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Dogs - February 28th 2017, 09:43 PM

Thinking about getting a dog? Make sure you know what the responsibilities are
   
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Re: Dogs - March 1st 2017, 01:27 AM

Can you maybe talk a little more about what those responsibilities are for someone who may not know? You're definitely right though!


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Re: Dogs - March 1st 2017, 04:32 AM

I think this was a great thread to have started. However, I agree with Dez, if you elaborated you might be able to reach a bigger audience.

Something I'll share about dog responsibility that has turned me off of getting one at this point is Potty training and training them to be 'obedient'. It takes a lot of work to potty train a dog and if you don't do it right they end up going all over the house. The potty training alone is enough to keep me off of getting a dog at this point in time. Also, teaching them simple commands and how to walk with a leash can be difficult.

I think dogs are amazing but I know myself well enough to know that I am not ready to commit to potty training or 'obedience' training. So, I am abstaining from getting a dog at this point in time and will reassess at a later date.

There is a lot more responsibility attached to dog ownership. I just outlined the two things that have put me off.


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Re: Dogs - March 2nd 2017, 10:41 PM

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Something I'll share about dog responsibility that has turned me off of getting one at this point is Potty training and training them to be 'obedient'. It takes a lot of work to potty train a dog and if you don't do it right they end up going all over the house. The potty training alone is enough to keep me off of getting a dog at this point in time. Also, teaching them simple commands and how to walk with a leash can be difficult.
Training a dog doesn't actually have to be that difficult, and in most cases is easier than people might think at first. In fact keeping training sessions short (only a couple of minutes at a time) is the best way to get results, so it's not necessarily time consuming. As for housetraining, if you adopt an adult dog or an older puppy from a shelter you can sometimes bypass that altogether; for example I got my dog when she was about four months old, and she was almost fully housebroken by then. There are numerous other benefits to getting an older dog as opposed to a young puppy, but that's another story for another thread. That said I applaud how responsible you're being by recognising that you're not in a position to care for a dog at this time; many people get so excited by the prospect of having a pet that they don't give full consideration to the reality and practicality of it.

As for the original point made by the OP, I definitely agree - having a dog can be a lot of fun and incredibly rewarding, but it's not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Dogs need attention, training, socialising, mental stimulation, vet care, food and water, and about a hundred other things besides. If you're not prepared to care for a dog for its entire lifetime, then you really shouldn't be getting one. Do you have any particular responsibilities in mind, perhaps some that people may tend to overlook or not take as seriously as they should?




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