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My boyfriend and I are seriously talking about moving to Seattle in 2016 when I finish my transfer degree so I can pursue a further education in animal behavior at UW and so he can pursue his writing career. Right now we live by WSU, but it's a pretty rural farming community. I've never lived in a big city, I've grown up in small towns my entire life, so I have no idea how to start planning for this. Are there any big city dwellers here who can share some insight on how they manage an active dog while living in the city? I have a 4 year old male, who is also my service dog, but he is VERY active so I do a lot with him. Specific information to Seattle is very much appreciated, but any general information from big city dwellers is appreciated. These are the questions I can think of right now, but if you can add any info that I may not be thinking of, or that you didn't consider when moving to a big city with an active dog that would be great. Do you live in the city, or outside of it? Is one cheaper than the other? If you live in pet friendly housing, are there fenced areas available to play with your dog(s)? If you have a fenced yard, how hard was it to find, and was it exceptionally more expensive? If you don't have a fenced yard, how hard was it to find places to run your dog(s) off leash? Do you have to deal with ill-mannered or bad tempered dogs in order to do this? What are the major downsides to living in or near a big city? How hard is it to get to places to hike? Right now I drive about half an hour to get to a good hiking spot, but there are less desirable spots within 15 minutes of my home. Where does your dog potty? We visited my bf's sister who lives in a pet friendly Seattle apartment, and they had designated potty spots on the roof, but they were fake grass, and smelled horrible. A lot of people didn't pick up after their dogs. Link hated them, and it took a few times for him to use them. I'm looking forward to the variety and options in taking obedience and agility classes in a big city, does anyone have any recommendations? Positive training only please. What about any clubs? I'd love to join a club that has a community building for agility and obedience practice. For the people who work their dogs, is it possible at all to find a place with enough property to keep sheep within a reasonable commute? If not, where do you work your dogs? Are there any sheep co-ops? How far do you have to travel to get to an instructor? Sorry for all the questions! I'm a bit of an obsessive planner