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26/01/2013 at 15:04
We have contemplated getting a dog a few times now but for one reason or another have put it off. Now we are considering getting one again. I think it would be lovely for us as a family and know the kids would love one.
I havent a clue where to start. We would like a medium size dog that is obviously good around kids.
Where do we go to get a dog?
What happens on the days me and H both at work all day?
What happens when you go on holiday?
I have loads more questions.
26/01/2013 at 15:31
I dont have a dog personally , but some family do. They either take there dog to the inlaws, or it goes in kennells when they go on holiday. Do you want a pup, or a grown up dog?
26/01/2013 at 17:20
Ok. When you say a medium size dog what size are you thinking? Do you have a breed in mind?
I would suggest a puppy personally from a registered breeder esp as it will be around children. The children can join in with training etc and you know there are no previous issues with behaviour.
If you go for a rescue dog they'll match a dog to your house and family and find a good match for the children but I always think I'd feel safer with one I've been involved with since it was born.
If buying from a breeder, make sure you meet both the mum and dad dogs if possible.
We have 2 pure breed Shih Tzus which we keep in short coat, they don't moult (malt? sp?) and aren't in need of hours of running around on long walks every day so good for the days we just can't walk them. Something slightly larger which we've always wanted is a cocker spaniel but they do need a lot more exercise from my understanding.
Vaccines will cost about £50-60 a year, plus the initial main vaccines and getting them chipped.
When we go away they go to kennels, I prefer this as know they have insurance, and are qualified to look after them very well. On the subject of insurance we pay direct line about £45 a month total for the two dogs who are 7 and 8 years old.
On the occasions where we will be out all day we walk them in the morning and again when we get back or let them have a long run outside when we get home. We don't crate them when we are out, they have the run of the kitchen, but crate training does have benefits if you have bigger or destructive dogs. Ours don't chew etc.
What else can I tell you??
26/01/2013 at 17:23
Oh and we have to worm them quarterly and flea treatment monthly which is another expense
26/01/2013 at 17:28
I've replied on bt- pretty much what Hepburn said, mine are two cocker spaniels who have been fab with Ben so far
26/01/2013 at 18:08
Dogs smell. Dogs shouldn't be left alone. Major issues to think about before getting one.
26/01/2013 at 18:16
I don't think a rescue centre will give you one if you're going to be leaving it at home when you're out at work all day. This is the main reason that prevents us getting a dog, I don't think it's fair if you know you will be leaving them alone all day regularly.
26/01/2013 at 18:18
P.s. just remembered that my colleague has a dog 'sitter' who comes to walk them when she's at work so that could be an option
26/01/2013 at 18:28
Where do we go to get a dog? We got first one from pet shop and second one from Dogs Trust
What happens on the days me and H both at work all day? Both dogs have been ok for the day when we have both been at work. We only now have the older dogs and he is left for one day a week for the full day. (he is old now- maybe not advisable for a puppy).
What happens when you go on holiday? They have usually gone to MIL but this year he went into kennel for the first time.
26/01/2013 at 18:39
Thanks for all the info ladies. I'll reply properly tomorrow when I'm on the laptop. It's only one day in 7 weeks that me and h both work the same days so it wouldn't be often at all that no one would be in with it.
26/01/2013 at 18:44
Dogs are ok to be left alone as long as they have access to water etc, its not ideal and if its 5 days a week I'd say don't get one but for the odd day or even once a week I think it's fine.
My best friend is a vet, she has two of her own dogs and they often get left for the day due to work etc. if its going to be an exceptionally long day just get someone to go in and feed them / let them out etc.
And yes dogs can smell but keep them clean, keep the house clean and choose dogs that aren't massive slobbery beasts and its not an issue. My dogs only really smell when wet from the rain. We then wash and dry them, confine them to one room and deodorise the house. If you're a dog person this isn't an issue.
26/01/2013 at 18:57
Ours are left a few hours in the morning normally and again in the afternoon and they are fine, (ive set the video camera for the day before to make sure they dont bark etc) they are used to this from puppies and they sleep during this time and play as soon as we are home, we always leave then with chews an interactive toys and have the in of the downstairs in the house. We get them bathed and groomed every 6 weeks and they never smell, if they have been out getting mucky, we just give then a quick wash over.
I wouldn't be without them, they are so happy and loving
26/01/2013 at 19:03
You can get a dog from eitherca breeder or rescue centre thats used to children.
The reason we dont have one is because it would be on its own all day 3 days a week. Personally i think its really unfair to leave a dog on its own all day. They will often bark if lonely which then causes stress to the dog and your neighbours (i speak after 8 years of hell from the dogs next door at our old house). There are companies out there who would walk them on the days you are out. If this isnt an option i would think twice....
26/01/2013 at 21:46
I have two Pomeranians, I will not be having another dog or animal that lives in the house when they are gone!
If your house proud then take in to consideration you will be hoovering twice a day, wiping muddy feet when they have been in the garden/ out for a walk etc
I love my two to bits but never again!! They are harder than E!
27/01/2013 at 11:41
Thanks for all the information ladies.
Hepburn I don't really know what kind of dog we want. A medium sized one, one that doesn't slobber, one that hasn't got loads of hair that will get all over and one that would be good with the kids. I like Spaniels but think they might be a bit too hairy?
27/01/2013 at 19:50
Spaniels are high maintenance and need lots of walking. They have loads of energy....
27/01/2013 at 20:00
I have eben pondering this and as you haven't had dogs before why not start with a smaller pet and 'work' your way up to a dog? soemthign lower maintenance to ebgin with?
27/01/2013 at 20:10
QI I had a dog when I lived with my parents. I don't like other animals.
27/01/2013 at 20:19
Just a note about spaniels, they do have lots of energy, but they adapt to your lifestyle, Ours are quite calm in the house, and love running when outside, When the weather is really rubbish, Our 2 dont like to go out in it, and would rather lay around with a chew
27/01/2013 at 20:30
QI I had a dog when I lived with my parents. I don't like other animals.
I didn't see that bit. No other animals at all?
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