I have a friend with Italian greyhounds. She calls them “the world’s laziest dog breed”…total cuddle bugs that love couch time!
Will your rescue be a puppy? If not, you will probably adopt a dog that’s already housebroken.
When I think back on when my dog was a puppy this is what I remember being darastically different from now:
Taking an extra hour to get out the door in the morning due to potty time, play time, and a morning walk
Having to fly home from work to let the puppy out of his exercise pen for potty training
Spending one evening a week in a puppy training class
Not travelling because it was too soon to leave him with a sitter (even my Dad!)
Worrying and fretting whenver his poop looked unusual
Getting less sleep due to late night potty runs
Finances – my dog has insurance (worth it!),food, toys, routine vet visits, license, apartment rent increase, and training classes cost quite a bit, too
Now, I haven’t had a baby yet, but I can definetely say that being responsible for a dog is a big commitement. If you compare my life and routine to that of my friends that don’t have any pets, you would see darastic differences. They can just pick up and go away for the weekend without a moment’s notice, where as I am hesitant to be away even for just a day trip…I seriously try to take my dog everywhere!
I also wanted to add that I think it is a good idea to get the dog a couple years before you plan to have a baby simply because it would be A LOT of adjustment to do all the puppy stuff while you are pregnant or have an infant. Women that can handle all of that are super heroes.