We live in a very small town. No local dog obedience classes. No local dog park. No local doggie daycare. Really the socialization is the least of my worries. The dog weighs 35 pounds. I have no difficulty keeping him under control the few times people come by, or even on walks. It is really only a concern if he goes to another family. He is a house dog that is with me whenever I am at home and we will probably just have reduced outside activity until my work hours stabilize. My signature is a bit misleading. The kids are no longer rugrats, but extremely busy high school and college students. Dog care falls to me and I was aware if that at adoption, but life happens and work has increased in an unexpected manner. Thank you far all suggestions and support. If you have more to say i am ready to listen and learn. We are working on mind engagement. I was really just worried about reduced physical activity and some comments have helped me realize it is not quite as big a concern as I was making it.
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Golf cart or bicycle are not an option. Golf cart - we are in town and can't use one. Bicycle, one or both of us would end up run over. The chuck it would be great except it is winter and I get home after dark. We have spent yours throwing a tennis ball in a local ball field in summer when it is still light when I get home. He can spend two hours straight running tennis balls in a field.
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September of last year a puppy joined our family. He is 35 pounds of tennis ball catching machine. At the time, I worked 2 1/2 to 3 says a week. I am at the same job but now working 4 to 5 days per week. I am on my feet all day and have begun having knee problems and am having trouble giving him any exercise, let alone enough. He is not getting overweight, he is just not getting out enough for a high energy dog. We also almost never have company, so he is very fearful of strangers which makes him bark and growl at people on our walks or the few times people do come to visit. I don't know whether to find a new home for him or to keep him with a less than optimal life. He is a member of the family, but I will let him go if that is what is best.
Richard, thanks for stopping by to say Hi. I have followed this thread from the very beginning and read everyday. I have not and probably will not contribute. For some reason every time I lost something on a message board, I look at it and say to myself, oh no one wants to read this. Still, I feel like I know all the regular posters on this thread and miss them when they take a few days off. God bless you, your family and all who post or just read here.
A kitten that is taken away from mother or siblings at too young an age can have aggression problems throughout life. Mom cat teaches the kittens in a way most humans can not. I adopted a 1 week old kitten when his mother was killed. He was so aggressive, I finally adopted another cat to teach him the rules. It was either that or have the cat put down. He did get better, but never became a loving cat.
I have done both clinic spays and hospital spays. It seems just the luck of the draw, but the only cat I lost and the only cat to get sick were both done at the veterinary clinic. I don't blame the vets that did the surgery, sometimes things just happen. But, I would not avoid a clinic out of fear either.