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Old 20th July 2016, 12:33 PM   #1
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Been promising the kids that "Eventually" we would get a dog. I've had dogs myself before so I know exactly how much work is required and costs etc hence my eventually statement.

Thing is - and to this day - I still don't know why - I agreed to go to the petshop and the missus actually got the kids to hold one......... ie I think the line has been crossed now.

In my opinion we shouldn't have done this as its massively cruel to the kids (11 and 13 YO so they are old enough) but now we're stuck. They've been begging for a dog for literally years so its not going to away (especially now they've crossed a milestone).

We've decided on one of these for a couple of reasons. kids are not allergic, dog is relatively small (will be an inside dog), doesn't seem to moult too much, this breed seemed no where near as hyper as the others in the store.

http://upmarketpets.com/pets/in-stor...e.html?ID=8993

The bad thing is cost$$$$$$$, I don't want a 12 wo puppy, and I know the kids will eventually lose interest once they get one. (I'll end up doing all the work - Ive accepted this but I'd rather avoid it!)

We've been to the RSPCA, but given my criteria its a long shot that I'll find anything. Kids are checking their website literally hourly which is only fueling their excitement

Anyone going on holidays for a couple of months which fits the criteria that needs their dog looked after???? I'd like to at least give them a "taste" of the work required.
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Old 20th July 2016, 12:36 PM   #2
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I had a dog and horse at that age, what work!?

Teaches responsibility IMO.
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Old 20th July 2016, 1:06 PM   #3
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I have a westie. I can stick her on a plane if you like....

Why don't you apply to be a foster family for a dog rescue?
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Old 20th July 2016, 1:11 PM   #4
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Your kids might tire of a dog but you can't assume that this will happen. You could make it a condition of getting a dog that the kids feed it every day and clean up any mess that the dog makes in the backyard with consequences if they don't do what they agreed to do.

I had cats when I was a child and one dog and they were all positive experiences. Pets have taught me respect for animals and given back in kind the affection I've given them. Now in my 60s I've the same cat for close on 11 years and cleaning out his litter tray and giving him his daily medication to control his thyroid condition are minor irritations compared to the companionship my cat has provided. I've spent thousands of dollars on food, vet fees etc on my cat and I consider it money well spent.
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Old 20th July 2016, 1:21 PM   #5
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Don't limit yourself to RSPCA there are a lot of animal adoption places out there, and they take it seriously.


Many will send someone out to see if your yard etc is suitable for a dog (i.e. no Kelpies in a unit, that kind of thing).
This is a protection for both the animal and you

You can volunteer as a foster carer for such organisations, or find a dog there.

You can also sign up to 'adopt a puppy' (temporary care) for Guide Dogs and care dog organisations.


Not sure where you are located, but as the pet shop site you linked shows Melbourne, that's what I assume. CLICK HERE
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Old 20th July 2016, 1:24 PM   #6
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Kids will lose interest. If you can't do the responsibility/commitment then don't get the dog, the kids will cry a bit at first but will get over it.

There could be unintended consequences of loaning a dog to teach them a lesson, and that is they get attached to the loan dog....and then when it goes back you are in an even further mess, plus being back to square one.
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Old 20th July 2016, 1:26 PM   #7
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brocolli's fostering suggestion is awesome and will provide a good taster
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Old 20th July 2016, 1:31 PM   #8
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where's the discipline?

I was made to be responsible, then I understood that when I was told that this action equals these consequences the consequences were real, not just until I got bored.

Kind of along the lines of you will bloody well eat your dinner not turn your nose up at it - you get that, or nothing.

If you don't have the stomach to enforce the consequences back the fuck out now and don't let an innocent animal get in the way - do yourself a favour, if you get a pup - take it to obedience training - this should not be optional. It helps the kids form a bond with the animal and teaches them a bit of discipline too.

Every kid will say "yes please" to a puppy, it's up to parents to enforce looking after it not just fold up in a corner and take over.

mumble mumble, kids these days #getoffmylawn
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Old 20th July 2016, 1:49 PM   #9
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100% on that power.



Also Obedience training is more about the owners than about the dogs.
It teaches people how to teach their dogs. It's not as if you drop them off to dog school and they come home educated !

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Old 20th July 2016, 1:49 PM   #10
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+1 to what Power says. They'll lose interest but they need that responsibility.

Look after the dog or lose PC/Game etc etc privileges until you start looking after it again.

And really if you're getting a small breed dog they won't need much.
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Old 20th July 2016, 2:56 PM   #11
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This is about puppies. Don't foster some broccoli, the kids will hate you.
Made me giggle.

OP - Consider the foster thing.
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Old 20th July 2016, 3:08 PM   #12
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Definitely consider adopting a rescue. Getting a new puppy is great, but is a lot of work and the kids will lose interest.

Getting a rescue means you avoid a lot of the puppy issues, is cheaper, and you're providing a loving home to a dog that needs it.
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Whatever you do, don't buy one from the local shopping centre places as it may be from a puppy farm.

Either directly from the breeder or from an animal rescue place.
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just say no get them used to disappointment
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Old 20th July 2016, 3:38 PM   #15
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Get a cat.
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