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Rescue puppy - what do we need to sort?

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shushpenfold Thu 05-Oct-17 13:10:21

Dear all - we've finally made the decision to get a family dog and would ideally like to adopt next July, so that we have lots of time with the pup with the kids too (big teens) I work 3 days a week (8 til 4.15ish) but would sort a walk in the middle of the day on the work days. We have 2 cats so would def need a puppy to help the cats adjust...they're scaredy cats but came from a house with dogs originally, so I'm hopeful.
We have a big garden which needs a bit of new fencing along one side (neighbour not great with replacing....suspect that will be an 'us' job)
What do I need to think about in addition to this? We'd like a big dog if possible so suspect we're on for a long plus shorter walk daily. We'd have to sort kennels for holidays I think, although parents may be able to take (if I can persuade my dm!)

shushpenfold Thu 05-Oct-17 13:10:52

Oh and which rescue group...does it matter or do we register with all?

YetAnotherSpartacus Thu 05-Oct-17 13:16:39

You might be in the wrong place. This is the cat forum... smile I think there is another one for infidels dog people smile

CMOTDibbler Thu 05-Oct-17 13:27:56

If you want a big dog, most rescues will ask for 6 ft fencing - it doesn't need to be solid - we have bamboo screening attached to our fence to bring it up to the height.

You'll need to sort out what will happen if you need a long day out - even a day shopping is an issue

If you are thinking of a small puppy, those hours will be too long to leave one. The rescue I foster with has a rule of thumb of no more than 5 hours a day (in total) on their own till they are 1 - remember they need a lot of time putting into house training, obedience etc.

OTOH, a dog over 1, who has already learnt house training, who is known to be cat safe, and isn't a bonkers puppy (and all puppies are bonkers) could fit right into your life

shushpenfold Thu 05-Oct-17 14:23:01

lol Spartacus! Apologies to all 'cat only' lovers.....though it was for anything furry, although thinking about a litter tray, my thinking may have been slightly off!

shushpenfold Thu 05-Oct-17 14:24:13

Thanks Dibbler. I think the family are pretty set on a puppy so I think I'll have to do some parental persuading. 6 ft fence should be fine....neighbour will be delighted.

YetAnotherSpartacus Thu 05-Oct-17 14:29:59

Oh I see! Your primary interest was a dog what was cat safe smile. That's all right then! smile

shushpenfold Thu 05-Oct-17 17:27:37

😁 Not sure that I could guarantee cat safe but it's a big issue with rather whussy pussies!

Weedsnseeds1 Thu 05-Oct-17 19:49:54

There's a doghouse section on here as well as the litter tray, although there are plenty of dual species owners I think, so you should get get some advice.
I haven't owned dogs,so can't help, but good luck with your pup smile

shushpenfold Fri 06-Oct-17 10:50:40

Many thanks, will post there. Xx

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