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need some advice on adopting a pet

Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by cford17, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. cford17

    cford17 New Member

    My boyfriend and I are looking in to adopting a puppy. With our two work schedules, the longest our dog would be home alone is 4hrs... what's the youngest we can adopt? is 4 hours ok left in a crate? I work swings 3p-11pm so I would be home in the morning with the dog, my boyfriend works 7:30am to 5:30 pm. he has weekends off, I have two days off in the middle of the week.

    any suggestions on adoption???

  2. honeybears

    honeybears New Member

    Hi there :D Our puppy experts must all be hiding. Kudos for adopting dog. I know little about crate training, please use the search function and type in crate training and you will find a wealth of information. As for holding it. The normal rule of thumb is an hour for every month they are old. So a 4 month old should be able to hold that long,
  3. Samsintentions

    Samsintentions New Member

    Hi! Congrats on wanting to adopt. I would check your local animal shelters and SPCA's for a puppy. be sure you research the breed your intrested in before diving in and adopting. you want to make sure the breed suits your lifestyle.....

    4 hours crating is fine. Just remember, with all puppies, you must start slow and gradually build up the time period in the crate.

    And adults are great to adopt too! Alot of the times, their already trained.
  4. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    Can someone please put A picture of this "Crate" that you guys talk about, where I am, we dont use crates..Would someone put a Picc in of one, to show me what they are all about..Thanks.. :D :y_the_best:
  5. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

  6. hermann muenster

    hermann muenster New Member

    Cford - glad to hear you are considering adoption rather than a puppy purchase!!

    Have you and your boyfriend considered adopting a dog, say, 1 or two years old???

    There are lots of advantages with taking in a dog. Most dogs in that age range easily adapt to their new permanant homes. Most are already and completely reliable with their potty skills!! Most are through their "destruct-o" power chewing phases and are begining to settle down. Most have had some obedience training and understand basic commands like - sit, stay, come, down, and heel. Most are already spayed or neutered. Most can handle being crated and alone for 6 hours. Most are physically in their prime and ready to give you years more of the same. And, most are very responsive to the kindness and love that they find with their new owners.

    Overall, I think for two working people, adopting a grown young dog would be an easier transition for everyone. Puppies really need a lot of time, attention and training before you get to the "young grown dog" stage!

    Be prepared though, any dog that you adopt will need time to get adjusted to their new home. Consider taking a week vacation to get your new family member settled in.
  7. hermann muenster

    hermann muenster New Member

    chezza -- what are crates called in Australia??
  8. Sara

    Sara New Member

    I agree that an adult dog is a good choice... Even I'd rather have adults in most cases than deal with the puppy issues...although...sometimes one from puppyhood is best...BUT not for any reason other than the cute factor. Any rescue dog bonds so if you're worried about bonding with an older dog, there's no worry because those older dogs bond with their people as readily, if not more-so than puppies. Monty is our pit that we found...or he found us and he's bonded strongly to us even from the beginning...that dog would no doubt die for us, to save us or to be with us.

    Rescued dogs are definately a plus that way, they KNOW you saved them...it's a strange thing.

    Good luck and we all expect pictures when you pick your new pet out and bring him/her home. Crating is fine for 4 hours while you are away BTW, depending on the breed, some need to run all day it seems so make sure to research the breed if you go for a purebred rescue.

    Good luck and keep us updated.


    Around here I like crates for most pet owners...especially for puppies. Crates often save lives for dogs either when they're given up and in need of a home or when they are puppies and may otherwise eat the house jeopardizing their life in the process (in more ways than one). My female pit would have been a horrid wreck of a dog with severe separation anxiety had she not been crate trained...even in the car the dog would throw a hellacious fit unless safely crated. In her crate she would calmly wait for us to return or nap...she loved her crate it was her safety.

    This was our travel crate:

  9. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    We just call them pet carriers :D

    Thanks guys, that great information, we dont use crates here, if we need to transport our cats we do use a cat carrier, simliar to that one sara but a little smaller..When we had dogs they loved just getting in the back of my big wagon, i taught them to ride in the car for down the beaches or parks at a very young age, they loved it, they would sit and wait till I opened the hatch then jump in...
    Thanks again guys for the info..Appriciate it.. :y_the_best:
  10. cford17

    cford17 New Member

    so update we want to adopt a dog 6months-1yr old still checking out local shelters and pounds. Thank you all for the awesome advice. I'll keep you posted
  11. hermann muenster

    hermann muenster New Member

    best wishes in your endevour to find a new family member!!

    bookmark this site!!! Many, many knowledgable doggy folks around here who are very happy to share many years of experience.

    keep us updated!!!

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