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    I am currently a postgraduate student, have loads of time, a freelance job and really want a puppy. I don't see how I'm ever going to be more available to have a dog in later life once I've found a career and stuff.

    Is now a bad time?

    Or is it always a bad idea to have a dog and people just do it anyway?
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    (Original post by jimbob8)
    I am currently a postgraduate student, have loads of time, a freelance job and really want a puppy. I don't see how I'm ever going to be more available to have a dog in later life once I've found a career and stuff.

    Is now a bad time?

    Or is it always a bad idea to have a dog and people just do it anyway?
    Dogs can live for up to 15 years depending on the breed so i d only get one if you're sure it will fit in with your life for years. Puppies aren't supposed to be left alone for too long so you might need someone to check in on them.
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    My parents have just got a puppy a few weeks ago and they still cannot leave it in the house alone unless they are only in the garden (in which case it's with them anyway). The only time it's not in the same room as someone is when it's asleep. They need WAY MORE time than lots of people think. They need company and training and to be taken to the toilet at least once an hour during the day.

    And then once you've got an older dog you have a long commitment to walking it several times a day and making sure it's not left alone for more than about 4 hours at a time (and a lot of dogs can't stay on their own that long). There's also the cost - pet insurance/vets bills/food/toys/bedding/treats.
 
 
 
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