Many apartment dwellers wish they could have a dog but are worried that the limited space will prevent them from successfully doing so. They ask themselves questions like: Can my dog be happy in an apartment? Will I be able to keep my space clean? Can I responsibly be a dog owner in an apartment?
Never fear – it is totally possible to be a successful and responsible apartment-dwelling dog owner (as long as your apartment allows pets) by considering adopting a small-sized dog, giving your pup a safe space of their own, making sure your pup gets lots of exercise, and investing in your dog’s training.
In this post we’re going to take a closer look at each of these tips for apartment living dog owners, and by the end of the post you’ll be more prepared to make man’s best friend feel like a part of your pack!
Consider a Small Dog
Much like apartments, dogs come in all shapes and sizes! While it is definitely possible to have a large canine companion successfully in an apartment (though most apartment complexes will have weight restrictions on pooches), choosing to adopt a smaller breed of dog will definitely make the experience easier in an apartment.
Consider breeds like the Bichon Frise, bulldog, boston terrier, basset hound, or a similar mixed breed when choosing a canine companion to keep you company in your apartment. If you have to work away from home for the day, it’s a great idea to go to your local shelter and adopt a smaller, older dog that already has some training because puppies can’t be left alone for long periods of time.
Give Your Pup a Safe Space
Modern dogs, much like their wolf ancestors, prefer having a space (a den) they can call their own. When bringing your new pup into an apartment, consider setting up an area of your living quarters for them to be able to escape to in order to relax, destress, or just take a comfortable and safe nap.
If the dog is crate trained, the crate can act as this space. A nice fluffy dog bed, some toys, and a water bowl can go a long way towards turning your dog’s corner into a veritable doggy oasis!
Get Them Lots of Exercise
Dogs (and people) deal better with their environments if they have plenty of exercise. It’s especially important for dogs who have small living quarters to be able to get outside and work off some of their energy to stay healthy.
The good news is, taking your dog out for exercise is good for you too! Consider setting aside time for a morning and evening walk with your canine companion, or a regularly scheduled playdate at the local dog park. Your pooch will thank you, and so will your own body!
Even if you don’t have a dog park nearby, many local parks have posted hours for well behaved dogs to be able to run around off-leash, and you can
Invest in Training
When you live in a small space with lots of neighbors in close proximity to you, making sure your dog is well-trained is a necessity – both for their safety and the safety of everyone in your community.
You should be able to find low-cost community dog training classes in your area, and they can be a great way to bond with your new pet and also meet people in your community! Having a dog that will respond to your commands, not bark excessively, and will behave like a well-mannered member of the community is rewarding for both you and your pet.
Are You Looking for the Perfect Apartment for You and Your Furry Best friend?
We hope these tips will help you take steps to be the best apartment-dwelling dog owner around! Are you moving and looking for the perfect community?
Contact Syringa Property Management today, we’d be more than happy to help you find the perfect housing community to settle down in.
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