You and your furry friend can enjoy a great life living in an apartment... but’s important to do a little work upfront!
If you don’t currently have a dog, life will be a lot easier if you find an “apartment friendly” breed. The key things to look for are:
- A breed that isn’t too energetic and doesn’t require a lot of exercise
- A breed that does not bark a lot
- A smaller breed that will not feel too cramped (or take up too much space!) in an apartment
- A breed that is good with people and other dogs, who you undoubtedly encounter if you’re living in an apartment.
You can find ideal breeds using a dog breed selector program, which will recommend breeds based on your preferences and living situation. Bear in mind that breeds have overall traits, but every dog is an individual. Your dogs behavior will depend a lot on how they are raised!
Finding a Great Apartment for You and Your Dog
If you have a dog and you are looking for an apartment, here are some things to consider:
- Remember that there is a huge difference between a “dog-friendly apartment” and an apartment that accepts dogs. When checking out apartments, ask if you can bring your dog. If the office staff greets your dogs and offers treats, they are likely to be much more accepting and hospitable once you move in!
- Pay attention to your dog as you tour the apartment. If they react negatively to sounds or smells, that might be an indication of problems. Remember, your dog needs to be comfortable in your new home too!
- Wander around the apartment grounds. Look for amenities like designated “pooping” areas, dispensers for poop bags, and water bowls or spigots.
- Pay attention to how other residents react to your dog. Do you see other people walking their dogs?
Check out the surrounding area. Look for:
- Nearby cafes, coffee shops and businesses that are dog-friendly.
- Nearby parks - and even designated dog parks!
- Use Google maps to find the nearest emergency vet. Hopefully, that’s something you will never need. But if you’re dog needs medical attention, you won’t want to be an hour away from the nearest help!
When moving into your new apartment, plan on taking a few days off work until your dog becomes comfortable with their new home. Moving can be a traumatic experience!
Despite the temptation, don’t launder your dogs bedding or toys before moving in. Familiar scents will help your dog feel comfortable in their new home.
Be sure to dog-proof your new apartment. Place "chewable" items out of reach. New settings can cause behavior changes, and your previously well-behaved buddy can get into mischief.
Plan lots of walks and fun outings with your dog. Help them to appreciate and enjoy their new surroundings!
Get to know your neighbors as soon as possible, especially if some of them have dogs. It will make the adjustment much easier if your pet begins to recognize friendly faces.
Above all, remember that your new apartment is home four both you and your pet; a little work can make it comfortable and enjoyable for everyone.