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# Should I buy a puppy?

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29 Nov 2008, 08:36
I appreciate people's input on this, both those in school and headed off to school with dogs.

I have grown up with dogs, suffice to say there are ample reasons why I am this close to getting a Wheaton Terrier.

My greatest hangup, is B school. In my visits, I tried to gauge how feasible it was to have a school, and be fulltime student, but never got an answer that helped me one way or another.

So I put the question to all of you. And your input, will go along way. Do you have a dog at school, does it work? And, for those leaving to school with a dog, how do you feel about it and making it work?
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29 Nov 2008, 08:51
I already have a dog and might buy a puppy when I go to school. However, I will also have a work-from-home WIFE. It would be very very very very hard to have a dog if it is just you.

A Tuck alum was talking about how one of his learning team members had a dog and his team had to schedule their meetings around the dog's eating/pooping/peeing schedule which the rest of the team found very annoying.

Think long and hard about it
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29 Nov 2008, 09:02
If you decide to get a puppy, I would suggest you do it when you have a somewhat open schedule. You are going to need to take the dog out to potty pretty often, so it helps to be close to home/around if possible. With that said, puppies can usually hold their bladders for about one hour for every month of age (but shouldn't have to hold it longer than 8 hours, ideally). I wanted to wait until B-School to buy our puppy, but my wife talked me into doing it sooner. Actually, it worked out well because her sister was able to watch the pup for the first few months, and my wife was able to come home during her lunch hour to take the puppy outside.

Oh, and make sure you don't buy any nice stuff for a while. For the most part, anything on the floor of our apartment was pretty cheap and replaceable. But, my wife decided to keep a pricey rug we received as a wedding gift, and surprise surprise, the dog just chewed a hole in it. My last piece of advice is to train your dog EARLY. I forget how long they say to wait before starting obedience training, but if memory serves, it's somewhere around 12 weeks.

Oh, and good call getting a terrier. We have a Norwich and the terrier curiosity usually causes her to do some hilarious stuff.
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29 Nov 2008, 09:08
I wouldn't if you are living on your own.... Its going to be next to impossible to manage recruiting events (many events start @ 6pm and end @ 10pm), classes, team meetings and everything else while squeezing in running home to walk the dog every 3-4 hours or so (at least while its a pup).

We have a dog but my wife can walk him at night if I'm late, and we have a dog walker that comes every day during the day as well.
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29 Nov 2008, 09:08
Having pets is a huge responsibility - especially when you're training them on your own. I would say if you get a pet, get one now, use this next year to house train it, and it could work out if you make time to walk it or get a dog walker. I have a dog but also a husband to help out when I won't be home, so like raabenb said, think long and hard about it
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29 Nov 2008, 09:43
We have a dog and several of our friends here also have them. My advice dont get one unless you are married or going to be at school with someone who will work very stable hours. Kellogg is probably one of the easier schools to have a dog at, most of us live within a 10-15 minute walk of campus so running home at lunch to take the dog on a walk is easy. Our friends with dogs also have the same type of situtation as ours, wife works a 40-50 hour week (some dont work at all or work far less) but knows their schedules well in advance. Some have dog walkers if they are recruiting for very involved things like MC, others do what I do and make it work themselves.

I already know at least one person whose dog went to live with one of their parents since his wife worked crazy hours and the dog was alone almost the whole time. There are a few other people who didn't even bring their dogs to school.

Honestly, since you dont know which school you will be at I suggest not getting one. You could be at a school where you wont be living half a mile away, running back and forth between some schools and where you would want to live would not be possible. Anyways you wont be spending much time with your dog once school starts.
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29 Nov 2008, 10:32
Thanks. I have thought long and hard about it, and its killing me!

Went I visited Kellogg, I talked to a girl who had a dog. But she had a dogwalker ( I do not want to pay 15 bucks a day for this).

At Duke, I looked and saw Station 9, it appears, allows pets. It is the apt I would want to stay at.

I've got email to friend at Cornell, to see her opinion on it.

Finally, I emailed parents explaining them possiblity of them needing to have dog while I am in school.

I will make decision tomorrow. I have talked to a breeder, and have dog picked out.
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29 Nov 2008, 10:51
1st of all...at Kellogg finding a place to allow dogs is tough, it gets tougher the bigger the dog is. Over 25lbs and your choices are very limited and often pretty pricey. Half the people I know with dogs live in my building and pay 1800+ for rent...if the dog makes lots of noise you will get complaints and the dog will have to go.

2nd, you should adopt a dog. There are tons of dogs who need to be rescued, buying a dog from a breeder is silly. Its a dog, do you need a special kind of breed? The best dogs I have ever seen were mutts, they have great personalities, they often are healthier since they arent inbred, and if you dont take them in a lot of states they kill them. With the increase in foreclosures there are tons of abandoned animals looking for a home. Instead of spending $1,000+ for a pure breed, spend$250 and save a life. That $750 you save will pay for at least a few months worth of dog walkings. My opinion, dont get a dog if you are even thinking about pawning it off on your parents. That is very childish...If we hadn't already had a dog there is no way we would have gotten one right before school. Honestly, no one "NEEDS" a dog...having a dog is a commitment, dont be one of those people that wants a cute puppy and then can't handle it so you give it to someone else. You seem to be making an emotional decision at this point and rational behavior would tell you that you can't have a dog at this point. You wont see it nearly as much as you think you will. If I wasn't married, having a dog here would be completely selfish. Even with if I had a dog walker she would be alone way too much...my dog definitely would be living with my parents at this point if I didn't have a spouse who was around a lot more than I am to spend time with the dog. Finally, a 1 year old dog has tons of energy and needs a lot more running around than a 5 year old dog. Heck, our dog is 3 and goes stir crazy at times. We take her to the dog beach here as often as we could but now its getting cold and dark early so she definitely gets cabin fever sometimes. If she had the energy she had when she was 1, our house would be destroyed and no one would want to come over because she would be nuts without hours of play time. Our dog used to go to daycare almost everyday of the week when she was that age and we still would take her to the beach or dog park after we picked her up and she never tired and still would be a pain at night sometimes wanting to play more. _________________ Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond. 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Intern Joined: 30 Oct 2008 Posts: 9 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Should I buy a puppy? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 29 Nov 2008, 14:56 Operational issues aside, how is the housing situation when it comes to dogs in the different schools? I'll be facing a tough decision, whether to take me dog with me or not. it's a black lab so he's pretty big. so far all of the on-campus housing i've checked weren't dog friendly but i'm not sure how problematic/expensive finding off-campus dog friendly housing will be... O GMAT Club Legend Joined: 10 Apr 2007 Posts: 4318 Location: Back in Chicago, IL Schools: Kellogg Alum: Class of 2010 Followers: 88 Kudos [?]: 752 [0], given: 5 Re: Should I buy a puppy? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 29 Nov 2008, 15:02 Pets are typically banned from student housing so you will have to look off campus. I can tell you at Kellogg your options where to live close to campus with a large dog are pretty limited. There are a few different places that allow them and they often are a slightly more expensive becuase they allow dogs. You also will have to pay additional security deposits. _________________ Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond. 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Here in Chicago there are many options with dog friendly policies, but almost all -- at least 90%, maybe even 95% -- have weight limitations that would preclude you from bringing a large black lab. Basically, here in Chicago, if you have a big dog you can't live downtown unless you buy a place - just about every rental unit in downtown is no-pet or small-pet only. Everyone I know with dogs lives north of downtown - in part because its cheaper and you get more$ for your buck, but also because there are virtually zero options in the city itself for 90 pound dogs.
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29 Nov 2008, 19:13
I agree- be prepared to start looking early for housing that allows pets, no matter where you go. You'll find housing somewhere, but you may have to sacrifice location or quality. And if you adopt a pet, be prepared for potential psychological or health issues. If you choose a breeder, do your research to make sure they are reputable. Either way, no one needs a pet - being someone who loves animals I understand wanting one very badly, but choosing to get a new pet right before business school may not be the best decision. I have many friends who adopted a dog and then ended up having to get rid of the dog not understanding the necessary responsibility and how expensive being a pet owner can be.

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Operational issues aside, how is the housing situation when it comes to dogs in the different schools?
I'll be facing a tough decision, whether to take me dog with me or not. it's a black lab so he's pretty big. so far all of the on-campus housing i've checked weren't dog friendly but i'm not sure how problematic/expensive finding off-campus dog friendly housing will be...
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Probably depends an awful lot on the school you end up at. Here in Chicago there are many options with dog friendly policies, but almost all -- at least 90%, maybe even 95% -- have weight limitations that would preclude you from bringing a large black lab. Basically, here in Chicago, if you have a big dog you can't live downtown unless you buy a place - just about every rental unit in downtown is no-pet or small-pet only. Everyone I know with dogs lives north of downtown - in part because its cheaper and you get more \$ for your buck, but also because there are virtually zero options in the city itself for 90 pound dogs.
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01 Dec 2008, 14:37
Just wanted to point to this similar thread.
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Just in case.
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