I love dogs, but I also recognize that they bring an enormous change to a person’s lifestyle. And the responsibility that comes with waggy tails and smelly kisses is only increased when your living space shrinks down!
Are you thinking about getting a new dog? Or are you and your furry best friend moving to a new place? Here are some things to think about if you want to ensure that your pup is a happy, healthy apartment dweller…
The Space: Finding the right living situation is incredibly important when you have a pet. Not all buildings accept animals, and many now restrict dogs according to their breed. Not only pit bull breeds, which include the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Staffordshire Terrier, this list also includes dogs like the Husky, German Shepard, and Dalmation. Others restrict by size, so your lovable Golden Retriever would still be out of the question. Sometimes, if the apartment is small, the dog needs to be too. It makes sense, though, because bigger dogs needs more exercise. Which brings us to…
Exercise: There is literally nothing more important (especially when your dog lives in a confined space) than making sure you give your pup the attention and socializing that they deserve. It’s the worst part about owning a dog for those of us who don’t love mornings or exercise. In the mornings, your dog wakes up rested, and if you don’t want them tearing up your place or barking due to pent-up energy then head outside! If there’s no time for a jog a quick game of fetch in a park will do. I find that putting off exercise never works out for my pup because I’m tired at the end of the day, and the last thing I want to do is head out when it’s getting dark and cold outside.
Crating: It’s a big debate among dog owners whether or not to crate train your dog. The essential idea is to get your dog accustomed to its crate to the point where it is a place of comfort. This enables you to lock your dog up without any negative reactions from them like crying while you’re gone or chewing it open. Some dogs won’t take to it but others may benefit from the training. And you’ll head to work in peace without wondering which shoes you’ll come home to in pieces.
Accessories: Last but not least, I want to leave you with an adorable Etsy treasury of everything you need to have a stylish life with your canine companion.
What are your doggy must-dos? Tips for living in a smaller space? How do you feel about crating? Let us know!