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    Fostering would also be great practice! I currently foster cats, but when we move to our own house next year I might get into fostering dogs too.

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    This is the stuff I like people to read before they get a puppy.

    I think it's a good idea you get a puppy your parents would be happy to look after if you have to do field trips or placements and cannot take your dog with you. If you are doing a course that will involve a lot of travel or time away from home to complete or after you've completed eg anything to do with mining or medicine or some banking jobs etc, you might not be able to take your dog.

    This is a great site for all things you need when choosing and bringing up a puppy.
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    This site outlines a list of things that can go wrong that you need to have plans for dealing with.
    Help! I need to rehome my pet! | PetRescue

    This site has stuff on how to avoid puppy mills. When you're researching breeders, it's important to have some information face to face not all off their website - ie visit their place or go to some dog shows and make friends with people who have breeds you like.
    How do I avoid supporting puppy farms? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
    How do I find a good dog breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
    How old should a puppy be before they are adopted/purchased? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Cavs are great companion dogs. Pretty much friendly with everybody.
    You will need some home time until the pup is around 4 months old to make sure it gets housetrained, and that you are around enough to take it out during the day too.

    Crate training is a great idea - as this gives you a lot more flexibility about where your dog can be and stops any destruction or mess being spread around the house or yard when you're out.
    K9Pro

    And you might want to consider using your own variation of Nothing in life is free (NILIF) and Triangle of Temptation (TOT) for teaching your dog some self control. There articles about that on the k9 website too. But I can't imagine a Cav giving you any grief or arguing about anything. Not like my dog.

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    someon suggested me to get a toy poodle, I'm attracted to both the breeds! what are the pros and cons of the 2 breeds? Thanks heaps!

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    Toy poodles are a lot more demanding of your attention than Cavs. Poodles are extremely bright and need things to keep their brains occupied as well as being quite energetic. Not good to leave home alone for long periods of time, my uncle owned a houdini poodle who would take himself on tours of the neighbourhood if the family was out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipps View Post
    Great feedback guys....

    Personally I'd wait till you complete uni and see where you end up. Consider there are no guarantees of employment, or even passing, you may have to resit exams or god forbid even enrol again in a subject or semester....

    You can still research breeds as a way of relaxing from study.

    Good luck
    I agree with Chipps. A dog is a lot of work and money and renting with them can be painful some times. Your situation at the moment just doesn't sound like the right one to be taking on the responsibility of a dog to look after.

    It probably not what you want to hear, but you really really need to think about it before you do it and make sure you will be able to provide for it for the next 10-15 years.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Also I only say this because first chance I had when I was younger to have a dog I went and got one, he was a freebie from the paper and I honestly had no idea what I was doing. Turned out a month after we got him we had to move out of the house we were sharing into a unit where dogs could not be kept, so we had to give him up. He now lives with my Mum, but still we should have thought it out instead of doing what we wanted. We honestly would also never have been able to afford to keep him either.

    When we did finally get Harley we were planning to buy our own home anyway and my OH had finished his apprenticeship so we knew we would have the money and home for him for as long as he lives!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I was renting for a while, and I didn't get my own dog then. And when I was working full time in a city office - I didn't think it right to get a puppy either - though I did get my puppy fill with my flatmate's dogs.

    I do know Uni students who make owning a dog work but it does require some effort on their part and a lot of family support.

    My sister was evil. She got a dog, and then moved interstate to do her masters degree and never came back and refused to take the dog - even when she got her own place - not renting - she said she was allergic to it. Sigh.

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    Just an off topic question: when is uni's summer break and how long is it?

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    depends on the uni and I think it's changed since I was at uni. Used to be December, January and Feb - but again - ring up the uni(s) of your choice and ask them. Sometimes there is homework in the "holidays" so you don't get as much time off as you'd think. Depends on what course and subjects you choose.

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