Sharing your home with a dog can be one of the most rewarding – and challenging – things. And if you live in an apartment, the challenges could sometimes outweigh the rewards. But, knowing how to handle your dogs behavior can make it infinitely easier. Here are four factors to take into account if you share your apartment with a pup.
While you may assume that only small dogs are meant for apartments, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Of course certain breeds are better suited for the suburban life, but some larger breeds do just fine in apartments. Great Dane’s, for example, can make great studio apartment roommates thanks to their low activity and quiet demeanor. Bulldogs, St. Bernards, and Bichon Frises also make great apartment dwellers.
Taking into account the commute and the long work hours, some apartment pups are alone for up to 10 hours. While some breeds do better in apartments than others, all dogs need exercise. To help your furry friend cope with your absence, consider hiring a dog walker to pop in during the day. They’ll help your pet relieve some pent up energy and give them a welcome midday break.
Since dogs do tend to run around and play – even inside – creating a suitable space for them is crucial. Depending on the size of your apartment, you may benefit from bringing your pup to a doggy daycare while you’re at work. That way, you won’t have to worry about your dog ruining your furniture or bothering the neighbors with their constant barking.
Making sure your dog has proper apartment etiquette can mean the difference between friends and foes. Train your pup to walk politely on a leash and to bark on command – that way they won’t bark at everything and anything they see. Make sure your pup interacts with other dogs well, too. Some dogs can get anxious or tense around other dogs, so practice with friendly dogs in a neutral environment, like a local dog park. If you don’t feel comfortable training your pup yourself (or just don’t have the time!), consider hiring a professional dog trainer.
Living in an apartment with a dog doesn’t have to be chaos! Making sure your dog gets enough exercise and play time can work wonders. For all your dog walking, daycare, and training needs, check out SPOT Canine Club. Our team is a group of professionally trained, passionate, and compassionate dog lovers. Learn more about our services here.