As my wife and I were looking for a new “pet”, Julie invited us to watch some training at Gustavo’s. Needless to say, I was impressed by what I saw and it shifted my perception of what one could teach the family dog. During a break in the action, I asked Gustavo how many hours of work it takes to get a dog to this point (trial ready). He stares ahead for a moment to ponder a number, but just looks at me, shakes his head a little, and replies “a lot”. Now that I have been at it for a little bit I feel I can make a rough approximation as to what it will cost me, time-wise, to get Vander and me through our BH. Here it goes…
I am assuming my BH will take place on June 6th because as near as I can tell, this is the first trial in Michigan in 2013. I have been training Vander for 10 months (he is 14 months old). So in June we will have had 16 months of training.
But this is just training time to get titles. What about the free time in general I spend with Vander every year? For simplicity, I will not include miscellaneous time like throwing the ball, checking on him, telling him not to chase the cat, etc… 🙂
Every year there are 8760 hours. If I get 8 hours of sleep a night then that means I am awake for 5840 hours per year. There are 260 working days and I am gone for 9 hours (8 working and 1 commuting) during a work day so now we are down to 3500 hours of time I am awake and free to do anything. Of those, Vander gets 725. That is 20% of my free time! If Vander makes it to 12 years old that will mean we will have given Vander 8700 hours of time. So in his life we will have spent a full year, or 2.5 years of free time, doing dog-centered activities. I guess this is why we consider him more than the family dog. He is “family”. 🙂