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    Hi everyone,
    I'm new to the forum, (haha obviously). I've not yet got a dog or anything, but I'd like to get one in the future. I joined the forum because I want to do some very thorough research before getting a dog. I never want to be in the position where I must surrender an animal.

    I have had dogs in my life, but never been responsible for anything other than feeding (and grooming and medicating as I got older) the dog. My family dog, was a rescue Australian Terrier cross Miniature Poodle. This dog, is currently still with my parents and is around 17 years old. In her prime she was a cheeky dog, but extremely loveable. She is an elderly little lady now, but still as sweet and loveable as ever.

    I moved out of my parents home around 3 years ago (for education purposes), and miss having a dog in my life. I will finish year 12 this year - and intend to get myself a job (ideally as an apprentice vet nurse). I'd like to go to uni upon finishing the apprenticeship, or perhaps sooner depending on how things work out.

    My main query for now is, exactly how much time do dogs require direct attention for each day (i.e. 1 hour, 2 hours, etc)? Including walking, playing and training (if I get a young untrained dog). What is the average cost of owning a dog each year (inc. food, vet bills, registration, toys etc)?

    These are questions I would ask my parents, but as they aren't as animal obsessed as I am their idea of doing things 'properly' differs from mine. I'd like to get the opinion of experienced dog owners. I don't want to get a dog until I'm sure I can look after it, and if my career pathway will clash with dog owning then I'll wait a few years!

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    I work full time in education so am often busy before school and after as well as bringing marking and prep home. On top of that I am doing my masters degree full time. This doesn't leave a lot of hours in my day - but I still have enough time to walk the dogs and take them out on weekends.

    I would suggest an older dog would suit your purposes. I want to get a pup and am thinking of doing the last part of my degree part time so that I have more puppy time.

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    Thankyou for your quick response.
    I think I need to think some more, and see what my work situation is like.
    I know that it would depend on the dog, but roughly how long does it take to toilet train a puppy?
    Also, is there a cut off age where behavioural problems in dogs (due to lack of or poor training) become difficult or impossible to fix?

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    It takes about 8 months to properly toilet train a puppy. Usually, if you have done your job properly, they wont go in the house after that.

    The older a dog the more entrenched the problems are. I would warn away from a dog aged under 18 months if you are not willing to put in some serious time with training - that's when the teenage periods are for all dogs - rescue or not - and they can turn into right little turds.

    Nothing is impossible to modify, however cure is sometimes never possible - depends on the behaviour and the animal rather than the age

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    Ohk, yes that makes sense.
    I have trained show heifers and I have pet mice that I trained to do a few tricks. I am willing to put in the time to train, but I'm uncertain with how much training a dog actually requires. i.e. is 10-15 minutes daily + puppy school is enough time for basic obedience training with an already toilet trained animal?

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    I'd just like to say Hello and Laurenfreda,
    Well done to you to check it all out firstI hope you find all the info you need.

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    Hellooooooo Laurenfreda...

    Please enjoy your time here... Relax , have a cuppa..

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    Hey there
    Thanks for the welcome (you can call me Lauren if you want).
    I just love dogs. I very badly want one, but I don't want to stuff up a living animals life because I was too stupid to do the right thing.

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    Hey Lauren.
    Im Miffy, or Mif, you can call me whatever.
    I own an 11 year old Jack Russel Roly, and a 7 year old Kelpie Lady.
    We are a very happy, helpful, caring forum, I hope you stay a while!

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    Hi Miffy,
    I love Kelpie's they are so cute.

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