(Closed) Dog In the City?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

As someone who bought our house to accommodate our dogs (ok, not completely, but the yard was a HUGE selling point) I have to say I can’t imagine having a dog in the city. That said though, I think as long as you’re willing to put in the work to make sure the puppy gets exercise and is well loved THAT is what is important. Just remember when you’re looking a new places that the higher in the building you live in the longer the puppy has to wait to potty if it’s an emergency πŸ˜‰ I think it can work though, just make sure you’re both willing to put in the work and it’ll be great! πŸ˜€ I’m listening to my pup play with herself outside, haha! She’s throwing her ball for herself…literally. Total dork πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think that some dogs are ok for apartment living, but unfortunately I don’t think an Aussie mix is ideal. They are typically very active and require a lot of exercise. Search for dogs that are better for apartment living, usually smaller, less active ones. Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think for smaller dogs who don’t require lots of room to run, its ok. But you HAVE to devote time every day to walk the dog & such. If you go out of town, you need to have someone take care of the dog while you’re away. If you leave the house for 8 or more hours (sometimes just 4 hours, depending on the dog), you need someone to let the dog in/out. I’ve also heard of small dogs using litterboxes, which sounds wierd, but maybe??

MOST rescues won’t let you adopt a dog without a yard. You have to get landlord references & vet references, usually. You probly can’t get a dog til you’re moved into your new place.

Also, don’t start looking now, cause you’ll fall in love & the dog may not be there in a month. I know its hard, I want to get a 2nd dog but can’t til July & I fell in love with a dog last month & he’s adopted now :(. I mean it IS very awesome the dog got a new home… but he won’t be my dog anymore.

http://www.petfinder.com for when you are ready to get a dog πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

we live in the country, but we don’t have a safe fence, so our dogs only go outside with us… it’s really not a big pain, but then again I’m used to it..

PS the doggies only put off the baby fever for a little while lol

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we have a city dog, and it’s definitely do-able–our little 13 pounder gets at least somewhere between 1-3 hrs of walks/day (we don’t really know how long the dogwalker takes him, and the walk-length varies depending on how many of his dog friends we bump in to!), between me, fi, and a dogwalker, and a lot of attention and playing inside. we try to tire him out with extra walks/playing on the weekend too. also, a 10 year old dog is much more mellow than a younger dog, too

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I live in NYC and I have a dog.  Like others have said, you just have to be dedicated to taking it out several times a day, and some of those have to be longer walks or trips to the dog park where it can run.  Our dog is also really mellow, but you couldn’t tell that by the way she takes off and does several laps around the dog park as soon as we get there!  My advice is: if you are flexible about where in the city you live, look for a good dog park and find an apartment within a few minutes walk of it.  You will be so happy – dog parks are the best, even for dogs with a yard. πŸ™‚  Good luck!  I say go for it!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I’ve always lived in a city and have always had a dog.  Definitely do your research and find a dog that is more suited for an apartment.  Even small dogs need their exercise, so you do need to be dedicated with the walks, at least one longer one a day.  It’s definitely doable because I’ve always done it. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think as long as you’re committed it could work. Something I’d suggest though would be either a trusted dogwalker or letting the dog have access to a balcony that it can use if it has an emergency at home. Otherwise you’ll have to get the carpets cleaned everytime it makes a mess and while older dogs tend to be more mellow, they also tend to have to use the potty a lot more often as they get past their prime.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t recommend the papery kind from Petco/Smart. My dog won’t use them at all, with or without attractant on them. I haven’t had experience with the “grass” style ones, but I’ve seriously considered buying one for my little boy.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If the rescues are willing to work with you, go for it!! So many rescue groups are overflowing nowadays & its really sad. 3 more months seems like awhile but if they let you visit the dog it may not be so bad. I personally wouldn’t be able to do that, to only visit a dog for 3 months & not be able to take him home that long. Not trying to discourage you at all! When I got dog fever I got a dog that weekend. I drove an 8 hour round trip to pick up my dog that I have now. She’s the best :). I’m pretty patient on most things, but dog-owning I couldn’t wait! haha. & I’ve heard of many people who have apartments who have dogs, so its not that uncommon! Most apartments won’t let dogs over 25 pounds in thou, so check on any limits.

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