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# Pets and b-school

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04 Mar 2011, 16:22
I was wondering what people do with pets in B-school. I have a dog and she is pretty tolerant of being left in the house all day, but I am concerned about internship/travel situations. I know some schools require all first years complete an international project for example, what would I do with her then? Obviously there is boarding, but long term boarding (2 weeks+) is harder to find.

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05 Mar 2011, 19:45
Becky- You might want to look into the student clubs at the schools to which you are applying. For example, Columbia, Wharton and Kellogg all have student clubs for pet owners, which have pet-related events and can serve as pet-sitting resources for times when you need to travel. You may want to contact the student officers of these groups and just chat with them about some of your questions.
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Are you from the US? If so that makes it a little easier since you wont have to deal with getting a dog into the country (which can be difficult). I have a dog, and some of my friends had them as well (note many were married or living with a significant other). Its doable, depending on the dog of course. If your pup has issues it can get difficult. One of my friend's dogs had behavior issues and was banned from a few daycare/boarding facilities, and no one would ever volunteer to watch it.

I know some people brought their dog with them on their internships. Boarding can get expensive if you do it a lot, figure 35-45 a day depending on location. Our dog was boarded for a few weeks at a time, places are fine with that but it buts a dent in the wallet if you do it a lot. Its a lot easier to find some place to board your dog than it is to find someone to dog sit at school...everyone is busy and its a burden.

I couldn't imagine leaving my dog but you have to think about whats in the best interests of your dog. I often ran home in the middle of the day to take my dog on a walk (advantage of schools where you can live within a mile of campus). Being married also helped, my wife often dealt with the dog if I had recruiting events at night. There are days you will be on campus with things from 8am until 10pm or later. They are rare but sometimes you dont even know ahead of time you are going to be stuck that long.
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05 Mar 2011, 21:03
My dog is pretty good and currently hangs out in the house without a problem for 10 hours a day which isn't preferable but how it goes lately. She has never been boarded except at the vet where she freaks out, but I could imagine she would be fine in a location where they give her attention. I plan to live biking distance from school, but I can't speak to what my schedule is going to be like and I imagine in the first year it can get pretty busy but I can find time to run home. The real concern is longer term trips and to be honest I would hate for my dog to dictate what internships or opportunities I can take advantage of.

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06 Mar 2011, 00:45
tigerbeck, I'm actually in the same boat as you. I plan to bring my dog to my school, but I'm also a bit worried about the internship with a dog. My dog can go on without any trouble for 13-15 hours if he has to, but I definitely plan to go home mid-day everyday to take him out. Going to school while taking care of a dog won't be too hard, but the internship part is going to be hell. I haven't exactly figured out what I'm going to do yet, but one thing I know for sure - I won't let my dog dictate what internships I get. Once you land your dream internship, there will be a way to take care of your dog - if there's a will there's a way. Boarding does drain your wallet out, but that's why you have an internship in the first place - to learn and to make money. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I know I love my dog and will take him with me, but I'll cross the bridge when I get there in terms of internship/boarding/pet-sitter situations.
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06 Mar 2011, 14:21
I'm sure if a school's partner's club includes children, I don't see why pets aren't included. I would reach out to current students to see how they deal with this issue.
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07 Mar 2011, 05:47
Almost everyone that I know that has a dog also has a significant other as well. Some of them are students married to/dating other students, but it seems most people have been able to make it work. I find that a lot of people here will actually volunteer to dog sit for short periods of time, so that's generally not an issue. I guess it depends on your internship, but you can probably take it with you.
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It's true, we do not like being left alone, but we are also happy for our owners when they get opportunities for international travel and internships. So, it's okay just to find someone else to come feed us and take us out to exercise and poop while you avail yourselves to all that b-school has to offer. What we really don't understand, though, is why we're never brought into the school.
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12 Mar 2011, 18:59
I brought my dog into school on a pretty regular basis. I had friends with little dogs that always had them around. A 90lb dog is a little different than a dog in a purse. However, my dog enjoyed Jacobs on numerous occasions and was well liked by a lot of my friends/classmates. Faculty never seemed to have an issue with her, since she was very well behaved and would just lay behind a table while i worked.
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13 Mar 2011, 07:43
tigerbeck wrote:
I was wondering what people do with pets in B-school. I have a dog and she is pretty tolerant of being left in the house all day, but I am concerned about internship/travel situations. I know some schools require all first years complete an international project for example, what would I do with her then? Obviously there is boarding, but long term boarding (2 weeks+) is harder to find.

Becky

I am watching one of our classmates dogs right now. Most of the time the dog owners will know the other dog owners. If we are going on a trip we figure out a way for someone else in the group to watch the dogs. Obviously it makes it a little inconvenient, but I don't see it as a true problem.

For example, for fall break, the same classmate took a trip to San Fran from saturday to thursday morning, then we gave her both her dog and our dog on thursday morning and went on our trip thursday afternoon to sunday.

Just try to set up a dog owners meet up early in the year and that would help. It's also a great way to bond with people outside of your section/cohort/team/house (whatever your school calls it)
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17 Mar 2011, 22:00
I have a chocolate lab and no significant other (other than my lab ). I have used dog walkers in the past to come for a mid-day walk (I feel too guilty if she has to wait an entire work day for a walk). I've already scoped out dog walkers in Bloomington and my plan is to have them come 1-2x a day Mon-Fri during the regular academic weeks, and like lots of professional dog walkers, have options when you are away for some time. You can have them come 3-4x a day to walk your dog, feed them, etc. So, that is my plan. I boarded my dog once (incidentally at what was considered the best/yuppiest boarding facility in Chicago and my lab fount it pretty traumatic, so I will never ever board again.

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