Convince me to NOT get a boxer puppie
I've been wanting a boxer for about a year now. I'm not even really sure why other than wanting a family pet. I think they are one of the cutest dogs and have heard from friends and family members who have had boxers that they make excellent family pets. We are an active family of 5 (my husband, myself, and three kids under 10yrs old) and walking and exersising the dog would not be a problem. Also, I am a stay at home mom and have the time for training and obedience school which is a must. My husband was raised with dogs and doesn't want one because of the work it involves. It would be my responsibility. My hang-ups are:
1. Last year our kids went camping with family and my husband and I packed a bag and just drove to a neat little town for the night. With a dog we couldn't just leave on a whim. On the other hand that has only happened once in our 10 years of marriage.
2.Second is picking up poo while on a walk and carring it around in a bag.
3.And third is concern of scratched hardwood floors, although our downstars is carpeted. If nails are clipped often would the floors really get all that damaged?
Pros would be:
1.Feeling a better sense of safety when my DH goes out of town on business (only 2xs per year) or in general regardless of who's home.
2.teaching/showing our children responsibility in owning a dog (would probably fall on me though). I've been told by family memebers that every little boy should experience owning a dog-of course this is an opinion.
Hmmm...did I just convince myself? What do you think? Have any of you ever gotten a dog and realised it was an inconvenience?