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Old 09-09-2012, 05:13 AM
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Potential new puppy owner - advice wanted please!

Hi everyone

This is my first post here and I could do with a bit of advice. I've wanted a dog for as long as I can remember and hopefully now might potentially be time for one but I'd like everyone's input as I don't want to do the wrong thing.

So I am currently a graduate starting a Masters next month and I've just got my timetable through (this is what I've been waiting for). Now I am renting a flat at the minute with a landlord who is more than happy for me to have a dog and it is about 30 minutes from my uni. My timetable dictates that I am in lectures 2 days a week 9-11am and 2-6pm. My boyfriend who lives down the road works all day 8-4, but would be out 6:30-5:30 but is very enthusiastic about helping out whenever he can (one evening a month I have a lecture 2-8pm).

So, with all of this in mind, I'm considering getting a puppy, I am in my flat now and settled and have 6 weeks until the start of term so I could get a good head start on housetraining etc. If I bob home at lunch to let him out and then get a dog walker mid afternoon on the 2 days I'm at work, do you think it would be reasonable to consider adopting a puppy.

I realise the workload I will have but over the past 3 years of my degree I've learnt that I only work well at home, so spending extra hours in the library wouldn't be an issue anyway and I'm not a big going out type of person (think once a month or so) so the evenings I'll be home too. Does this sound like a reasonable setup?

Now I've been doing a lot of research into breeds as I don't want to get the wrong one. Unfortunately, it looks like I love all the large high energy breeds! Is there any way an australian shepherd or german shorthaired pointer could work in a flat or is it very unfair? If so, what sort of breeds would you recommend?


Oh and I probably should add that as I'm part of a graduate scheme for this masters, I have a guaranteed job for the next 3 years (basically its a 'we'll pay for your masters but you must work for our company for this long' kinda thing) so next year my schedule will change to a fully time job but I planned to get a dog walker twice a day to accommodate this and moving back home/money won't be an issue due to the job
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:43 PM
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Sounds good to me, you've obviously thought about everything and have made responsible decisions, both me and my boyfriend are full time students and we made the decision to rescue a puppy. It was the best decision we have ever made and we haven't looked back. You seem to have everything planned out. All you have to decide on is a suitable breed. High energy breeds aren't necessarily bad apartment dogs, as long as they get the exercise they require (brilliant motivation to get fit I have found). You could also consider rescuing an adult dog, this way you would know what their energy level is before taking them on (not all individuals from a high energy breed are that high energy) This also avoids dealing with a small puppy while your trying to concentrate on assignments.
Good Luck what every you decide, with your new companion and your studies xx
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:15 PM
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When I was in my master's program, I really wanted a dog but could not afford one. I had an assistantship, but my schedule still had large holes to come home and spend time with a puppy. Between my husband and myself, we would have been able to take the puppy out every 2 hours. The coursework is demanding, but going out for a walk with your dog helps clear your mind! I think you can handle it, especially if you have someone else raising the puppy with you. I knew a few other grad students who raised some very sweet and happy dogs during that time, too.
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Hi everyone, thanks for the input - I felt I was ready for a puppy so went to ask the landlord about getting permission to have a dog in writing, since he's always said it wasn't a problem etc. I was ready to talk through with him how I was going to go about looking after the dog so it wouldn't be bored/lonely/destructive/noisy but before I'd even gotten to that part, he flat out refused to put it in writing. So I guess that will put my plans on hold either until it is written in the contract or until I move.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how I should approach the subject again as I don't just want to admit defeat when he has never had an issue with it before. As a landlord what sort of worries would he have? Maybe if I put in writing that the carpets etc will be professionally cleaned before I leave to keep the apartment clean?

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Do you have the money to put down an extra pet deposit? Mine was just $300, not sure what your landlord would want, but his not wanting to put it in writing is kind of scary. When you approach the subject again, bring it up more as a contract. Maybe he felt threatened when asked to put it in writing, as if it were binding to him only. If you offer some sort of pet deposit, and ask if you two could write up a contract defining his terms & conditions. Basically that if any damage is done to the property, you have to pay for it. This may be something he is scared of. Good luck!
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It sounds great! But don't get a big breed..it sounds like you live in a small space, and a large dog needs some room, even if you walk him/her everyday.
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It sounds great! But don't get a big breed..it sounds like you live in a small space, and a large dog needs some room, even if you walk him/her everyday.
Not entirely correct IMO. Don't get an active breed. Larger dogs like greyhounds actually need less space than small high-energy dogs like mini-aussies, minpins and the like. Dogs that are content to curl up and chill need a lot less room than those who bounce off the walls (not just a figure of speech).

You may have your heart set on a puppy, but I think an older rescue dog might be a better fit here. Puppy personalities can change, and habits can crop up so you are never quite certain what you are getting into. Older dogs are a little more set in their ways. Try to get a dog from a rescue that uses fosters since you will have a better idea of how they handle things.

Oh and if you don't have small animals running around, you might want to consider a retired racing greyhound - they are known as the world's fastest couch potatoes. Whippets or Italian greyhounds might be a smaller option. Of course, in my experience the whippets at least don't fit the couch potato mould much *but* the ones I know are from flyball lines and were raised by border collies so they may be outliers.
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Well, especially if your landlord isn't on board, I would definitely stay away from a GSP. They are known for destroying things (our GSP's absolutely favorite thing in the entire world to do is to rip up carpet!). Also, it seems like if you are doing a masters, your attention is going to be divided and you will be stressed, and GSPs are some of the smartest dogs around (I say this having done 2 masters degrees and knowing that is how I felt at the time) - they really react to an emotional environment. They also must have at least 2 hours of intense exercise a day if you want them to be calm when they are in the house/apartment, and you can't run or bike with them until they are 18 months old.

I would just consider the environment and limitations before you get a dog - we love our GSP, but we are two of the most active people around and we got our dog to do a job (hunt), which this breed loves, and we still feel like we've failed to give him enough purpose and exercise 5/7 days of the week. And we live in rural Montana!!
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If you aren't planning on renting something detached, avoid the hounds. Any dog that makes an excessive amount of noise will be unwelcome in an apartment setting. And talk to people that have/do own the dog you're looking at. When I was reading about Shiba's a lot of sites said they are quiet. Upon speaking to actual owners they told me that while they may make less noise than most dogs when they want to make noise they are LOUD. I now have a Shiba and heck, yes, they were right. Not an apartment dog at all.
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