Dog in a Small Apartment?
You are young, independent, you are finally free! But now that you are all alone you want a dog. Of course you live in a small condo, no one moves to a mansion at 18 years old. The independent life is great and all, but you need a companion, and your dirty roommate is not exactly the best one, so you are thinking on getting a dog. But how can you fit a dog in a small apartment? We are going to talk about how you can make your dog happy in a small place.
Contrary to popular belief, a small dog does not necessarily means that it is better fit for a small place; in fact, some of them are too energetic to be confined into a tiny area. Sometimes, a huge dog with less energy is a better for you, but first you have to make sure you understand your lifestyle. Do you go out often? Can someone look out for the dog while you are out? Are you lazy? This type of questions are going to help you find the best dog for you, and your home.
Now that you have your dog, it is time to go out and study where you can go with your pup. Make sure you have parks nearby so you and your pet can have a good time together without having to walk miles, and miles to get somewhere. After knowing the places you know you can go to, it is time to get your dog outside.
We cannot stress this enough, you need to walk your dog. Go out, do some exercise with your pup, take him potty outside, or else, your small apartment is going to be a huge mess. An inactive dog is going to have a lot more energy to destroy your home than a dog that just ran and needs a nap. By tiring your pup you are going to avoid messy situations such as: Your dog playing with the toilet paper, your dog chewing on your couch, or you finding a stain in your bed sheets, among other things. If you are going to have a dog in a small apartment, take him or her out as often as you can. You can even use Pokémon Go as an excuse to walk your dog!
Another thing we have mentioned before plenty of times is the importance of a routine. Your dog can adapt to your apartment if you train him enough. Set time for potty breaks, feed him at the same time every day, and make some time to play. All of these are going to make your dog feel more comfortable, so no accidents are going to occur.
Here you can find a list of breeds that tend to adapt well to the small-apartment life. However, it is up to you to make your dog’s life easier in a petite house.