Life can get a little crowded when you introduce even a small dog into an apartment. Let’s admit it, most apartments are small, and even if it’s just you and your dog, life can get pretty cramped. However, despite the challenge of apartment living, we’re going to give you some tips on how to keep your dog happy in an apartment.
10 Tips on How to Keep Your Dog Happy in an Apartment
#1 Understand Your Dog Breed
Not all dogs do well in small spaces, and it isn’t necessarily their size that indicates whether or not they’ll do good in an apartment. Some small dogs like Jack Russell Terriers are very active and may not do well in small apartments. On the other hand, some larger dogs have lower activity levels (like the Greyhound or Bulldog) and adapt fine to apartment life. If you haven’t gotten a dog yet, do some research on different dog breeds and their ability to adapt to apartment life. If you already have a dog and must rent an apartment, find a place that best suits your dog’s needs.
#2 Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Dogs need exercise–some breeds need more daily exercise than others. By keeping your dog active everyday, he will have less energy to use inside the apartment. Also, if dogs are not exercised, they can develop behavioral problems. Try to exercise your dog twice a day.
#3 Stick to a Routine
Dogs love routine. It makes life predictable for them. Exercise, feed, and let them out to use the bathroom at the same times every day. This will keep them happy.
#4 Train Your Dog
By training your dog, you’ll teach him what is acceptable and what is not. Although training takes time and effort, it is worth it. You’ll stay sane when you leave for the day.
#5 Create a Safe Place for Your Dog
Creating a safe place for your dog is not only important for apartment living, but it is important if you live in a big house too. A safe place could include his doggie bed, doggie toys, and a possibly a crate. This should be his safe haven that he can retreat to.
#6 Desensitize and Socialize
Apartment life means close-proximity neighbors. This means more people walking around and more strange noises. Desensitizing and socializing your dog to these situations will help make her more comfortable to apartment life.
#7 Keep Your Dog’s Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention Up-to-Date
As mentioned, apartment living means more people living in the same area and sharing common areas. Keeping dogs up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite prevention will help stop the spread of diseases and parasites. Also, you could get into trouble if your dog bites someone and your dog is not up to date on these things.
#8 Be a Considerate Neighbor
Remember sounds and smells travel easily within apartment complexes. Take into consideration that your dog may bark a lot during the day when you’re gone. If this is a problem, try to work with your dog to mitigate this. Also, when you play with your dog in your apartment, your neighbors may hear your dog running around. Due to this, try not to let your dog run around in the apartment at night when people are sleeping.
#9 Keep Your Apartment and Dog Clean
Vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, washing the floors, and picking up after your dog are all very important for keeping your living area clean and smelling good. A clean living area is a healthy living area! Also, don’t forget to brush your dog and give her baths when she needs them. Since apartments are small, smells can build up easily.
#10 Provide Plenty of Doggie Toys
Dog toys will mentally stimulate your dog and keep their energy focused. A chew toy, for example, is a great outlet for nervous energy, and it can distract your dog from damaging your household items.