I have a 5 month old Lab/Hound mix about 27lbs (as of a couple weeks ago). My sister and I live in an apartment in the city. He had Parvo when we got him, but he pulled through like a champ! I have no problem training him, but my sister, who works long hours, is having a hard time adjusting to his neverending energy. I am home a lot, so I am able to spend lots of time with him and play and whatnot. My sister has suggested that we may have to get rid of him because he is "too much to handle." He seems perfectly happy in our apartment, and her boyfriend has a fenced in yard with two other dogs that he can run and play in. Am I wrong in thinking he'll be okay in our apartment? Our lease is up in August, so we will definitely be looking for a place with a yard. I have grown extremely attached to this dog, and I do not want to give him up! Any suggestions on how to fight this? Or am I out of luck?
I do not think you are wrong at all to have the dog in the situation you are in. You seem smart, caring and responsible, you take the dog to a fenced in area to play, I'm sure you walk him, etc, as much as needed. So, no, keep on doing what you're doing, and take as much of the responsibility yourself until August, so that your sister doesn't get too overwhelmed or negative about it. Have fun, and welcome to TP. :)
Dook is right. It sounds like he's getting plenty of exercise and attention. I would worry if he were left alone all day and never taken anywhere to run, but it sounds like you're doing a good job with him. August isn't too far away. I'm sure your sister will be cooperative knowing that you'll be moving into a place with a yard soon. Good luck and welcome! :)
WIth appropriate amounts of attention and exercise, most dogs make great apartment dogs. It sounds like your sister just isn't a 'dog person'. If you can, try taking your dog to obedience classes in your area so you can help your dog focus on obeying you and calming down at times.
I just adopted what is suppose to be a hound border collie mix but she looks just like a lab and I live in a condo, I take her out about every 30 mins when I'm hope so she won't pee on my carpet and when we are inside we are still playing around and she is perfectly happy. So as long as you can play and take him for a walk I wouldn't worry about it. Especially if you may be getting a place with a yard in less then 4 months.