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Old 04-06-2012, 12:21 AM
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I agree with Fran. I raised 2 big dogs in apts and they were fine.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:49 AM
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I am bringing Radar up in an apartment. It is a pain, we are in a second floor of a duplex so potty training is not fun. We have a yard but the guy that lives on the first floor is NUTS and has a very large very aggressive dog with a history of biting so we have not set foot in the yard since the day we moved in and met both owner and dog. Meaning I had to take Radar out every few hours down three sets of stairs and for a walk around the block as there is no safe yard or any parks near by. Which also meant staying dressed pretty well 24 hours a day. It is not fun and I can not wait until our lease is up and we can get a place with a usable yard! I miss living in the country where I can take the dogs out in the yard in my pjs with a blanket around my shoulders with no one to judge me That said I love having dogs and I would rather deal with the 11pm nightly walks than live without them. Also routine is your best friend with any puppy but even more so with an apartment puppy. Radar was and still is on a very strict food and walk schedule.

As for noise I would not want a very vocal dog in an apartment, every time they barked I would worry about annoying the neighbors. However I have found that people are more tolerant than I expected them to be. When we went to look at Radar in his foster home the only rule breaker for me was if he was yappy. Luckily he is pretty well a mute. Duke (roommates pointer) alarm barks on occasion, but not enough to be a nuisance. We keep the radio on 24/7 to drown out the noise outside and keep the street facing windows closed when we are not home and lock the dogs out of the one bedroom where they most like to people watch and bark.

We also try to keep them entertained and tired, but that is something I try to do regardless of where I live. I will say socializing a puppy was easier in the city I joke that I want to move back to the city every time I get a puppy. On one walk we can run into several other dogs, people of all shapes and sizes. people on bikes, with walkers or canes etc... Things I would normally have to go out of my way to introduce to my dogs when I was in the country.
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