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Dogs in flat question
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doingwhatican · 21/02/2019 19:41

We’re having to move from a house to a flat so I have a question for flat dwellers with dogs. How many times a day do you take the dog out to wee? Ours is 14 months old and well toilet trained.

(Not looking for a general debate on living in a flat with dogs, thanks.)

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DownAndUnder · 21/02/2019 19:49

I used to do about 5 trips out a day, less if we’d been out hours and hours and more when they had upset stomachs. Do you have somewhere they can toilet nearby?

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adaline · 21/02/2019 19:51

Mine needs taking to the toilet about 5-6 times a day - he's one.

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doingwhatican · 21/02/2019 19:55

Thank you! There are streets and parks nearby as it’s an urban area. Lovely lovely parks nearby. It will take adjusting for all of us but such is life.

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missbattenburg · 21/02/2019 20:10

Some of my family have successfully/happily kept dogs in flats. They went out roughly 5 times a day.

The trickiest problem was the times they were unwell and woke in the middle of the night, desperate for a poo. Keeping slip-on shoes, coats, torches, leads, poo bags, keys at the ready just in case was a challenge...

But then they were dogs who were fastidious about not 'going' indoors. In a house, many dogs face the same unwell experience and are downstairs in the kitchen and won't know to bark to wake anyone up to let them out. A flat is not much different to that scenario.

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JesusInTheCabbageVan · 21/02/2019 20:16

We live in a house but obviously in cold weather she doesn't have free access to the garden. She goes out 7 times a day (small bladder). Has no qualms about dropping her guts on the floor during the night if she has a dodgy stomach #blessed.

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Scattyhattie · 22/02/2019 01:42

Probably 5 times minimum though one of my dogs just likes to go out frequently so its often more. I usually just take them to street outside for quick toilet trip though, I don't walk them every time. Some dogs are more picky where will toilet I.e only on grass but mine aren't.

One benefit of flat is being all on one level i can now hear more easily if dog needs to go out in the night.

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages · 22/02/2019 04:59

When I was in this situation (such is life!) and DDog was 14-27 months old, he went out shortly before I left for work in the morning, as soon as I got home from work (main walkies), and last thing at night. Never had any accidents, though frankly he appears to have a bladder of steel.

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doingwhatican · 22/02/2019 07:37

I imagine I’m going to have to train the ‘do your business’ command or it could get really tedious at 6am and 9pm. She gets three walks right now (two short, one long) so as long as she can learn to go quickly it sounds manageable!

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Artykitty666 · 23/02/2019 00:51

My girl is four. Typically we go to the garden first thing, back to the flat till 10.30, a walk for 2 hours, home till 4.00/4.30/5.00 with possibly a garden break if she needs it but usually she sleeps, out for another hour home then depending on her timing another walk or just a garden trip. Then a garden trip as I go to bed. I've a collie cross so the day includes training and consolidating tricks too. My boyfriend takes her to work too but she gets similar with him.

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allfurcoatnoknickers · 23/02/2019 14:15

I live in a flat and we go out four times a day. Before breakfast, at lunch and around 6pm are proper walks, and then we do a quick pee break before bed at around 10:30.

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