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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Moving Australian Shepherd From Backyard to Apartment

by Nat
(Atlanta, GA)

I have had my little girl for 6 years, and she has lived most of her life in our backyard. Plenty of room to run around barking at cars driving by and running after golfers (in a fence) that drive by behind our house.

I am looking at moving to an apartment complex that allows dogs and would love to bring her with me (I left her at home with my parents for now). Any advice on transitioning her from a backyard to an apartment at 7 years old?

She's never been potty trained but she is brought in at night to sleep in a crate in the garage when it gets too cold outside and never potties in it.

She loves to go on runs with me, and I plan to take her on morning/afternoon runs/walks. Right now she gets little to no interaction because both my parents work and just let her roam around outside.

So my questions are: is this transition possible? If so, how can I make it easy on her, and how do I potty train an adult Aussie?

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Apartment Aussie
by: Anonymous

I have an older Aussie who Lives in an apartment. We go for an hour long run in the morning, and hour long run after I get home from work, and a half hour walk before bed. She doesn't have accidents, but she did at first. Because your pup isn't housetrained you will probably need to come home at lunch for a while and do a potty break.

Find some good dog parks or fenced areas by your apartment where you can do some work with your dog, they will get mischievous I'd they don't have enough mental stimulation. Puzzle toys are also great fun.

If you are willing to put in the work, you and your Aussie can enjoy life in the big city. With that being said, if your apartment is like 70 square feet, that might be too small.

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