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Small Garden. Really a problem?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by kayz, Aug 18, 2009.


  1. kayz

    kayz PetForums VIP

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    We are currently researching dog breeds. We are not planning to get a pup until next year but are looking at breeds etc.

    A few of the breeds we like are Border Collies, Labradors, English Pointers and Dalmatians. The problem we have is that everywhere says they need a big garden.

    We have a small garden but are planning on doing a long walk everyday and 2/3 shorter walks a day. If they get a good walk and a good run does a big garden really make a difference.
     
  2. Nonnie

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    I have a tiny garden, and two SBT's. Neither of mine spend much time out there, and if they do go, they lie in the sun and nothing more.

    I see it as a place they can go to the toilet, rather than exercise. Aslong as you provide sufficient exercise outside the house, and plenty of mental stimulation inside, i dont really think garden size is an issue.
     
  3. Mese

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    we have two border collies & only have a small front garden and teeny tiny back yard , never found it to be a problem as long as they get plenty of exercise outside & mental stimulation inside :)
     
  4. dobermummy

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    I think it is something that can be overcome with plenty of exercise and stimulation.

    I don't have the biggest garden (not for 5 dogs) but am lucky enough to be able to open my gate straight onto a playing field so can get around it that way. Plus I take them out for a good couple of hours a day walking too.
     
  5. Nonnie

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    OOOooo, snap! :D
     
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    Mine are the same, they don't really play or exercise in the garden, just lay about. They use all their energy up on walks :D
     
  7. Nonnie

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    One of mine sleeps pretty much all day (he's 11) then on his walk he's a total loon. I swear he conserves everything he can, just so that he can zoom around everywhere.

    If my two do ever play, its in the living room. They wont go outside unless someone goes with them.
     
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    When i get my pup (A sheltie) I wont have a big garden either, just a place to go to the toilet and lie in the sun (as nonnie said) But the advantage is that i live in the countryside, and lots of parks and beaches are around, so that will be perfect! :D
     
  9. kayz

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    Thats good then. We have loads of places near us where they can walk and go off lead once recall trained.
     
  10. Mese

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    lol, I actually feel hard-done-by with the house we're in , its ex-council (I grew up in this house , bought it off my Dad) and every single house in this street (bar my next door neighbour on the corner, their yard is smaller than ours) has an enormous back garden , and I mean huge , with a small front garden ... and ours only has a poxy yard

    no fair , lol
     
  11. dobermummy

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    Max and kenzo like to play together right on top of me :eek:ut: They were playing yesterday and sent me flying, then looked at me as if to say what are you doing on the floor!! :eek:
     
  12. Nonnie

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    Mine wrestled on my bed, they do it everyday after breakfast for about an hour. Ive learnt to keep my distance :D
     
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    i dont have a garden as such so i dont think ti matters no :)

    mine get plenty of walks and simulation that they dont need a garden, we have a open patio sort of thing that they play on if we are out side
     
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    I dont think the size of your garden is an issue at all when getting a dog as long has you have somewhere your dog can go for toilet inbetween walks, a big garden is never a substitute for a walk, so given the correct walks and excercise the size of garden doesnt matter.
     
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    I know someone who does not have a garden, but has two perfectly happy border collies!
    She works part time, the dogs have loads and loads of mental stimulation and exercise.
    Both dogs have been trained to use a dog flap and a 'lotter box' on her secure balcony.


    So no, I don't think having a tiny garden makes any difference. As long as you provide your dog with everything it needs :)

    x
     
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    I have a small garden and i have 6 dogs all working breeds. Im lucky to have an area out the front where i can play ball with them and we have the meadows at the bottom of the hill which is 5 minutes walk away
     
  17. kayz

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    We have woods and fields. Also right next to the North Yorks Moors and near the beach so once I have passed my driving test we can go there too.
     
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    As long as the dog gets the the exercise/stimulation it needs you could live in a studio flat and it really wouldnt matter, anyway bigger gardens just mean more weeding/mowing etc :D :D
     
  19. benji123

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    I have a dalmation and i dont think you need a large garden but they need lots of exercise every day. if you get a dalmation they are lovely natured (we have had 5) but you have to start off very firm or they will be mental:D!
     
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