my name is Patrick - dog lover since childhood - and writing here to get a good, honest and sincere opinion on wether getting a dog is the right decision. I am mainly scared of two things (1) being a bad god owner.... and (2) destructive behavior which might get me in trouble. I did every bit of planning, and I will use this forum to put all detail on the table and let you judge, whether getting a dog is the right decision or not. First-off, what dog?
I researched over a year the right breed and my decision boiled down to either an Australian shepherd or a vizsla (in both cases a puppy). I am very sportive myself and keeping up with a sportive dog will work fine. I will get a vizsla (female) since they are very clean, affectionate and also (a lot) cheaper, which allows me to budget for a dog walker, care-center and whatnot if the need might arise. Where do I live?
I currently live in a 65 square meter apartment in Budapest. I know - not the ideal environment. I plan on moving back to Munich in half to three quarter of a year where the environment for dog lovers is perfect (forest, english garden, mountains, etc.). Additionally, it is getting increasingly common in Germany to allow (well behaved) dogs at the work place (work-life balance, etc.)
Here in Budapest, I have a main park
next to my apartment, approximately 5min. away and a few other parks in close distance. It is a good location to walk the dog. What does my week look like?
I am working for a big four
company and believe (?) to have enough time for the dog. I usually wake up at 5am, latest 6am. Work starts at 8am, 9am or occasionally even later. I can walk the dog in the morning for an hour, during my break around 12am/1pm for about 20min., after work 5pm/6pm and again around 10pm or 11pm again for an hour. The weekend will be very dog oriented and I plan on regular taking a train to outskirts of the city. Why now?
For me, owning a dog never was a matter of "if", rather "when". I believe to have enough time now to raise a dog and investing the same amount of dedication into raising a puppy will get harder the more I wait since I am expecting to have increasingly less time the more I wait. My main fear:
Truly... two things hunt me. One - not having enough time leading to hyperactivity and poor behavior. Two - coming home and seeing the couch ripped in thousand pieces. My flatmate will be here and supervise the dog in the beginning. It will eventually happen though, that the dog will stay alone for 3 hours (or more, as he grows older) Up and downs:
I know that owning a dog means having up and down, a lot of sacrifice and responsibility. I am up for it... and I have no doubt that owning a dog is the right decision. However, am I the right match for the dog??? Any feedback and experience, especially from vizsla owners, is welcome!!!!!
Thanks for your help!