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loromcoli
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I'm going into my second year and I think my parents are going to buy a one bedroom flat for me (I'll be paying rent obviously) but I'm thinking of adopting a dog to keep me company.

I've always had a dog and since leaving home, I really miss having a pet. I don't really go out much and I'm going to try to find a flat nearby my uni so I can pop home and take it for walks. My family also lives about an hour away and I'm sure they wouldn't mind looking after it if I was going away. Also, I prefer working from home rather than studying in the library so I would try my best not to leave the dog alone for long periods of time. Financially I think I might be able to afford it if I budget - plus I'm going to be working all summer and will save all my wages.

What do you guys think? I'm just not sure if it's a daft idea
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I think it's a good idea, and will give you a sense of responsibility. You're privileged to be in this position but you know that

Just get a breed that's ok living in an apartment.
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It's fine for now, but what happens when you start full time work and are out of the house all day?

You might like to consider fostering dogs instead - many rescue centres use volunteers to look after dogs that are old, disabled, or can't cope in kennels whilst they're awaiting adoption. I know someone who's done it (though admittedly they're retired) and whilst she always seems to pick the sad looking ones, she's had some lovely dogs.
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I think you are better off waiting until you have finished uni and have settled into your job. I have worked in an animal rescue for more than 8years and the number of dogs we get handed into us because there has been a change in circumstance (usually a new job) and the dog is being left really long hours or the owner doesn't have enough time anymore is really sad.. unless you know what you will be doing after uni and know 100% that it will be a fair life for a dog then really think you should wait.
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Dogs come with a huge amount of responsibility, and they are costly.

Could you guarantee you would be home everyday for a substantial amount of time in order to train/walk/socialise with it?

Do you have the money to buy quality food/insurance/emergency money for unexpected medical problems?

Can you guarentee you have a stable situation after uni to keep the dog?

I can't imagine a student have the time or funds for all of these things and therefore getting one would be foolish. They are not just props to help you when they're lonely, they are sensitive creatures that demand care and attention, for a long time. Just wait.
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I think it's a terrible idea, sorry. Presumably you'll be quite busy with your course and socialising etc - a dog doesn't really fit in with all of that. If you're going to be living in a student area, then there will be a lot of noise, which obviously wouldn't be great for a dog. There's the financial burden and a number of other things to consider.

You could try fostering as Origami has suggested or you could volunteer at a rescue centre.
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Well its really cool idea but make sure to take good care of him. as it takes you so much responsibility from you.....
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No, if you are a bit lonely then perhaps try and meet people through a club or society. If you miss having a pet then why not volunteer as a dog walker or at a sanctuary; animal contact and looks good on the CV as well
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You may be able to look after it for the next couple of years but after then, you have no idea whether you will have the time/money. Wait until you have a stable job and lifestyle then get one.


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It's a bit cruel to be honest, as other users have pointed out
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(Original post by buchanan700)
Dogs come with a huge amount of responsibility, and they are costly.

Could you guarantee you would be home everyday for a substantial amount of time in order to train/walk/socialise with it?

Do you have the money to buy quality food/insurance/emergency money for unexpected medical problems?

Can you guarentee you have a stable situation after uni to keep the dog?

I can't imagine a student have the time or funds for all of these things and therefore getting one would be foolish. They are not just props to help you when they're lonely, they are sensitive creatures that demand care and attention, for a long time. Just wait.
I can see what you're getting at here, and I agree with you mostly. But there will never ever be a 100% guarantee from anybody of any of those things. It simply isn't possible.
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not a good idea, dogs dont like being left alone
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I'm afraid I have to agree with the general consensus that perhaps whilst at university it's not a great idea, however have you considered a lower maintenance animal? I know many people at uni who had hamsters, fish, gerbils, rabbits, cats etc.

I like the volunteering at a sanctuary idea!
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(Original post by minimarshmallow)
I can see what you're getting at here, and I agree with you mostly. But there will never ever be a 100% guarantee from anybody of any of those things. It simply isn't possible.
Right, but being a student will substantially decrease the likelihood of these things being in place, which they should be. Dogs are expensive, and can be more than a 15 year commitment, not just a convinient companion for uni.
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Not trying to be horrible but, I would NOT get a dog for uni.
I know how you feel, I have a 15 month old puppy at home (who I can now see on a daily basis because of Easter) but, you wouldn't have the time to socialise or look after it properly and it would likely develop social issues around people not seeing you that often.

While I know your intentions, you have to consider the dog is a living thing with needs/wants like anything else.
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Seriously, if you want a pet or something to look after get one of the following;

1. A fish
2. A plant (try the plant first, if you can keep it alive, then move onto an animal) - I know this seems sad but it does give you a small sense of responsibility. - Also, you'll be surprised how many students keep plants.

Got myself a mint plant back in November and I took a trimming (can't remember why now) a short while after.
Anyway, somehow a couple of fruit flies got into my room and spread like wildfire over the main plant but left the trimming unharmed.

So, now I have grown a whole new plant because of the little trimming I made.
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You'll likely have a hard time with Uni work and being out of the apartment and what not whilst looking after a dog. Having a dog is like having a lifestyle more than having a pet. The best thing to do is get a hamster or something, or even a cat if there's space. The only problem is I find indoor cats go a little crazy over time!
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There are lots of senior dogs in need of a home if you're only certain of your short term commitments. It's not all about the puppies.
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