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Fish with dogs - How is your experience? My partner and I are thinking about getting a puppy. My project is local but might start traveling again (and I want to travel). Partner's work is all local

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Consider adopting a 3-4 year old dog from a rescue. Many rescues (NOT SHELTERS) have foster to adopt programs so you can see if it will really be a fit. Puppies are a ton of work. 3-5 years is really the sweet spot IMO. Regarding spontaneous get aways - research some highly rated local boarding facilities or find a friend with a dog that’s willing to dog sit for you and vice versa. I also strongly recommend crate training the dog at least for one year and having a walker on call - especially if you have an unpredictable schedule. It will limit any potential destruction/accidents.

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Ah I read it first as combining fish and dogs as pets :). Need to sleep!

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Haha those are my pets. Fish and a dog. And plants

Say goodbye to spontaneous weekend getaways

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OR spontaneous pup friend getaways

We have had dogs for a long time . Once you get one - you can’t be without one . It’s literally and figuratively a life changing event

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Yes I was traveling and it worked great

Is your partner equally keen on getting a dog? That is the most important question. If you’re going to travel and partner is not as keen on having a dog, it’s not going to be a fun time for all 3 of you.

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My partner is totally onboard but I am afraid he might resent the dog and the responsibility if I started traveling again

It’s a challenge when I travel and my spouse works most of the day, the dogs can be along for 9-10hrs or more if my spouse has to run errands. Luckily we have a close friend who will watch the pups and super busy weeks. Easier to do if you have a partner or roommate that is home often.
I dont think we’ll ever go back to not having dogs though, you give up a little freedom, but it’s totally worth it to have an animal that truly loves you and is pumped to see you after a long day/week

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Just be ready for the dog to like your partner wayyyy more than you

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As long as one of you is home, understand the work that having a dog entails (a lot) and the attention that it will require, you should be fine. We have a one year old and it's great but everybody in our family contributes to taking care of him.

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Once you start traveling it will be on your partner so on the weekends you should pick up the slack. That’s how my girlfriend and I do it

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Not a good idea imo unless you can commit equal effort

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