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Old 05-28-2011, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Hi I just came to this forum I am from Wisconsin and looking to buy a house in Tucson, but I have a dog and want to know with no grass where do they you know do there business I have a Mexican Chihuahua and are there things that will hurt him in the rock yards.

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Old 05-28-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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dogs have been walking around for thousands of years without shoes on...and still successfully completing their business....

no worries...remember to pick it up afterwards
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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You could always plant a desert tree to cool the yard and build a patio so there is something for your pup to walk on during the monsoon. If the yard has large gravel, a little chihuahua might have trouble navigating it.
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Oro Valley AZ.
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Hi I just came to this forum I am from Wisconsin and looking to buy a house in Tucson, but I have a dog and want to know with no grass where do they you know do there business I have a Mexican Chihuahua and are there things that will hurt him in the rock yards.
Welcome to AZ Newbie.
Dogs are very adaptable. They will do fine. I know several people that put a small patch of artificial grass in their landscape just to make Fido feel at home. (and to make themselves feel better!)

And if you are in need of some Wisconsin Brats or Cheese Curds I can hook you up with that.
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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My Chihuahua is white with brown eyes and yes he can be a pill but he is loveable too. They have a distintive personality.
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:29 AM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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I have a tea cup Yorkie. I live in a condo and have trained her to use a "pee pad" on the balcony during the times when I am not able to walk her or when it's too hot outside. I put the pee pad in a cat's litter box (without litter and without a lid) and it's very easy to clean up, doesn't bother her feet in the sun (shady balcony) and she can quickly go in and out. She took to the pee pad right away. Just a thought if you don't have grass or a shaded patio.
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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You do need to be careful with those toy dogs because there are a few things in the desert that will get at them, namely hawks, javelina, bobcats and coyotes. However, if you have a fenced yard, he should be okay.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Red Rock, Arizona
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One of the best things about having a dog in the desert.....it's really easy cleaning up their poop. It's dry as a rock before it even hits the ground. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it does dry up very fast.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Depending on your schedule....let him out early in the morning for some romp time and after the sun goes does down...If all you have is rocks...maybe scrape an area out to the dirt so his feet are cooler...spray with the hose around there when he goes out so the rocks are cooler...or spray down the rocks...my cockers had burnt pads at first with the heat, sidewalks, rocks, but now are troopers...don't let him on the tar or cement at first for any length of time with sensitive paws....He will do fine Oh and Billy is right on the poo drying out... That is a good thing
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Simple way to test, Newbe . . .

If you are able to walk around barefooted, your dog should be equally as able. During the heat of the day, I have no problem walking on cement but tar and asphalt are a definite NO NO. Also, the small crushed rocks frequently used for ground cover can be a real bear for both you and the little guy.


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One of the best things about having a dog in the desert.....it's really easy cleaning up their poop. It's dry as a rock before it even hits the ground. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it does dry up very fast.
So that's the clunking noise I've been hearing lately!

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