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Lifestyle Adjustments for having a pet/dog?

Just curious on what are the lifestyle adjustments one after getting a dog/pet? and how did you adapt to these changes.

I am referring to everything from smaller chores like going to a shop/mall/hotels to bigger items like travelling for a vacation, going on a cruise etc. Considering Havanese are considered Velcro dog, I believe they will have more dependency on owners compared to some other breeds.

How did you cope with these changes, please share your experience

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any dog can have separation issues. Dogs are social animals. Restrictions can vary dramatically. Only you will know once you have a dog.

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I would say the first lifestyle adjustments you have to make are in your home. All of a sudden there are crates, expens, baby gates, water and food bowls, and toys everywhere. You have to be ok with cleaning up urine, poop, throw up and paw prints from your floors, rugs, and dog areas. There is always extra laundry to do, especially on bath days or if they are sick.
The next adjustment you have to make is your time and freedom to do things. You may get your sleep interrupted, especially with puppies. You have to allow time each day for feeding, exercise, potty breaks and grooming. Whenever I leave the home I am mindful of the time so I know when I need to return for the dog. You sometimes can't do things spur of the moment that you might want to. Day trips, overnight trips and extended vacations require advance planning for the care of your dog. I have been lucky that my adult daughter has come to my home to watch my dog for vacations. I have also had to ask other family members and neighbors to help at times. Two months ago I took a cruise and was gone for nine days. I thought my daughter could not watch Molly so I found a boarding facility I liked. I took her there for a trial run for a weekend. Even though they said she did ok she became ill shortly after bringing her home. We ended up at the vets and I fully believe that the stress of the kennel made her ill. I ended up having someone in my home to watch her while I was cruising and she did fine.
Also keep in mind that you may have to adjust your finances to allow for food, grooming and medical expenses for your dog.
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I live alone, so much of my schedule is taken up by my dogs. I can and do leave them to meet up with friends, but I've left nearly every party I've been to early because they need to be walked or fed or it's just been to long. You can only leave a puppy alone for short periods, and I'd never leave a young Havanese alone for extended periods. Lots of money goes to vets, training, grooming, food, dog sitters, etc. that used to go for toys for me and fun. i spend a lot of time at the dog park each week. I often make decisions about which activities and restaurants I should go to on the basis of if my dogs can come along. I think if others lived with me, it would be a bit different, but there will be a lifestyle change.
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Having dogs in your life , if you've never done it before, is VERY close to having a toddler in your life. Especially for the first year or two. Baby gates and toys every where, bodily fluids to be cleaned up intermittently, and something ALWAYS getting broken or destroyed... PLUS worrying about keeping them safe!!! But just like with children, it is worth every bit of trouble and work. I can't even imagine a life without my dogs anymore.

We rarely both go away without them, but when we do, we get someone to stay at the house with them. If I am away on business, (my husband rarely travels on business) He takes care of them morning and evening and I get someone to come in twice a day to play with them and potty them, and to groom the two long haired ones. Most of our vacations are in our travel trailer, and they come with us, with their own attached "play yard!"
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