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    Smile Urgent need of some puppy advice!!

    Hi I'm going to university next year and I'm thinking of getting a puppy but ain't sure if that's a good idea. I'll move out of my parents house and would love a companion, so I thought of getting a pup. I've had two dogs before so I'm familiar with taking care of them and I'll make sure it gets everything it deserves. I'm seeking some advice in the dog breed (good companionship, thinking of a cavalier king charles spaniel) and what to do when I first bring a pup home, as in how to train it and what to be aware of. I look forward to hearing your advices! Thanks

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    Well... It being a good idea or not depends how well you want to do at uni. Pass average or High distinction average? Also depends on your course demands. Getting a puppy is a big task for someone leaving home and starting uni. Perhaps delay getting a pup a year later when you've accustomed to uni lifestyle and living by yourself?

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    I agree, it depends on what sort of course your doing, how well you want to do, how much time you will be devoting to studying etc. Though summer holidays are quite long for us uni students which would be a great time to get a puppy, plenty of time for toilet training, socialisation, training in general and bonding with each other. I would probably wait until you have been at uni for a year so that you know roughly how much time you have for a dog etc as some breeds need more work (training, exercise, grooming etc). You will also have to keep in mind that as you go through uni the course load will get heavier so that you will have less time for the dog.

    you would need to be looking at breeds that are ok with being alone for long periods and that don't need much stimulation as uni tires me out (not sure about you though haha) a lot of it depends on yourself and your circumstances. also if your intending on renting you would need to find one that allows dogs. wow the list goes on.

    I would wait until you have settled into the house and into uni life so that your not stressing about all of it at the same time. And I would strongly advise getting the pup during the holidays so that you can set good groundwork before going back to uni .... hmm its late/early and I'm rambling. I'm sure I've missed something. I will revisit in the morning...
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    I personally think if you're studying too much to have time for a dog (puppy or other wise), then you're studying too much. I think the main thing to factor in when considering a puppy while at uni is cost and rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    I personally think if you're studying too much to have time for a dog (puppy or other wise), then you're studying too much. I think the main thing to factor in when considering a puppy while at uni is cost and rent.
    I agree completely. I studied part time 2-3 subjects at a time and worked fulltime, played 4 sports and managed to have two dogs. Got them 12 months apart and they were walked every morning and afternoon (as they'd be left alone while at work and while I was out playing sport).

    It can be done, you have to be prepared to put in the effort. Also, the cost of living is a budgeting issue. You need to live within your means. I managed to buy a block of land and build a house on a trainee's wage at 19. Yes I had a partner (now ex) but he was only on a trainee wages as well.

    It comes down to the decisions you make and what you want from life. We didn't go out every friday n saturday night like a lot of our friends. Only you can make your priorities right for you!

    Good luck in your decision.
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    It is not a decision to be made in a hurry though. I don't really get the "urgent" in the subject. My first dog just died after we'd been together for 10 years. Usually you add another 5 to that. And I must admit - even though I loved her to bits and still miss her - there were times when I wished that I had more freedom. And I was 30 when I got her!

    You have to consider that it will limit your ability to go out at night (after being away from home all day), to travel, your holiday options, and where you live. I presume that you had the other dogs when you were living at your parents'. It's very different when you are the only person responsible for them.

    The only animals I could manage when I was studying were rodents and cats (not a good combination though!).

    Personally, I would advice you to enjoy the freedom of being a student and living away from home without adding such a big responsibility first. Like others said, why don't you see how the first year goes and then reconsider?

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    Yes if you get a puppy, they like to be with you a lot, basically in the early stage, a puppy is like a baby. Then when you move out of home, you will have to find somewhere that allows pets. We are in the final stages of making the back yard escape proof so we can leave him alone for the first time. My Bf and I are finding the seperation bit a bit hard to deal with

    I agree with everyone, wait until you get into a routine and you feel you can offer it a more stable life. Don't rush into it

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    I agree with silvershadow.

    I was studying full time when we got Barney, I also had a 5 year old child and another 8 year old dog (we'd had 2 dogs but one had died, hence we got Barney).

    However, you will need to think about where you are living. I assume you will be renting and it can be very hard to get a house with a dog.

    Personally, I dont think this "breed that can be left alone for long periods" really matters. Obviously some breeds are better adapted to that than others...but dogs are adaptable and most dogs if raised spending some time alone will adust to it and be fine.

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    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
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    I used to "borrow" my parents dogs on the weekends, or when i had time....it was much easier.

    And if you can't do that there are some Rescue places that use volunteers to walk or interact with dogs
    Pets are forever

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