How to Take Care of a Dog in an Apartment

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Dogs are man’s best friend and some of the cutest creatures on earth. It’s hard to resist those four-legged critters. Just one look into those soft eyes and you are done with, your heart melts and you are now the proud owner of a dog, and living in an apartment. Taking care of a dog in an apartment can be tricky; they love to chew, scratch, bite and gnaw anything they can get their paws on.

If you don’t train your dog on how to live in an apartment you can kiss your security deposit goodbye. If you are thinking about getting a dog, first check with the apartment community to make sure you are located in a dog-friendly apartment (if not you may have to move) and then follow these quick little tips.

Be picky.

Not all breeds are allowed to live at apartment communities. If you choose a breed that is restricted not only will you have to move but you will begin the battle of a continued apartment search. The majority of the time, if one community management company restricts a breed, they all do. Make sure you pick a pup that fits most apartment communities’ guidelines, be picky and cautious. Large dogs and sport dogs are not recommended for apartment living. There is not enough space for them and they need a lot more time and attention. Medium to small dogs are ideal for apartment living, think French Bulldogs and Chihuahuas.

Walk your dog.

This is the most important thing you can do. Even if you have a small dog, they cannot sit in the house all day. Walk your dog every day, twice a day for about 30 minutes. Your dog needs exercise and has to use the outdoor restroom. It’s recommended to walk your pup once in the morning and once at night. If you can fit into your schedule walk your pup once in the afternoon too, your best friend will thank you. You should also try taking them to dog parks early on, so they can get socialized.

Put the effort in.

Train your dog. No one wants a wild animal on their hands, especially your neighbors. If you have a yapper, nip that in the butt immediately. If your dog likes to bite, chew and cause mayhem, deal with it! If necessary hire a trainer, this can cost a pretty penny but will save you in the end - not only time but the headache. Trainers are great to teach dogs basic commands and living behaviors. If you cannot afford a trainer, it is up to you to teach Fido how to be a good dog. There are some great resources on the internet so start Googling.

Stock up on pet supplies.

Your little pup will need his own supplies like a bed, collar, leash, name tag, food dishes and grooming supplies, to name a few. Not to mention the ever important chew toys. If you leave your dog alone during the day or night make sure there are enough distractions to keep him busy, so he doesn’t get bored and start chewing up your apartment.

Groom your pup.

Whether you take your dog to a groomer or do it yourself, keep your dog well-groomed. Trim your dog’s fur to keep your apartment and furniture clean and trim your dog’s nails to ensure the apartment floors don’t get scratched.

Taking care of a dog alone is a lot of work, and taking care of a dog in an apartment is a ton of work. When you are looking into a sweet little furry face, remember, taking care of a dog is not all fun and games. You have to put in time and effort. There are a lot of rewards of having a pup, you just need to be prepared.