Can/Should We Get a Puppy?

Hi guys!

So I’m 13 and ever since summer started in June, I’ve been thinking about getting a Shih tzu puppy. I’ve always wanted a puppy ever since I was 7 but we lived in an apartment back then so we couldn’t get one. This summer is going by WAY TOO FAST!!!

So, here’s an outline of my family:

-Mom works from 7:15 am — 4 pm
-Dad works from 7:30 am — 6 pm
-My sister and I go to school until 2:30
-Big house, nice yard

There are $300 puppies for sale and I seriously would like to buy one! I’m just worried because it’s only 1 month and 2 weeks old, which means that it’ll still be a puppy when school starts.

Is this okay? Is there a way to work around this? Thank you soso much! :)
By the way. School starts the 29th of august.

You’re 13 years old. In 5 years or so, you will be leaving home and either going to college or start work. Who will look after the dog then? Will you be able to afford it’s upkeep (dogs are not cheap if you care for them properly). Will you still be prepared to walk the dog at least once every day. Will you be able ot find accommodation that you can afford that will allow you to keep a dog with its pack? A dog is not a doll or a baby - it is a huge responsibility. Do you really want that kind of responsibility at your age? I’m not saying you are immature or anything, but a god is for life, not just because you decide having one would be fun! Perhaps you should spend a couple of years thinking about it, perhaps volunteer at the local dog pound so you can get an idea of what it takes to care for a dog, and then think again about whether you really want a dog.

I assume you leave home in the morning when your parents do? If so, you would be leaving your young puppy alone for around 8 hours. This is too long to crate a dog for without breaks. Where would your dog toilet in that time? Surely you would not let your dog toilet inside the apartment? That’s is pretty unhygienic! In my opinion, it is too long to leave a dog (which is a pack animal and therefore social) on its own anyway. So, for this reason alone, I don’t think you will have the time to deal with a dog, even if you are able to spend the necessary time and money training the dog before you start back at school. You could consider doggie daycare, or a dog walker, but it costs money of course.

Also, who will be paying for your dog’s needs? Dogs cost a lot if you want to keep them properly (and if you don’t want to keep them properly, you should not get a dog!). Cost include: obedience training, vet, flea and worm treatments, vaccinations, registraion, food (and please make sure you feed good quality food - most of the stuff you get is junk food - this is a great website: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ ), toys, treats, petrol for taking dog to beach or special places for fun etc). There is no way as a thirteen year old I would have been able to afford all that.

How much do you really know about dogs? You say you have wanted a dog since you were 7. Yes, dogs are cute - lots of people want them until they find out the reality of it! Have you been to your local library to research dog care? Do you know that dogs need to be socialised at a young age? Will you be able to do this?

I’m sorry - it’s probably not the answer you want to hear, but it is the truth. It sounds like you are a caring person, and have the best intentions, but the reality of owning a dog is that it takes time (training, walks), money ( and organising your lives so that your dog can be with its pack most of the time.

Too many dogs are given up or abandoned because the owner does not understand how much of a responsibility a dog is. If you want a pet and an easy life, get a cat!

11 Responses to “Can/Should We Get a Puppy?”

  1. jamie2 says:

    Sounds good just like me but ask your parents
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  2. Broadway Girl says:

    Yep but you have to do "hard core training" so by the time school starts she is just a well mannered girl!!!!
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  3. GioG says:

    although its not recommended you buy a puppy from a private owner i say wait till the dog is a little older it still needs to be with the mother for extra care.
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  4. hollisterr12 says:

    It seems like you guys wouldn’t have enough time for it especially puppies need a whole bunch of attention. But if your parents agree and think you are ready for it then go for it. But if I were you I wouldn’t get a puppy until summer break again so you could spend more time with it and all besides going to school and everything. It seems like you would spend time with it just not the enough time it needs and puppies are extremely hard to take care of I just got a German Shepherd puppy right when school was around and I barely got to see it and it was always going potty in the house every 5-10 minutes and it ate everything.
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  5. Sen says:

    Thats plenty of time to teach a puppy where to potty and the difference between toys and not toys. You might have to crate it until it learns not to eat things just to keep it safe. Make sure it has water and a busy bone might keep it happy until you get home. First make sure the people you are buying from are reputable people and not a puppy mill, and the pups are healthy, then enjoy your puppy.
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  6. Lucy says:

    Make a small room for your new puppy (if parents permit) and use wee wee pads to train your dog! That’s shared did in our laundry room! Good luck
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  7. studentCR says:

    puppies, especially shih tzu’s are REALLY hard to potty train so you need to consider that. It’ll be easiest if you have hardwood floors in your house (easier to clean up, it can’t soak thru carpets). But it’s best to have someone there to be consistent in potty training for the first few months. You can keep the puppy in the kennel until you get home from school, but now puppy could hold their potty from 7am- 2:30pm, so they’d end up being in their potty all day. The only way around this would be if you had a fenced in area of the yard for the puppy to stay in while you’re in school.
    What do you parents think of this - their opinion matters a great deal!
    Puppies are SUPER fun and really loveable and I’ve loved having puppies, but they’re a lot of work for the first 6-ish months.
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    pet owner for 15 years

  8. YaYaGirl says:

    Why would living in an apartment stop you from getting a dog?

    I live in a one bedroom apartment and have 3 cats and a dog.

    Well, a dog that young needs to be crate trained/housebroken and to go outside about every 3 to 4 hours but an hour after each meal. You would need to take the dog out first thing in the morning. Feed her/him when you come back in. Out about a hour after being feed. Then every 3 to 4 hours. Last time just before bed. When you can’t be home put the dog in a crate. Also have the dog sleep at night in a crate. If someone can be home around lunch time to take the dog out I don’t see why with that schedule your family shouldn’t get a dog.
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  9. pee says:

    i got a maltese x poodle ( so cute she’s black) and i have to go to school to but dogs can be left at home, but not when there young so maybe u should wait until ur next holidays
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  10. cav mom says:

    Oh my! If this is for real you aren’t going to like my answer. First off the puppy is way to young to leave it’s mom and siblings. The pup should be no younger than 8wks. when it leaves mom and preferably 9-10wks. No responsible breeder would let puppies go this young. This is a very important time for the puppy to learn social skills from mom and siblings. This is not a responsible breeder. and in many states it is illegal to take pups away from mom before 8wks.

    Second you can’t leave a tiny puppy in the back yard all day. You will have a very difficult time housebreaking the puppy. The pup needs to go out every 2hrs. to potty if you want to get it housebroke. Everyone is gone all day and the poor baby is on it’s own. I would suggest that you get an older pup/dog from breed rescue. Many are already housebroke and more prepared to be left alone. The adoption fee is about the same as the price of the puppy or maybe a little less and the foster parents will be able to tell you everything about the dog. Check the site below,scroll down to Looking for a Shih Tzu and click on rescue. You could also go to petfinders.com. Put in info for what you want and it will show all shelters and rescues in your area with Shih Tzu’s available.
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    americanshihtzuclub.org

  11. Becks says:

    You’re 13 years old. In 5 years or so, you will be leaving home and either going to college or start work. Who will look after the dog then? Will you be able to afford it’s upkeep (dogs are not cheap if you care for them properly). Will you still be prepared to walk the dog at least once every day. Will you be able ot find accommodation that you can afford that will allow you to keep a dog with its pack? A dog is not a doll or a baby - it is a huge responsibility. Do you really want that kind of responsibility at your age? I’m not saying you are immature or anything, but a god is for life, not just because you decide having one would be fun! Perhaps you should spend a couple of years thinking about it, perhaps volunteer at the local dog pound so you can get an idea of what it takes to care for a dog, and then think again about whether you really want a dog.

    I assume you leave home in the morning when your parents do? If so, you would be leaving your young puppy alone for around 8 hours. This is too long to crate a dog for without breaks. Where would your dog toilet in that time? Surely you would not let your dog toilet inside the apartment? That’s is pretty unhygienic! In my opinion, it is too long to leave a dog (which is a pack animal and therefore social) on its own anyway. So, for this reason alone, I don’t think you will have the time to deal with a dog, even if you are able to spend the necessary time and money training the dog before you start back at school. You could consider doggie daycare, or a dog walker, but it costs money of course.

    Also, who will be paying for your dog’s needs? Dogs cost a lot if you want to keep them properly (and if you don’t want to keep them properly, you should not get a dog!). Cost include: obedience training, vet, flea and worm treatments, vaccinations, registraion, food (and please make sure you feed good quality food - most of the stuff you get is junk food - this is a great website: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ ), toys, treats, petrol for taking dog to beach or special places for fun etc). There is no way as a thirteen year old I would have been able to afford all that.

    How much do you really know about dogs? You say you have wanted a dog since you were 7. Yes, dogs are cute - lots of people want them until they find out the reality of it! Have you been to your local library to research dog care? Do you know that dogs need to be socialised at a young age? Will you be able to do this?

    I’m sorry - it’s probably not the answer you want to hear, but it is the truth. It sounds like you are a caring person, and have the best intentions, but the reality of owning a dog is that it takes time (training, walks), money ( and organising your lives so that your dog can be with its pack most of the time.

    Too many dogs are given up or abandoned because the owner does not understand how much of a responsibility a dog is. If you want a pet and an easy life, get a cat!
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