So I've been considering a pet. I can't have a cat, but I can have a dog. I've owned/had a dog and cat for the first 18 years of my life (3 boxers), but I'm kind of scared to get a new one because of the amount of time I may have to spend away (or I supposed I can change this in some sense). Pretty much, right now I have class from 8am-2pm Mon-thur with nothing to do on the weekends or week nights except homework and going to the gym and what not. I really enjoy pets, but the bottom line is that the dog would have to be in a cage from that time every day. I wake up pretty early so I can take it out for morning walks and stuff, and I enjoy playing with dogs and petting them and all that. I was initially interested in a border collie or an australian shepard, but I've read that those dogs will need a TON of time and effort compared to other dogs due to the fact that they are so intelligent. So I started looking at alternatives, but I don't want a small toy dog or anything like that. I was thinking perhaps a german shepherd or a boxer again. I have a fenced yard, and I live out in the woods basically, so I can definitely let the dog out and play with it and stuff when I'm home. I'm pretty energetic myself, and I have experience with animals, but I've never had to lock one up for that amount of time, so I'm a tad bit uneasy with the idea. Thoughts from current or previous dog owners? Thanks. -edit- also if you don't think I should get a dog based on that, please let me know. I don't want to make a mistake that will hurt the animal. I like animals quite a bit.