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The Ultimate Guide to Big City Living with Your Canine Companion

The Ultimate Guide to Big City Living with Your Canine Companion
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Life’s not always easy for a big city dog.

Country canines often have the choice to run free, while city dogs rely on their busy owners, or dog walkers, to get the stimulation and exercise that they need.

Dogs are extremely sociable and curious animals by nature so the hustle and bustle of the city provides plenty of new and exciting opportunities. Trouble is, many aspects of urban living can also present problems for them.

Whether you’re heading off to live in a sprawling metropolis sometime soon, or you’re already there, check out these top tips for a happy and healthy life in the big city with your canine companion:

1. Tag your dog’s collar with an updated name, phone number and email - Losing your dog in the big city is a terrifying experience. Add your contact details to his collar to provide the best chance of finding him.

2. Get active with your dog - Finding an activity where your dog can run around and blow off steam is critical for their overall health and well being. City dwelling dogs are much happier and function a lot better, both physically and psychologically, when they enjoy an active lifestyle. From jogging to swimming, there are plenty of ways to workout with your buddy.

3. Socialize with other dogs – Dog socialization is key to helping your dog become comfortable in new situations. If you’ve got friends that also have pooches, arrange a meet up and walk your dogs together. Even if you don’t know anyone, you can always head to the local dog lover haunts so he’ll get the chance to mingle with his own kind.

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9:21AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

tks

3:39PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

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3:53AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Great tips, my lab and mini-foxie went from being country dogs to city dogs after my dad and I left my mother. I did notice that another benefit of city living is that their nails wear down much better in the city than they did in the country. It's also important to be aware that the rise in noise levels is something new to dogs, for example I live on a main road that has trams going up and down it all the time...for the dogs the loud noise and size of the trams was pretty freaky for a while.

11:40PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Great tips:) Thank you.

2:42PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Some very good ideas. I do hesitate about the dog park - too easy to pick up a disease and you don't know if all the dogs are vaccinated.

2:34PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thank yoi for the good advice.

1:42PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thanks

12:39PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Good advice.

9:55AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

WE HAVE A ''DOGGIE'' PARK HERE IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER... - IT'S A FENCED-IN AREA WHERE PEOPLE BRING THEIR DOGS, AND THEN UNLEASH THEM, SO THEY CAN PLAY AND RUN WITH OTHER DOGS... - REALLY NEAT,, SOMETIMES I STOP AND WATCH THE DOGS INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER,, IT'S QUITE FUNNY... - ''ALWAYS'' MAKES ME LAUGH...

8:15AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

My vet told me that since the dog park opened up in my town, she's been seeing a lot more parvo cases. So the exhortation to socialize one's dogs may be more for human pleasure than canine good.

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