So we're considering getting Sarah a dog or puppy for christmas. (I tell you all knowing that you're all smart enough to keep it quiet!:)) She just about died the day we left Snowball there in Utah. We promised her that we'd get another pet when we moved out here, and now that we've got a yard and fence, she keeps asking about a dog.
I was hoping you could all comment on what type of dog we should consider. I know labs are great with kids, but what else? Labs get pretty big and I don't know if they'll scratch up the wood floors. Any dog will do that though. Is it cruel to declaw a dog? Can you do that? Geoff doesn't like dogs that jump and I know puppies are more excitable than older dogs. I just want a dog that won't bite Jake, bark incessantly, and knows where to do his business. Some people have said it's easier to train a puppy the way you want, rather than teach an old dog new habits.
What should we do?