Lesson one: No O in Dalmatian. The breed is originally from an ancient country called Dalmatia. Hence the name Dalmatian. ;)
ALWAYS, when considering a breed, remember it's original purpose and intent. Dalmatians were bred to run with carriages, and many have a high activity level and needs LOTS of exercise. Lots meaning MILES of jogging per day, to stay happy and not be destructive in your home.
Dalmatians are an extremely active breed, they are not for everyone. Tell us, why did you chose a Dalmatian? Just curious. I do have a Dalmatian and she is a wonderful dog, but they do require lots of exercise, lots of socialization and may not be suitable to a small apartment without a yard.
Dalmatians do need a ton of exercise. I had on when I was little, but we lived on a farm. So he took to herding the cattle and would pull wagons and sleds for me so we could get the work done a lot quicker.
This is in response to msg # 3 . I got my Dalmatian 8 years ago because I had one growing up and loved him very much. I do take him on runs at the park. I know how energetic they are. I also have a Bassett Hound who is 7 years old. Quite the opposite. But I love them dearly.
Moving to a new home with a dog is probably the most common problem people have. A lot of landlords don't allow children either but you'd never give up one of your kids if you couldn't find the right apartment. Affordable rental homes that allow pets are out there if you work to find them. Most people give up too easily. Don't be quick to jump on the first apartment you see. There is probably be a better a better place available soon that will accept your dog. Widen your search. Most people only look as far as the classified ads. Many landlords list their property through real estate agents or rental associations rather than the classifieds. Take advantage of rental services that help tenants find apartments. Ask friends, relatives and coworkers to keep an eye open for you. Many apartments are rented via word of mouth before they're ever advertised in the papers. A home that allows pets might be in a different neighborhood than you'd prefer. It might be a few more miles from work. It might not be as luxurious as you'd like. It might cost a few dollars more. Are you willing to compromise if it means being able to keep your dog? "No Pets Allowed" doesn't always mean no pets, period." Many landlords automatically rule out pets because they don't want the hassle and possible damage. Many of these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because the ad says "no pets allowed" doesn't mean you shouldn't go see the apartment anyway. During the interview, ask the landlord "Are pets absolutely out of the question?" If he answers, "well...", you have a chance! Hint: You'll have better luck asking this question in person than over the telephone - it's harder for people to say no to your face.
To encourage a landlord to let you keep your dog:
1. Bring your well-groomed, well-behaved dog to the rental interview. Show the landlord that your dog is well-cared-for and that you're a responsible owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma, Canine Good Citizen certificate or other achievement certifications if your dog has them. 2. Offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able to have a dog. 3. Bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors, as well as from your dog’s trainer. Invite the landlord to see your present home to show him that the dog has not damaged the property nor been a nuisance to the neighbors. 4. Use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that will be crated when their owners aren't home. 5. In difficult times, people often have to move in with relatives or friends who don't like dogs. This doesn't have to be an impossible situation. Use a dog crate when you're not home or when your family doesn't want your dog underfoot. A portable kennel run can be set up in the yard for exercise and can be sold later when you have your own place and don't need it anymore. 6. Don't think you're being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller place than what he's used to. Dogs are very adaptable, they can often adjust even faster than people. Where he lives isn't as important to him as who he lives with. He wants to be with you and he doesn't care where that is.