PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE consider the breed that you are going to get if you live in an inner city flat or apartment - especially if you don't have a garden. From the many emails I have received about problems with dogs in flats/apartments, you could have never ending problems, furious neighbours and a dog that is bored, bored, BORED! A Border Collie (which is an extremely active breed) or other working breed would not, for example, be suitable and it would verge on being cruel - as it would with a large breed of dog too.
Dogs do live - and most, quite happily in large cities but I do get some emails from people that make my hair stand on end!! Please, if you haven't already got a dog, PLEASE, just consider for a second that it just might not be the right time to get a dog - maybe you could wait until you have moved into a house with a decent sized back yard ... think about what the dog needs too. If you are out 8-12+ a day then it really is unfair on the dog. Dogs are social animals and do not thrive if isolated. If you are absolutely determined then I would suggest that at the very least you consider getting a "Dog Walker" to come and take the dog at least once a day and/or find a Doggy Day Care Centre in your area - even if only for a couple of days a week. This should help things like non-stop barking, urinating and defecating, ripping curtains, cushions, sofas, beds, pillows, and chairs; chewing table legs, shoes, clothes, and doors; and digging holes in the floor coverings, for example. Scared? Well, you should be!!
Each and every dog, whether in inner city life or not, should have some basic training ... but what I have found to be most important is the socialisation. Seeing another dog in the park is not considered socialising nor is having a playmate e.g. you have two dogs (imagine what it would be like if you only ever got to be with your sibling!) - dogs need to have a really good race around and remember what it is like to be a dog e.g. sniff each other's bottoms, mark some really fascinating trees or bushes, run as fast as they can, bark and jump and play ... with more than one other dog! I would suggest that you contact a local dog club - it doesn't have to be obedience, it could be agility, Flyball, or breed club. Just one hour per week can make all the difference.
This link is more constructive than I am being although I don't necessarily agree with it all but you may find something useful here ... http://www.canismajor.com/dog/apart.html!
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