when is the right time to get the puppy?

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marie 1994's picture
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Hi my boyfriend and I are looking into buying a doberman puppy :) and we have been reading up a lot on it so we can make the right decision and get a happy, good trained dog. One of the things we aren't really clear about is when to buy it? We are both working so it will have to be able to stay home alone (probably in a big bench). But upon reading I can't figure out if it is better to get the puppy during the year, take a week time off so it can get used to us and start the hous training or during the summer when i can spend two months with it and gradually increase the time alone?

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If you have to be gone alot for work maybe an older dog would fit better? since puppies demand time and training whereas an older dog especially a rescue dog that is with a foster parent who can help you understand the quirks, likes, dislikes, and will also be training the dog for their new home can help you find the right fit. Most foster parents will crate train a dog, socialize the dog and teach the dog how to live in a home without being destructive.....a reputable doberman rescue would be a great choice.....of course you don't get the health certificate but you do save a life. An older dog, by older any dog older than 2 years old I think would be a great choice. A puppy may become unruly if you are not there to spend time with them and train them, and puppies require alot of exercise and if not enough exercise then they can become hard to handle and train.....imagine leaving a toddler at home alone all day would you do that?? No? well that's basically what you will be doing but leaving a pre teen or teenager at home is not all that worrisome and that's what an older dog will be......

On a relationship note, since this is your boyfriend - you have got to discuss and come to an agreement as to who gets the dog should you go your separate ways, it is a serious question that should be resolved before you get any dog.....otherwise the dog will end up in a shelter and be another unwanted dog.......I know you probably feel you will be together forever, but life sometimes has other ideas, so this is a child you are adding to the family - decide who gets custody first.....

and if you do choose a puppy you should wait in my opinion till the puppy is around 10 weeks of age but I hope you will research doberman rescues and come to love the idea of a more stable older dog for your work schedule.....

Others here can tell you about the 24/7 demands that a puppy will be, are you ready to devote your life to this dog??? You will have to alter your life - will you be ready to exercise your puppy when you would rather watch a movie or go out to eat? will you protect you dog from visitors who might want to annoy your dog or encourage bad behavior cause it's cute? will you be able to train your dog daily? will you be able to exercise and be there for your puppy when you are sick with the flu, or do you want a companion that will watch those movies with you and lay in the bed when you are sick if that's the dog you want - then pick an older dog....

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@talisin

already thanks for the reply I just want to make clear it is not a decision that we are making lightely taking a dog in our home :) for instance i already looked for 2 years into taking a dog from the shelter but we never found a good fit (for several reasons like some of them require already another stable dog in the home so they have a playmate or it wouldn't fit with our other animals besides in flanders almost all the shelters are no-kill shelters :) and sadly doberman rescues really aren't that common in belgium i only found one and it's in a neighbouring country). Also we already had the discussion of who gets the dog. And we are ready to devote our life to the dog :) We really enjoy spending time with animals and do have enough time to spend with it before I go to work(i get up at 6 and will have to leave around 10) and after and during the day someone would come and check up on it. We also looked into making enough time for it to have exercise and to learn to run on the home trainer just so if anything ever happens to me or my boyfriend (like getting paralised) it can still get the exercise it needs :). My question is a bit more do we get a dog now (I only start working in september next year since i'm still studying right now) and I am most of the days home but i'm a bit scared it might be traumatising for him having me home for so long and then in september when i start working he will be left alone more during the day. So we are wondering if it wouldn't be better for it that we wait till the summer so we can train it for a few months before i go working or maybe wait untill after I start working :) cause several sites say it is better for the dog to get it while you are already in your regular rithm and I am wondering if this is true

I don't know how common doggie day cares may be in Belgium, but I would imagine that there are dog walkers you can hire. 

Bringing a puppy home in the summer would be ideal for getting them started on the right foot. I would recommend crate training them even if you are home most of the time, and getting them used to spending time in the crate even if you are home. It will make the transition back to work easier if they are already used to crating for a few hours a day. Eventually they may be fine to leave loose in the house, but for most dogs that is not for at least a couple of years..... and some never can be left alone loose. 

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I don't  think they are very common but I'll certainly have a look into that :) thank you for the tip :)

Doggie daycare is still a relatively new thing in the states as well - I only really started hearing about it maybe 10 years ago. Now dog walkers have been around a long time. The last time I had a puppy and was working full time, I was able to come home everyday at lunch.... that was about 24 years ago - haha. I stayed home to raise my kids (very fortunate) and have only worked part time since then. 

It is certainly possible to work full time and have a dog, but there are added expenses that need to be budgeted for when you have a puppy. It takes dedication and some sacrifice.