Anonymous asked: I was wondering if you could give advice on puppies. I'd like to get a new puppy soon but my partner and I both work and I was wondering how you handled having a puppy, training him and working?
When I wasn’t able to bring my dog to work with me I worked short shifts and he was never alone for more than 5-6 hours. & when he was it was very, very rare. I also had a room mate and boyfriend at the time that were always there when I wasn’t. If you don’t have the time for obedience training at home/classes & you work all the time I’d suggest getting a snake or tarantula. Puppies are incredibly high energy and if you can’t make the time to run them/exercise them 1-2 times daily I would just look into a different pet. Or adopt an older, low energy dog from a shelter. There’s tons out there. I also highly recommend crate training. If you and your partner work long shifts but work opposite ones a younger puppy might work, though. With crate training, obedience classes and making time you could have a great puppy even while having to work. You can also look into having someone come over for short 25-30 minute walks while you work. I would also recommend doing tons and tons of research on what breed would work best for you. Look into a low energy dog and if you want to I’d just go buy a book called “The Dog Bible.” It covers all breeds with a description of their temperament, health issues that might occur, adult weight and tons of other shit. Hopefully that helps a little. Sorry i’m so scatter brained.