INNER CITY SUBURB LIVING WITH DOGS
Living in an urban environment often deters people from buying a dog, but if you are intelligent inner city living with a dog can be just as healthy for the dog as country living. Here is a guide to raising your new dog in the inner city suburbs of one of Australia’s capital cities
PICK THE RIGHT BREED
Getting the right breed is key to ensuring your dog has a wholesome and fulfilled life in an inner-city environment. Of course, the dog needs to be able to fit the space and get two walks a day but there are also other factors which are important.
The dog’s temperament makes some breeds much better suited to city living. Cities can be very noisy places and you want a dog breed which is relaxed and not easily spooked. Labradors and Retrievers have excellent temperaments to handle bustling streets. French Bulldogs, Pugs and Mini Pinschers are also well suited for inner city life.
OBEDIENCE IS A PRIORITY
Compared to living outside of urban areas, it is imperative that you get your dog trained as quickly as possible when living in inner city suburbs. Your dog needs to know not to step off a curb without your instruction and to follow your commands every time out and about in the neighbourhood.
GET YOUR DOG MICROCHIPPED
Each state has different legislation on the requirements of microchipping, including compulsory microchipping before sale. At some point in time, depending on the state, you will need to microchip and register your dog. The sooner you get this done the better when caring for a dog in an inner city environment.
PICK UP YOUR DOG’S MESS
It does not go unnoticed. Don’t be the person who leaves it in the street for the whole world to stand in. It drives everyone else insane and is probably a legal requirement of your neighbourhood. If you don’t want to pick it up, don’t get a dog.
GET TO KNOW PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Find the local dog hot spots and get integrated in the dog community in the city. Not only will this give your dog the opportunity to socialise with other dogs and have a more fulfilled life, you might meet some cool people in the process. A well kept dog is always welcomed by everyone outside at street cafes.
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