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    Posted: Aug 12 2014 at 5:54pm
I'm being begged by my s.o to take one of the puppies our mutual friend's dog just had. I know next to nothing about being a pet owner, aside from the time when I had a fish as a kid. Before I take on the responsibility, anybody have any tips or things I should be primed on? Health Insurance, going to the vet, dogfood, and other things I might not be aware of?

So yeah, dog owning for dummies. Help?


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You and I are in the same shoes. My hubby says we are getting a dog for the boys next week. I tried to change their mind and got them a rabbit. The poor rabbit stays in the cage in the garage. They feed it and change the cage every friday but the guys out number the WOMAN of the house. I just fear the day I wake up for water or chicken in the middle of the night and step in poop with my bare feet.Dead

I will bleach that foot until its lightskinned.


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not everyone is built for that life, you're setting yourself up for 8+ years of picking up dog sh*t 1 to 2 times a day
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They have pet health insurance? Get it!!

My friend just paid an ass amount of money for her rescue dog. The dog contracted some near fatal virus and had to get a hysterectomy and was at the vet for over a week. That on top of the visits when they were trying to figure out what was wrong plus meds cost them 1,000+
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pets are like kids that never grow up.

proceed with caution. LOL
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we got cats out of the blue, in a do or die for week old kittens kind of scenerio

I was disgusted at the thought of cats in the house, worried about hair, smells and the litter

But it's been easy breeze and even my grandmother loves them and she's an almost 90 year old caribbean lady (typically very anti animal)

Dogs are more loving and more easily trained so I imagine that the pros will outrun the cons


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yeah I agree about dogs giving more, but they also require more (I think)
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can't you train a dog to use wee wee pads? 

I saw a vid about dogs trained to pray before meals so I figure they learn anything lol


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Dogs are great! So loving and they get excited everytime you walk in the door. I got my dog a couple years ago as a surprise I never had a pet before so im no expert but...

definitely keep his shots up to date

give him a preventative flea and tick medication every month (I use trifexis)

go to a groomer that is small (my dog hated going to pet smart they keep them crated for hours)

Potty training can be a pain but if you keep them in a crate you won't have to worry about an accident in the house

go to the pet store the employees there usually have great tips...also ask the vet they are the ultimate expert
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what are you getting, Random?

I'[m fond of German Shepherds

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