Dogs and Apartment Living
Whether you are an apartment dweller in Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, or anywhere in between, owning a dog is never out of the question. With the right planning, a fur baby will be a model roommate and, very likely, your new best friend!
Here is a helpful list of things to consider…
Before moving in with your four-legged roomie, always disclose your pets, in writing, to the owner or management company. Your landlord may have requirements regarding the breed and/or size of the dog that may limit your options. You will be asked for a pet deposit to cover damages and you may be charged a pet fee in addition to your monthly rent.
There are certain types of dogs that are not well suited for living in a compact space. Dogs that are fairly large and have a high energy level may not be happy in a small space. So, instead of picking a Labrador or a German shepherd, consider a dog in the 20 pounds and under range. An unhappy dog could become very destructive. Your favorite pumps, and anything else that carries your scent, maybe gobbled up in their boredom. Not to mention…baseboards, window sills, blinds, and lots of other stuff around the apartment that you could be on the hook to replace.
There are, however, a variety of dogs that, traditionally, are very happy in a small space. Dogs with mild tempers are ideal due to the constant energy going on outside your four walls. Toy Poodle’s, Shih Tzu’s, Cockapoo’s, Pekingese, and Pug’s are examples of breeds that will make for great apartment roommates.
Time… Lots of it!!!
A pup that is kept in an apartment will need to get outdoors several times of day. They will enjoy 4-6 daily refreshing walks to meet their bathroom needs. And you’ll want to schedule daily activity time to stretch, play, and get plenty of exercise. This will ensure a happy AND healthy dog and way of life for you both.
There is no doubt that owning a pet is a big responsibility, no matter the living conditions. However, apartment dogs do have their own special set of needs. Meeting those needs will take time and careful planning. The reward is well worth the time and effort that it will take care for your four -legged roommate.