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Dog owners who have to walk their dogs... come in!

We live in a condo (with our own private first floor front door) and we have a dog that we have to walk whenever he needs to go out (no "yard"). I am wondering if anyone is in the same boat, and what your plans are for continuing this routine once baby arrives? Now if my DH is home, then it won't be an issue, but when one of us is alone at home with the baby, what do we do?

Pack the baby up in the stroller and go for the walk everytime?

Walk only a short distance with a baby monitor (i.e. if baby is sleeping)?

Don't walk the dog until we are able to have baby coverage (i.e. take him out front quickly to the nearest bush or tree in the meantime)?

What are your plans if you are in a similar situation? Thanks! 

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    Train your doggie to go outside without a leash JUST for pee breaks.  Thats what I did.  So if she has to go, I can let her out for just a minute to pee (so if the baby is sleeping I can just take the monitor with me) and then she still gets her regular walks.  Those I plan on just creating a schedule so that we can put the baby cakes in the jogger, and make it a twice daily event.

    Plus now that I've trained her to go out and pee without the leash, I find some grass and throw her toy for her outside to get some of her energy out.

    (this only works for me because although I am in a condo as well... there's still a bunch of grass around... it's not a "city setting") 

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    We moved for this very reason. I wanted to make sure that if my DH was away I could let the dog out without leaving the baby.

    It is tricky, but I don't think that you should ever leave the baby to go outside with the dog. I just think if something happened getting back quickly enough could be out of your control if you say- forgot keys or something random.

    I would work on training the dog and getting him on a new schedule to match the baby's. So if you know you will be putting LO down- take the dog out together (maybe consider a sling or baby carrier to make it easier) and maybe have a dog walker/neighbor/friend for emergencies? 

     

    ETA- Sorry I re-read your post- you are on the first floor... got it. I would do just what Lupe said too. We have our dog trained that way too.... we say "go wizz" and he runs out... around a little corner and takes a pee, them comes back in.If you start now it should be no problem.

     

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    get a baby carrier and wear the baby.  we were on the second floor when ds was born.  our dog was used to going all day without being outside because dh and i both worked.  but, when she needed to go out, i just strapped baby on and we went out.  no big deal.
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    Definitely train your dog to pee without a leash. I also live in a condo with a "backyard" of grass. It's routine for them to be let out as soon as we all wake up in the morning and they do their business and walk right back into the house (all of this is supervised by me, of course). After their breakfast/dinner they go for long walks. Since I have this grassy area I plan on making a dog run for when LO gets here. I can chain them up and let them roam outside for however long it takes for them to pee and poo. This worked well when I had a house with no fenced backyard. If your dog is new to this idea, chain your dog to the dogrun and be outside with him/her until it does it's thing. Once your dog gets comfortable then your dog will know the drill. HTH.

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    If you have  the space, maybe you could look into PetaPotty's? They're pretty much a box of grass for the dogs to use as a restroom. It could be a good temporary fix (at least until LO starts crawling around).
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    I was worried about this too! We live in a condo with a high energy dog who for a while I couldn't even walk on a leash without two hands.  We have worked hard to train him over the past few months with a gentle leader and a shock collar Embarrassed  he has gotten SO much better on the leash, and I'm not worried anymore about walking him while carrying LO in a carrier.  I think our plan will be a run with DH in the morning and walks with me and LO during the day if possible.  For pee breaks we are working on bringing him outside quickly without the leash.  It has also helped manage his energy in that when I'm desperate to get him in some running and only have about 20 min, i can actually throw a ball up the sidewalk/grassy area and he will come back to me everytime since we've been training and he LOVES it. 

    DH wants to move so that we can have a fenced yard for the dog... but realistically it won't happen until next year.

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    Similar situation-- we have a little patch of yard in front of our townhouse. If DH isn't home, I guess we'll have to pack up and go outside-- the dog is good about doing his business quickly though. If it's raining or snowing-- I could always use a monitor. I haven't really thought too much about it though!

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    As it is now, our dog goes about 8 hours between potty breaks and can go even longer.  I figure one of us will take her out in the morning when we're both home.  Once my DH goes to work and if the pup has to go outside, I plan on just sticking the baby in a carrier and going out. 

     

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    Good ideas all! Thanks! My dog is high energy and although he has had some training, he could never be trusted without being on a leash. So, I think we will schedule his longer walks, and do short outside visits between then. We do have common yard areas right outside our front door, so it will have to work that way for now! 
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    I agree with everyone if you can train doggie to go out w/ out a leash.. If not, I'd use a strap on carrier.. DD was 18 months when we moved here and we'd just let our dog out if she wasn't awake.. If she was I'd take her out too..  I plan on taking baby dd and dog for a walk whenever the weather is nice enough.. Kills time :)
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    I have an end unit townhome. And we walk the dogs in a field right across the street from the side of my house so if baby is sleeping the plan is to grab the baby monitor. If the baby is awake I have 2 opions: #1. If they just have to pee I walk them to 20 feet to the end of the sidewalk (the the grassy area) and let them pee and come right back in. They pee there all the time anyway. #2. If it's poopy time I have a sling and 2 different kinds of carriers so I'll just strap baby on and walk dogs in the field. I have the 2 dogs...so I can't handle the two of them AND the stroller. When my dad moves out there will just be the one dog (one of the two is his) and then I can walk baby in stroller with the one dog.

    PP said to train dog to go without leash. My little dog (the one that's staying when my dad moves) goes out and comes back on her own. DH lets her out this way all the time. It just makes me nervous because there are other dogs and once in a while there's a car. I feel like it would be less of a hassle to figure out how to take the baby out for a walk than deal with my dog getting attacked by the pitbull that runs off his leash a few doors down and my dog getting hit by a car and figuring out getting the dog to the vet. Like I said, DH does it all  the time, but it just makes me nervouse

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    Also, we send our pup to PetSmarts Doggie Day Camp once a week... it's worth the $22 for the day to have him dog-tired (pun intended) at the end of the day. I hope we can still afford it come September since he LOVES it. It doesn't solve the walk issue obviously but does help tire him out!

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    I'm not a fan of ever letting a dog off a leash in public outdoor areas.  There are too many accidents of all kinds that happen that way.  I plan on using my baby carrier or the stroller for potty walks.  Baby wearing is something I plan to do a lot of, so if she's already strapped on me, why not walk the dog too.  Unless it's super snowy or icy out, then she'll have to wait for daddy to walk her.
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    I'm not a fan of ever letting a dog off a leash in public outdoor areas.  There are too many accidents of all kinds that happen that way.  I plan on using my baby carrier or the stroller for potty walks.  Baby wearing is something I plan to do a lot of, so if she's already strapped on me, why not walk the dog too.  Unless it's super snowy or icy out, then she'll have to wait for daddy to walk her.

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    Well, we don't have a dog at the moment, but when I had my dog years ago I would take her right outside my apartment to pee, and would take her on long walks a couple times a day.  I would feel comfortable leaving a baby inside the apartment while taking the dog out front to use the restroom, as long as I could see the front door, and was within range with the baby monitor. 

    I also trained my dog to pee right away, so when we went out it was quick.  I started this when I found out I was pregnant with DS#1, because I was anticipating being in the same situation.

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    Ive started to train my 7 month old puppy to go with out a leash. She is doing pretty good, since we are also on a first floor condo. I just open the door and she will go pee on a spot outside then come backin. But at least twice a day she needs a slightly longer walk to do her other business... So Im trying to figure out how to work this when the baby is born..

     

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    Right now, we have a dog walker that comes mid-day and takes him out.

    When I'm home, the dog walker is going to come for the first week and then dog, LO, and I will go on at least 1 walk during the day while DH is at work (and the opposite for the month that DH is home once I go back to work). We'll use either the stroller or a carrier.

    I figure its probably good to be forced to leave the house and get some fresh air and exercise at least 1x/day.

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