Talk us off the ledge!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

@LoveMikey:  I love puppies. But I wouldn’t do it just yet.  There is too much going on in your lives right now (and in the near future) that I can’t see it being an easy thing to take on.  Especially if the doggy won’t get much attention. 🙁

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@LoveMikey:  No way.  But I would never adopt a puppy in general.

Plus… is this a backyard breeder?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Puppies are a TON of work..I can’t imagine raising one with a baby on the way! Plus, do you and your husband both work? When FI and I got our puppy, he was taking grad classes at night, so one of us was ALWAYS home with her..which is a necessity when they’re really young. I would wait until you get used to your new home, baby and everything else in your life. I feel like taking on a puppy right now might stress you out even more than I’m sure you already are.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@LoveMikey:  I’d get the puppy. Like you said, there will never be a perfect time and the puppies need loving forever homes. You can provide that. After you have a baby, you will be even busier. However, if you get the puppy now he will have a good head start on his training and you will be home with him on your mat leave. We are planning to get a second older dog soon and a puppy when I’m on my year mat leave so I can be home to “raise” him.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Puppies are adorable, but SO much work. It’s really like having a baby for the first 2 months or so. 

Beagles have a reputation for being hard to train, too. I’ve never tried to train a beagle but I’ve known multiple loud, badly-behaved beagles that were all prone to running away. I think it’s a breed that is meant to work (hunting) so if they don’t have a “job” as a way of expending energy and diverting attention, they can be troublemakers.  

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@LoveMikey:  This has been argued to death around here lately, but I have to urge you to PLEASE consider adopting from a shelter first. It’s not just mutts and old dogs there (although they desperately need homes, so I’d ask you to consider them too) but at our local shelter there are often puppies and purebred dogs as well. 

If you did go with an older dog instead of a puppy (and let’s face it, all puppies become dogs eventually anyway) it wouldn’t need quite as much of your attention, if you’re worried about being busy. But with the information you’ve given here, my personal opinion is that it’s probably not the right time to bring home a dog. Only you can make that decision for yourself though. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have 2 beagles.  They are the most adorable, loving dogs in the world.

And they are terrible, naughty, pains-in-the-ass.  They will lie, beg, cheat, and do whatever they can to get food.  They try to escape out of the back fence all the time (and when they see me chase them, they get excited and run even more because they think it’s a game, all while I’m praying they don’t get hit by cars).  They love to chew on stuff.  They get into the bathroom trash and kitchen trash constantly.  I cannot turn my back for ONE second or else I’ll hear something crash and find them getting into something.

It’s not that I’m a bad dog-owner or that they aren’t trained.  They’ve had personal, one-on-one training, we use treats to reward them CONSTANTLY, they get plenty of attention and exercise.  Beagles are just naughty little rascals of dogs.

I would SERIOUSLY caution someone against adopting a beagle puppy if you’ve never owned a dog before and if you’ve just moved into a new home and have a lot going on.  They can be very difficult to house-break and they are just a total handful.  Wait until you have your life more settled.

ETA:  I adopted both of my dogs, one from a shelter and the other from a beagle rescue.  If you really want a beagle, please consider a rescue – there are sooo many beagles out there who have been abandoned and need good homes, and an adult dog will be much easier to deal with than a puppy.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t get a puppy with a baby on the way. They’re enough trouble on their own.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LoveMikey:  I wouldn’t do it right now since you’re expecting. Puppies are A LOT of work.  Potty training is like having a newborn – my husband slept on the couch for a few weeks straight, waking up every few hours to let her out (she’s super well trained right now but it wasn’t easy!)  I can’t imagine wanting to do that rightn ow with being pregnant.  They chew things, have accidents, you have to puppy proof.  They need lots of attention.  

You’ll also have to train the puppy in a few months to get used to bringing baby home.  It’s easier to bring a dog into a home when baby is already there then to bring a new baby into the home.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Doggies take a lot of work. Not just when they’re puppies. They need walking and attention and care their whole lives. Unless you’re completely prepared to do that for the next 14 years or so, do not take one home. That being said, they are so, so worth the effort. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Doesn’t sound like it’s the best time for you guys.  There will always be more puppies, getting a dog shouldn’t be an impulse decision.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I’m not going to argue the shelter v. responsible breeder route. I have one dog from a rescue and one from a reputable breeder. I’ve trained both of them from puppy-hood to reach AKC tities.

I know they’re cute, and adorable, and I was so crappy at resisting puppy face/breath/squeaks. Beagles are horrible first time dog owner dogs. They’re escape artists, they make a ton of noise, they need a job and loads of exercise. They need training beyond puppy class such as Nosework classes, and lots of consistency and discipline to be a member of the family.

Congratulations on your baby! That being said, I can’t imagine raising a puppy and a baby at the same time. Puppies go through a horrible, horrible adolescent phase from 6 months – 2 years and your perfect, happy go lucky puppy would be hitting that phase around the time you have your baby. They forget training, they regress in mouthy/potty/behavioral areas, their hormones start ramping up — as does the need for time, attention and exercise.

Enjoy your vacation! Enjoy the puppy breath, and free puppy snuggles. Wait on the puppy for now.

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