**What breed have you decided on? **
Looking for a mutt, medium sized, probably something with some lab in it. Right now, I’m in talks with the owner of an 8mo old Beagle/Lab mix. Assuming she can’t find someone to adopt it by Christmas (when I’m getting my puppy, I want to have a few solid weeks to dedicate to it where I’m not in classes at all), I’m really considering getting it.
**How big is your home? **
I live in a fraternity house. 20 rooms, lots of hallways and big public rooms. After a while I’d be comfortable with it roaming (we’ve had lots of dogs live with their owners in the past and they’ve been allowed to run around, people aren’t stupid enough to let them out of the house and everyone enjoys the company of a dog). However, my actual room (where the crate will be and the dog will spend a good amount of time) is fairly small, which is why despite the fact that I like big dogs more, I’m getting a medium sized dog. I move out in about a year or so.
Will you be getting a new puppy or a young dog or an adult dog?
Looking for a dog around ~1 year old. Still young enough to grow up with, but past the initial puppy stage. I don’t think I’m expert enough about dogs to raise a puppy from the few weeks/months stage.
**Do you have a fenced-in-yard or will you be walking the dog? **
Walking. We have a good bit of green space on campus for me to take him to, as well as a dog park down the road. Do not have a fenced-in-yard at all, unfortunately. I completely understand that a dog needs its exercise, and I’ll take him out multiple times a day for walks and play-time, not including fetch in the long hallways and all the running around he’ll get in the house.
**How much will the dog be alone during the day? **
After a while, not much. Only when I’m at class, so a few hours a day. By summer-time, I’ll be working 9-5, but there’ll be people around to take him out (I’ll make sure of that!), and also by that time, hopefully he will be comfortable enough with the house to be able to be outside of my room by himself. If he’s not, obviously I won’t let him, but earlier dogs in the house were completely ok on their own around the house. Regardless, I will be taking him out before work and when I get back, so I think it should be fine.
How are those answers? Am I too naive about this? Am I missing things? Please, be critical, I truly understand that this is a living creature that I will be responsible for, and I don’t want to do it wrong.