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A dog and teaching

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Bonnie23, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter


    Some of you may have seen my other thread about moving out and living alone.

    I'm basically after some opinions. As a teacher (starting my third year! how time flies!) I know we often work some odd hours. I teach a practical subject so it's important that I have enough time to prep things for my lessons.

    I really want a dog, we've always had them in our family and I believe they add an extra loveable dynamic to the home. What I'm worried about is whether its suitable around a teachers schedule?

    I live alone and I would prefer a puppy so I can raise it with my rules but I'm not ruling out adopting a dog from a shelter.

    How do other people manage looking after their pets? Do you have times of the day you stick to? Do you find it fair?

    I don't want to have a dog if I can't look after it, it's a huge responsibility.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    You could try dog walkers or friends/family with dogs who are at home to take them out and spend time with them until you are home.
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  3. happypug

    happypug New commenter

    In my previous post as a TA, having a dog was JUST about manageable without outside help. That is - leaving at 8:45 and coming home at 3:30, living right by the school and being able to drop in at lunch. I have a lazy pug who sleeps all day but it would be cruel to leave him alone any longer than that. I've moved nearer to my mum's house so that she can drop by with her dog when I do my PGCE. I think on a teacher's schedule (assuming you are there early and leave a considerable time after lessons finish) it would be impossible to have a dog without outside help like family or a dog walker, which can be really expensive when they're doing it every day. I think it also depends on the size of the dog how long they can hold it for without needing to go to the loo.

    Puppies, again, it depends on what sort of dog as to how quickly/easily you can train them, and whether they like to be alone or not. They are ridiculously demanding for a couple of months, as in, getting up every few hours in the night to potty train and walking around like a zombie.

    Dogs are a huge responsibility, like you say, but really rewarding if you can be there for them!
  4. theworm123

    theworm123 Lead commenter

    If you decide a dog may not be a possibility, you could consider a cat. They are more free-willed and less needy than a dog. I will need to commute an hour and 15 mins to Manchester from North Wales every day and my partner works far away, so we don't have time for a dog but the cat does her own thing until we get back about 5.30 pm.
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  5. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    I have considered a cat but during the holidays I go away to visit my parents, they have two dogs, one of which hates cats and I would have to put the cat into (i think it's called) a cattery? cat version of a kennel which would be unfair.
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  6. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Hi, I am a teacher with a dog but .... We only took him on because my partner is at home during the day and we also have a dog loving lodger who takes him for walks. I'm afraid I don't think a dog is a good idea for you at the moment. They really suffer through being left alone so it just wouldn't be fair. Plus if you're renting you might struggle to find a landlord who will accept one. Sorry ... A cat would be a better plan.
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  7. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Sorry. Cross posted. Could you get a cat and get it looked after in the holidays?
  8. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    I know someone who did it, but their dog was in a kennels during the day. Not a good idea to leave one alone.
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  9. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    We had a business manager who, for a brief time, brought two dogs into school. They stayed in her office, except they didn't and escaped, running up and down the corridor and messing everywhere.
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  10. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I think you need to think about the life the dog would need if you are out at work all day (and sometimes for evening meetings) - and for your neighbours if the dog keeps barking all day. Not likely to make friends that way...
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  11. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    I have had both cats and dogs.

    A dog will take a considerable amount of time to take care of properly and animals are a huge responsibility as you rightly recognise and a puppy even more so.

    I would strongly suggest that you don't get a dog since taking care of a dog is going to put a lot of pressure on your already tight schedule. In the freezing rain, sleet, snow before you leave for work, you will have to get up and take the dog out for a walk and toileting needs, feed and play with the dog. When you get home, you will have to repeat the same and it is not fair on the dog to leave it alone for hours while you are at work. When you retire or work part time, you will be a much better position to have a dog.

    A cat is a much better option for a pet and contrary to myth, they are very sociable and when you get home, all you have to do is sit down and if you have a cat with a gentle disposition, they will get in your lap and stresses of the day will melt away.

    With a cat, you can use a litter box or cat flap, cats sleep most of the day, and do not need walks. Ideally, two cats together are best, but some people have just one.

    Cats still need attention and care, but their needs are somewhat different and fit into a busy schedule more easily.

    Rescue centres are overflowing with cats who need a home and you have a choice of pedigree cats, domestic cats, short hair , long hair, different coat patterns, different personalities, old cats, kittens, any type of cat you could wish for.

    Both animals dogs and cats make wonderful pets and bring a lot of comfort and companionship to people, but for you I would say put the idea of getting a dog on hold for right now and go with a cat.
  12. catbanj

    catbanj Occasional commenter

    From a welfare point of view I would say it's a no. A dog is a social creature and needs company. We would expect to go to the toilet at some point during the day, so will a dog. To leave it all day isn't just selfish it is cruel. It can also limit where you can live as many landlords won't allow pets.

    Having said that...... you can get doggy day-care, basically a creche for dogs where they are exercised and socialised. It does cost though so needs to be factored in along with insurance, food etc.

    I've always had cats as they could cope with my mad working day but they did provide me with company on an evening. Only since I've had a husband at home all day have I been able to have dogs.

    If I was you I'd get settled at your new school and see what your working day looks like before deciding what you need. You could find there are a few people in the same boat as you and you pal up, you might even decide to share a house. See how things pan out and make a decision at half term.

    You just have so much going on at the minute, your head must be spinning. Good luck in the new job
  13. Saland45

    Saland45 New commenter


    I would tend to agree...dogs are social and it is u fair to leave them for hours and hours even if you have someone to walk them for you and look in on them.....It can be no surprise when someone goes home to find they have eaten the skirting boards and made a mess...you imagine trying to entertain yourself for eight or more hours a day and you are desperate for the loo!!! ...some people do the crate thing for long hours as well which I do feel is quite cruel....cats seem a better option
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  14. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    A puppy? Not a good idea as they take lots of training in those early months.

    An ex colleague had a dog which she dropped off each morning in doggy day care and it cost a fortune!!

    As written ^^^^ a dog is a social animal and it is cruel to leave them alone all day. Of course my answer to this might be get two dogs...............................

    I remember reading a post here some time ago which said we don't need dogs but they need us (GDW ?) and I would agree with this.

    We have always had at least 2 dogs but OH has a job where he can pop home every couple of hours.
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  15. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    My BIL has recently got a puppy and though not teachers, they are out for long periods, though teenagers are back by 4:00. It is taking ages to toilet train because they are not there to train it. They now leave it outside during the day and it barks all day. It is also very destructive.
    A teacher neighbour of my mum's had a dog that literally went from window to window barking all day. They never knew because as soon as it heard their car turn into the street, it stopped. I had a colleague with a dog, but he lived practically next door to the school, so was able to go home at lunch.
    I would get a cat. When introduced early, dogs and cats can get on. My old cat used to curl up in my neighbours dog basket with their dog.
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  16. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    Cats don't have to go into a cattery if you know a neighbour willing to feed it. It is easy to get someone to feed a cat as they are no problem. Either that or pay a child to do it, not a pupil obviously.
  17. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    We have three dogs. My husband or I walk them in the morning. During the day they are in our garage with access to a decent sized patio area. Three times a week a dog walker comes in. I couldn't manage a dog on my own.

    I would have other concerns about being alone and owning a dog. It isn't good for a dog to become too attached to one person. They can become overprotective and aggressive. You would have to work hard to make sure the dog was socialized adequately.
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  18. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I'm reminded of my school dragon History teacher who had a big black labrador called Rastus (it was the 1970s).

    She used to take Rastus to school and he'd sit at the end of the corridor with her when she was on duty. I can remember talking with her once and a bleached blonde fifth form girl came tottering past on platform soles with make-up that had been trowelled on, and Rastus started growling. "You don't like that one do you Rastus?" remarked Miss. Made me chuckle.
  19. Crowbob

    Crowbob Lead commenter

    Putting a cat in a cattery on the odd ocassion that you go to visit your folks is much fairer than leaving a dog on its own all day during term time.
  20. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Sorry, no dogs.
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