Living in an urban environment can be fast-paced and fun but it can also mean crowded places and less space. Dogs that live in urban areas require a different kind of care than dogs that live in suburban or rural areas. So, we’ve come up with some tips to help you care your city dog!
The biggest factor for dogs living in an urban environment is exercise. Since there is typically no yard to let your pup stretch their legs out in, making sure they get enough exercise is very important. Daily walks are an absolute must, but if you work long hours why not hire a dog walker to help you out? They’ll pop in during the day and give your dog a much-needed exercise break. And if your dog needs an extra round of exercise, consider a dog jogging program. Your dog will reap the benefits of a midday break with an added bonus.
In suburban areas, it’s a little easier to get away with an un-trained dog. The roads aren’t typically packed with people and the dog parks are larger and less crowded. Therefore, training an urban dog is very important. Make sure they know the basic commands – like sit, stay, come, and down – as well as heel and proper stair or elevator etiquette. A professional dog trainer is the perfect way to make sure your city dog is good to go!
In addition to exercise, dogs need playtime. Whether you take them to the dog park to run around with other pups or play a game of fetch in an open field, playtime helps a dogs social skills and gives them some mental exercise as well. One way to get some playtime in for your pup is to bring them to a dog daycare. It doesn’t have to be five days a week – just one or two days can do the trick. They’ll get to stretch their legs and run around with other four-legged friends.
Caring for an urban dog doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. With a few tips and tricks – and the help of a dog walker and trainer – your urban dog will be living the good life.
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