Yard for Doberman

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Hello everyone.  I have been reading on the forum and read something that I hadn't thought about...yard size.  We are going to be looking at the male doberman I had mentioned in another post sometime this week.  If everything checks out with him and the breeders then I'd like to bring him home.  A posting from horseatingweeds gave me some great advise on what to look for.  Anyway, I have a smaller backyard, which I know would be fine for him for a while, but after that I don't know what to do.  I was looking around my yard and there is no where he will be able to run at full speed, especially for long periods of time.  He might be able to do a quick burst, but that would be it.  I think at this point I will feel guilty bringing him home.  :(  I am more than willing to move and find a bigger yard for him, but who knows how long that could take.  Houses where we live are not selling well at all. 

We also have strict leash laws where I live.  If your dog is outside of his home and not in a fenced in yard he is required to be on a leash at all times.  So I can't even let him run around freely in my front yard which is much bigger (but we can't fence in due to our subdivisions "rules").  We also have no dog parks around where I live. 

I guess i'm looking for some advise on what other options I might have.  I hate the thought of waiting even longer for my doberman, because I have already waited a long time.  But I can't think of myself right now, I have to think of what is best for him.  I do have a female Golden that he will be able to play with if that helps any.  Thanks in advance :)  Amy

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How big is your yard?

Do you have friends or family close by with more area?

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Our backyard is 25 x 35.  And my mom and sister live nearby, but their yards are even smaller than mine. 

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I only have a med. size yard but there are few enclosed areas that have worked well for me to let my dogs run.
1.  Baseball field- this my favorite! I live now a little league field and off season i love using this as a nice fenced in area where my dogs can get to top speed.  But they tend to have several gates and the fences tend to be low so not for a dog that enjoys scaling fences.
2.  Tennis court- some of them can be a bit large.  But if it only a single court your dog will outgrow it. ..but bouncing a tennis ball is still a bunch of fun. 
3.  Dog park- many of them are enclosed

On the plus side it will be while before your puppy is full grown and really allowed to go top speed so you should have plenty of time to come up with solutions.  Good Luck!

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Those are all great ideas, but sadly, I can't do any of that in the town I live in.  No dog parks, and he can't be off leash anywhere.  My husband thought our yard was about 25ft x 35ft, but I went out and measured for sure and it's more like 40ft x 35ft.  But I'm thinking that's probably still too small. 

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I also have a small yard for my dobermans, it is 100 X 75 not big at all for three dobermans.
I take my dogs to the elementry school in the evenings, it is fenced most elemtry schools are, and they usually do not have sports after school, I have gone in and asked permission, I make sure to clean up after my dogs, this has been a win win for me and my dogs.
Good luck

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I haven't do this with a dobie (just got one) but with my previous dogs (a pitbut-sheperd mix and a shitzu) I ran them along side my bike, on a leash.  This was pretty easy and short with the shitzu (he tired out after about a mile and a half of running full speed in front of me, usually had to carry him back; he didn't hold back). 

The larger dog would go for miles like this, until she got too old to do it.  Also with the larger dog, I used an elastic/bungie style leash for this.  Otherwise, all 90 lbs of her would rip me off the bike if she decided to stop and poo.  There's some bike attachment leash some company makes specifically for this.  Though, if it's not attached directly to you, I think it would be easy to inadvertently keep going when the dog wants to stop, so I never looked into that.  My beloved pitbull-shepard lived to the ripe old age of 16, which I attribute to her exercise routine.

I anticipate doing this when my dobie is old enough.  We also have strict leash laws where I live.  The strictness depends mostly on how whiney the neighbors are though, in my experience.

R. Marc