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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by burleyboo, Jul 28, 2009.


  1. burleyboo

    burleyboo PetForums Newbie

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    Hello All,

    I'm new to this site and joined to get some friendly honest advice on whether or not to get a dog?

    Until the last two years I have always had at least one border collie in my life (at my parents house), and now I'm buying a house with my partner would love to have a dog again.

    We are a very active couple (three walks a day) and the dog would be kept in the back garden with access to the conservatory during the day.

    Unfortunately we both both work full time, and although i would come home at lunch for half an hour i'm still worried it will be too long. :(

    I already know a Collie is out of the picture, as i really don't think they would cope, but i'm unsure if another breed would be happy with this?

    Please any advice or personal experience would be welcomed :)
     
  2. Patterdale_lover

    Patterdale_lover PetForums VIP

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    Maybe a smaler dog like a terrier would be a good option, yes they have high energy and love to walk but they also like to sleep in their bed. As long as you give them toys to play with and come home for that half an hour and really poop them out in the garden running around after a ball etc. I should see no problem :D Good luck in whatever you decide
    Chloe
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  3. Nicky09

    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

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    I'm sure that would be fine the dog would be getting plenty of exercise and you could come home for some play time in the middle. Maybe get a more independant breed. Just one thing would the dog be exclusively an outside dog or just while you're at work?
     
  4. bmxwidow

    bmxwidow PetForums Junior

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    We have a border collie (had her from a pup and she is now 4) and we both work full time. She is left for about 7 hours a day but we always take her for a walk in the morning before we leave her, then as soon as Matt gets home from work, he gets changed and takes her straight back out for a walk. She knows no different and has fitted into our lifestyle really well. At the weekends we take her everywhere with us and in the evenings we spend all our time with her, so she doesn't do too bad. She has never played up or showed any signs that she is suffering because she is left. When she was a pup I used to come home for lunch to walk her but found as she got older it just unsettled her more so now I don't come back.
     
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    what about a resuce greyhound??
     
  6. burleyboo

    burleyboo PetForums Newbie

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    Hello,

    Thats amazing I would love a collie but i have heard so many horror stories about them becoming snappy when left. Vaguely remember our welsh collie used to nip your bum when you ran for the phone etc :D
    What sort of collie do you have?
     
  7. burleyboo

    burleyboo PetForums Newbie

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    It was something we have considered, but my aunty has just done this and it really isn't that keen on parents dog. Which is a huge downside as we usually go on holiday with them and the dogs (if we get one) once a year, and then visit them every couple of months.
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    A collie around 5 or 6 years old who has lived in a home before could do very well living in your situation. There are plenty in rescue to choose from, many there through no fault of their own but due to family breakups or other changes in circumstance. The Border Collie Trust in Staffordshire, Valgrays or Wiccaweys, all do careful matching of the dog to the potential owners and their lifestyle.
     
  9. Johnderondon

    Johnderondon PetForums VIP

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    The Border Collie Trust and Valgrays are very good rescues.
     
  10. LostGirl

    LostGirl PetForums VIP

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    Every dog is different, out of our friends dogs my zeb doesnt like just one dog (out of around 18 dogs) and one of the passing by dogs doesnt like zeb. You cant really judge all breeds/rescue with just one dog. :D
     
  11. 2Hounds

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    If your parents live fairly close you could always take there dog along when going to look for a dog to make sure they get on or if they don't then request one that is friendly with other breeds. My greyhounds have always got on fine with all breeds of dog, but some don't realise other breeds of dog exist and need some training/socialisation in that aspect.

    If your able to pop home at lunch time then a greyhound would be happy to snooze the day away. Its generally recommended not to let them offlead in an unsecure area as recalls often not their strong point if theres distractions, which might not be your thing if your used to an obedient collie.

    Retired Greyhound Trust
     
  12. davehyde

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    i would go for the right breed too. and rescue is a gr8 idea as you wont have the puppy stage to go through if you arent there all day.

    some dogs dont do well alone tho, goldens for instance hate to be loft alone too long.

    buti am sure there will be a suitable pooch somewhere for you that would welcome a garden and a conservatory during the week and plenty of play at night and weekends.
     
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