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!