Getting A Dog?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@JessicaJupiter:  MOST people that have dogs are gone for at least 8 hours during the day, sometimes more with a commute to and from work. That is normal, and that is what crate training is for. As long as you are going to make some time for the dog in the morning before you leave and in the evenings and on weekends, that’s plenty of time for a dog. 

Post # 5
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1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Sounds like YOU have the time for a 2 year old. He’s not a puppy.  If your sister can come over and help out, it sounds like you guys would be fine with taking care of him. Make sure your SO truly wants the dog, though.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Tht sounds totally doable to me.  I’d just be 100% sure that your dad and sister really are up for those regular responsibilities if you think the dog will need to go out during the day, or you plan to leave him with your dad.  That said, I leave a little after 7 am and come home between 4:30-5 and my dog is fine all day.  But, your FI needs to be on board too.  Since you know the current owner could you see about having the dog come for an extended visit, kind of as a trial period to see how it would really go?  Maybe once your FI sees how the dog would really fit into your lives he’d feel better about it.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@JessicaJupiter:  Why do you think your poor kitty is going to pass away?  8 years is NOT old for a cat!

Regarding the dog, there shouldn’t be a question mark at the end of your title or apprehension from your SO because they’re a money pit the first few months!  

But like PP said, it’s normal to be gone 8 hours/day.  We are and we have a perfectly happy dog.  If it becomes a problem send him to doggy daycare!

Post # 8
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15 posts
Newbee

@JessicaJupiter: Male shih tzus are very agreeable little guys 🙂 I think you have time, especially if your dad and sister are willing to keep him company sometimes. It’s usually humans who project their own separation issues onto the dog. As long as coming and going isn’t made into a big event, the dog can be fine for many hours on his own. I would take in the dog first thing on a weekend or when you have a little time off so you can set clear boundaries for the dog regarding where he is allowed to be. I’m a big fan of Cesar Millan’s techniques. He says to enter your home first, the dog waits, then invite the dog in, so he recognizes that this is your home, and the same for rooms where the dog is allowed. You first, then invite him in. You sit on the couch, then invite him up (if he’s allowed on furniture). This way he’ll know what’s expected of him while you’re gone and he won’t have to be crated all day. Good luck! Post cute pics once you get him 🙂 

Post # 10
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1689 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My FI was apprehensive getting our first dog.  It happened so quickly!  We talked about seriously starting to look, and then the perfect situation presented itself (much like yours).  I accepted and as we drove to get the dog, he was a nervous wreck.

The two of them are currently cuddling on the couch, warming up after a walk, watching sports center, 

That dog is one of the best things to happen to us. 

That being said, if you get the dog, you need to make sure you won’t resent him for not doing his fair share for the dog.  He’s taking your time out of the equation because he’s trying to say he can’t contribute fairly in training and caring for the dog.  If you want this dog, you will have to do the majority of the work.  If that doesn’t bother you, I think you guys should go for it!

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