Hi. I'm a big time dog lover. I've been waiting forever to adopt my very own puppy. I know they're a HUGE responsibility and I want to be sure I'm ready. I work a full-time job, 8-4:30 Monday-Friday. I feel like if I got a puppy I wouldn't have time to train him because I work full time. When will it ever be a good time to adopt a puppy? How do I know that he'll be okay home-alone for 40hrs a week! Just looking for some advise from those who've been there before. Thanks!!!!!!
Given that this dog will be your first dog (or at least the first that is entirely your responsibility), I'd suggest you consider adopting an adult dog. You can pick one who is still fairly young and has a lot of years left to live but who is past the puppy stage and has had some training.
I got McKeever when she was about a year and a half old. She was already spayed and housebroken. She had been taught to sit on cue and that she was never allowed in the front of a vehicle. And she had already outgrown all of that puppy chewing. I still needed to do some training with her, but the training wasn't nearly the work that raising a puppy is.
A young adult will have a much better devoped bladder, so your work schedule will not pose the same housebreaking issues that it would with a puppy.
I do agree that your first dog should be around 1 year. I did this and trained her myself. After 8 years I got a puppy. The puppy was actually easier to train, because my older dog showed her how to behave. I find adopting any dog would be the best when I have the most time to be around it. I would try to find a time in the year when you have almost a week off so you can bond with your new friend. If you can't do that try and get an extended lunch break to go home and visit him/her. This are only suggestion, because I know not everyone can take time off for an animal. Best of luck.
My family adopted a choc. lab puppy last year. I am a teacher so my children and I all run on school hours which required us to leave our puppy home alone during the day. We purchased a 10 x 10 kennel for our garage and that became the pups home during the day. However, we still asked grandma to come over to play with her during the day and she would alternate with our neighbors teenage son. My pup is almost a yr old now and I still feel bad about leaving her alone all day. I agree with the above suggestions to adopt an older dog that spends more time sleeping. If you live in the city, there are also options of puppy daycares. Good luck!
alot depends on the breed, and how much energy you have to put into your dog. I have sold plenty of puppies to people who work 40+ hour weeks. I do, and I have spoiled furbabies.
There are many factors to consider when getting any new pet. A shelter is wonderful way to start. An older dog is a great way to go. No puppy messes, most already housebroken, no waking up in the middle of the night to take the baby out, etc. There are plenty of young dogs just waiting to be loved, and some best dogs are rescues. I have had a couple myself.
If you are truly interested in a puppy, the best thing to consider is what exactly you want. A med-lg breed can learn to hold its bladder during a normal work day. A smaller dog on the other hand, may not fair as well. As far as training a young puppy, x-pens are wonderful, awill keep a baby safe. Food, water, potty pad, and bed can be placed with it.
The reality is, it is up to you as far as what you want to do. Puppies are like having young children, you never really get a break or sick day lol. Older dogs can be a bit more forgiving if you have a hard day, or not feeling well.
Thank you all for the advice! I really appreciate your words of wisdom!! YOu've given me a lot to think about as I've always imagined myself adopting a puppy first. Sounds like I may need to go in another direction. Makes a lot of sense. Thanks again!