Right I am thinking of getting a dog at some point when I know it is right. My situation is I have a 3 year old child and 2 10 year old cats, husband who works full time and I work part time in the evenings (when husband is home) Would be home with a dog a lot but certainly would want to be able to leave it for several hours as well. Am happy to do puppy classes, grooming etc. Here are my major concerns: I am worried I will be unable to train the dog as it should be. I had a dog as a teenager that I was totally unable to train and I dont want to repeat that it isnt fair on the dog or me. I dont mind occasional barking but I really dont like incessant barking. I also have neighbours who would not appreciate it! Live in a semi. How will I go on holiday, if I go somewhere the dog can not come along to? How will I do a weekly day out shopping etc? What if the dog bites my son? What if I cant crack toilet training? Basically those are my major worries. If I think of any more I will add to this thread. I would love a dog so much, and I am happy to work for it. I just worry I will be unable to do what needs to be done, mainly with training I guess. I dont want to add hours extra work on to my day every day but am happy to do walks, grooming, play, training etc. So... what do you think? How can I know if I can do it well without trying first?