Living alone - should I own a dog?

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We had an email this week from Jenn:


I stumbled upon your blog while googling about french Bulldogs. Rocco is such a beautiful dog btw. I am dying to own a dog, a french bulldog in particular however, I live alone in a condo in NJ, I work in the city and gone from 7am til 7pm most days. Given that scenario, is it practically impossible to own a dog? I have the funds for a dog walker a few times a week but still, my work schedule is pretty routine. How can I make this work, if at all?

Would love some advice!

Thank you,

This is a tough call.

I work from 7am to 4pm. So i'm back after a day of work and Rocco seems just fine. I walk him a lot and he seems happy enough.

I would say that you can do it, as long as you don't stick your dog in an apartment all day. If you are willing to do doggie day care 5 days a week and not a dog walker, then I think that is more fair to the dog. Especially in the early formative years. Rocco I had a dog walker walk him twice a day at 11am and then at 2pm, and I would get home by 5pm. I tried to make sure he didn't go more than 3-4 hours before a walk up until he was 6 months old.

After 6 months I then had doggie day care two days a week on Tuesday and Thursday. I would have the dog walker see him Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This cost me $100+ a week. I was spending $400 a month or more on my French Bulldog for dog walks and doggie day care. It paid dividends in the long run, he's a socially well adjusted dog and now that he's older, he is OK with hanging around at home by himself. Would he even be happier in doggie day care - I bet he would, but like I said I considered it to be more necessary when he was younger.

Also if not a French Bulldog - what about adopting a rescue? If you think about it, dogs are killed every day because they can't get a good home. Even if you are working 12 hours a day, I think that's a better home than a poor pooch locked up in a cage.

My advice would be not to get a French Bulldog, or any dog, unless you have the money to keep them happy. I waited until I was 38 before I had the financial security to own a dog and properly care for him. I suggest you do the same.


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