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Hi! First off, I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this type of question, but it looked the most relevant one.

I am looking to get a german shepherd, preferably a young puppy, and was wondering if it would fit with my current life structure.

Basically, I:

>Have a full time job
>Can take dog out in the early morning for a walk, lunch for potty break ONLY, and play with it anytime after 4pm
>Am planning to take 2 weeks off work to cage train and do other necessities with it.

Based on this criteria, am I ready to get a dog of my own?
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Taking a couple weeks off to start is a good idea, but as others have said, you won't get a pup completely trained (potty or crate) in two weeks. Its also a good idea because potty training is like having a baby - they don't just need to go every 2-3 hours during the day, you'll be getting up throughout the night, too!!

GSD's are incredibly high-energy dogs - my pup is a GSD cross, and at 3 months, is being walked about 4 hours a day. Just to give you an idea...

You could, theoretically, fit in a GSD pup with your lifestyle, but I would see it happening something like this:

Morning - walk for at LEAST 1 hour before work.
Lunchtime - you would need to take a least a little walk - 20 mins at minimum, and do some high-energy stuff - 20 mins of park time romping and play.
After 4pm - training, indoor play, and a LOOOOOONG walk as soon as you get home. Probably another short walk before bed, too.

Bear in mind that depending on how long you are at work between morning and "lunch", your pup may not be able to hold it's bladder, so you would be needing to pen it in a small, puppy-proofed area (kitchens are great) and be prepared to clean up after accidents.

And if you are just looking at a companion, and have no plans for showing, look at shelters, and consider an older dog or a mix. You can still get a pup at a shelter (I did!) if you want to be able to train "from scratch" so to speak, and there are lots of GSD mixes looking for a good home.
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