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
- Loss of spontaneity – Your friends want to take a weekend trip where dogs are not allowed. You stay home –
- 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?
- Medical issues – Dogs need vets from time to time. Getting there, paying for the visits, and taking time from studies all should be considered.
- 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?
- 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
- Volunteer for a nearby rescue or humane society: Most schools require community service hours.
- If there are no rescues groups nearby, look for a veterinarian. You may be able to walk dogs for them.
- Check with others who have pets and offer to pet sit. (This includes your professors)
- Become a dog walker. (Again, professors)
- 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.