Puppy time? Time for a puppy?

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    Jan 07, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    Hey guys....I absolutely love dogs...especially pit bulls. I live alone except for my oldest son that comes home on leave every other weekend from Camp Lejuene and my youngest son is here a day or two a week. Other than that I am running around working 8 to sometimes 12 hours a day and trying to work out and etc.

    I would love to have a dog but not sure if it would be fair to the dog to leave him alone alot of times...I know selfishly I would love to have him here with me when I am home but hate the thought of leaving him alone so much....just dont think it would be fair...what do you guys think?

    Am I being to analytic or overly sensitive? Or should I wait when I know I will have more time to actually devote to the dog one on one?
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    Jan 07, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
    Dogs are such lovers of attention, so it strikes me as cruel to leave a dog all alone like that, day after day, long term. A cat would be much better suited to your current lifestyle.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 07, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    I think you should evaluate how (or if) your schedule will change in the future.
    I am gone during the day for long stretches... like this week, sheesh!

    A puppy, however, will need your attention. You'll need to consider carefully
    and commit the time to him or her. If you can't commit the time and make the puppy a priority, then you should really pass. Some puppies can misbehave if you aren't around to give them some direction.... lol
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    Jan 07, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    Initially there will be allot of work to house train and kennel train but you will be rewarded with unconditional love. You will have to make sacrifices. You can’t go out all night into the early morning, which is not such a bad thing. You have to come home and take care of your dog.

    If you have had kids, you could surely take care of a dog. But keep in mind if you travel you are going to need to find a dog friendly hotel, dog sitter, or a kennel. Nice thing about a dog over a kid is that you can send your dog to a kennel when you travel. But, I hate doing that. I prefer a dog sitter.

    "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are
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    Jan 07, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    A lot of it also depends on the breed of the dog. Irregardless, any puppy is going to cut up while you are away, but there are some breeds that will make a game of it! icon_biggrin.gif Research the breeds if you don't plan to get a mixed breed dog since their personalities are harder to predict.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 07, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    I'd get two from the same litter. They can keep each other company while you are at work.
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    Jan 07, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    depending on the weather, you can bring them with you while you're "running around." Duke goes with me on most errands, i just tether him up outside if it's not a dog-friendly business. Obviously, he can go into PetSmart, and the Home Depot looks the other way when I bring him. He loves car rides, and if I'm someplace where he can't go, he naps in the car.

    I do have a VERY temperature sensitive dog - so if it's outside of the temp tolerances, he snoozes on the couch while I run errands.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 07, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    I just got two puppies ....

    They are two from the same litter - brothers
    and spend their time together while I am away at work

    They are a handful ... all puppies are
    but they are great fun

    Get them ...you'll see icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 07, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    A puppy is tough and needs A LOT of attention and training! A cat would be good alternative, however not everyone is a cat person. Also, look in to adopting an older dog that may not require as much attention as a puppy; my last dog I adopted when he was 4/5 and he was AWESOME!!!! And keep in mind that just because you may have a yard, a dog still needs to be walked regularly!!!
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    Jan 07, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    Can I suggest something? Do not get a Puppy! Instead perhaps visit your local human society. They typically have a LOT of adult dogs. They are typically house trained and take a lot less attention. They can meet your need for companionship as well as giving one of them an awesome home.

    Also if you do get one, post some picture of him and you together.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 07, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    Dogs are a great deal more responsibility than people think. Granted, the rewards more than make up for this, but think very seriously before you take it on if your lifestyle (or living situation) is just not conducive to having a dog. It's not fair to the dog if it's going to be left all alone for long periods. Also, I've always has TWO dogs for this reason because they have each other to play with, and they are generally healthier and happier when they have a companion.
  • cowboyupnorth

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    Jan 07, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    With all the people losing their homes a lot of families are having to get rid of well behaved and well bred pets. It might do a family a favor to see their dog go to a good home.

    Also most breeds had a rescue so you could get a pit bull with the temperament you want.

    I agree puppy's need a lot of attention. I got my last dog after she did $5000 dollars worth a damage to the guys house for leaving her home alone too long. She destroyed two of my couches but I was poor back then so I just picked up another used couch. She turned out to be a great dog, but I always took her with me to shoe horses and run rodeos after a yr of constant attention I could leave her home for hrs on end with no problem. Good Luck.
  • olden

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    Jan 07, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    Dogs are pack animals and do not do well alone. Puppies need contact, first with their mother and littermates then with the members of their adopted pack - you. You will have to teach the puppy what it needs to know to be a good member of the pack. If you are at work and they are at home, a puppy can and will become very destructive, only for lack of knowing right from wrong.

    My recvommendation, after 43 years of dog pack membership, don't get one unless it can be with you a good portion of the day.
  • cdnclub

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    Jan 07, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    I totally understand your delema. I've been wanting a dog for the past 20yrs! lol..I am away at least 9hrs during the day, and love to travel so have been holding off.

    I like the idea of having 2 dogs from the same litter so they can keep eachother company but I have heard that puppies need to go potty 6 times a day. My sister has two dogs that are trained to go on a diaper. I was thinking of this as an option, but I would imagine it would be completely soaked by the time I got home.

    Still trying to think of a way to make it work...looks like I will have to wait for retirement before I can pull this off icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 07, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    I've trained dogs before. I personally think pit bulls are high energy dogs who require training, and someone who's willing to discipline them and provide leadership as well as lots of exercise. If you got a pit bull he'd probably need an hour and a half of exercise a day minimum which may cut into some of your gym time and other free time. I would not rely on the back yard since dogs typically won't run around by themselves. They'd rather be inside the house with you.

    You could have a dog sitter come a couple of times a day, or you could take him to a doggy day care facility. This is still going to require some sacrifice and time on your part.

    You need to ask yourself.

    "Can I make 2 45 minute walks a part of my daily routine for the next 12-14 years?"

    "Am I concerned about all that exercise taking away from my gains in the gym to the point where I might begin slacking off on my dog's exercise routine?"

    Answer those questions honestly. There are breeds out there who have way less energy. Don't lie to yourself over the prospect of getting a new dog, it definitely would be unfair.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 07, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    How can you say no to something like this??


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    Jan 07, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    I love dogs. Pit bulls are beautiful, like lots of other breeds. I live in a small apartment. I travel a lot. I'm also away for most of the day until late at night. I can't afford to pay someone to take care of the critter.

    But I would love a dog.
  • kinetic

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    Jan 07, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    I would love to someday have a weimaraner puppy. They are my favorite.
    I don't think I would do it unless I had a lot of time to give him/her the attention they needed.. Hopefully someday!
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    Jan 07, 2009 8:55 PM GMT
    I agree it is best if you can possibly have two dogs simultaneously. They tend to take care of each other during long days when their owners are at work. They often just sleep through much of the day anyway. I've always had two at a time - it works well. If your commute is short, or if someone can let them out for you mid-day - that would be great. I find it is no more trouble having two over just one. So many dogs (and cats) need a place that they can call home.......I wish I could help every unwanted animal.
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    Jan 07, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    I got mine back in march.

    hooray for puppehs

    now (right before christmas when it snowed. he had a blast)
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    Jan 07, 2009 11:49 PM GMT

    As with many things there are advantages and disadvantages to any course you take. Getting a puppy allows you and the dog to bond from a very early age and to some extent allows you to shape the puppies very early learning. You also tend to have a good handle on what your dog's neuroses are. On the other hand, puppies require a huge amount of time and attention to raise properly. At an absolute minimum they need to go out every two hours during the day and they need immediate supervision (for their safety and the well-being of your home and its contents) whenever they are not crated.

    Rescuing a dog is a noble and great thing to do. Right now due to the foreclosure crisis and economic crisis, shelters are full of dogs. And there is never a shortage of (usually even tempered well socialized) pitbulls and pit-mixes at most shelters. Adult dogs are generally able to stay unattended for much longer periods of time. I have clients whose dogs are crated for eight hour stretches during the day and seem no worse for the wear. Depending on your circumstances and what is available near where you live you could also consider sending your dog to daycare for a couple of days a week. That tend to wear them out for more than just the days they attend. You could also consider hiring a dog walker.

    In my experience, dogs that are going to be left alone for extended periods tend to do better as only dogs. The possibility of rivalry developing between two dogs is pretty high. It's somewhat lower if you get two young puppies from the same litter, but that's a lot of puppy work!

    I know you specifically mentioned pit bulls, but one breed that does great as an unattended house dog and is usually easy to get from rescues are retired racing greyhounds - the most soulful dogs ever. They LOVE to lounge around all day; they are used to being crated for 23 hours a day; need only two short walks per day and have no particular need to run like crazy.

    Feel free to send me an email if I can provide any more advice and be sure to let me know if you take the plunge.
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    Jul 15, 2009 2:40 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle said And there is never a shortage of (usually even tempered well socialized) pitbulls and pit-mixes at most shelters.

    Ever wonder why it is that there are always so many in shelters? It is illegal to own them here, though people still do.
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    Jul 15, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
    Dogs are pack animals, and are happiest when they socialize. They are not solitary like cats can be.

    One of the special pleasures of dog ownership is when they bond to you. When that happens, they are distressed when you are not with them. Long periods of separation & isolation are not good for them, and some dogs, especially pit bulls, will become anti-social. That can lead to tragic consequences.

    Given your interest in pit bulls, which are not the best breed as a house pet, anyway, and your present personal circumstances, I would advise against having a dog at this time.