April 17, 2011 1:54 AM Subscribe
Will getting a dog help me be less of an introvert?
posted by bendy to pets & animals (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I love the idea of having a small dog. I think it would be awesome to have a cute little buddy who will love me unconditionally. I'd love to have a small being to take care of but I don't want to have a baby and I don't want the level of commitment that a baby would require.
I'm generally a lazy person. On weekends I sometimes sleep until 1pm, but I also don't really have a reason to get up, so I don't. I would welcome an excuse to get up and get out. I tend to be a bit introverted and don't even leave my place unless I have to, though I find that when I do get out I'm much happier.
I feel like having a dog would give me a great reason to get out and that I would really gain a lot by getting out more, but I'm not sure that I would be happy in the long term. I'd like to get into a daily schedule of getting up at 7 or 8 am, but I need some extra motivation to take a quick walk before work and a longer walk at night. A dog would definitely give me a reason to do this. On my own I seem completely incapable.
I hope this isn't too chat-filtery, but would welcome feedback from introverts who have dogs. How do you deal with going out when you don't want to? Does having a dog negate feelings of introversion?