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6 Best Practices for Raising a Dog in a Small Apartment

6 Best Practices for Raising a Dog in a Small Apartment

Meta description: Dogs and apartment living don’t always go hand in hand, but you can make it work. Here are 6 best practices for raising a dog in a small apartment. 

Raising a dog in an apartment isn’t for the faint hearted. But it’s not impossible, even if you live in a studio or one-bedroom place. Putting some ground rules in place from the start will make it easier on everyone, especially your canine friend! Here are 6 best practices for how to raise a dog in a small apartment. 

1. Exercise is important

All dogs, even little ones, need regular exercise. So if you live near a dog park, or there are dog friendly paths nearby, then you can tick this best practice off your list. 

The main benefit of exercising your dog is so he can burn off excess energy. Dogs that are cooped up all day and not let out for a run tend to chew furniture and develop behavioral problems. Aim to give him a walk in the morning and in the evening, and some high-intensity exercise like a run around in the weekend. 

If you’re very busy tied up with work or just don’t have the time to regularly walk your dog, you can hire a pet sitter to help! These helpful Pet Sitters can make sure your dog stays in shape while you are at work bringing home the bacon. 

2. Choose the right breed

If you’re looking to raise a dog in an apartment, you should be aware that some breeds are more suited to this lifestyle than others. So be sure to do some research on which dogs are least likely to bark, chew and generally cause havoc in your apartment. 

For instance, these breeds make great apartment dwellers:

●    Dachshunds
●    Pugs
●    King Charles Spaniels
●    Poodles 
●    French Bulldog
●    Boston Terrier

While you’re choosing the right breed for your small apartment, why not adopt a dog instead of shopping for one? You will be able to find many small breeds that fit your small apartment and you will also be providing a lovable dog with a new home. 

3. Choose an apartment that’s suitable

If you’re raising a puppy in a small apartment, then you need to consider things like toilet breaks. If you’re on the top floor, then traveling up and down in the lift (if it has one) will soon get tiresome. A ground floor or first floor apartment is ideal for popping outside to let them do their business, and it will save your legs and their bladder!

4. Consider daytime help

If you’re not able to spend as much time with your dog as you’d like during weekdays, then enlist the help of a dog walker or put them in doggie daycare a couple of days a week. Not only will they enjoy the company of other dogs, they’ll get much needed exercise and fresh air. 

Even though it’s an extra expense for your budget, using services like these are well worth it to keep them healthy and fit, an important factor when raising a dog in an apartment. You’ll also save money on future vet bills if he’s healthy.  

5. Don’t skip behavioral training 

When raising a puppy it’s important they receive behavioral training. Otherwise they’ll be harder to manage at home and in public. A badly behaved dog isn’t fun, and will make your life a misery. Sadly, many dogs are given away because they ‘act up’ in apartments, when all they need is a little training to teach them the rules of the house.

Behavioral training for your dog is also necessary because you need to consider your neighbors. Apartment living means sharing a building with other people, so if he barks a lot when you’re away, you won’t endear yourself to the people next door.

6. Create a safe haven

Dogs need a safe haven where they can relax and wind down. This could be an out of the way nook with a comfy dog bed, or his crate, where he can retreat to with his chew toys and food / water bowls. 

Once you’ve created a safe haven for your dog, adopt these further dog apartment living tips, to save your sanity, protect your furniture and keep your landlord happy:

●    place a mat or rug down to help protect the floor in their area,
●    have a towel on hand to dry him off when it’s raining
●    teach him that the furniture is off-limits for sitting, playing or jumping on
●    if that doesn’t work, invest in some couch covers or a natural dog repellent spray
●    ensure wires and electronics are kept out of reach or hidden
●    pick up after your dog, no one wants to step on anything nasty in the carpark!

While raising a dog in an apartment can seem like a lot of work, there are many rewards for owners who get it right. With a little foresight and planning there’s no reason why you can’t have a harmonious relationship with a dog in a small apartment. 

Author’s Bio
Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.