Best practices for Living in an Apartment with a Dog

 

Even though a large yard or a farm are the best environments for dogs, it is possible to live with a dog in an apartment. If you are considering getting a dog and you live in an apartment, it’s advisable to get a smaller dog and a dog that is lower energy. No matter the breed or size of dog you get, there are several factors you need to consider.

Daily walks

Dogs need regular exercise. And any dog that does not have access to a large yard needs even more directed exercise and access to a place to go to the bathroom. Dogs living in an apartment are confined the majority of the day. Without a way to stretch their legs and burn off their energy, they are likely to direct their efforts into rearranging your furniture or destroying pillows.

Plenty of toys

Since a dog in an apartment has limited stimuli, it’s best to give him extra toys to keep himself occupied. This should include a wide variety of toys from balls to ropes to fluffy animals stuffed with squeakers. An apartment bound dog needs lots of distractions because his daily world is rather small.

Consider doggie day care

If you are close to a doggie day care, and can afford it, this is a great option for apartment living pooches. Doggie day cares are places where owners can take their dogs, drop them off, let the dog play all day while you are at work, and you pick them up on your way home. Doggie day cares allow dogs to get exercise and socialize all day while their owners are at work. Many doggie day cares also offer overnight boarding for when dog owners have to go out of town.

Co-op with other pet owners

If you know other dog owners in your building, you might consider some type of co-op arrangement where you all share the care of each others dogs. Some people may work from home and can provide mid-day dog walks to some residents while others can walk the dogs early in the morning or in the evenings. By sharing the duties, all the dogs can get access to more attention and exercise than they would receive from their owner alone.