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Old 07-02-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Well i know this is not going to be popular but a 2 yr old does not need a puppy or a dog or any pet for they are too young to understand the responsibility of taking care of a pet ,any pet for that matter . Nope I would wait till you have a house and your child is alot older say about 8 or 9 yrs old . teach them also about taking care of a pet .
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Yeah, it kind of seems like it is more about the OP than it is about the kid, no offense.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Do you think we should get a dog? We live in a small 2br but I have a 2yr who would play with him all the time.

I don't know what to do?

I have another year before we can get a House but I want one now.
Either a Black/Coco Lab (with a box face) or Irish Setter.

Please help!!
You're much, much, much better off with a house, a 3 year old and a dog than you are with an apartment, a 2 year old and a dog.

Labs and setters aren't great for apartment life and playing with a small child isn't going to be adequate exercise (or a very good idea in principle).

Now, put your head between your knees and get ready for the barrage of "ADOPT ADOPT ADOPT!!! BREEDER BAD!!!"
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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A 2 year old and a puppy are not a good idea, nor is a large dog. If you really must have a dog would suggest looking at breed rescue for an adult dog that has been kid tested.

Also, you can't rely on a two year old to be playing with the dog all the time...they have the attention span of a gnat. YOU will be the main care giver of the pet and you are the one who will be exercising, feeding etc. My other suggestion is to wait until your youngster is older as in 6-8 years of age where they can grasp concepts of critter care.
ABSOLUTELY agree with this advice. Two years old is too young to appreciate that dogs are sentient, living creatures who feel pain when their ears are pulled, eyes are poked, etc. You cannot leave the two together unsupervised. EVER.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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ABSOLUTELY agree with this advice. Two years old is too young to appreciate that dogs are sentient, living creatures who feel pain when their ears are pulled, eyes are poked, etc. You cannot leave the two together unsupervised. EVER.
Exactly. Would wait til the child is in school and can really enjoy the puppy, 2 year olds tend to think of them as playthings and it's not a good situation for either, the novelty wears off fast (just check out Craigslist and see how many are being rehomed on a daily basis thru no fault of their own) - in the meantime would maybe look into playdates for the 2 year old or mommy and me groups or pre-school, if he's ready for that - he'd get far more out of that than having a puppy to 'constantly' play with (which likely wouldnt happen).
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Old 07-02-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Pinellas Park, FL
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Thank you for all the great advise. I guess it is more about the excitement of getting one. I guess waiting it the best answer.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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I have a medium sized 2 year old hound mix in an apartment but like the others said, I think your 2 year old human is more of the issue! Anyway it works out well with my dog because we go on walks that are more like hikes every morning (my complex is hilly and wooded) and in the evening we either go on another walk/hike or go to the dog park. Plus dog park both weekend days, or an extra long hike at a park, and our regular walk/hike. A puppy would need even more exercise (my dog is kind of a couch potato at home).

Many people in my complex have small or medium dogs (our weight limit is 60 pounds) so it's totally doable, but you definitely need to make sure the pup is exercised. A yard isn't the be all/end all because there are a lot of people who just let a dog out in a yard but the dog doesn't get to go on walks or get enough exercise. They have to go on walks.

Maybe waiting is good though because of the child...
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I would wait! In the end you will be happier. There is nothing like just opening the door and letting your dog out into a nice fenced yard versus walking in snow, rain, sleet, hail and the heat! There will be times when you just do not feel like walking the dog! Remember they have to go out at least 4 times a day.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Well i know this is not going to be popular but a 2 yr old does not need a puppy or a dog or any pet for they are too young to understand the responsibility of taking care of a pet ,any pet for that matter . Nope I would wait till you have a house and your child is alot older say about 8 or 9 yrs old . teach them also about taking care of a pet .
I have to agree with this.

To the OP, my husband and I lived in an upstairs apt. with a Border Collie mix, let me tell you that was work! Almost as much work as a two year old and might have been except we adopted a dog who was a year and a half at the time. Due to the background of her breed, not only was outside exercise important, so was mental stimulation or she would have been destructive. Luckily at the time I did not work so could tend to her, when I did get a job it was (is) at a kennel that boards and has daycare so she could go in with me.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Sounds like you want the dog, not your child. And that's fine. Just be honest about what's going on! LOL!

Dogs in apartments do fine. I've adopted a border collie to a couple in an apartment with no problems, and a terrier / chi mix to an apartment with no problems.

And I have a 182 pound mastiff in an apartment. As long as you are willing to snap on a leash and take it for walks when needed, an apartment isn't a big deal.
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