- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
It also depends on the type of dog (I know, so many variables here!) But if you have a big dog or one that needs a lot of exercise, you can’t keep it at home for so long with no exercise. There are dogs who need less (never none, but seriously less) exercise than others.
ALSO (I knowwww) there are many breeds which need their family, they get very, very attached to you and some dogs can feel as abandoned as children! Others are less sensitive but this all needs to be thought of if you’re considering getting one 🙂
@QueenOfSerendip: I don’t know… I’m against crating and stuff, but that’s because I’ve never done it with any dogs I’ve had. I guess I could see why people would do it. We let our dog roam free in our apartment when we’re gone, but because I’m still a student, I’m not gone for hours at a time. Well, I am now, but after this semester I won’t be.
I really think you should consider crate training your dog, and abandon the idea of leaving it in the unfinished basement totally. That is just cruel, IMO.
With crate training, your house doesn’t get destroyed and your dog has a safe, happy place where he feels secure and protected.
A young dog cannot be alone for 11 hours straight. An adult dog shouldn’t. Can you get a dog walker in? A crate is the way to go but I wouldn’t leave my dogs in a crate for 11 hours.
I did not stop crating my dog until she was almost 3 years old. Even now that she is 7, I still do not leave her for more than 8 hours a day. I sort of think your post minimizes the huge commitment a dog is. Owners can be just as irresponsible as a shelter. Besides just training the dog – there is the commitment to provide him or her with water, food (a puppy will need to eat more than once a day) and medical care which can be expensive.
Luckily my girl is a mutt, she doesn’t have many problems if ever. But I do have an incontinent, very expensive Pug because of his breed. So I would also recommend an older, non-breed specific (or rather one that is not known for being high maintenance) dog if at all possible.
Crate + dog walker, although dog walkers in my area are like $20 a walk
I love you, but this isn’t worth arguing about. I know what kind of person I am, how I treat my furbaby, and what I believe. I don’t need to justify it.
Since you plan on getting an older dog, I think I would still crate train it. We crate trained my 10 year old rescue dog, so it is definitely doable. I felt comfortable leaving him uncrated, BUT if he got a nasty bout of anxiety, he would poop despire being out to go bathroom just a half an hour before. He would also make a mess of things when he never used to before.
A basement is fine for a dog. It is nice and cool down there, dark means they will sleep most of the day. As long as you have a bone and a toy in there with a little bit of water it will be just fine. I would suggest playing a radio during the day 🙂
@QueenOfSerendip: Crate training is much better because the puppy will learn to hold their bladder and bowels while in the crate. If you put them in the basement, they will have sufficient space to pee and poo everywhere. My dogs have always loved their crate and use it as a safe sleeping area even after I stopped locking the door on it.
At any rate, to answer the original question – I do not think the basement is a great option. I know a lot of people think crating is cruel, but it isn’t at all. My dogs grew to love their crates. My pug still sits in his because he feels it is a protective environment. My girl is just too big now, and very well house trained! I gave her crate to someone with a puppy!
If you can afford to hire someone to come over a couple times a day to walk, feed and play with the dog, then I guess go for it, but it doesn’t seem like you two have the time for a dog right now.
edit: if you are getting an older dog that knows how to hold its business for a while, then the basement should be fine. Definitely crate train it either way though, and make sure the crate is a safe spot. If you get a puppy, leave it in the crate after establishing that the crate is a good, happy place to be.
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