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Pros and cons of becoming a dog owner as a consultant? I have said for years the only reason I don’t have a dog is because of how much I travel at times and it would’ve be fair to the dog...I am single and live alone but have a great house and big yard...and not sure travel will come back as crazy as it used to be. Thoughts?

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My quarantine pup☺️ debating on getting a second too

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Omg, I just canNOT with the cuteness!!!

Get the dog!! LIFE IS SHORT. Figure out the rest as it comes. You make good money and can afford a sitter or boarding when/if you need to travel

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But what happens when traveling does come back even if you only travel 5 years out of the year, who will watch your dog for 5 weeks? Or will you pay a a ton of money for boarding and be ok with it? If.yku have friends and family close that are willing to watch them, then maybe. But I still find it challenging to have somebody watch my dog for 2 weeks of vacation during normal years. Why don't you foster so you get all the benefits of.a dog with no long term commitment?

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Second this idea! Fostering is so rewarding, and if it turns out you have to travel more next year than you are now, you won’t have to worry if your pup will be ok, or shell out tons of $$ for boarding or dog sitters.

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A little motto I’ve been trying to keep in mind this year: “Don’t make a permanent decision in a temporary situation.”

That being said, pets are wonderful and if you think that your lifestyle post-pandemic will be suitable for having a dog and giving it the attention/care it deserves, go for it!

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Was always against this but if you rescue or foster, you are genuinely providing a much better (maybe great!) life than they had. Still will need to be walked tho, eg hiring a $20/day walker. my $.02

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Depends on the dog. Some definitely do have separation anxiety, some couldn't care less (volunteered for 3 years at a rescue)

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Agree. You can absolutely do it as long as you are ok with paying for someone to watch them or board them while you're gone. I used to work somewhere else, made 50k and traveled for work a lot but I could still make doggie daycare/boarding work ans highly recommend it! My dog is my everything ❤

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In nyc it would cost you 50k for the year to
Put them in daycare, as much as a child

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I got a dog. I have a list of friends and family members who will take her the 8 days a month I travel. We have been told we will not travel until at least March. I think it will be longer since I work in HC. I love her dearly.

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My boyfriend and I (both consultants) got a quarantine puppy and love her to pieces! I wouldn’t change a thing but I am a little worried how we will logistically work out traveling with her. Dogs are expensive but if the bring you happiness, why not? It’s all about what you prioritize

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You definitely need a village to raise a dog as a single woman. I had a list of people who would take in my dog when I was traveling for work or fun. It helps she’s an angel. One long Xmas holiday abroad (gosh, remember those days?), I had 4 different arrangements to defray costs and account for others’ holiday schedules. It was lots of handoffs between friends who didn’t know each other but it worked out and they all had a blast. Oh and finding a partner is helpful who can stay at home while you travel for work - but that’s a whole different discussion!

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Thanks for sharing and that makes a lot of sense! I am in a relationship with a guy who doesn’t travel, and my Dad lives close by and loves dogs so he would think it heavenly to help occasionally.

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following! i am also considering :)

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I said the same (until my partner moved in and we adopted) but what I did was volunteer. I walked dogs at a rescue which also opened the door to short term foster opportunities over holidays wh n the shelters would be closed. Years later I still would recommend waiting if it's possible you'll be gone m - th.

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Research and run scenarios of how many days of doggy daycare per week you can afford once travel returns, whenever that is next year or after. Sometimes people become very attached to their pets to the point that it clouds their judgement, for example a colleague would refuse to come to meetings in person because of her dogs, she’s no longer with my firm. You will have to be comfortable with leaving your dog. No one can really know how frequent travel will be, but when it does come, are you going to put your dog or career first?

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I was on the board of directors of a dog rescue for years and the main reason we couldn’t pull more dogs from shelters is we didn’t have enough fosters. No-pet foster homes?! Priceless and rare AF for dogs who really need some peace and quiet. I have no shame. Please apply to foster and try it on for size. The other benefit of fostering for a rescue is that if you do decide to adopt and see an available dog that you want you’re typically at the front of the line as a trusted volunteer.

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If you need encouragement.. DO IT!! I️ adopted my pup in March (it was initially planned as fostering.. but every week solidified the fact that I️ needed this dog and this dog needed me). It’s definitely difficult at times.. you need to completely rethink your schedule and your priorities. I personally think the positives outweigh the negatives

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Covid pup was my best decision of 2020 😭I support

My husband and I both traveled a lot for work pre covid. I was gone every week and he traveled 1 week a month (sometimes two). We put la pooch in the same pet boarding kennel every time where he has other dog friends and is showered with attention by the college women who work there. Costs us $35/day but we’re okay with it and plan our budget accordingly.

We just got a puppy:

Pros-
1) adorable omg I die a bit inside and like can’t it’s too cute
2) company - you never feel alone
3) entertainment - always getting into stuff
4) exercise - will get you moving

Cons-
1) getting up at night to take them out
2) house training mistakes
3) house training is a lot of work (we have had the dog for a month and she still pees inside regularly)
4) you need to train them for everything and some dog breeds are quicker than others
5) chewing on things they shouldn’t chew on (we have had Christmas light chords chewed off, rugs, etc).

This is why I never have had (and never will) a puppy. 2 and up for the win!

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I would travel with my pup before quarantine - my client was driving distance from my home, I stayed at pet friendly hotels and sent her to doggy daycare the 3-4 days I was at the client.

After that project was over I had friends in my neighborhood watch her when necessary.

She’s the best dog ever - and well travelled which made her very well adjusted to any situation. Plus my coworkers loved seeing her at team dinners on restaurant patios or dog friendly places.

Basically, when you want something to work - it can work it just takes extra planning and asking others for help every once in awhile.

Answer this. Are you prepared to:
1) spend ~30-50k for a pet sitter or good kennel facility if traveling picks up?
OR
2) leave your job for one that won’t require travel so you’re home. I left my consulting role for an internal position. It wasn’t fair to my dog that he was in a kennel ever week - lots of anxiety and depression

I foster and volunteer with the animal shelter. The number of puppies (that grew up to be dogs) that were dropped off were mostly all from people who “didn’t realize how hard it was” or became “too busy”.

Some things to note:
A)Consider short term fostering instead.
B) Search the consulting bowl for these posts as others have asked this as well
C) really research and understand how much time, training and money a dog will take before you fully commit.

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