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Situation now different -- will this work?
Lady_Mame
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Date: 7/23/12 6:56 PM

So, I moved with my dog from a house with a big backyard to an apartment. I know this isn't ideal, and that a dog really needs a backyard, but I also think that I adopted her and that was a promise that if I break, I probably go to the uglier side of the afterlife. We had been assured by the supposedly pet-friendly apartment complex that she could be on the patio, so we planned on having a litter box and a dog door. She of course, is house-trained and had a dog door in suburbia.

So this seemed logical. We even packed up some of the grass from her backyard to put in the litter box for her.

Well, the landlord is either completely disorganized or just a liar (I think some of the underlings lie and the whole place seems very disorganized) but it turns out that the place doesn't allow dogs on the grounds (no pet area? In a pet friendly complex?) only the apartments and the parking lot. They aren't allowed to poop in the parking lot, even if we clean it up, and while they are technically allowed on the patio, there's pretty much a defacto ban.

UUUUGH. We get the idea this is pretty on par with most leases where we are. We're stuck with this for six months (long story). And this may actually be pretty much how it goes for the forseeable future.

I'm taking the dog out first thing in the morning, when I get home from work and before bed, but during the day I'm gating her into a small hallway next to the bathroom. I've laid down puppy pads in the bathroom, and the other area gives her plenty of lounge space, a water bowl and some chewies (which is all she does during the day -- she's not a busy girl.)

She's had one accident, but since then she's been good about pooping during her walks (previously a no-no) -- how long will it take her to figure out what the pads are for? Do we need to "FORCE" her to go on them so she knows what to do with them if she is having a rough day? Someone that knows more about having a dog in the city -- help me out!

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Date: 7/23/12 7:47 PM

Don't force her to do anything.

Until I retired, our dog stayed in a cage all day without any issues. Make sure the cage is roomy enough for her to turn around and stand up, or continue with the current situation.

I would not give anything her anything to chew or eat as she may get sick or choke while you are not there.

They love to take walks, which is good for the pet as well as the owner.

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Date: 7/23/12 8:25 PM

Our adult female dog could go for 12 or more hours without an accident.

She was walked in the morning, let out (back yard) immediately after work and walked again before bed. During warm months we could leave the back door open for her.

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Date: 7/23/12 9:56 PM

ZugZug goes about that long, if she feels like it -- I have a bladder condition and it's UNTHINKABLE to me, but I do know what you mean. I still do want to give her an option if she gets sick or something goes wrong and I don't get home in time, though. Something stable. We'll stick with the current routine, and in a week or so I'll probably give her the run of the room. And then move up from there after we get some rugs.

It's a tough change -- probably more for me than her!

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Date: 7/24/12 2:15 AM

You could put down the puppy pads over the spot where she had her accident. We have a shelter dog with a traumatic past, and at first she was afraid to go outside. Luckily she wet first on a cement floor, so we put paper down there for her. She always went to that same spot until she finally, slowly, started going outdoors.

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