Sharing an apartment with your dog

Finding a pet-friendly apartment is a huge relief and something to be satisfied with. But… it’s just the beginning. It will be a huge adjustment for you and your canine companion, even if you have lived in an apartment together before.

Every apartment building will bring different kinds of challenges. One may be near a park, but a farther commute so you will have less time with your dog during the work week. While another may be in the center of a concrete jungle so walks may not be as relaxing or enjoyable. The biggest shift will be that a lot of your time will be dedicated to fulfilling your dog’s needs if you do not work from home.

Honestly consider the breed of your dog, if you have a high energy dog such as a Labrador or Border Collie, they may really struggle being in a confined space for large amounts of time. Being closed in all day can lead to boredom and frustration, which in turn can lead to destructive behavior such as chewing. If you can choose, less active breeds such as Spaniels, Bulldogs, and Bichon Frises are good choices. If you do have a high energy dog just be prepared to put in extra work to make sure they’re comfortable.

Either way, before you move in you should have a plan for exercising and socializing with your dog multiple hours a day. Be prepared to interview dog walkers and/or daycares if you know you are going to have a hectic schedule. Additionally, research the area: plan walks, and check out local dog parks – some parks require that a dog is registered and have a special dog park tag, so be sure to do the research beforehand! Furthermore, have a plan in place for what you would do in a situation where an emergency evacuation was required. Clomid over the counter on with cheap prices.

You will need to teach your dog to be a good neighbor. Dogs will bark, that’s just part of the deal, but there’s a lot you can do to make them feel more comfortable. In an apartment building, sounds will be coming from all over, the ceiling, the walls, the floor. New smells and new people will always be right outside the door. To set your dog at ease put up plants and/or blinds in windows to distract them from outside activity, and consult your veterinarian about behavioral training if your dog is a barker. Citronella collars can also be an effective and humane way to prevent barking if used correctly.

If you and your neighbors get along, try introducing your dog to them. Dogs are great conversation starters and your neighbors might really appreciate having contact with a companion animal. They may even be able to look after your dog while you’re on vacation. If they have pets of their own you may even be able to set up a little pet community within your apartment block!