I work 13 hours for 3 days only Saturday , Sunday and Monday from 7 Am - 8 PM I am free other days . I could spend time with Dog I own a one bed room apartment. I decided to have a dog I am concerned about what kind of dog is good for me since I live in a apartment Is it a good idea to get a small dog? what breed is good?
concerned about the peepoo also. also concerned the days I work how I could keep it at my aparment?
One Lady suggested I should get a kitten ( cat) so it will give the dog company
since you would be away for 3 days a week for 13 hours i'd say do not get a puppy, instead adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue that has already been crate trained and paper trained so you can keep it loose in the apartment while you are gone and not have to worry about the pee and poop, also if you have one room that the dog can stay in that would be good too because a dog cant stay in a crate for 13 hours, i think a small dog would be great for you and i dont see a need to get a kitten
I'm sorry to say that I agree with mafia princess. Thirteen hours a day is a long time to leave a dog alone. You should check your lease as well to see if the a pet is allowed. I think a cat would be a better choice.
***Edited By: harlee29 on 7/5/2005 10:23:45 PM*** Reason: *
that is true it is a long time a cat probably is a better choice but i was saying theres no need to have a cat and a dog together just to keep it company either way its 13 hours and if no one can check on the dog or feed it your probably better off with a cat which is more independent
I'm with mafiaprincess and harlee29, thirteen hours alone would be torture for the dog, if you really want a pet, a cat would be a better choice and I also don't think a shelter or rescue would let you adopt a dog if you are honest and say that you will be away for long amounts of time.
Those will hopefully be hours i'll work so it better work out! Look into hiring someone to come take the dog out in the middle of your shift. finding an older housetrained dog is a great idea. Check out some rescues.
Thank you very much for your advice , I trully appreciate it I decided to have a cat
I love dogs since it provides unconditional love to the humans
I will not be able to shorten my hours from work . I work in the computer field which require me to work 13 hours for 3 days only
I went to Petfinder.com web site and saw a lots of dogs ( shelters) I had several calls from the people whom I left voicemail to call me on this
I was honest to them . They adviced me to get a senior Dog If I really want a dog which does not require high energy You folks are right They did not want me to have puppies of any breed due to my work hours
One lady suggested me to get a senior dog and a kitten
I am not sure what to do?
I decided to get a cat . I am debating whether even to get a senior dog
I would go for the felines, and get 2 kittens to keep eachother occupied while you are gone. 2 are also a lot of fun to watch run around and play. The only other way to have a dog is to board it while you are working, but thats kind of dumb. Who says you can't teach a kitten to walk on a leash....
I have owned my dog for 7 years now and ever since she was a puppy she's pretty much been an inside dog (except for that one year when I was at college and she was at my dad's, but that's a different story). Anyway, she has never done anything in the house, whether it was pee or poo when I was away, and sometimes my boyfriend and I are gone for 12hours, I know, some of you may be saying "Oh my God, these people don't deserve a dog", well if that's what you're thinking then shame on you. Then only time my dog did anything in my house was when she somehow got a lamb bone (who knows how, maybe she snuck it from our plate when we weren't watching), and she got sick because she can't digest lamb. That was once and it wasn't our or her fault. The only time we'll have her dog-sat is if we know we won't be home until very much later, than we will bring her to my father-in-laws out in the country and she can run around with other dogs in the fenced yard and have tons of fun. Otherwise, we drop her off at our friends house overnight.
Also, the cat idea is a good one. If you get your cat young enough, you can get him/her used to your dog very well and they will be the best of friends. I know our dog was lonely when we first moved out from my old roommates house because she had another dog and a cat to spend time with, so we got a kitten and they were always together, whenever we saw them they were sleeping on the bed together.
A puppy might not be the way to go, unless you are willing to work restless hours with it and potty train it and maybe you don't need a crate, you can use an X-pen for him/her, it's roomier yet still safe and secure, and you can have a crate in there for it so it can have a safer and quieter place to sleep. Good luck and I hope you are able to make the right decision for yourself, not for others.