While some people think that having a dog means you should live in a house with a fenced-in yard, what about the folks who don’t have that option? Maybe they live in the city or they can’t justify the expense of a house just because they want a dog. Does this mean that apartment dwellers should not have dogs? Of course not!
Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t be a responsible pet owner; it just means you will have more specific things to deal with. It definitely takes a time and energy commitment to raise a happy, healthy dog in an apartment setting, but it can be done!
There are a few things to consider before choosing a dog to live in an apartment. The first thing is to look around your apartment and make sure there is enough space where you can place a dog bed and possibly a crate if you plan to use crate training. No matter how much or how little space you have, whether in an apartment or a house, a dog needs a space to call his own.
Obedience training is going to be very important when getting a dog that will live in an apartment. To avoid neighbor complaints, you’ll need to work with your dog to control excessive barking, and train him to walk calmly and as quietly as possible down the hallways when taking him out for walks and playtime.
Your next step is to plan out a schedule so that you have plenty of time to play with and love your dog as well as take him outside to play. No matter how well trained they are, all dogs need to get out and get some exercise. Look for dog parks nearby, as well as hiking or walking trails, and prepare to purchase the proper dog equipment for brisk walks and playing outdoors.
Choosing the right dog is also really important. You may think only small dogs do well in apartments, but in fact some large breeds have a calm mentality that makes them ideal for apartment living. Research dog breeds carefully before you make a choice.
Once you’ve found your dog, it is important to be consistent with training, keep to a regular schedule of walks and play time, and ensure that your dog is not left alone in the apartment for hours on end, day after day. Consider if you were a dog – would you want to be cooped up all alone with nothing to do every day? Of course not! Give your dog plenty of interaction, fun and exercise along with a healthy diet of CANIDAE pet food, lots of yummy CANIDAE treats and regular vet check-ups.
Having a dog in an apartment is no more difficult than having a canine friend in a house, but you will have to adapt your habits to include walking and exercise rather than just opening the back door to let your dog run in a nicely fenced yard. Don’t think that you have to live without a furry friend because of your choice of home. Just put some thought into the dog you choose, and adapt your lifestyle to meet your new dog’s needs.
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