My husband and I are thinking about getting a puppy. We are looking at bulldog breeds/mixes. I want a dog so bad I can't stand it and he is the voice of reason. I have grown up with dogs and know the responsibility. My husband is worried that we don't have enough time for a puppy and that I would spoil the dog too much. So...what are your thoughts...the puppy would be crate trained and would have to be in the cage about 6-7 hours a day while we are at work....I come home at lunch, so he would be out for an hour and get a nice walk....then out in the evenings. We have a fenced in back yard with room to play. I just want to be 110% sure that we make the best decision for us and the dog before we purchase...please give me some advice. Thanks!
Are you set on a purebred? Have you checked the local shelters? Maybe you could get an 'older' dog that wouldn't be as much work as far as training is concerned. I've always been a big fan of shelter critters because they deserve a good life, not in a cage to be euthanized because they were 'too old' for someone to adopt or not as cute as a puppy. Sometimes you can actually save on vet charges if you get a dog from the shelter because they will already have their shots and be neutered or spayed. Just a thought, hope this helps!!! Good luck in finding your new family member. Be sure to share your story with us here!!
Go ahead and get one, it's a blast. My wife had never had a dog and was dubious. It took exactly one day after bringing Buddy home from the shelter before she fell 100% hook line and sinker for him.
You might consider getting an older puppy or young dog from a shelter. Also don't get a hyperactive or super intelligent dog if you're gone all day -- actually a bulldog or bulldog mix sounds pretty good.
My dogs are crate trained, they love their crate - and don't mind staying in it for a few hours, as long as they get enough activity during the rest of the day and a chance to go to the bathroom once in a while. Go ahead, if you are sure you will have the time to take it out for a good walk everyday and play with it... your dog will love you and you'll be happy too.
Most people work and are gone 9 to 10 hours a day. They have dogs and the dogs do just fine. I think it is great that you can come home at lunch and let the dog out. I think a puppy would do well in that environment. I say go for it!
Please disregard the next paragraph if you are not planning on having kids.....
I have a 4 and 2 year old. When they were born I had 3 dogs ranging in age from 2 to 14 years. My dogs were not used to being around kids much. I have had a hard time feeling comfortable with all of them together as I couldn't handle something happening to any of them. If you plan on having children in the future please make sure you take your puppy around as many kids as possible. It will really help in the future.