Most people think that if they have a large back garden that they are completely qualified to have a dog regardless of anything else. This is not then case.
A large yard is not, in and of itself, enough to satisfy your dog’s needs. It also doesn’t mean that you will be able to have a large dog.
As you can see from the previous questions on the checklist there is more to having a dog than meet’s the eye, and a large yard space alone is not going to cut it.
It helps to have a large yard, and it can make your life easier to have a large yard, but don’t for one minute think that all your dog worries are over because you have one. (They could just be beginning!)
What does matter here is not how large your backyard is, but more along the lines of what the activity level of your dog is, and whether he prefers indoor activities or outdoor activities.
If the dog you get prefers to spend most of his time indoors, then the large backyard that you have won’t mean anything to him. If on the other hand you get a dog who prefers to be outdoors all the time, your yard, whether large of small will be eminently suitable for him.
It’s not only yard space that you have to look at here, however. You will also need to see what type of space you have all around in what your dog will consider to be his habitat.
If you have a reasonably roomy house to go along with that large yard you have, then you can be assured that most dogs will be able to find solace somewhere in your home.
If on the other hand you live in a one room apartment on the twenty-sixth floor with only a small terrace for it use as an “outside”, then you might encounter a problem if you get a highly energetic dog that likes frolicking outside.
To counter this, is why you need to be very specific about the type of house of apartment that you live in.
And although it doesn’t need to be said, I will say it. If you live in an apartment where pets are not welcome, then either move somewhere that welcomes pets, or don’t get a dog!
The number of people who believe they can keep secret the fact that they have a pet is astonishing.
What’s even more astonishing is the number of people who are surprised and angry when they find that their landlord has taken action against them, and maybe even turned the dog over to animal services.
Don’t let this happen. This will only cause trauma to your dog and unnecessary hassle for you.
There’s no problem with finding a dog to suit your housing needs, and you can be assured that there will be dogs that adapt nicely to small spaces, just don’t be fooled into thinking that these will all be small dogs.
Here, the size of the dog doesn’t matter as much as the energy level of the dog matters.
If the dog is active and energetic, no matter what the size you will find that keeping it indoors no matter the size of the house or apartment, will be difficult. If you have a small apartment you might find that there are some large dogs that are suitable for this.
You will need to couple this with your preference for the size and activity level of your dog, along with other factors to find the dog breed that suits you.