College is a time of excitement for many young adults. There are so many new people to meet and new experiences to be a part. However, it can also be an extremely nerve-wracking time owing to being away from home for the first time as well as the responsibility that living on your own can cultivate.
Dogs are a great way of allaying such fears and anxiety. Having a constant companion of a dog has long been advocated by a mental health specialist as a way to reduce stress, and so they can be a good addition to any dorm room for that very reason. It is therefore not as crazy an idea as it sounds to have a dog whilst in college.
That’s not to say that it is not without its difficulties. Dogs themselves are a responsibility and need love and attention to remain healthy and fit. Young adults are more than capable of providing such an environment, even in college, but they have to be willing to take their dog on walks and out for loo breaks at regular intervals.
There are, however, some breeds that are better suited to being a College dog than others. Here, we look at a number of types that are cut out for life as a college student and will thrive in that environment – as well as helping their owners thrive too.
Pomeranians are great dog breeds for College students in a number of respects. Primarily, they do not suffer from separation anxiety, should you be studying on a course that means that you are out of your room for long periods of time every day. Whilst they have lots of energy, they are more than happy in their own company, especially if they are given toys to play with whilst you are out.
Their long hair does need regular upkeep which entails brushing, grooming and bathing. Brushing their coats is the primary need to keep tangles and matting at bay as skin infections can occur if a knot gets too big. This is perhaps the only high maintenance requirement for a Pomeranian who will love it when you take him on a walk or are simply in the room researching a project or essay.
Plus, they are perhaps one of the most handsome dog breeds out there that will garner constant compliments from onlookers owing to their fluffy, thick coats.
The Shih Tzu was originally bred in China, purely for companionship. In that respect, that is the ideal pet to have whilst at College. Particularly, if you consider their diminutive size. They are small enough to be kept in a dorm room and they would charm any roommate too owing to their fun-loving and affectionate nature.
They are little balls of joy and so will win over any small dog naysayers. That being said, like the Pomeranian, their coat does require a little upkeep, but given their small stature, it does not take long and you will love spending the regular one on one time with them. Plus, given their gentle nature, grooming them is never a chore or a fight against time until they get fed up of being in one place all the time.
Above all, these friendly little canines do not require daily long walks nor constant attention from their owners – though they will love both. This helps to make them a good option for College students looking for a pet.
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Whippets are a great choice for a College dog as they are not only small, they require minimal grooming owing to their short coats. Plus, despite the high speeds that these runners can achieve, they need very little walking, presumably because they expend so much energy so quickly on any walks that they are taken on. It is thought that they really only require 20 minutes walking a day, so College students with time intensive courses on their hands would do well to look at this agile little pooch.
They originally were bred for poaching, but they are now great companions as they are obedient and exceedingly loving. They are friendly as well as happy in small spaces like a dorm room. They certainly do not need a huge back garden to run around in. They are affectionate and friendly toward strangers and kids alike.
They are also very easy to train to owe to being intelligent, but they wonderfully are not known for barking, even as a puppy. This is a great characteristic if you are living in a dorm. They can live for 15 years so they will be able to graduate with you and accompany any College student on through their adult years.
A Basset Hound has very low exercise requirements and needs very little walking, though, like all dogs, they will obviously love being taken outside on a discovery adventure. This helps make them a good option to look into if you are thinking about buying a dog to go to college. Those that want a Basset Hound will do best to start training young to ensure that your hound does not run off when let off the lead or bark when it is inappropriate.
Other advantages to adopting a Basset Hound is that they are a small to medium sized dog so that they will happily live in a dorm room as they do not need a great deal of space, especially given their low energy levels. You won’t have to fear coming back to a destroyed room that has been chewed upside down by one of these pooches. Their boredom levels make them ideal to be left alone, though they would obviously love a toy to play with like any dog.
Mainly, however, a Basset Hound’s best characteristic is its very kind nature. They are affectionate to family, fantastic around children as well as other dogs and are friendly towards strangers so that owners can be confident about taking them around campus without any worries.
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Boston Terriers are one of the better breeds at being left alone. They are great companion dogs and though they were initially bred to be a pit fighter, they are one of the most loving dogs out there. They love kids, are friendly towards other dogs and are even happy to be approached by strangers.
One of their other main advantages is their trainability. They are intelligent and can be taught simple commands quickly which is imperative if you are taking your dog across a busy campus at any time.
They do need a fair amount of exercise, but they are small enough to stomach living in a cramped dorm room – somewhere that they will be happy to expend their energy in any games that their owner wants to play.
They are exceedingly charming by default and are often loved by even the most reluctant advocate of dogs.
Tips For If You Want To Take A Dog To College
Before buying a dog for college, or simply taking one that you already own with you, it is important to remember the drawbacks that a student lifestyle has for a dog. Small living quarters are more common than bigger spaces with gardens where they can leave to roam free. Plus, some courses are incredibly time intensive with owners having to be out of the home for hours on end. Plus, College is also a great time to socialize and make friends so that the needs and requirements of dogs can sometimes take a back seat.
Other than buying a dog that can handle your living and working arrangements, there are a number of things that owners can do to make their dog’s lives that little bit easier and happier. In doing so, owners also put their own minds at ease and relieve any guilt that dog owners often feel when leaving their dogs alone for any period of time.
Make Them Feel Safe
For starters, you can make them feel safe by giving them a dedicated spot in your room – preferably in a crate. Crates are not cages and dogs will not view them as such. Instead, it will be their safe space that they can retreat to should the noise in a dorm get too much at times. Plus, they enjoy sleeping in their safe space which can help diminish anxiety that either occurs from separation from their owners or otherwise.
Give Them Entertainment
Even the best behaved, most placid dogs can be guilty of destructive behavior sometimes, especially if they are left alone for any great stretch of time. College students that have labor-intensive courses will, therefore, do well to leave their pets with toys and chewies that will keep them entertained when they are left alone on their own. This will keep them from gnawing away on furniture legs and shoes, or any other inanimate object that they find and decide to use as a source of entertainment.
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Look Into Technology
Finally, there is a wealth of technology these days that can be used to help alleviate any separation anxiety that dogs can feel. Cameras and microphones can be used to comfort dogs when you are out of your room for a long period of time.
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