5 reasons not to have a dog at school

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Some colleges and universities are offering “dog friendly” dorm room. Those who live off campus may have a agreeable landlord, or they may decide to have one anyway. This is a good way to lose housing or have to find the dog a new home too quickly.

While dogs are definitely good companions, they can cramp college style and get left behind in the process.

Kodi the corgi was a “college dog.” Lucky for him, and us, when his owner decided to join the Peace Corps after graduation, Kodi had a home waiting for him. Not all dogs are nearly as lucky.

Here are 5 reasons not to have a dog at school

  1. Loss of spontaneity – Your friends want to take a weekend trip where dogs are not allowed. You stay home –
  2. Isolation for dog – Your dog spends most of the day inside while you are at school. At night you want to visit friends, participate in club activities or join a study group. So the dog gets a half hour walk — maybe?
  3. Medical issues – Dogs need vets from time to time. Getting there, paying for the visits, and taking time from studies all should be considered.
  4. Holiday and summer break – This is especially difficult if you got the dog after you arrived at school. How are you getting it home? And are your parents receptive?
  5. Lonely dogs – Lonely dogs are going to cry out, bark at people walking by. Others in the building may not appreciate this, even the dog lovers.

There are ways to get a “dog fix” without actually getting a dog

  1. Volunteer for a nearby rescue or humane society: Most schools require community service hours.
  2. If there are no rescues groups nearby, look for a veterinarian. You may be able to walk dogs for them.
  3. Check with others who have pets and offer to pet sit. (This includes your professors)
  4. Become a dog walker. (Again, professors)
  5. Walk around town. You are going to come upon people with dogs and people with dogs generally love to talk about their dogs. Always ask, before petting a dog.

 

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