Should I get a dog when I have children?

Getting a dog is a big commitment and something that should not be considered lightly.

I got my dog Marley a year before my little boy was born. He arrived and I instantly fell in love with him. He was so tiny, adorable in fact and all he wanted was some love back. Looking in to them puppy dog eyes, I knew I had made the right decision getting a dog.  Remember this was before I had a child, so he was my only responsibility and I was able to devote all my time to this bundle of joy. He was my baby.

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Training him was a doddle, he soon picked it up and I was working full time so I was really lucky, time went on and he started to grow.

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Then my belly started to grow………

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Would having a baby change everything, we discussed the fact that a pet is hard work with a baby and we decided that Marley had to stay and we would see how he was with the baby.Image may contain: 2 people

Marley was so gentle with Olie, he however constantly fought for attention, as I played with Olie he would come for a snuggle or stroke as I sang to Olie, Marley learnt to join in and and howled along with us.

So Marley is great with Olie and Olie now 6 loves him but it is hard work. Marley craves attention more than Olie, he barks all the time at any little noise. He jumps up at guests and then there is the fact that he needs walking and my 6 year old is somewhat lazy.

I wouldn’t change having Marley as he is part of the family but would I get another dog? Most probably not. The commitment is just too much and hard work.

So if you are considering a dog, think long and hard about the time you need to put in to a pet.





3 thoughts on “Should I get a dog when I have children?”

  1. This is so true. I would love a dog, I really would, my fictional dog already has a name. But I have a child, a job, I’m trying to blog and already complain I have no time to myself. So at the moment it’s just a no. Maybe when L goes to school I’ll reconsider. It’s nice to have a dog though. #fortheloveofBLOG
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    1. Definitely a big commitment and not to be taken lightly. I love him but must moan at him more than I do my own child. I find the dog harder work than children.

  2. This is so true. Our dog was two when my oldest (now 8) was born and she was amazing with him. Dog walks with a baby weren’t too difficult as I would just pop him in a sling or carrier and we were good to go. Once he was too big for a carrier and we needed to use the pushchair it got a little tricker. Then she had puppies and we kept one for ourselves. It seemed like a good idea at the time but I definitely wouldn’t advise it. Then we had our second child and trying to walk two dogs and two children is horrendously difficult. The kids are getting older now and it’s getting easier but it is such a huge commitment and as much as I love them I would definitely advise people to think long and hard.

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