Apartment living can have many advantages: low maintenance, close to work and entertainment, and ease of changing residence. But, if you’re a dog owner, apartment living can present some difficulties. You probably won’t have your own yard for him to play in, and your inside space may be somewhat compact.
However, with enough exercise, stimulation and preventative measures, the difficulties are easy to overcome. In honor of National Dog Day on August 26, here are some doggone good tips to help you and your pup succeed at apartment living, together.
The first part of keeping a dog happy and healthy inside your apartment is to optimize her experiences outside.
Boredom and pent-up energy can only lead to one thing: trouble, such as your pup chewing on your favorite pair of boots, your sofa or the floorboards – there goes your deposit.
How much room does your dog need to roam while you’re out of the house? Enough not to feel cramped, but not so much that she can get into trouble.
Your pup’s size and level of energy will affect how well she adapts to apartment living, but active dogs can still thrive if you provide enough exercise and stimulation, as well as a comfortable and safe environment. Many big breeds can even be more sedate than smaller ones.
With the right approach for your pup, there’s no reason you and your dog can’t be perfectly happy calling an apartment home.
Scout out the neighborhood for walking potential and nearby dog amenities. As for the apartment itself, consider whether your dog will be comfortable using the stairs or elevator, if applicable. And, as you prepare to move in, take time to acclimate your pup to his new environment and neighbors. Moving is also a good time to update your home inventory and review your renters insurance to make sure all your personal belongings are covered. And, don’t forget to update your pet’s tags and microchips after a move!
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