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Getting a dog when you both work full time

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MechanicalTheatre Mon 18-Feb-13 21:28:08

Is it possible?

I am a teacher, partner also works full time, often til late in the evening but doesn't leave the house til 10 most days.

I grew up with dogs and miss having one about. I am very aware of their needs and would never want to leave a dog at home for long periods of time. I'm just thinking about what the options are - how feasible is it to get someone to come in to walk/look after the dog during the day? Would it confuse the dog to have different people coming and going?

Is there anyone who works full time but has a dog?

We don't have any children and aren't going to have any so that's not an issue.

We would definitely get a rescue and go for training. Just the thought of coming home to a happy furry face makes me feel happy! I suffer from anxiety and depression and sometimes it's so hard for me to socialise and it's a bit hard on my partner because he feels he has to stay in with me and I think he'd feel better if I had a dog to keep me company.

SomeRainbow Tue 19-Feb-13 14:34:13

Be aware that a Rescue Centre may refuse you a dog if you both work full-time. The RSPCA near us wouldn't even let us have a cat when we were in FT work which we found slightly odd given the needs of a moggy.

MagratGarlik Tue 19-Feb-13 16:57:15

I think rehoming to homes where both adults work depends very much on the individual rescue and the individual dog. Some larger rescues might have a blanket policy, but smaller ones are more likely to consider circumstances on a case-by-case basis. I think many want to see if you do work, you have considered how you will be able to take care of the dog and if you are prepared to take on an older dog (or couple of dogs who have maybe come into rescue together) who may be used to being left.

MechanicalTheatre Tue 19-Feb-13 17:47:55

Thanks for all the thoughts everyone.

worcestershire I'd be looking at getting someone to come in for two hours a day really, rather than just a short walk. The way I'm thinking about it: partner leaves at 10, someone comes at 12, leaves at 2, I come back at 4-ish. So the dog would never be alone for longer than 2 hours.

LadyT I have had a look at the cinammon trust before, had forgotten that. It's such a lovely idea! I will definitely look into that.

The other thing that I am considering is working part time and tutoring in my home to make up my wages (which would be much better for me in terms of the stress of teaching as well!)

What would really be my ideal would be my mum moving to London. I know she would love to, but my dad's having none of it. She loves dogs as well and I know she'd look after them during the day. Just a pipe dream though.

thereinmadnesslies Tue 19-Feb-13 18:02:52

Could you take the dog into school with you? several of DHs colleague bring dogs into school and they sleep in the corner of the prep room. They then walk them at lunchtime. It wouldn't work with a puppy but might work with a older, calmer dog.

MechanicalTheatre Tue 19-Feb-13 18:09:39

Wow, really therein . It would have to be something I broached after a few months I think!

"Hello, I'm Ms Mechanical and oh Jesus fluffy don't pee on the HT!"

GetOrf Tue 19-Feb-13 18:16:20

I am sorry that you have had a hard time with your depression mechanical. That is a bit heart rending reading your post about a dog comforting you when you cry. I hope you start to feel beytter soon.

I would dearlt love a dog but have thought about it so carefully and can't justify it - I am ouit the house all hours and so is dd, it really wouldn't be fair even with doggy day care.

Have a look at the oldies website - lots of pictures of elderly dogs with grey whiskers who need homing, the poor dear things.

SpicyPear Tue 19-Feb-13 18:18:25

Ooh, if you are in my bit of London I would love to dog sit a beautiful rescue hound smile

I think that set up with timings would work well for an older calmer dog. My 5ish year old rescue staffie, for example, would be fine with that as she sleeps for at least two hours mid morning and afternoon anyway!

ReluctantMother Tue 19-Feb-13 18:21:42

We both work full time and have two dogs. At one point we had three.
We leave the house at 7.20 and get home at 6pm.

ReluctantMother Tue 19-Feb-13 18:22:23

Ours are staffies too. Nice lazy dogs who are happy to sleep a lot.

Floralnomad Tue 19-Feb-13 18:24:17

I think what you're suggesting sounds fine and a rescue dog will be lucky that you've chosen him/ her . Good luck with finding a lovely companion.

MechanicalTheatre Tue 19-Feb-13 18:29:43

Aw thanks GetOrf you made me do a SOB (another one!)

Spicy I might take you up on that (lobs pointy hound at Spicy).

paddythepooch Tue 19-Feb-13 18:35:01

Hi. We use doggy day care when we need to be out all day but I do sometimes wonder as his nibs sleeps most of the day! He's a young lurcher. I am a complete wimp though and have not managed to leave him more than two hours so far. Having a dog gets you out of the house rain, wind or shine and that does your soul good. They give lovely gentle cuddles and don't judge you - what more could you ask for?

worsestershiresauce Tue 19-Feb-13 19:37:13

Mechanical - 2 hours of dog sitting every day will add up, but if you can stretch to it you'll have one happy lucky spoilt pooch smile. Good luck, I hope you find yourself a loyal friend.

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