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husband wants a puppy.......??

he is leaving for basic training in 2-3 wks. and he is dying for a puppy.. i have a small daschaund which i have had her for 5 years and she is mine. but he will be gone for 8 wks for basic training and 4-5months for technical school the puppy wont know who he is when he comes home. lol and plus moving, we have no idea where we will be moving yet so the dog would have to move place to place. it would become my dog while hes gone. i want to surprise him with a great dane when we move to our first duty station. but how do the military do with dogs on base? do they allow?

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Asked by SweetiePieAfWf at 2:11 PM on Jun. 16, 2009 in Pets

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  • Tell him you can't wait for him to be done with Basic and for grad. you will buy him a pup of his choice, but with the agreement that he intends on actively training the dog and caring for his needs. Large dogs most often have high energy and must be walked every day, sometimes twice a day. Is he willing to feed, walk, piddle and poo, the dog AND train him to behave if he's going to be an indoor dog?

    If so, let that be his commitment, and you will be busy shopping for the perfect dog when the hubs all done with Basic!! wooo hooo

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 2:25 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

  • Yeah, don't get a dog if you're going to be leaving/he's not going to be around. It's not fair to the dog. When you do get a dog for him AFTERWARDS, check out the local shelters first and save a dog's life!

    Answer by kittyhasclaws at 2:27 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

  • Yeah, wait until you are going to be settled somewhere and he'll be around, and then surprise him with a puppy.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 2:32 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

  • Well you are right when you assume that it's going to be your dog, not just when he goes to training, but afterward as well. Military typically allow two pets, a dog and a cat, or two dogs or two cats. Some bases have breed restrictions, typically bully breeds (pits, bull dogs) and dobermans, chow, rottweiler. Also, another thing you should think about, sometimes in base housing you have VERY small yards. We have a tiny yard and a golden retriever, I have to walk her twice a day, rain or shine, not too much fun in WA where it's mostly rain and rarely shine. However, as much as the dog annoys me, we love her. Don't forget that moving overseas with animals can be very expensive. My friends spent about $5,000 moving her two dogs to Hawaii. Just some things to keep in mind.

    Answer by toriandgrace at 2:39 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

  • um a great dane? will you have enough room for it. it craps a lot and you'll need a yard. they are big couch potatoes but they do like most all dogs will need excerise.

    Answer by melody77 at 11:07 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

  • a great dane is a huge commitment, wonderful dogs but huge commitment. speaking of huge, have you seen the size of their poop lol? seriously its like a pont and they do need alot of excercise. my aunt raises them and they are not couch potatoes as someone else posted. if they do not get enough exercise and discipline consistently they are very destructive and potentially aggressive. Do alot of research hon before getting any type of dog and then check into rescue. save a dog and find a family member :o).

    Answer by Bearsjen at 1:41 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • Wait until the both of you get settled to get a dog and you will both be happier!
    Depends on which base you move to on breed restriction and if you decide to live on or off base, some bases have long waits for on-post housing... but usually it's dobermans, rotties, and pitts that are usually banned from most places....
    Some friends of my hubby's that are also in the military have a lab and a great dane and they are fine, but they are also a very active couple and go on long walks every day...

    If he wants a puppy now talk about fostering a puppy, so he gets a puppy now but you won't have to keep it if you don't want to while you move around and it will go to a good home when it gets adopted....

    Answer by SouthernRoses at 12:29 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • no dog

    Answer by RoseWall at 12:31 AM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • I agree watit until you get settled at his new base......find out if there are anyrestrictions on dog size and breeds....also there is no guarantee that you will have on baase housing and if you rent off base...some renters restrict the size of dog you are allowed to under 20 lbs....they can evict you if they find a large dog ...also the pet deposits can be steep in some areas......
    anyways......good luck

    Answer by michaux at 10:19 PM on Jun. 28, 2009

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