(Closed) Homeowners with Pets, Need Your Help

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

it highly depends on the breed of the dog. If they are an active breed you will definitely want a backyard. I tried to confine a husky in an apt once and it did not go well.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are doing the exact same thing! Buying a home for 3-5 years, then renting it out. Fh’s parents have several homes they rent out. For us a backyard and fence was a must, but we live in the country and every house has a backyard and several acres. While at school my roommate had a dog that stayed in our apartment with no backyard. My roommate took him for walks twice a day and he seemed fine. He had lots of toys but did tear up stuff quite a bit if no one was home. As long as you can commit to walking the dog often and it has room to roam the house I think it would be fine. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We live in a two bedroom 900 sq ft apartment with no backyard but we have a 60 lb dog.  He gets lots of walks and thankfully where we live there are lots of lakes and parks within walking distance.  The most annoying thing about it is sometimes it would be nice to just toss him out in the backyard to do his business while we finish getting ready for work in the morning.  As much as I enjoy watching him poop and picking it up, we did enjoy having a backyard previously.  But we love our lifestyle in the apartment and our dog gets a lot more walks (and we get more exercise as a result) since we don’t have a backyard anymore.  So I think both us and the dog win.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

We have a city home with a detached backyard (not uncommon here), so eventho its there we barely take our dog over there.  We just let her out on the deck a lot, but she’s small.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

We currently rent an apartment with a terrier mix and a labradoodle. And there is no way we would ever consider a house to buy without a yard. Now,  if you have a chihuahua or some othee small,  not active dogn okay. But dogs with any energy at all will love a yard and when we lived in a rental with a yard,  our dog was much better behaved, he got to run out his energy. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Meant2Bee:  I lived in Philadelphia for one year with Fiance three years ago before purchasing a house. We had no backyard and have a 25 lb beagle. When we moved to our current house which has a backyard, it was the best thing that ever happened to us. It’s not even about the exercise. It’s about not having to leash up every time its time for the dog to go out. It’s about not having to go out in rain/sleet/snow/whatever the weather is doing and just being able to let the dog out in the yard with peace of mind that he/she is safe there. 

I love my backyard and I don’t know how I lived a year without it. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

If your Springer is anything like my ils springers, if you can find a house that works for yall and has a yard,  I would do it. Cutest thing ever is watching them tear off at a dead sprint to the back fence and come galloping back when they get called. Pretty sure if my ils dogs didn’t have a place to run they would be more destructive than they already are. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@Meant2Bee:  I don’t, but my sister does. She just makes sure her furbaby gets enough exercise in other ways (going for walks, to the park, doggy daycare, and just having the opportunity to run around). There is no reason why you should be denied a pet just because you don’t have a proper backyard. Just make sure you get a breed that is happy to be indoors and doesn’t have an insanely high energy level.

Also, kudos on the rental properties. I also have 5.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Knowing my spaniel, I would not get a place without a yard. Heck, I have a fenced in backyard and still have to run with him to work off energy. He’s seven now, so not destructive, but he drives me crazy if he doesn’t get exercise. We ran 5 miles last night and he was still energetic later on in the evening. If you aren’t prepared to meet his level of energy, please don’t at least get a place where he can run around on his own. Very cute dog, btw! He looks a lot like mine, only longer haired.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

It all depends on the breed.  I have a cattle dog mix (can be an active breed) and lived in an apartment without a fenced in yard.  So I made sure to walk her at least 2 times a day and take her to the local dog park to run.  At our new house we don’t have a fence in yard, however we live in a quiet little town.  We got a black lab as well, and both of them are pretty well behaved.  I’ll let them out for quick potty breaks but don’t leave them out there without supervision. 

I still walk them both a lot too!  🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My parents have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that goes with them to their condo up north a few days a week where they have no yard.  She doesn’t even ‘go’ on the grounds of the condo – the go to the park next door.  She does fine, but she’s a genuine lapdog.  At real home she likes to run around the yard and go to the school down the street and tear around the open field.  They still have to walk her at least twice a day because she’s weird about pooping in her own yard.

So – you can do it, but it’s a pain.  I am lazy and love to just open the door and tell my dog to “go take a break” and go scoop poop next time I’m outside.  Mom is jealous of our fence every time she visits.  I don’t know that I’ll ever live somewhere without a fenced in yard now that we’re so spoiled. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I def rec a house with a backyard. It sucks when the dog wakes you up at 3am to go out, its nice to be able to just sleep walk to kitchen, open door and sleep stand for 2-3mins while dog does her business. I used to live in a second floor apartment and hated having to get dressed, put on shoes, and walk outside in the cold/snow/rain etc.

 

Plus, if you have a yard you can put her outside while you clean or have guests over(if needed). Plus if your going to have kids, a yard helps!

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