Wynn, Sage and Teddy(my rescue) will be moving to a town of about 26,000 people. They have lived all their lives in the country with wide open spaces to run. Wynn and Sage have experience with city living and Teddy does not. If we don't have a fenced in yard it will be too late to put one up as the ground will be frozen by then. We do have a large outside chain link dog kennel that we can temporarily use also. Many of the houses we are looking at do not have sidewalks...any helpful info or ideas will be appreciated. Thanks!

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Comment by Beth on October 14, 2015 at 12:05pm

I agree then that some sort of white noise helps.   We have a ductless a/c and we run the fan on high at night year round.    I also have started strategically placing something in front of the one French door that Jack can see out, because otherwise around 1am he tends to wander over, look out the window, and then get VERY ANGRY at a waving tree branch in the neighbor's yard that he can see clearly shadowed against the other neighbor's outside spotlight.     He gets very angry.  It must be barked at.

If he can't see out, he doesn't bark. 

Comment by Jane Christensen on October 14, 2015 at 11:34am

Yes, we do have a big barker in the crowd. I am thinking when inside he will have to be crated and in an inside room when we leave and not sure when outside what to do but he wont be out unless we are home.. We do(hopefully) have a 3 season porch for when the weather is nice to let them stay in...just have to wait and see if the people accept our offer...next year we will put up a decorative fence on the other side of the house...then they will have more room.

Comment by Linda on October 10, 2015 at 7:57am

I so understand wanting to be closer to your children and grandchildren.  We are planning on moving from NY to TN when my husband retires.  No grands yet but with only one child we want to be closer to her.  Our yard is fenced and we will also be looking for a house with a fenced yard.

I agree about the yak tracs, I don't have them but I have a good friend in MI who walks every morning regardless of the weather and she swears by them in the winter.

Both of mine came from quieter neighborhoods than what we live in and with more room to run.  They both adjusted fine.  Max is a barker but not as bad since he has gotten older.

I wish you the best of luck in finding just the right place and in your new adventure.

Comment by Marcie on October 8, 2015 at 8:12pm
My white noise machine was a great investment. I live in a great neighborhood, but sometimes outside noises are too much. If a neighbor is having a party or having work done I run the machine. Becca isn't a barker, but she worries, the white noise helps.
Comment by Anna Morelli on October 8, 2015 at 9:32am

The dogs should adjust just fine if you have a big run to let them out in.  In the Winter they will not be inclined to be out as much anyhow.  I would be more concerned about you than about them because, if you cannot easily let them out together, playing musical dogs on leashed outings can be exhausting....   If you find something you like and the yard is already fenced, all the better.  In my experience, fencing can be a big cost when you have it done afterwards, but does not add that much to the value of the home when you are buying or selling.  Best wishes in your search and move.

Comment by Beth on October 7, 2015 at 12:04pm

Stableicers are also good for slippery surfaces.

Are any of yours big barkers?  The new noises might set them off.   

Comment by Jane Christensen on October 5, 2015 at 11:08am

Yes Bev, After almost 20 years of country living we have decided that it's time to move to town. Never thought I'd say that but I want to be closer to the children and grandchildren. Driving to work 30 miles one way is getting old  especially in Minnesota and our snowy winters so we will be moving closer to my daughter and her family.  We will have a new home and a new city to live in. I will check out the yak tracs (are there different sizes and what do you recommend?) soon as we will be moving in less than 2 months...so I guess we better find a house we like. Luckily our houses sold fast and we can rent the one till we move.

Comment by Bev Levy on October 4, 2015 at 6:08pm

So Jane you are leaving the farm! I suspect the dogs will adjust pretty quickly. For winter be sure to get yak tracs for your boots. You can walk them safely on slippery roads. I couldnt do it with out them. Hopefully the dog run will be sufficient until you can fence the yard. Good luck with tjis big change, i hope it goes well.

Comment by Jane Christensen on October 3, 2015 at 8:49pm
Thanks Lois. The kennel fencing we have could provide a good amount of space also and we would not have to worry about a fence. The ideal situation is if we found a house with a fence but we only found a couple that already have a fence.
Comment by Lois B. Allen on October 3, 2015 at 8:18pm

I wonder if a fencing company could put up a temporary fence using a post that has a sharp point that can be driven down into the ground.  Then when spring comes, they could come back and do the full yard with regular posts planted in concrete.  They are going to hate not being able to run until spring!!  Good luck.

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