Hi! I need your help or suggestions. I've had several dogs since childhood and always took care of them together with my parents and siblings. I moved out of the house three years ago and rented a place near my work. Now, I believe I'm ready to get a puppy and take care of her at my place. I'm thinking of getting either a shih tzu or a miniature poodle that can stay with me in my room. But I'm a bit concerned about leaving the puppy alone when I go to work.
Here is my situation: - I work at night. I have to leave the house at around 8:00PM and will be back at around 7:00AM. - I have two other housemates -- (housemate #1) has the same schedule as mine, the other one (housemate #2) working in the morning and is not very happy of looking after the dog at night - I'm worried about the possibility of the puppy being lonely at night and crying or barking. That will really be troublesome for (housemate #2)
Housemate #1 is willing to help me take care of the puppy but since we have the same schedule she can't possibly take care of the dog at night. Housemate #2 is okay of me getting my pet as long as I don't bother her too much with the puppy.
When I get my new bestfriend, I will be filing for a one week vacation leave to help the pup adjust and be more comfortable at home. Is there anything I can do at this time, like some sort of training I can give the pup, so that she doesn't cry or bark at night? Anything to keep her behave throughout the night will be helpful -- behave but not feeling sad or scared when I leave the house. I've been going through a lot of research and found some good suggestions like giving him a snugglepuppy, playing soothing music or leaving him with a radio, or tiring him before I leave so he sleeps off the night but I'm not sure if these are effective or if these are good ideas and will not affect the puppy in a negative way. Please tell me if you have better and proven effective methods/ideas.
I really, really, really want to get a dog but I don't want to get it if it will only be miserable afterwards. I hope you someone can help me. Thank you in advance!
Hmmm, yeah, I think I've read about that too. Will they do better when left alone at home? No crying or barking excessively? At around what age or months is the ideal? Aren't adult dogs more difficult to train or get friendly with the new owner? One of the things that I really look forward to in getting a puppy is name him/her. Is it possible for an adult dog to learn his new name if his previous owner gave him a name before...
Sorry if I'm asking a lot of questions, I just really want to know what options I have. I'm not really that fond of getting an old dog -- more on I'm scared of them and not really knowing if they'll accept me or not... But this is something I'm willing to consider instead of ending up with an unhappy puppy.
my thoughts about this situation are not about puppy or adult, but housemate #2 who is not as interested in having the dog. Dog of any age will bark, whine, etc. How much they disturb someone is up to that person. Granted puppies can be a bit more vocal as they learn what is expected and what isn't. Adult dogs can be wonderful, and joy since you don't have to go through all the puppy stuff. Old dogs can learn new tricks, it can just may take a bit longer. I can tell you, my poodle is smart as a whip, I rescued her. I love her to death, but out of a house of 5 dogs. she is the first to bark at the slightest sound.
Getting a puppy or dog is a big commitment for the entire house. If the dog has an accident or gets sick, is your housemate just going to leave it? I believe everyone in a home needs to accept the responsiblity of the pet, or it isn't worth getting, and can cause more problems then anything else.
"I believe everyone in a home needs to accept the responsiblity of the pet, or it isn't worth getting, and can cause more problems then anything else."
DITTO. Everyone has to be on board or it will ruin your relationships with your housemates and you will wind up hating/resenting and eventually rehoming the dog.
I have had many adult rescues and they will learn a new name and will bond with you just as well as a puppy. Any dog, no matter if it is an adult or puppy, will go through an adjustment period. Personally I think an adult dog of a low-moderate activity level will be your best bet.
Okay, just want to give everyone an update. We three housemates talked again and now housemate #2 had a changed of heart. She's even excited to get the puppy and volunteered to go with us to get the puppy.
She agreed to look after the puppy at night and keep her/him in her room as long as I'll take care of the pup in the morning and let her work at peace.
I'm so happy and excited! Hugs to everyone and happy holidays!