|Barked: Wed Mar 19, '08 8:03am PST |
|I think you would be very unwise to get a puppy. If you or your husband were home, maybe, but not when you both work. For starters, puppies physicallycan't hold their bladders very long, and need frequent potty trips. If you want a house-trained dog, you don't want to put the pup in a position where it must relieve itself in its crate while you're out. That way lies only trouble.
But if you have the support, are willing to pay for a sitter to come in several times a day, every single day that you and your husband are both working (and can find one who's reliable), then if you want the pup to bond to you, you don't want to get two pups the same age. You want one. You really, really want one. Get a second later, and not the same age.
You'd be much better off finding an adult dog who's good with, or at least not bad with, cats. (Really, it's just fine if your dog ignores your cats. ) Addy came to me just shy of a year old, house-trained, crate-trained, socialized with cats--and with no obedience training.
Does it seem strange that I'd cheer the lack of obedience training? Training is the best way to bond with your new dog! We bonded to each other very quickly; you don't need to get a puppy in order to get a close, satisfying bond with your dog. If you get a young adult, you'll escape the stresses of potty training--and especially the stresses of potty training while you're b0th working. An adult dog will adjust more easily to a new household where the owners work all day, provided that they get adequate attention and activity when you are home.
Bottom line, being home one day a week, doggy daycare once a week, and a dogwalker every day is fantastic for an adult dog, who'll think they've died and gone to doggy heaven, if you are also giving them the time they need evenings and weekends, but totally inadequate for a young puppy, who is just leaving his mom's pack for the first time, and really does need someone there a lot of the time.
Please reconsider and get an adult dog. Shelters, rescues, and responsible breeders all have adult dogs that need furever homes, and it'll be a better fit for your home and lifestyle.
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