(Closed) Homeowners with Pets, Need Your Help

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 18
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Sugar bee

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@Meant2Bee:  Awwwww it’s a springer!  I grew up with a springer spaniel and I always have a soft spot for them.  I agree with the PP’s that he does need some way to run around.  It could be a yard, but you could also try to find local dog parks or walking trails as an alternative.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Personally I wouldn’t buy a house without a yard. Way too annoying with two dogs for me.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 @Meant2Bee:  I live in a decent size condo but don’t have my own backyard, however I do have a very high-energy 60lb lab mix.  I’m not kidding- between my Fiance and I (mostly me bc he works crazy hours during the spring/summer) we walk/run at LEAST 7 or 8 miles a day.  If my pup doesn’t get the exercise, he goes stir crazy…running around the house like a psycho-puppy.  By the end of the week, I am utterly exhausted.  I have to wake up extra early to walk 3+ miles before work, I have to rush home at lunch for a quick 1.5 mile walk, and as soon as I get home it’s a 4 mile run (after working over 8hrs…).  I fantasize about a backyard so that I can put him outside and just throw a ball or give him a stick to chew on or something so I don’t have to exercise as much as he does. Don’t get me wrong…I love my dog to pieces and I love being active outside, but the weather in New Husband can really suck and having to spend all of my ‘free time’ exercising my dog every single day of my life so I can have some peace at night gets really, really old. I’ve got to get him into doggy daycare…

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We live in a townhouse with no fenced in back yard and we own a 85 lb golden retriever. We do have a fairly large deck and we let her out there and she likes to just lay ourside. But we live about 6 miles away from hiking trails and she gets at least a 4 mile, off leash walk every single day. Other than that, we take her outside for a short walk in the neighborhood to pee. She is 1 year old and we have had her since she was 8 weeks. This was our living situation the whole time and worked fine. Not saying it wouldn’t be nice to have a fenced in back yard, but it is not necessary as long as they get their exercise.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@LizzyR:  haha, your life sounds exactly like mine! We have a 1 yr old golden retriever puppy and if she doesn’t get her exercise, she is a nightmare in the evenings and will not leave us alone!! We hardly ever skip her walks because she goes nuts!!

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

It depends on the breed of the dog and the type of exercise required. We have a backyard and two dogs and we still make sure they are walked three times a day. One of our dogs is super high energy and needs walking regardless of the size of house or backyard.

I had a condo almost 10 years ago and I used to take care of my mom’s two dogs all the time when they were on vacation and it was ok. They are small dogs and I would take them out to the little green area by my condo and walk them once a day on top of that.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@Meant2Bee:  Where did you get that couch?

Post # 26
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Busy bee

I didn’t read all of the comments and I have a house with a backyard but not a huge one for a german shepherd. We take our dog to “doggy daycamp” on saturdays at Petsmart which is 8 hours of playing and that will usually wear him out for a day or so. Also we just found out there are dog parks throughout our area, you pay a price for the year and get key pass into the dog parks where they can run off the leash in fenced in area, that may be good to see if there are any in your area. Since your in the city I would assume there would be. Having a backyard really makes it easy, but its definitly possible to have a dog without having a backyard, your able to do it in an apartment!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It can be annoying hauling your dogs down for a walk 2-4 times a day, but it encourages you to walk them more, gives them more new and interesting things to sniff out, and for me it pushes me to take them to the off leash park so they can frolick and socialize. 

 

I feel really badly for dogs who know nothing more than their own backyard. I think even inactive ones need more variety than that, so the upside of apt living is you’re basically forced to provide them with this 🙂 

 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@deucesarewild1:  +1.  I lived in a small one-bedroom apartment with my last dog, a 120-lb. lab; we made it work – it just required a major commitment to exercise!  I currently have a townhouse with a fenced patio (so, kinda useless for my dog except as a place to hang out on nice days)…FI’s place has a nice big yard, but I dont want that to become my dog’s only exercise outlet.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

With that cutie I’d go for a place with a yard. Although I’m sure you could make it work without one, he looks like he would really appreciate some safe, fenced in running space that he can access any time he wants. I know our GSD would be miserable without a yard and it’s definitely on our must have list.

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