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Looking for advice buying a dog

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by StanVanDamn, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. StanVanDamn

    StanVanDamn PetForums Newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
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    Hi everyone,

    I understand you probably read
    Many of these messages which I
    Apologise for as this is my first post.

    I am looking to buy a dog as I like
    To go for long walks and running.

    The only problem is I live on my
    Own and even though I can walk
    Him in the morning and night I
    Would be in work all day. This
    Would leve the dog on his own.

    Could anyone give me advice
    Whether it is ok to do this and
    If so which type of dog is
    Best to be left on their own?

    A girl in work has stunning
    Spaniels for sale and they are
    Thanks for your advice

  2. rona

    rona Guest

    Would it be possible to either put your dog in daycare or hire a dog walker?
  3. Helbo

    Helbo PetForums VIP

    Sep 15, 2010
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    Puppies of any breed wouldn't like to be left alone for, i'm assuming, 9-10 hours a day 5 days a week. And if they are left alone this long, a puppy will have a very slow learning curve.

    The realities of having a dog whilst working means getting up early for a walk with the dog so they're not hepped up all day, having a safe place for your dog to relax all day with room to play (with safe toys), sleep, and access to water, someone needs to feed the dog at lunchtime and walk them whilst you're out at work every day (even if you have to pay a dog walker and give them a key!), then coming home, cleaning up after any messes, feeding the dog, yourself, then depending on the breed - another walk. Add in the all important training sessions and playtime with the puppy.

    I hope you've thought this through :D
  4. Ditsy42

    Ditsy42 PetForums VIP

    Aug 13, 2010
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    I would say if u intend to leave the dog during the day, then a pup is not a viable option, they need a lot of care and attention in the ealry stages and ongoing socialisation.

    Have you thought of looking into a rescue, an older dog maybe ? :)

    BTW welcome to the forum :D
  5. Milliepoochie

    Milliepoochie PetForums VIP

    Feb 13, 2011
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    There are alot of people who work full time and still have a dog. (I do!)

    I am lucky that my OH does a split shift so is at home between 9-15:00 and BUT 9/10 Millie stays in her bed fast asleep awaiting my return! We have an hour walk at 6am and a longer walk if possible at 6pm - Then she is ready for cuddles on the sofa! It's all about routine and making sure they get enough exercise, she sleeps during the day because she is normally knackered hehe Also I leave out her favourite bone with Peanut Butter squidged in which is guaranteeed to bring hours of licking / crunching. She does know id she wants to go to the garden / toilet all she has to do is walk to the door but 9/10 she wont. She seems more than happy to wait for our walkies later. To begin with this really freaked my OH out but now we just realise this is her routine which she is used to. The only time I have had issues with accidents in the house is after she was in kennels as her routine was all out of sinc.

    There are a number of options for getting through the day though, would you be able to pop home at lunchtime? Would you use a dog walker? Do you have family who are close who could let the dog out into the garden?

    You would struggle with a puppy and tbh it wouldnt be fair on a puppy being alone all day but by getting a grown up dog / rescue who is house trained you'd be suprised a how adaptable they are once they have a set routine.

    Maybe visit some local rescue centre near you, ask about there policies on home alone time / advice etc.
    #5 Milliepoochie, Mar 24, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2011
  6. slbrown2108

    slbrown2108 PetForums Senior

    Sep 15, 2009
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    firstly welcome to the forum i hope u enjoy ur stay these guys and gals on here are fabby for advice and 9/10 they aint judgemental. You can make alot of good friends.

    Secondly, i would also suggest going for an older dog and preferably a rescue. im not suggesting u go for the oldest dog but even one around 1-2 would b fine. Like people have said above older dogs settle into routine quicker and also most may already b house trained because having to house train is stressful and lots of hard work at the best of times but even if ur working full time it will b harder as the dog will find it harder to get into a routine.

    All the best like i said there are lots of people here that will help and guiide u from choosing the right breed to getting the dog home and then on.

    All the best and enjoy ur stay. Also we will expect only one thing and that is lots of piccies of ur new friend.
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