We kinda had this discussion on MCF, about cats and dogs that is...<br><br>I've long teased my brother about his decision to have cats over dogs, and how it basically came down to laziness- he would rather have a pet that basically stays in the house all the time, and deficates into a box in the corner of the kitchen (appetizing, huh?)<br><br>With dogs obviously it's different- you have to take it outside, pick up the poops, and dispose of it yourself. Walks can number up to 1 per hour in the early stages of puppy-hood, and then there's STILL no guarantee he/she won't go on the carpet.<br><br>But, like I tell all my friends thinking of getting a dog, the benefit is TOTALLY worth it if you put the work in. After about a year and change, our little guy only requires a walk in the morning (who doesn't?), one when we get home from work, and one right before bedtime.<br><br>Anything in between is only out of pure exercise or boredom (by the owners OR the dog...lol). <br><br>But there's also benefits to being able to take your dog outside: <br><br>The social aspect, for one: my wife and I moved into our apartment complex, knowing only the people who referred us to the place. Once we bought our dog, I'd say we met at LEAST a dozen other couples with dogs in the past year. (plus the dog gets to socialize too!
)<br><br>The exercise - for yourself and the dog.<br><br>The routine- well, this is more of a personal thing...when I was out of work last summer, the only thing that prevented me from spending my afternoons on the couch was the duty of training my new puppy...<br><br><br><br>[color:red]Remember- there's no 'i' in 'team', but there IS an 'm' and an 'e'...</font color=red>