I want a puppy - talk me out of it

First year analyst, really want a puppy. Need a fluffy good boy in my life. Know it’s stupid with the hours and lifestyle. But I want the puppy. Living alone in studio and having companion would really make life better. Not a cat person. Just remind me it’s a bad idea. Thx 

 

I worked remotely when I got a dog and this still happened even with me checking in on him every 2 hours. Especially difficult to deal with this when they aren't trained to hold in their pee / poop until you take them outside.

 

Let's put it this way. After a long day of getting grilled by your VP, you come home and guess who's absolutely fuckin' thrilled to see you?  That shitting on the floor can be trained away, you'll need to get rid of ur carpets for a couple months. All that being said, if you're a first year analyst you probably shouldn't get a dog simply bc you don't have time to take care of him. He doesn't just exist when you get home from work. It'd be pretty depressing for him to be stuck in a pen for most of his waking hours (though in a way, that is how an analyst's life is isn't it haha). I want to get a dog one day, but imma probably wait till im a senior banker or a few years into one of those "exit opps"

 

These comments, and your post, are both talking about what it’d be for YOU. Think about what this would look like for the puppy: an emotionally unavailable, short and unpredictable presence for a companion/master. This dog would suffer and likely never bond with you the way it deserves to.

If you want a companion, I think a cat can somehow be pulled off, but that will still take a lot of effort on top of this stressful profession.

 

Did you have any experience with having any pets while working in the field?

 

No. The closest comparison would be my parents’ family dog. We had an empty household for two years in the early years of her life and it deeply pained me to see her so lonesome.

Thankfully my dad began working from home, and since then, they’ve had an inseparable bond. She’s like a mascot for my dad.

It’s a simple idea; time together = deeper bond.

 

How would feel if your girlfriend came home @1am every night and didn’t have energy to blow you.

 

Your dog will develop separation anxiety and become depressed, you’ll spend way too much money on doggy daycare, you’ll never get to bond with it because you’ll be working all the time…

 

Don’t do it. It’s not fair to the dog at all. I won’t even take in my senior family dog because I know I don’t have the time to give him the attention he needs, let alone a puppy.

 

Its actually borderline animal abuse to get a dog let alone a puppy when you are analyst

 

For both you and the dog's sake, don't get a puppy. It breaks my heart even leaving my dog for a few hours. Genuinely whats the point of a dog if you don't have time to walk it, play with it, etc. 

 

I did. Few ways I made it work:

1. I have a roommate that works from home so between that, when I work from home and doggy daycare the pup only spends one day at home “alone”… still has two dog walks on “alone” days

2. I’m not in a sweaty group so I’m usually done with work around 7/8pm… maybe have a few more things to do at night but I can usually take him for a long walk after work or in the mornings before work

3. Paid for training up front so he was basically fully house broken when I got him and also coordinated it so I got him during the holidays where there’s a lot of time off or wfh

What a lot of people on here don’t understand is two things… 1. separation anxiety comes from you spending too much time with the dog and when you leave the dog freaks out cuz it’s not used to being alone (that’s what crate training is for)… and 2. Puppies sleep for 18-19 hours a day and full grown dogs around 12 hours… so when you’re gone they mostly sleep

That said, if you are in a sweaty group and you live alone, raising a puppy is gonna be really hard. It gets easier the older they get but I’ll admit that when work gets stressful/busy, taking care of your dog just adds to it. Also, if you are in NYC they are insanely expensive to take care of so you need to have a very good grasp of your personal finances to afford one and save on top of it.

Overall, I’m extremely happy with my decision. There’s nothing better to come home to after a shit day. It took a lot of planning/research, money and honestly lifestyle changes but I thought through everything deeply and pulled the trigger and haven’t looked back.

 

One other thing I’ll add… I got him towards the end of my analyst stint when I was older and starting to go out less. If you’re a first year analyst and you’re fresh out of school probably still going out late/partying… working and having a social life will be impossible with a puppy.

 

why would you want a puppy? we got a middle aged gal from a shelter in Newark.  She's the cutest most reliable thing in the world.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 

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