Five Tips For Apartment Dogs

Just because you live in an apartment does not mean you cannot enjoy the company of a dog.

Posted: November 9, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Increasingly, apartment managers are opening their doors to pets. This short list gives you some invaluable advice on what to do before and after you bring a new dog into your apartment.

1. Check the rules. Before bringing a new dog home, make sure you know your apartment complex’s rules regarding size, breed, pet rent/deposits, etc. You don’t want to fall in love only to find out your friendly Fido is not welcome or that you needed to clear it with your manager first.

2. Let your neighbors know about your new best friend. There are two good reasons for this. First, if you are bringing home a puppy, you might want to warn your neighbors that there will be some crying the first couple nights while your pup gets adjusted. This courtesy will be appreciated by your neighbors. Second, if your puppy or dog gets out, you are more likely to get him back if the neighbor knows it’s yours.

3. Pet Identification is essential. Having more than one type of identification is even better. Pet ID Tags are great; anyone can read the number and call you. However, what if your dog loses his collar? The smartest bet is to have your dog both microchipped and tagged, this way you double your chances of finding him should he stray.

4. Poop bags – never leave home without them. Even pet friendly apartment complexes expect you to clean up after your pet and most cities have ordinances or laws against not doing so. Make sure you keep a supply of poop bags or grocery bags to clean up after your dog.

5. If you work all day, give Fido a place to play. Hiring a dog walker, sitter, or dropping him off at a doggie daycare gives him a chance to play, socialize, and even be trained while you’re at work. You can also leave him with a treat toy or other mind-stimulating toy, to keep him occupied while you’re gone. Remember, a bored dog is a destructive dog.

Most of all, enjoy the city with your new best friend – many places are now pet-friendly, so you and your city dog can pad around town together; he will enjoy it as much as you do.

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Lauren   Clovis, CA

11/11/2011 9:55:24 PM

Pretty good tips! Except I don't live in an apartment. My cousin has a basenji and used to live in one, but now she lives in the country. ;-)

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q   q, QC

11/10/2011 6:31:01 PM

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

11/9/2011 11:55:51 PM

All great advice. Here's another suggestion, get a breed that is a big more laidback and doesn't need as much exercise as say, a whippet or a border collie.

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S.M.   Tempe, AZ

11/9/2011 9:12:35 PM

Excellent suggestions.

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