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Old 11-29-2012, 02:11 PM
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We are moving into a townhome and I'm super nervous about apartment living with my two chis. Does anyone have advise on adjusting? I'm use to opening the back door and letting the boys run out to do the potty thing, arghhh, this is the part I dread as there is no fence. I guess it will have to come down to building a routine and breaking bad habits like barking, but I thought I would ask to see if anyone had any pointers! Thanks!
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I moved from a house and big back yard to an apartment last year. My boy did just fine. When I am home I open the patio door for him to run in and out and bark at other dogs when they go by. My boy Stuart is totally house trained and we go out befoe I leave for work then he goes in his cage and then when I get home the first thing I do is take him for a potty walk. He has been crate trained since day 1 so he is used to it and has never had an accident( I say that cause some people might not agree with the all day crate thing but that is our routine and he does not mind). I don't believe in the potty pads so I never used them. I really believe yours will do just fine they adapt to the change pretty quickly as long as you are not stressed they will be ok. Good luck
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:08 PM
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I'm kind of in the same situation - im moving into a small home where i really need Honey not to bark lol, we will be in very close proximety to neighbours, and im not really supposed to have a dog there, i had to really sweet talk the landlord, so i dont want any complaints!

Try getting them into a routine of going out at certain times before you leave? For example, i walk Honey for 30 mins in the morning so she can potty (and to tire her out!), then she gets 45 mins at lunch, an hour and a half after work then 15 mins before bed.

She used to be trained to pads and would pee/poo wherever/whenever lol! But now she knows she either goes when we are outside, or she waits until the next time!

When you first move, make sure you take it back to basics with the potty training - dont let them have free run just yet, as they will be a bit stressed from the move.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:31 PM
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Patricia, I've been in apartments with dogs pretty much my entire life...the
ultimate trick to having quiet, well behaved dogs is WALKS, WALKS and more
WALKS! A tired dog is a good dog! My pack are walked on leash 4 times per day,
hubby and I get up at 4am each day to ensure there is at least one hour before
work to walk the pups. That way once we are working they are passed out from
their adventure. You have to give your dogs an outlet to release all of that
energy. They need to be stimulated mentally and physically, and there is nothing
better than structured walks for that. We moved several times but no matter
which building we live in my neighbors always comment that if they did not see
my dogs they would not know I had any, because they are so quiet. I guarantee
you there will be no barking, chewing or any boredom or stress driven behavior if
your dogs are properly and sufficiently exercised. Yes it takes time and it might
mean you have to get up early and/or make special arrangements but it results
in happy, calm, good dogs...and therefore calm neighbors.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:20 PM
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Hey LS I walk Honey around 3 hours a day and she's still a bit of a barker! Only when I'm there tho - at random noises in the house or when she's in the garden...


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Old 11-29-2012, 09:30 PM
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Rachel for some dogs an hour is enough, others need 7(my Basenjis).
You have to figure out what works for your dog. If Honey still has
plenty of energy after your walks then perhaps she built up her
endurance level, and you need to raise it a notch. But occasional
bark at a weird noise does not constitute as naughty behavior in
my book. Constant barking does. You will not have constant yapping
if your dog is stimulated and is stress free.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:43 PM
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You're right, I think she is used to these walks already. When we lived at the old house she used to be able to go off lead on the big fields around the house and she burnt off a lot more energy then!

Will have to think of new places to walk where she can run free!!

She doesn't bark constantly, but when she does bark you know about it!


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I live in a townhome apartment. Whenever Butterbean has to go out, even just into our shared, unfenced backyard, I put on her harness (her tags are on a collar she wears all the time) and leash to take her out. If it's cold enough, as it has been lately, I also have to put a sweater or coat on her as well as myself. This happens about every four or five hours. Which means I come home to walk her on my meal break from work, walk her before bed, get up to walk her at least once a night, and don't get to sleep in until after she's had her early morning walk. I also try to give her at least one really good, loooong walk (as per LS's advice) each day.

This has so far proved workable for Butterbean and me, but I know not everyone can rush home mid-day, etc., so I hesitate to offer it as "advice" rather than just an example of how one chi owner deals.

As for barking, Butterbean has been very quiet since I've gotten her. She won't even bark at the doorbell. She only ever freaks out when I leave or close any door between us.
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