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Old 09-25-2006, 08:05 AM   #1
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Hello everyone i'm new here...

I desperatley want a dog but I know that I couldn't possibly leave it all day by itself...I was just wondering how people manage to have a puppy/dog and fit in a job!

We live in a flat but do have a small garden area, is it cruel to have a dog in a flat?

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Old 09-25-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the formum from me and my Gang

It is possible to have a dog even in a flat but before posting a reply I should like to know what hours you work .
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Well i work from 8 - 5 but my partner gets home early afternoon around 2 - 3pm

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oh i dont know if it would make any difference but we have cats - so dog wouldnt actually be by itself...

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Hi Emma85,
Yes, I agree it's possible if your not gone all day....maybe think about an older shelter dog. Adult dog require far less supervision and less constant care, which can make them ideal companions for people with already busy lives. They may already be housetrained, and already have some obedience training.
Physical demands are low. Senior animals are not as demanding as younger animals. Give them quality time time in the form of attention and walks and they maybe content on curling up or sleepng on your feet the rest of the day. The other nice thing about an older animal is they usually wont pull you on a walk...lol
An adult dogs calm demeanor and less intense exercise needs make them the perfect match for someone who has a busy life style makes it a perfect companion for the working household.
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So do u think an older dog would cope with being left alone (well apart from the cats!) for maybe 6 - 7 hours a day?

I would have no objections to taking a rescue dog - i would have plenty of time for walks in the afternoons/evening - just means i will have to be up extra early for a quick walk in the morning!

I do value your opinions as ive never had a dog before but always wanted to have one...

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Yes...but make sure you get one that is tested being around cats and has no problems or agression with cats....If possible take your cat in a crate with you to the shelter to introduce cat/dog....and yes, there are dogs that like cats or just ignore them....lol
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May I suggest a retired racing greyhound? They come to you as young adults, quiet, sedate, crate-trained, and capable of being alone for 4-8 hours without difficulty. Many Greyhounds live quite well in apartments and condos. Although they are large dogs, they don't take up much space. They don't need much exercise, and they sleep or rest for 16-18 hours a day, or more.
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Scruff is a rescue dog and we had our doubts about getting a dog because we work during the day.

I looked on the internet and at the end of the day so many people do it.
Besides Scruff was in a tiny kennel for a month and was roaming the streets before that for god knows how long so he was kind of used to his own company. Besides we knew that we would be giving him a better life.

We were lucky, he is house trained. of course we had to change our routine slightly. I'm up at 6 to take him for a good stroll first thing and I aim to tire him out down the park.

We also have a neighbour who works shifts and has a back door key to let him out during the day. Sometimes they like to take him for a stroll too. As we both work flexi time we both try and finish early once a week on seperate days to get home to him.

We leave the radio on for him so he feels there's company. He likes rock music and classical. Not much of an R&B fan.

I would definately recommend an adult rescue dog but be mindful that you don't know the dogs history, his temperament or how he will be.
When we frst got him, we took a week off work and left him for an hour, then two and so on and built it up so it wasn't such a shock to him.

We were lucky.

I hope you find yourself a great companion and wish you luck.
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Thank you all for your help - I hadnt considered a greyhound just assumed it would be too big for our flat! I would definetly look further into that.

Would anyone else suggested any other breeds that would be suitable?

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