How much work are dogs?

United States
May 30, 2009 12:13pm CST
I have a younger sister that REALLY wants a house dog. Iv had dogs before but all of mine were outside dogs [we lived in the country], that eat anything you give them, but an inside dog needs real dog food and stuff. How expensive can that kind of stuff get? How hard is it to train a dog not to pee on the floor? Is it really necessary to have all of these Pets Mart memberships and whatnot? And most importantly, what kind of dog makes a good inside dog?
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
30 May 09
Inside dogs are like children. They have to be taught manners like bathroom and not chewing on things, etc. I've always had inside dogs. Currently I have two. I have trained them and they also are leash trained although they do go outside in the back yard sometimes. I would rather have an inside dog. But they do take work.
• United States
30 May 09
Do your dogs fight?
• United States
30 May 09
Remember that when you get a dog , they will be with you for maybe 13 years or so . Training them is about like training your children. When they are pups you have to have a constant eye on them. They are little poopin and chewin machines ! If you get a dog , be sure it is what you want , not the child . Alot of times children get bored with them and its the lady of the house that does all the training and care . I would just try the humane society or shelter . I'm sure you would find some good, house dogs there.
@jb78000 (15178)
30 May 09
also expense and work depends on kind of dog - obviously bigger ones need more walking and food.
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
30 May 09
Dogs can make really good house pets, as long as you train them. You can go to half price books and they have cheap training books, and even dvds. If you work with the dog as a puppy you can train relaively easily to pee outside. They also have puppy training pads that help with that as well. Or, you can go to a shelter and a lot of the dogs they have there are already house broken, this would be a good option if you don't think you will have time to train them. Petsmart also has obedience school, although this is a more expensive option. You can get the dog food inexpensively. The memberships aren't necessary, but they can get you discounts and things like that. Growing up I had a mixed poodle, a shih tzu, and a dachstaund. All of these were really good indoor dogs. I also had friend who had a bichon friese. Those are good too. The dachstaunds are very affectionate so if that gets on your nerves, it is probably not the best choice, but they are very sweet. Also, if you check out a local animal shelter they will have information on their specific dogs letting you know if they are good indoors, or with kids, all kinds of information like that. I do think dogs are a great pet though!
• United States
30 May 09
So your saying if i'm going to get any kind of dog to make sure its still a puppy because they are easily trained?
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
30 May 09
Puppies are easier to try but older dogs can be too. I might actually go to a shelter and get an older one that has already been trained. Then you don't have to do qutie as much