary issue because I've never really been around big dogs.
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Nope as long as you buy the dog
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Well obviously I'm not going to be afraid of a puppy I raised or know very well. It's a temporary issue because I've never really been around big dogs.
Well ya, I suggest you dont get a big dog if you cant even walk into the breeders. What happens if that fear doesnt go away? Thats just going to be a toxic environment for you and the dog.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
This is quite unclear, so what I'm asking is, will the breeder be less likely to want to give a puppy to me if I was to tell them that I rather have the adult dogs away from me or kept separate from the puppies while I'm visiting. How would this come across?
"unclear"? no, don't do it then. a dog is a living being. volunteer at a shelter first, or spend time with your friend's dog or something, to see if you can handle it. a dog is not a thing you can throw away when it grows up
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Nope as long as you buy the dog
Good breeders wouldn't sell their dogs to people they see as immature for their dogs, especially one like a German Shepherd. And I would not want to purchase from a breeder that is not concerned for the wellbeing of the puppy
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Good breeders wouldn't sell their dogs to people they see as immature for their dogs, especially one like a German Shepherd. And I would not want to purchase from a breeder that is not concerned for the wellbeing of the puppy
if you already know the answer, why are you even asking?
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(Original post by LovelyMrFox)
Well ya, I suggest you dont get a big dog if you cant even walk into the breeders. What happens if that fear doesnt go away? Thats just going to be a toxic environment for you and the dog.
I know myself, I've been around plenty of animals growing up. Just not larger dogs and it is very likely to go away. Again, its only because I dont trust bigger dogs because I dont know them enough to understand they wont hurt me. Its bot going to be like this with my own dog
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It's always nice to hear (or in this case read) that someone wants to become a dog owner.

If you have researched everything about looking after a puppy and a dog (they're hard work), I can't see why a breeder would be opposed as long as you would be able to provide everything it needs.

However, saying that, will you be able to provide what it needs? I understand, and probably agree, that you will be much more comfortable around a dog you have raised, however it needs to be socialised as a puppy - this includes it meeting many other dogs. And even once it has grown, it's good for it to be able to continue to socialise with other dogs. Will you be able to provide this or will you fear of other dogs stop this?

It depends as well on the extent of your fear...
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(Original post by Ciel.)
if you already know the answer, why are you even asking?
Because I'm not immature in the slightest, but I can see how this fear may come across as if I'm totally serious.
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Because I'm not immature in the slightest, but I can see how this fear may come across as if I'm totally serious.
Not totally serious*
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I know myself, I've been around plenty of animals growing up. Just not larger dogs and it is very likely to go away. Again, its only because I dont trust bigger dogs because I dont know them enough to understand they wont hurt me. Its bot going to be like this with my own dog
"Likely". Sigh. I highly suggest against it.
I knew someone who bought a horse at our barn. They were scared of horses, but they said they would get over the fear. 2 months later, they sold the horse back to us. It was so sad. They completely neglected the horse because they were so terrified of it.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
It's always nice to hear (or in this case read) that someone wants to become a dog owner.

If you have researched everything about looking after a puppy and a dog (they're hard work), I can't see why a breeder would be opposed as long as you would be able to provide everything it needs.

However, saying that, will you be able to provide what it needs? I understand, and probably agree, that you will be much more comfortable around a dog you have raised, however it needs to be socialised as a puppy - this includes it meeting many other dogs. And even once it has grown, it's good for it to be able to continue to socialise with other dogs. Will you be able to provide this or will you fear of other dogs stop this?

It depends as well on the extent of your fear...
I would be fine taking it to puppy socialization classes, as it is meeting other pups. I also have an acre of land for the dog to run around in. I understand the space it will need, and have wanted to this this for a while but never did it as I knew I did not have enough space. I do plan on getting another dog in two or three years time because I have so much land.
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"Likely". Sigh. I highly suggest against it.
I knew someone who bought a horse at our barn. They were scared of horses, but they said they would get over the fear. 2 months later, they sold the horse back to us. It was so sad. They completely neglected the horse because they were so terrified of it.
Well I can't tell you the future, it will be pretty stupid of me to say "Certainly" and I would be lying. I am.not afraid of puppies by any means so thinking I will all of a sudden be afraid of my own puppy when it is grown up is not realistic at all
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I would be fine taking it to puppy socialization classes, as it is meeting other pups. I also have an acre of land for the dog to run around in. I understand the space it will need, and have wanted to this this for a while but never did it as I knew I did not have enough space. I do plan on getting another dog in two or three years time because I have so much land.
It will also need to socialise with adults, not just puppies. Would you still be ok with that?
It's great you have plenty of land, but just keep in mind this cannot be used as a substitute for walks (and puppies need to have their exercise limited) because it is also a form of mental stimulation to come across new smells etc.
You also need to think of when things go wrong. God forbid nothing like this would happen, but what if you came across an aggressive dog? Make sure you consider all scenarios before committing to a dog.
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Well I can't tell you the future, it will be pretty stupid of me to say "Certainly" and I would be lying. I am.not afraid of puppies by any means so thinking I will all of a sudden be afraid of my own puppy when it is grown up is not realistic at all
Once again, I highly suggest against it.
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(Original post by Ciel.)
"unclear"? no, don't do it then. a dog is a living being. volunteer at a shelter first, or spend time with your friend's dog or something, to see if you can handle it. a dog is not a thing you can throw away when it grows up
I rather not respons to immature people like this who think they can lecture random people and jump to conclusions about someones intentions. Some users are literally on TSR just to speak to people in this way
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I would not sell a dog to someone scared of dogs, that is common sense.
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