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    Hi All

    I have been thinking about buying a dog for years, but have only been renting. Now seems like a good time as I have bought a unit, which is almost finished and I have just discovered pet loo's, which will solve the dilemma of him/her being inside while I'm at work. I have been keeping an eye on the RSPCA website to adopt a puppy.

    I am very active, running swimming, cycling and I would love a dog to share these activites with me...

    I look forward to all your assistance as I learn, which dog will be best for my situation, how to train and care for him/her.

    This is an exciting time

    Cheers
    Kristy

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    Hi and welcome

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    Hi & welcome to the forum. Best of luck in finding a dog that is right for you. Look forward to seeing some pics

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    Hi and Welcome

    Do you have a particular breed in mind or are you looking at a breed that is going to specifically suit your lifestyle??

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    I woudl suggest a kelpie cross if you want an active dog to keep up with you, but the only problem is being locked inside all day while you are at work. And all the dogs I can think of that wouldn't mind being locked up in an apartment all day while you are at work, wouldn't be able to keep up with those activities you like to undertake. THat's what I think anyway.
    Ask a Border Collie to jump and it'd say, "how high?", ask a Kelpie and he'll ask, "why?"

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    I have active dogs (bull breeds) whom live and strive for human contact/attention. I also work a 9-5 job 5 days per week. I travel via public transport to-from work and this takes approx an 1 1/2 each way.

    I personally think you can have any breed as long as you can give them the things they need.

    All 3 of my dogs have plenty of stimuli (sp?) to keep them active/entertained whilst I am not home. Mind you although I work A LOT the time I am at home is spent - walking, playing, cuddling and more cuddling and more paying etc etc

    I think as long as you do the right thing for your pet when you are not home then you are quite capable of having a full time job. Although I never spent ALL of my time at home when Bailey was a pup I took the time to slowly get her used to me not being there for long periods of time.

    Perhaps it is just the individual dog

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    You might get away with a dalmation or a heeler/australian cattle dog, as both of those can run for miles but as adults are quite happy to sleep all day too. An Airdale might work too though their coat needs more care. ACDs don't bark much unless there is a good reason, like the neighbour's cat in the back yard.

    Cylcing with your dog might not be legal any more in Australia, then again, chances are nobody is going to enforce it or do anything about it unless there is a prang.

    Your main problem is going to be the unit and the puppy. Ie a puppy of the kind of dog what will be able to keep up with you, is not going to cope well in a unit. You are definitely going to need to investigate crating (google crate training dog) if you want to keep your furniture and fittings intact during the puppy phase.

    You may also want to check the fine print for the body corporate for your unit. Even though you own the unit - it may be a body corporate rule - no dogs, or dogs by approval only.

    I'm thinking you might be best off with an adult dog eg adopt one from a shelter/rescue, that likes to run but likes to sleep between runs.

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    Thanks guys, I have thought about getting an adult dog, but are they still trainable? Has anyone adopted an adult dog, how did you find it?

    I have checked the bylaws of my village I will be living in and you are allowed one cat and or dog, which is perfect.

    I am very open to suggestions as to what might be a good dog. Thank you for the kind welcome as well.

    I have a cat at the moment and I give him lots of attention, but as a cat he doesn't really want the attention as he likes to sleep a bit, so I am definitely prepared to give a dog the attention it requires once I am home. I am single so have lots of time LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnhealthy View Post
    Thanks guys, I have thought about getting an adult dog, but are they still trainable? Has anyone adopted an adult dog, how did you find it?

    I have checked the bylaws of my village I will be living in and you are allowed one cat and or dog, which is perfect.

    I am very open to suggestions as to what might be a good dog. Thank you for the kind welcome as well.

    I have a cat at the moment and I give him lots of attention, but as a cat he doesn't really want the attention as he likes to sleep a bit, so I am definitely prepared to give a dog the attention it requires once I am home. I am single so have lots of time LOL

    we are all very biased here about our particular breeds ........go the bull breeds

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