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    Depends on the breed to a large extent IMO

    I know with my next pup he will get around half an hour of training a day - but I specific goals I want to reach. Pups need contact more than anything else - so I would be waiting until holidays were I you

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    Yeah, definitely. I would not get a puppy unless I had at least 3 weeks to settle him in and get into a routine.
    I will be getting a small dog breed, are there any that you know are particularly easy to train? I've thought about beagles...

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    when you love something with a passion you find time for it
    we have five dogs
    and we walk them no matter what
    usually me and the kids
    or OH joins in
    but it is mostly me and ill be out there in the rain in my slicker and hat and the dogs coated up cos to me it is like this: i took em on and they have no say in what they do during the day
    the least i can do is give them some animal pleasure- sniffing and running and doing all the doggy things i cant even think to provide
    so it is absolutely no imposition on me to give them that time
    it can be about two hours in the afternoon or even more
    i dont walk them in the morning but they seem ok with that
    they only get active from what i can see round 4pm onwards
    but i will walk them even in the dark in winter - lucky cos we live in a real nice neighbourhood so i dont feel threatened

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    Hmm, so what costs of owning a dog like?
    I've estimated $2000-$3000 for the first year, factoring in the cost of $500 for a dog - which I'd get from a shelter.
    Please tell me if that is incorrect. I really have no idea!

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    Firstly,welcome

    When people ask me this question I really do not ever give a definitive answer.
    I had a free dog that turned into a $12,000 dog due to vet,coucil and court fee's.
    I had a $1000 dog that cost me roughly $30 a week.

    Such a diversity and nothing is ever concrete.

    The best thing is to do is to have a Pet Account set up,put some away each week should any emergencies arise.
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    BS - I have a passion for my dogs - however find me at report writing time - I don't have time to breathe let alone dedicated hours to raising a puppy. Perhaps you have no other job aside from looking after your dogs - and good for you - but that does not represent the majority of society - he need to work to live.

    laurenfreda - factor in around $300 for a puppy from a shelter - however your costs per year may be more than you envisage

    Food - around $700 a year - not including treats
    Leads/Collars/toys/beds etc - probably $500 in your first year
    Training - around $200 for puppy school and then obedience clubs are generally inexpensive
    Yearly check up and vaccinations - $150
    That is assuming your dog never hurts itself or needs any sort of vet care

    My dogs in the last year have cost over $5000 in vet bills - well over - but they are older and one died after a short battle with cancer

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    I should add that Im planning on spending around $1200 on a pup and the same again on accessories for him!

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    Yup sure, I have one of these accounts set up for my pet mice *blush* some people say 'they're just mice!' but imo, any animal deserves the same rights you have access to. Including health care.
    When you say council and court fees, what do you mean? (Sorry if this is personal, you don't have to say!)

    EDIT: Do you think I'd be better off to spend more money on a purebreed dog?
    So as a very rough estimate, the cost of a dog would be closer to 5 grand (or more) a year?
    Last edited by laurenfreda; 08-02-2009 at 06:47 PM. Reason: posts were added, before I finished my original post

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    She means council registration - around $40 a year for a desexed dog

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    Ohh ok, yeah, I'd considered that in my costs originally. It costs $32 a year with my council if your dog is desexed and microchipped and tattooed.

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