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I plan to get a dog which is a golden retriever or a labrador. But i live in a small house with no yard. I don't get enough exercise due to school works. I'm having a hard time deciding between the two breeds. should I get another breed? :confused:
 

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I plan to get a dog which is a golden retriever or a labrador. But i live in a small house with no yard. I don't get enough exercise due to school works. I'm having a hard time deciding between the two breeds. should I get another breed? :confused:
You should not get a dog at all. Dogs need at least an hour a day of exercise and several more hours, at a minimum, of attention. You don't have the time at this point in your life. You need to wait until you do.
 

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I agree, you should wait until you have more free time before you get a dog. Even small dogs require daily exercise, lots of mental stimulation and companionship.
 

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I can spend time with a dog at home but not really exercise them. Because, i've notice that when I'm with a dog, i feel less stress since i love dogs.
 

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I can spend time with a dog at home but not really exercise them. Because, i've notice that when I'm with a dog, i feel less stress since i love dogs.
It's nice that you like having dogs, but dogs need exercise. So you'll get what you need, but the dog won't get what it needs. Is that fair?

Plus, a dog that isn't exercised is a bad dog. It'll be bored and burning up with excess energy, which will translate to chewing your furniture, jumping and chewing on you and everyone else, etc.

Please don't get a dog until you have the time to properly care for a dog.
 

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Have you considered maybe a hamster or guinea pig, I may even suggest a cat (as they are more independent than dogs), depending on exactly how much time you would have to spend with it. Consider the needs of the dog before your own wants please. :)
 

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No, 30 minutes a day isn't enough.

Dogs need a lot of attention, training and exercise. They don't come preprogrammed, you have to teach them everything. You just don't have the time. That's okay, you will eventually.

Why don't you volunteer with your local shelter? You can walk and pet the dogs for as much or as little time as you have.
 

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What if i'll have time for at least 30 mins a day. Would it be fine?
It depends on the breed, athleticism, and condition of the dog as to how much exercise it will need. For toy or teacup breeds, 30 minutes may be adequate. But 30 minutes is definitely not enough exercise for a lab or a golden! Keep in mind that the walk is not only for exercise, but mental stimulation as well, since dogs are roaming animals.
 

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Ok. But i actually have dogs already but when i go to school i go to a different city and i kind of miss having my dogs. That's why i'm planning to have one. Anyway, thanks for the advice :)
 

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Ok. But i actually have dogs already but when i go to school i go to a different city and i kind of miss having my dogs. That's why i'm planning to have one. Anyway, thanks for the advice :)
I don't mean to seem "rude" but speaking "frankly", if you get a dog for this reason it would seem very selfish of you IMO. Dogs have needs too, and they're not just to be there for you when/if you have time or because you simply miss your other dogs when you are away. So what will happen with your new dog when you are not at school?
 

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Ok. But i actually have dogs already but when i go to school i go to a different city and i kind of miss having my dogs. That's why i'm planning to have one. Anyway, thanks for the advice :)
Ah, I see. Your family has dogs. The thing is, your parent(s) put a lot of time, money and effort into the dogs that you didn't notice because you were a kid and kids just don't notice that kind of thing.

Go to school and enjoy yourself. If you find yourself missing being around dogs, volunteer at the shelter near your school. Then, when you graduate and you're more stable and have extra time and money, you can get a dog.
 

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How about an older dog, from a shelter, and a small breed that won't need as much exercise.

A lab or a golden is not a good idea. He/she will eat your house if you don't give her enough exercise.

Go to your local shelter and see if there is an older dog who really needs a nice quiet home like yours. So often these dogs don't get a second chance and are just euthanized. You could save a life and have a great companion just like you are looking for. Just tell the shelter your life set up and they can often match you with the right dog.

Love Has No Age Limit-Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home: Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D., Karen B. London Ph.D.: 9781891767142: Amazon.com: Books
 

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Forgive me, but your reasons for getting a dog seem a little selfish. It seems to be all about what you want with little thought for what the dog may want or need. Dogs are great companions, but in return they deserve lots of company themselves & most importantly, excersise. Give your spare time to volunteering at a local shelter & then when the time is right you can consider getting a dog of your own.
 

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Hi Isabelinna,

First of all, welcome to the Forum! (I wish that your first responses had said as much instead of insisting that you forget about getting a dog altogether. :( )

I think that there IS a dog for you, but probably not a lab or a golden. I'm like you in that I love the idea of having a lab or a golden. They are both gorgeous breeds and can be awesome companions. Last fall, with the idea of getting a lab, I made a trip over to my local shelter and came home with a large, young dog, which resembled a cross between a shepherd and a lab. Physically, he was a very attractive dog.

However, I quickly discovered that he needed hours of exercise every day. I don't mean just a long walk in the morning or the evening, but a trip to the dog park every single day. I'm a teacher, and I found myself spending at least four to five hours every day during my winter break trying to meet his exercise and training needs. After two months, and when it was time for my spring semester classes to resume, I realized that I couldn't meet his needs and found him a new home with a younger, more active couple.

Fast forward a couple of months, and I now have two lovely dogs that love nothing more than to snuggle up to me. They require much, much less exercise. One is a four-year-old Pomeranian/ Dachshund mix. The other is an eight-year-old Pekingese mix. Since they are older dogs, especially the Pekingese, they like to spend a lot of time laying down next to me. We take short daily walks and play around the backyard for maybe five or ten minutes at a time. A dog like that is TOTALLY doable.

What you want to do is some research on smaller companion dogs instead of working dogs. Also consider adopting an older dog - at least three years old. A five-year-old dog will give you years of companionship and not need hours of exercise every day.
 

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How about an older dog, from a shelter, and a small breed that won't need as much exercise.

A lab or a golden is not a good idea. He/she will eat your house if you don't give her enough exercise.

Go to your local shelter and see if there is an older dog who really needs a nice quiet home like yours. So often these dogs don't get a second chance and are just euthanized. You could save a life and have a great companion just like you are looking for. Just tell the shelter your life set up and they can often match you with the right dog.

Love Has No Age Limit-Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home: Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D., Karen B. London Ph.D.: 9781891767142: Amazon.com: Books
I'd definitely like to second what Tess has just said here. There are many terrific older dogs sitting in shelters. My second dog, the eight-year-old Pekingese, would have been euthanized had I not adopted him. And, he's one of the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet.
 

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I think instead of getting a dog, you could volunteer at a local animal shelter, or get a different pet. I probably wouldn't get a golden retriever or lab, because they are very active.

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I was just going to say volunteer at an animal shelter! It seems like it could be an excellent option for you. I don't think getting a puppy at this time is a great idea, but I'm sure you will be an excellent owner someday when you have more time.

And cats are AWESOME.
 
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