Would you adopt at this time?

lulilu

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It's great in theory, but I'd be worried about caring for the animal I adopt. Vaccines and vet care, for example, are limited. You won't be able to hire a trainer. You will have to go out to buy pet supplies as you learn what your puppy needs, which means you'd be violating the spirit of social distancing.
My vet and dog specialists just come out and get the dog, talk to you on the phone, and return the dog. We all wait in the parking lot. We also order almost all food, prescriptions, toys etc from Chewy or Amazon so no need to go out shopping for them.

In my humble opinion, it depends on what your non-covid schedule is. After these few months when this finally passes (hopefully!), will you be working 10 hour days, leaving the dog at home? Or do you work in a doggy-friendly place where you’d be able to keep them around?

Socialization can be taught when a little bit older, esp in less than 12 months (I believe, anyway), but separation anxiety is a thing and especially with small dogs the neighbors will hate you while they “learn”... Having you around 24/7 and then not for many hours would be a tough, tough transition for a puppy. Not that it’s easy for any dog, but again, we have months to go on this thing most likely, and at the early bonding/development stage the puppy would be learning that, like real dog packs used to be, you’ll be together 24/7. Then bam, come June or whenever we’re allowed to go out again, that’d change.
I quit work a few years ago and my littles have become velcro dogs. They go EVERYWHERE I go in the house and want to sit on my lap or right next to me when I sit down. I haven't gone out much at all in the past year (I used to go out at least to the gym daily, and run errands) and my daughter has told me that they cry if I am not home. I didn't realize how attached they've become. IDK what they'd do if I had to leave them all day.

I just did. I have had a 10 week old rescue puppy for 4 days. Just curious ... about how long am I going to have to keep my bags, shoes, clothes locked up :biggrin:
It's funny, my first doxie was a chewer. But he preferred wood -- the legs of chairs, corners of cabinets and furniture. We gave him lots of toys to redirect him. He did grow out of it eventually. My other dogs over the years have not been inclined to chew shoes or bags -- UNLESS they smell food in your bag. Then they will go for it if at all possible. That can lead to dangerous ingestions of chocolate or other bad things. So all food is out of reach (they are too small to counter surf, but will find their way to a table top if they can when left alone). I have always been horrified to hear about chewed shoes and bags. I think that crates are important to keep chewers safe if you are not around.
 
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OogleAtLuxury

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My vet and dog specialists just come out and get the dog, talk to you on the phone, and return the dog. We all wait in the parking lot.



I quit work a few years ago and my littles have become velcro dogs. They go EVERYWHERE I go in the house and want to sit on my lap or right next to me when I sit down. I haven't gone out much at all in the past year (I used to go out at least to the gym daily, and run errands) and my daughter has told me that they cry if I am not home. I didn't realize how attached they've become. IDK what they'd do if I had to leave them all day.



It's funny, my first doxie was a chewer. But he preferred wood -- the legs of chairs, corners of cabinets and furniture. We gave him lots of toys to redirect him. He did grow out of it eventually. My other dogs over the years have not been inclined to chew shoes or bags -- UNLESS they smell food in your bag. Then they will go for it if at all possible. That can lead to dangerous ingestions of chocolate or other bad things. So all food is out of reach (they are too small to counter surf, but will find their way to a table top if they can when left alone). I have always been horrified to hear about chewed shoes and bags. I think that crates are important to keep chewers safe if you are not around.
My post was from April. Obviously things have changed since then!
 

OogleAtLuxury

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You are right, I am sure. I don't remember whether there was a time when the vet didn't do this.
Probably depends on where you live, honestly, so I don't doubt that we're both accurate!

In March/April where I live, literally everything except grocery stores and pharmacies was shut for a time period. So, trainers, etc. were going on Facebook/Nextdoor to try to offer their services outside of the scope of their companies, since they couldn't really access customers in any other way. Totally get that it was different in different parts of the world, though. Now, where I live, you can basically access anything except some indoor dining as long as you're wearing a mask!