Originally Posted by elisabeth_00117
With those with more than 3 - how to manage financially (don't answer if you don't feel comfortable) with providing adequate health care and nutrition? I can't imagine paying for more than 3 dogs - especially large dogs!
I fed raw, so even just storing the amount of food needed for all those dogs seems like a big job to me!
Also, with those with multiple dogs in different training venues - how do you manage - time wise (with work and your other dogs?)?
I have one in herding, one in schutzhund and the one in schutzhund is also starting agility in a few weeks... all my time (and money!) is going to this lately or gas money to get there. And now that one is trialing, money is spent on fees and gas to and from trials. I can't imagine doing this with more than 1-2 dogs.
Kudos to those who do it - it's a dream to have more than 2-3 dogs, all involved in different sports, etc... just can't imagine actually doing it right now - especially with working full time.
I can't lie, it does create a burden. Money that I might spend on myself, or my home, or whatever, is instead spent on the dogs.
I admit, though, that the only training costs now are Bailey. I did spend a little money on a personal trainer when I brought in #4. #4 was intitally expensive, with blood work, heartworm check, neuter, collar, leash, etc.
It is not cheap in any way shape or form. Flea/tick preventative is crazy expensive for the bigger boys. Two of them are on stupidly expensive food and supplements. Older girl (non-gsd) is hypothryoid, so requires regular blood work to monitor.
I'm not trying to whine here, hehe... but it isn't easy, and it takes a ton of diligence and dedication, IMVHO. Maybe I'm just doing things wrong that it is so draining. Maybe it's the heat lately.
My life does totally revolve around these hooligans, but I have to say, I sometimes daydream that I don't have to be accountable for them every 6 hours. That someone else could do it for me for a day or two. Of course, I'd worry that they weren't doing it right.