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Hello! I am a student living in an apartment near campus at University. I am looking to get my first dog soon and I am trying to figure out which dog is right for me. I am currently looking to get a Soft- Coated Wheaten Terrier because I prefer a medium sized dog that is also hypoallergenic. I think this dog will suit me well but I have a few questions. I am a student who goes to class 5 days a week for at most 3-4 hours at a time and I work once or twice during the weekends from 4-8 hours a day. Would this type of dog be okay being alone for that amount of time each week? I would check up on him/her between classes, but I would be unable to check on her during shifts on the weekends as I have to commute fairly far. I am looking for a dog that I can crate train as well as a dog that I can easily potty train and train to bark as little as possible as I live in an apartment. Any advice or recommendations would be perfect. Thank you!
 

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Welcome! I don't know much about the wheaties in general but I feel like your schedule is one that any dog could accommodate with proper training. The fact is, most people have jobs and need to be away from home for long portions of the day. Using crates or x-pens is pretty common and usually successful. Do you have anyone that can pop in to take her outside once during your longer weekend shifts? Depending on the age, 8 hours might be a long time for a smaller dog to hold things in. Also remember if you're getting a puppy, those timelines are out the window because you'll need to be letting a puppy out about every 30 minutes. In your situation, I'd recommend finding an adult dog that has already been through basic potty training.
 
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