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Would we be a suitable home for a dog?

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ToTheGups Wed 12-Aug-15 10:43:04

I am considering getting a pet dog to join our family but I'm not sure what breed would be suitable, if any.

I am a single mum of three children aged ten, eight and three.
We are out of the house from 8am - 3.30pm Monday - Friday
We have a cat who is mostly an outdoor cat but does sleep at home a couple of times a week and comes in most days for food.
We would walk the dog daily but would prefer a breed that has light exercise requirements.
We have an enclosed back garden.

So with all the above considered, would we be able to provide a dog with a suitable home and if yes, which breeds would you suggest.

I am researching this but would like to hear from people who have experience.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 12-Aug-15 10:46:06

I'm sorry but 7 and a half hours by itself every day of the week - minimum, more if you get held up - is way, way too long. Dogs need company.

CMOTDibbler Wed 12-Aug-15 10:47:07

I don't think a dog would be suitable for you - you are out of the house a long time everyday, you wouldn't be able to walk the dog properly before you went out even if you got a dog walker to come at lunchtime, and your youngest is little enough that you'll struggle to get out in the evening for a walk, especially in the winter.

DrElizabethPlimpton Wed 12-Aug-15 10:48:45

I'm sorry but you are out for too long each day.

I have a dog but I am at home all day. When I do go out it is for an hour or so, the maximum stretch I would leave her is 4 hours occasionally. Dogs are very social animals and it would be cruel to leave them for 7.5 hours + a day.


ToTheGups Wed 12-Aug-15 10:52:38

Thanks for your advice. I did suspect that it wouldn't be a viable idea. Maybe another cat instead.

Supervet Wed 12-Aug-15 11:03:52

Would you consider or could you afford dog day care. We only use it occassionally as I work from home but our local one is fantastic and charges £7.50 a day for six hours

ToTheGups Wed 12-Aug-15 11:11:45

I would have a look into it but I don't drive and have to get the kids to school in the mornings. I would have to be able to walk there within 30 mins.

My friend walks her mums dogs every day and would be happy to walk mine too I assume but I wouldn't want to rely on that in case her circumstances changed.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 12-Aug-15 11:20:58

Also, OP, it's not just the walking it is the constantt, unrelenting being on its own the majority of the day. There may be a dog or two that don't mind, but they are very few and far between. Maybe an elderly dog used to being on its own, but a puppy or young dog, no way. Maybe there will be a change in your circumstances in a few years which may make it easier to have a dog.

Supervet Wed 12-Aug-15 11:33:10

Ours has a dog taxi so can collect within so many miles.

It's not for everyone and I only use ours once or twice a month but lots do full time at ours and they do training/scent work and all kinds!

ToTheGups Wed 12-Aug-15 11:33:21

I think you are right. I wasn't sure if there were some breeds that don't mind, hence asking but I am happy to accept the consensus that it is not for us right now.

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