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A big change

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by BCdogs, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Next week we are packing up our lives and moving to the city. For the past 4 years (my dogs' entire lives) we have lived in a very small town in the country. Now we will be moving to the city and although I'm really excited for the change I'm a little nervous about how my dogs will handle it. Our yard will not be fenced for the first little while so they will need to be on leash all the time, and there will not likely be many areas where they can be off-leash and run free like they're used to here. Any tips on surviving in a city with two very high-energy, dog selective/reactive/aggressive dogs? I'm really dreading finding ways to get them enough exercise. Leashed walks just do not cut it for these two.
     
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  2. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Know that i feel your pain BC! Let me finish eating this pizza and i will give a few ideas and things we do here. i live right smack dab in the city.
     
  3. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Sorry BC, been fighting with the mastiff forum trying to get it fixed. Anyway, i used to live out in the country, miss it every single hour of the day! It is a pretty big change as you said. i think if you just do a little leg work, you will be just fine! try scouting out some places you can take the dogs. You know your dogs and what kind of environment they need. Try and get a fence up ASAP, you already know that though. I say get moved in and go from there! It will be a big change for not only your dogs but for you and the family also. Keep us posted on the move and progress, sorry i couldn't offer any other suggestions, i have to get back to this dumbass error on the Mastiff forum.
     
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  4. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    BC good luck on the move. Just remember it will be just as stressful in the dogs as well as you. I live in the city so here's my suggestions. First like St@ffy said fence ASAP. Also try to get a wooden/vinyl fence. When your dogs can see everything they tend to run the lengthy of the fence with whoever is walking/ runnin. Well at least mine do. Second put beware of dog signs on every opening of the house front door, back door (even with it fenced in) on the gate openings garage door. Everywhere to cover your ass. It's hard to stay to yourself when walking ur dog in the city people just assume your dog will be fine. What I do is when I see another persons I walk to the other side of the street and wave to them from there. Also use the flirt pile a lot to tire them out and Frozen kongs. That's just all my opinion coming from a city boy.
     
  5. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    BC, I agree that the first (I know, one of many) orders of business is to put up a fence. When it comes to signage, I prefer 'Dogs on Duty', vs. 'Beware of Dog', because the latter phrasing has been used in (U.S.) dog-bite/trespasser/burglary cases to argue that the point that the owner knew he or she had 'vicous' dogs ...
    Other than that, having lived before in a huge city for decades, you will find quiet spots in time...
     
  6. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    agreed 100% with the signage. Sorry about that. We have dog on premises signs on our gates.
     
  7. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Thanks guys. I have a beware of dog sign that I will definitely put up, and I will be putting locks on any gates. The fence should be up within a month, so that will be helpful.
     
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  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Long walks super early in the morning!
     
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  9. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    The biggest change is having people closer to you haha! Everything will be fine, you are a great owner BC.
     
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  10. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Thank you! And I just got good news, the fence is being prepared right now so it looks like we'll have it ready within the first week. :)
     
  11. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    That is great news!
     
  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Carpet mill?
     
  13. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    We have an e-mill but neither of the dogs like it. I'd love to try them on a carpet mill, just gotta get around to making one. :p
     
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  14. Novy

    Novy Little Dog Premium Member

    Lots of "ifs" here......but if you're comfortable on skates and have some quiet neighborhoods with decent streets a pair of rollerblades and a joring setup can be pretty good exercise. I like it for the days where there is a shorter window opportunity for exercise. Can cover a couple miles pretty quick and Iris likes pulling so much that I hardly skate at all.
     
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  15. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I will have all of that and have been dying to try it, but don't have a good space until we move. My only concern is that my dogs will see another dog or something and totally take me out. :p
     
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  16. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    I live in the suburbs now 20 minutes out from NYC but it was hard in the city. There was no curbside grass just concrete and then gated off dwarf trees. We ended up usually going either really early or really late to a park that allowed dogs or dog park and just let them run around when no one was there. It's easier now in the suburbs. Where I live most of the parks allow dogs as long as you follow their rules. Good luck with your move! Glad your fence will be up. Why don't you give the roller blade a try but super early in the morning and make sure you wear protective gear.
     
  17. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Just a quick suggestion, make sure you are using roller blades or skates! I tried using my daughters scooter one day, it worked for about 5 seconds until Broly turned around and looked at me like "are you ready???" it was at that moment, i knew that i had f'ed up! He turned back around, put his head down and took off, mind you we was already rolling lol. Within seconds i was on my back looking at the pretty blue sky laughing my ass off. Lesson learned, scooters are a big no no haha!
     
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  18. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    LOL I can so see that happening to me. I'm a pretty small person and my dogs are definitely stronger than me. It's not much of a concern with Pig because she's not at all reactive or much of a puller, but Squirt is definitely the one I worry about.

    I will be living in a residential area with lots of parks and grass around. We're just a couple blocks from the ocean/breakwater but that whole area is an off-leash, unfenced dog park so I can't go there with Squirt and I'd prefer not to take Pig. She's not really DA but she doesn't appreciate rude dogs and does decide very quickly whether or not she's okay with a dog approaching her, and can get very snarky. Typical bitch. :p
     
  19. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    I think no matter where you go BC it will all be fine, it's more about the owner than the dog anyways. New surroundings and new beginnings! Like i said before, my biggest hurdle was dealing with all the people lol.. Wasn't used to that at all. Don't get me wrong, i had lived in the city prior to moving out in the country more but i was out there for almost 10 years, that is plenty long enough to get used to something. Wound up back in the city now, sirens, trains, people! Eww lol..
     
  20. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Haha, I totally feel that. I grew up in the city we're moving back to so I'm familiar with it, but I've never had to deal with my dogs there for more than a week or so during visits. I moved out at barely 18 and have been in the country for 4 years now, so I'm pretty settled out here and it will be hard getting used to all the things that come with living in a city again. We don't even have a traffic light in my current town, lol!

    Anyways, the plan is not to stay there forever. We're just getting settled in that area until we can save enough to buy up-island in a smaller town. That's another thing I'm not super stoked about, real-estate prices there vs. here (where we saved enough to buy in only a year) are insane. It will take a while but it'll be worth it to be closer to my family and friends.
     
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