Want to Bring Your Dog to College? Here’s What You Need to Know

Want to Bring Your Dog to College? Here’s What You Need to KnowCollege is tough no matter what your circumstances are, but having a dog while in college can make things even trickier. You might think that bringing a dog along with you will be a great way to stave off loneliness and keep a responsible routine, but owning a dog while attending school full-time can be another full-time task.

The Pros

Dogs can truly offer unconditional love. Not only are they adorable, but they also offer loyal companionship. A dog can be a great friend to hang out with who cuddles you when you’re down, encourages you to get outdoors to walk them and often times can even help you to meet new people.

A dog will make your apartment feel like home and can be so much fun.

Having a dog can enhance your mood,  keep blood pressure in check, help lower cholesterol, lower your risk of a heart attack, help fight depression, and improve physical fitness . Petting a dog releases serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol decrease.This can directly impact your study performance and overall college experience. We all know how stressful school can be, and a dog can be a great way to relieve some of your anxieties.

The Cons

Dogs require a lot of care and can’t be left alone for too long. You must think realistically about how much time you can spend with this living being to give them the best life possible. It will need a decent amount of attention and commitment. You must find time to take them outside, play with them, take them to vet appointments, give them a bath, and more. If you’re not planning on bringing your dog to class with you, they might get lonely or irritable. If you bring them to class with you, you’ll need to make sure that they are entertained.

Your class schedule will need to be spacious and your work hours must be flexible so you can arrange when you can come home to your dog during the day to allowing them to go to the bathroom, take them on a walk, feed them, and give them attention. 

Owning a dog can be quite expensive. Unexpected vet bills can arise at any given moment. Dogs get sick and accidents happen, and they can be very difficult to cover on a college budget.

Finding roommates can become more difficult. There are many people who are allergic to dogs or simply don’t want to live with one. Finding a place to live will also be harder. Unfortunately, many college campus apartments are not “pet friendly”; and if they are there will most likely be an extra pet security deposit and pet rent. You will also likely need Canine Liability Insurance for your dog in order to find an apartment for them.

Finally, let’s think about your dog’s mental state. Universities and college towns are often bustling, exciting areas. While this is fun for the students, this can be very overwhelming for animals, and if you don’t take the time to thoroughly prepare your dog for this new environment, it could easily lead to them developing behavioral issues.

Further Considerations

If your dorm or apartment does allow dogs, check if there are any breed restrictions. How much space will you have for a dog? It isn’t fair to your dog if they don’t have enough space to walk around. Be sure that you can walk your dog at least once a day and that you won’t have to crate your dog every time you leave your house.

Your dog might end up requiring more time and attention than expected. Caring for a dog helps prepare you for the real world, but while juggling classes, campus events, work and a social life; you may not have enough time, energy or resources to care for a dog on your own. Make sure to think very carefully before bringing your dog to school with you.

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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