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Having a pet during university?

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Hi, I'm planning on starting a full time university program in the fall and am unsure weather to bring my dog. I am am animal lover, have always had a pet, and I since I'm moving away from all my friends and family for university i thought it would be a better transition if I could at least bring my little dog, what are you're thoughts on it? (I would be living somewhere that allows dogs obviously.) Would I have enough time for my dog?
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Lol, dude. You're going to be knee deep in readings, essays, and exams and you're going to prioritize a four-legged pooch instead?
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get a cut-out figure of your dog, that's what i'm gonna do
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Hi Anonymous! 

I know this a bit of an older post, but I'd love to share some light from my end. I lived off campus for all four years. This year, I'm commuting from an hour away. When I moved I brought my two cats, and over the course of my undergrad I obtained another cat. I'm very aware of the differences between cats and dogs, as I have both. It all depends on your life, and how involved you intend on being on campus. I, for example, worked full-time throughout my undergrad, and attended school full-time. I lived in a Studio apartment alone, so I didn't have a roommate, and anyone to help me out with my animals. Some days, I'd be gone all day. Some days, I'd be home. The type of course you're going to be taking is going to play a huge role in knowing if you have time. I'm a Journalism and PR major, so I'm constantly on the go looking for stories (which takes up a lot of my day before I even incorporate my full-time work.) My cats are pretty self-relient, so I didn't have to be home a lot, however I still felt bad when I wasn't home with them some days. I'm an animal person, so I love having my cats and dog with me, but you have to see if it makes sense for your best interest, and theirs. As an animal lover, I couldn't imagine not having my pets with me, so I want to say "do it! do it! do it!" But, if your dog is going to be home all day and night, is it a good idea?

If you want to bring your dog, do it; however, keep in mind you'll have to make sacrifices if you bring your dog. Dogs are a lot of work and upkeep. If you're willing to say "no" to going out, or doing study group on campus, then by all means! What I would recommend is starting the school year without your dog, and monitor how much you're home, and the free time you have for a month or so. If you have time, bring your dog. If you don't, it may be best to leave your dog back at home.

Hope this helped you!
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Honestly speaking, its going to depend on the type of dog you have, and how vigorous your course is. For an example, if you were taking U of T's engineering science, there's no way you should bring a pet, but if the course is a bit more chill, it might be possible. But your marks will suffer or sleep if you don't balance well. how good is your time management?
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Fellow pet owner here, 

Before you choose to bring your dog with you, you should not only be aware of time management and the difficulty of your program, you need to be aware of pet policies in residence, as you will most likely be living on rez. Each university has strict guidlines regarding what pet you can and cannot bring.

Best of luck!
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Do you think you will be able to give your dog the same amount of attention and caring that you provide him now? As a pet owner I am sure you know how much of a responsibility they are. As much as I would like to have my dog with me at univeristy, I do not think it would be fair to my dog to bring her along since I am way to busy to properly take care of her.
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Hey, so I am currently in Animal Health Technology, and if it is financially doable I would take your dog. I currently have my 2 dogs, and 1 cat (adopting another at the end of the semester) with me. I am at school everyday from about 8-530 (sometimes earlier or later) and I also go in on some weekends to do kennel shifts at my building. I love my dogs and make walks work before and after school. I am also not working, and have student loans, and scholarships covering my school/living fees. We also go for hikes on the weekend. I think it really depends on your commitment, and how your dog will do by himself all day. But if you are solely looking at time, it can be done if you are willing to put in the work.
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