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If you work outside the home, it is possible to own a dog, but it does take some proper planning and research.
First consider if dog ownership is something that you can commit several years of your life to. Some breeds can easily live to fifteen years of age. Consider that you'll have to be home on most weekends and evenings to give your dog some company.
Be prepared to spend some time potty training your puppy. This includes overnight jaunts outside and lunch breaks. If you can't be there, then you'll have find a friend or family member who can assist you or pay someone who can take your puppy out.
Still want a dog? Then find a breed that is more suited to a 9 to 5 life. Consider breeds like the French Bulldog or Shih Tzu that have less exercise needs and would be happy spending more time indoors. Consider adopting an older dog from a rescue or shelter, for they are more likely to already be housetrained, less active than a puppy and hae gone through the chewing stage.
If your dog isn't happy spending time at home, you can always consider doggy day care during the day or hiring a dog walker to take her out for walks. It's a big commitment, but if you're willing, the relationship and rewards will be well worth the trouble.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|