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    Yep, we do the morning walks as well. And the evening walks - first thing when we get home. Every day twice. No fail If it's too hot to walk at night (like this week) we take them to a nearby dam for a play in the water - which they prefer over walking anyway. When we leave in the morning they always get something yummy. E.g. a pig ear or a bone or a stuffed kong. They know the routine and that way they are actually looking forward to us getting out of that door. And they obviously have each other for company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I know a rescue org down here that will only adopt dogs out to people who are home ALL day! They are all little dogs and I think they just are a tiny bit too precious about them. I don't think getting a pup is a big issue when you work. Especially as there is two of you. I toilet trained both my dog (rescued dog, got her at 8 mo) and recently our 2 foster pups while I went to work and it's not nearly as bad as having a baby and going to work, I can tell you! If you do it well, you'll only be getting up regularly during the night for a couple of weeks.

    Greyhounds don't need much space at all, as long as they get a regular walks, I've been told. You'd need a big dog door though!

    If you are not that fussed on breed or appearance, I would just start looking on pet rescue and find a dog that sounds like they would fit your lifestyle. That's basically what I did and it worked out quite well. I wanted a dog that was unlikely to bark much, fairly easy to train, good with other dogs and adaptable. So I'd come up with a list of things that you find important, in order of priority and then if you find a dog that seems to fit that profile, contact the rescue and ask specific questions. Lots of rescue organisations will organise transport too, so you don't have to limit yourself to ones near you, though of course you do want to meet the dog.

    One advice I do have for having a dog when you work 5 days is trying to fit a good walk in before you leave in the morning. I can assure you that apart from benefiting the dog as they will rest more after that, it greatly reduces the guilt you get from those "don't leave me alone!" looks when you walk out the door. I've always done the morning walk and it has just become a habit like having a shower or making my daughter's lunch.
    i like the idea of walking the dog in the morning, but truth be told, he cant wait to get out of his crate and go and dig up old bones...... every morning im like one of those srying mums at their kids first day at school...... he cant wait to see the back of me and all i want is for him to jump up on me with a wagging tail haha..... its a differnt story when i come home from work though,...... then its "promise youll never leave" look, with him skidding on the timber floors
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    Hi RileyJ,

    We are renting at the moment & yes we have permission from the landlord for a small dog (due to small yard). We also have an older ferret & 2 budgies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emash8785 View Post
    Hi RileyJ,

    We are renting at the moment & yes we have permission from the landlord for a small dog (due to small yard). We also have an older ferret & 2 budgies!
    Ohhh we have another ferret owner on here! Good to know i'm not the only one

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    Quote Originally Posted by emash8785 View Post
    Hi RileyJ,

    We are renting at the moment & yes we have permission from the landlord for a small dog (due to small yard). We also have an older ferret & 2 budgies!
    WoW ! Lucky you ! Your landlord is definitely a keeper ! Good to hear of a pet friendly rental !

    Another avenue for a pup - is to go through breeders that may want to move on ones that they already have to make room for new pups.

    Another suggestion for a breed for you - Italian Greyhound !

    Happy Hunting !

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    Hi Maddogdodge what do your dogs think of your ferrets? I had an almost 10yr old boy that passed away in October & I have my little girl who will be 8 this year. They're beautiful pets


    And yes I suppose we do have a good landlord seeing the house was brand new when we moved in as well! I thought they would turn their nose up at ferrets (most people do) !

    Now I'm just searching every day on the different Victorian rescue sites I can find online. We will take our time & make sure we pick the right doggy for us, I would hate to adopt one & have it not work out & have to give it back- that would break my heart.

    Another question, does anyone have one of those "porch potty" little patches of grass for the dog to do their business on?
    Currently we don't have grass in our small backyard- but we do have a good little area with stepping stones that we could turf. I think the "Porch Potty" is American but it looks really good on the website

    Thanks again for replies

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    I have a rough collie ,she's 6 months old now She was a handful when we first got her!! Still is , but getting better as she gets older . I really like the idea of a Italian greyhound ! They are laidback , low maintenance but can be quite fragile, and are heaps smaller then a greyhound. Rescues can be quite picky with who their dogs go home to , a friend of mine was rejected by a couple shelters because she has a two year old child , and few years ago she was declined by the same shelter because her and her husband work full time and the dog would be home alone for most of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emash8785 View Post
    Hi Maddogdodge what do your dogs think of your ferrets? I had an almost 10yr old boy that passed away in October & I have my little girl who will be 8 this year. They're beautiful pets
    They are wonderful pets aren't they! I had two as well, two girls both 4 years old, but i lost one of my girls just over a week ago to cancer. I'm currently looking into rescuing another ferret as a play mate for my current girl who is getting a bit lonely. My dogs are both herding dogs, and neither of them were raised with the ferrets so I never leave them with the ferrets without a leash on. My Kelpie just wants to round them up and possibly kill them, so she doesn't get to play with the ferrets. But my Australian shepherd is just curious about the ferrets, he gets along well enough with them but he can be a bit too rough. If you're getting a rescue dog then you will have to be very careful introducing the dog to your ferret because you have no idea how he/she will react. If you get a puppy things will probably be a bit easier (but still be very careful with introductions) because that will give the pup the opportunity to grow up with your ferret Whatever kind of dog you end up getting, i hope it all goes really well for you

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    I love Italian greyhounds, but they look so very fragile!

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    I have never used indoor toilets for my pups. Some friends have 2 chi cross males – and they bought a u-beaut one from the USA with the fake grass. Cost heaps – greater than $400 ! Didn’t matter what they did – they couldn’t stop the smell – and eventually the pups stopped using it !

    So, if you and your OH have a bit of imagination – maybe you could make one yourself. I would suggest that you use kitty litter instead of fake grass.

    As you are only looking at a reasonably small pup – how about this for a design:

    FOR SALE >Toilets and Cleaning - WaverleyWabbits

    Isn’t it funny – that when you take the word ‘dog’ out – all of a sudden things seem to get so much cheaper to buy ?

    Can’t resist - more breeds of pup for you:

    Harlow - Small Female Chinese Crested in VIC - PetRescue

    Dogz Online - The Pure Breed Dog Community of Australia

    and others:

    Dogs for Sale at Dogz Online

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