Think dogs and apartments don’t always go together? Apartment living for dog owners can sometimes be a challenge, but there are ways to make sure that you can keep your dog, and your sanity, while living in an apartment.
1. Finding the Perfect Dog for Your Apartment
Some dog breeds are more suited to apartment living than others. The most important consideration is not necessarily small size, but making sure that any apartment dog gets enough walks and other forms of play and exercise. Although there are no hard and fast rules, experts recommend several breeds as being particularly good choices if you live in an apartment. They include the Greyhound and Italian Greyhound, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Havanese, French and English Bulldogs, Pekingese, Tibetan Spaniel, and Miniature Poodle.
2. Finding the Perfect Apartment for Your Dog
If you already have a dog and are in the market for a new apartment, consider renting a place on the first floor, preferably with direct access to the outside. Living on the ground floor will make taking your dog out multiple times per day much easier. It also helps to have a washer and dryer in the unit to conveniently clean your dog’s bedding and the towels you use on muddy paws after a walk.
3. Dealing with Barking
Some breeds make good apartment dogs because they are generally quiet. But any dog can be trained to not bark so much. Block their view out the window when you leave for work if a view of outside leads to barking. Provide enrichment and entertainment like Kongs filled with peanut butter or homemade treat puzzles. Tire your dog out with lots of exercise when you get home from work. You can also take your dog to a professional trainer if necessary.
4. Be a Good Tenant
Always be honest with your landlord about the size and number of pets living in your apartment. Many buildings have breed and size restrictions, and it’s never a good idea to sneak a dog or cat into a place that doesn’t allow pets. You may have to give up your best friend if and when you’re found out. Review the lease so that you understand the details about the initial pet deposit or any additional monthly charges for pets.
5. Be a Good Neighbor
If you’re getting complaints from neighbors about barking or other issues, be courteous and address the concerns in person. It also helps to introduce your dog to the neighbors. Sometimes a cute face and a wagging tail can soften them to the anonymous barker in the next apartment. Consider getting a dog walker to come while you’re at work if the barking is worse when you’re not home. And of course, don’t forget to pick up after your dog and dispose of the waste bag properly when walking your dog around the apartment grounds.
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