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Discussion in 'General Dog Forum' started by Jamie Lewin, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Jamie Lewin

    Jamie Lewin New Member Registered

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    Been wanting to get a dog for a while, a German Shepherd. However I live in a small flat with no Garden. The Landlord has expressed concerns over this.

    I Think it'd be fine to get a dog as I live next to lots of green space.

    I'm in the unique position of being able to take the dog to work, so most of the time the dog will be with me. Plus I lead a very active outdoor lifestyle so the dog will never be bored.

    I feel like these things outweigh the fact the dog will have to sleep in the flat when we're not out and about everyday.

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  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF Well-Known Member Registered

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    The lifestyle sounds ok but if your landlord isn't happy he might terminate your tenancy. If that happens you might struggle to find somewhere suitable as many landlords don't accept pets, or charge higher deposits.
     
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    I think you have to be more realistic and think of another breed of dog that would be more suited to your home ...german sheperds are a large breed who ideally need a garden especially if you are getting a pup ....
     
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    If you are right next to green space, I don't necessarily see a problem - you will just need to be committed to taking the dog out on lead several times a day for toileting, fun and training, and giving them as much stimulation as they need. But that could be quite a commitment, as you'd have to do it every day, including the days when it's inconvenient, or you've got a hangover, or whatever.

    But if you do hit any problems, such as with toilet training, socialisation, barking when left, it will be that much more difficult given your situation.
     
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    I think your situation could be ok with the right breed of dog. I think maybe a smaller breed more adapted to apartment living may be better.
     
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    I have a cocker spaniel who goes for a walk everyday and then goes to work with my husband all day and I still don't think he'd do well in a flat or without a garden. He'd literally be doing backflips off the wall. I don't know much about german sheperds but compared to other breeds of dog I've had, Teddy has more of an innate urge to sniff around, dig and explore.

    Have you considered more placid breeds, bred to be more of a lap dog but would still be able to do outdoorsy stuff with you?
     
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    A retired greyhound would be perfect in this situation. ..dont let the word retired put you off some are as young as 12 mths old due to not be interested in chasing. ..i homecheck for several rescues including greyhound rescues ...they dont need much space even the largest ones ..they are calm and laid back but also can have as much or little exercise as you are able to give ....
    Years ago i wanted a briard and when i spoke to the breeder she said my circumstances wouldn't be suited to that breed ....
     
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    The downside to a GSD is that they are a heavy breed very prone to hip problems- unless you live on the ground floor stairs will always be an issue and constant stair climbing is prohibited for puppies and bad for middle-aged dogs. Also I'd be sure to get your landlord's WRITTEN permission before you take a dog on. As others have said you could easily find yourself homeless if things go wrong. In dog rescue, an owner having lost one home and not able to get a dog-friendly let is one of the most common reasons for people having to give up a pet. Please think carefully because I meet heart-broken owners and dogs very often.
     
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    Agree to everyone of the posts above.

    One of the pitfalls of having a dog able to go everywhere with you is that they often dont learn to be alone so if and when the day comes that you cant take the dog all hell breaks loose.
    In a rental that can be enough for a landlord to terminate your contract. So makes sure you really read , reread and then consider all of the above posts before going ahead.
     
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