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06-02-2014 05:54 PM
PaperclipHearts
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Even though we had a yard we took him to the beach a lot for off leash running and swimming and we went for walks and had doggy playdates with friends at their homes.


YES! This was almost exactly what I pictured as well, funnily enough the place I'm going to (Exeter) is lovely, it's not a particularly big or busy city, and it's got wonderful facilities for dogs (such as the dog clubs). Even Plymouth, which is about half an hour away, has clubs as well! And they're both just by the Sea, so there'll be plenty of beach visits I imagine
Although admittedly, I know very little about Exeter, so the first few months at uni will allow me to explore what it has to offer, in terms of facilities for pets.
06-02-2014 05:40 PM
PaperclipHearts
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This is the only statement you made that I'm not comfortable with. What happens to the dog if you find you can't cope?
Lynn
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oh hmm that's a good way of looking at that. I took that as OP trying 6 months at college with zero dog and seeing how it goes, so when I said definitely try six/year earlier I didn't mean WITH a puppy O:

Yes, I did mean that I would try 6 months of University (to a year, perhaps) before getting a dog, just so I know if I'll be able to manage caring for her whilst focusing on my studies! I would never get a dog if I honestly felt I couldn't cope, because it wouldn't be in the least bit fair on her (or me either).
Regarding the support network, I do understand that I can't always rely on them (99% of the time, I know I will bear full responsibility for her), but it gives me a bit more peace of mind knowing that if there was some drastic event that meant I couldn't look after her, I always have people I can turn to for help, and some emergency backup plans in place.
06-02-2014 03:40 PM
McCoy I think making a generalization that a specific breed is good/bad for apt living is dangerous. Every dog is different. I could not imagine living w/ my gsd in an apartment, or anywhere without a fenced in yard. But like I said, every dog is different.

The good part to your plan is that you want to adopt an older dog. You will be able to interview the dogs current caretaker as to her disposition/energy level/exercise needs/etc.

Keep in mind that you are looking for the dog to fit a situation, not trying not to make any dog fit your situation.
06-02-2014 02:05 PM
DTS I've done it. With my first pup we moved around quite a bit. She's lived in 4 different apartments in 4 years. We have settled in a place a year ago since I graduated last year and found a job.
The apartments ranged from 560-1008 sq ft. She did fine. It's all about exercise and mind games to keep them occupied.
Right now my apartment I'm in now is 1008 sq ft and we have 2 GSDs.
My newest is 9 months old and very energetic. Way more so than my female. But we do a lot of stuff to keep him occupied: training, excessive, loads of fetch.
The first dog we had we each had a light schedule so she wasn't home
For more than 3-4 hrs by herself. We also crated her.
With our newest pup I hired a pet sitter to come in since I work 10 hours a day.
Now he can be crated while I'm at work and he's fine.
It's all what you do during your time home that counts.
06-02-2014 01:44 PM
mego
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This is the only statement you made that I'm not comfortable with. What happens to the dog if you find you can't cope? I hope the answer isn't that you would quit the university since that would make no sense. I agree with previous poster regarding the support network you think you have in place. Maybe it will work but be totally prepared for it to crumble and you'll be solely responsible for managing YOUR dog.

I commend your passion and forward thinking but I would suggest you try the university life for a while then decide about getting a dog.

Lynn
oh hmm that's a good way of looking at that. I took that as OP trying 6 months at college with zero dog and seeing how it goes, so when I said definitely try six/year earlier I didn't mean WITH a puppy O:
06-02-2014 01:41 PM
John C. Sounds like you've thought this out and are prepared to put a lot of effort into making it work. Honestly, I think that's the most important thing, rather than whether you live in an urban or rural area or the size of your apartment.

I agree with others that you can have a happy, healthy dog even if you live in the city in a small apartment. As a child I lived in an apartment in New York City with my parents, a younger brother and a GSD. It was everyone's responsibility to take the dog for a walk - my brother and I took turns doing it every morning, my mother walked it during the day and my dad walked it when he got home at night. Between us, I'm sure that dog got more exercise and attention than most dogs living in the suburbs.

The only thing I'd caution you about is that even if you get a dog that's 2-3 years old, they can live another 10+ years. You may have good handle on what your situation is now, but depending on where your life takes you, that could change in a few years.
06-02-2014 01:17 PM
LaRen616 Sinister spent the first 8 months of his life living with me, my boyfriend and 2 cats in a tiny apartment that was the upper part of a house.

We did just fine although we did share a fenced in backyard with our roommate below us. Even though we had a yard we took him to the beach a lot for off leash running and swimming and we went for walks and had doggy playdates with friends at their homes.

It is manageable to have a dog in a apartment as long as the dog recieves proper exercise.
06-02-2014 01:08 PM
Gretchen Since you said you were studying medicine, I'd wait for a dog until after your first semester. These classes are really difficult unless you are naturally gifted at learning. I studied nursing, and at graduation one of the students got up and thanked her sister for taking care of her two Australian Shepherds over that last two years. This student was an avid jogger but still had difficulty finding time to exercise her dogs.

My daughter was able to get through college with a dog, but she studied Human communications, not so grueling as medicine plus she has a roommate who worked opposite shifts and was able to take the dog out when my daughter was gone. Having a dog in an apartment is not difficult though.
06-02-2014 11:52 AM
Traveler's Mom
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Hello all!
- I figured I'll do a 6 month trial of life at uni, see if I'll be able to cope with having a dog.
Ellie
This is the only statement you made that I'm not comfortable with. What happens to the dog if you find you can't cope? I hope the answer isn't that you would quit the university since that would make no sense. I agree with previous poster regarding the support network you think you have in place. Maybe it will work but be totally prepared for it to crumble and you'll be solely responsible for managing YOUR dog.

I commend your passion and forward thinking but I would suggest you try the university life for a while then decide about getting a dog.

Lynn
06-02-2014 09:01 AM
Shade Sure, it can be done. Planning and scheduling is key
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