We're in the process of moving from the country to the city and plan to bring our two yellow labs with us. These two dogs have always lived outside, and have never been leashed. Do you think it's possible to do this? Our new house has a large (yet unfenced) back yard. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
Hamhocker
We're in the process of moving from the country to the city and plan to bring our two yellow labs ... possible to do this? Our new house has a large (yet unfenced) back yard. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, Hamhocker

get the yard fenced ASAP. not only will your neighbors apprechiate it, it will be best for the safety of the dogs as well.
We're in the process of moving from the country to the city and plan to bring our two yellow labs ... Do you think it's possible to do this? Our new house has a large (yet unfenced) back yard. Any suggestions?

Yes. Not only should you get the yard fenced ASAP as Davina suggests, but you should also plan to never leave your dogs outside unattended for more than a short time. If you're a good city neighbor, you'll quickly learn exactly how long a "short time" is. Dogs barking outside out of boredom or for no discernible reason quickly create animosity among city neighbors. Dogs left unattended in city yards are also, sadly, susceptible to mischievous or malicious passersby. It's not unheard of for kids or others to toss things into another's yard, be it toys, garbage, or poison. You shouldn't be paranoid, but you should be vigilant about observing the customs of your particular neighborhood. Be sure to ask your new neighbors about good vets, feed stores, and other suppliers in the area.
As for the dogs themselves, they'll love living inside along with your family. Take them each separately to obedience training classes to get a handle on what good house and leash manners they have the potential for. Practice your obedience tasks with them frequently throughout the day to engage their minds and develop a closer bond with them. Think about whether, where, and how often you'll take them for stimulation and exercise to supplement what they'll get in addition to the focused play times you'll have with them in your new yard.

And enjoy the city!
Cate