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Old 03-17-2014, 10:49 AM
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Hi all - working full time & getting a dog - honest opinions needed

Hi everyone.

I made a thread a few months back but forgot my user name & password, so I've logged in to my very old account..

I'm seeking honest.. but friendly opinions from you lovely doggy people.

Basically, to put it in brief, I'd love a dog, but work essential full time, and I don't know whether combining the two can work, and is fair.

I'm a student, spending half the year in university, and half the year in placement (not literally 6 months on each, split up into three - 5 long alternating chunks).

When I'm in Uni, I tend to be in 2 or 3 days a week - 9 till 5 (I can finish earlier, but not a given).

When I'm in placement, that's when I'm working full time - either 5 days a week 9 - 4, or 3 to 4 days a week 7 - 7 - yep, 12 hour shifts.. as you can imagine this is where my main concern is - a concern I think may basically be the decision maker..

I've put that in bold just because this is essentially the issue I have the biggest problem with, and is my focus.

I've been walking my neighbours pug & ****zu 1 or 2 times a week and I love it. We go on two hour walks with my other neighbour and it's wonderful. Lovely friendly doggy community.

This neighbour also is happy to walk my dog when I can't, and would be happy to have the dog chill at hers for a few hours (and vice versa).

I have a garden, enclosed, which the dog would have 24 hour access to. Two other dogs (the pug & ****zu) use this garden, they're lovely dogs.

I've considered older dogs (I'd prefer a puppy but know that training them requires commitment) but ultimately the problem is still the long time I'd be out. As I've said I'd arrange for them not to be left alone for that long - god that'd be cruel, I know it's really 4 - 6 hours max.

I'm veering more to not having a dog - it's weird as I seem to have to much time to give to one, but obviously there are the days when I don't.

I'm rambling now.. but needed to get it off my chest!.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:37 AM
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Most people work full time so most dog owners do work full time. My adult dogs are fine with that schedule though I do typically let them out at lunch. As long as they get their exercise and attention it doesn't really matter when they get it. They're used to having an active period in the hours before work, after work and on the weekends.

Now, with a puppy you'd probably need to schedule a dog walker or something to let them out.
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Thank you. I suppose that's true.

I've just remembered I also have a family friend who wanted me to look around for a dog walking job for her.. so there's another bonus.

I suppose it'd just be being very.. organised with making sure the dog did get walked and was't left for hours feeling anxious and destroying furniture to vent it's frustration.
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If you have someone you trust to walk him or her when your classes or work go(es) late in an emergency, or on a long shift type of day, then I think you'd be okay to get a dog. I would recommend getting a shelter dog and not a puppy, though.

Also destroying furniture isn't that bad, when you consider they they can break through doors if they're frustrated enough. Crate training is a great way to work around that if you're renting
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If you have someone you trust to walk him or her when your classes or work go(es) late in an emergency, or on a long shift type of day, then I think you'd be okay to get a dog. I would recommend getting a shelter dog and not a puppy, though.

Also destroying furniture isn't that bad, when you consider they they can break through doors if they're frustrated enough. Crate training is a great way to work around that if you're renting
Thank you

I'm not renting, but I'd hate for my dog to get into a state where they were so frustrated they'd be clawing and biting at furniture.

I love pugs as the one I walk is a great laugh but falls asleep in my arms after a long walk. Also love lurchers (in the park we go to there's about 10 local lurchers!). Apparently they all fall asleep after a long run!
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Yup, a shelter dog sounds like a good match, as long as they don't already have separation anxiety issues (which is possible, and able to be worked on). Especially if you're willing to compromise on something else and work with a dog to help rehab them

Keep us updated!! We all love photos, if you end up deciding for the dog
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