Dogs and Apartment Living

June 5th, 2019

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Apartment living is becoming increasingly popular across the nation, and with this comes the rise of apartment pets. The property that you live in should not determine whether or not you have a pet. With these simple steps and rules, you will be able to live happily and comfortably with your animal companion.

Choose carefully
If you already have a pet and are moving to an apartment, it is important to choose your new place carefully. Your first step is to find out whether or not pets are allowed, as some places may allow pets but not certain breeds. It is also beneficial to look for nearby outdoor spaces for your pet to run around; whether or not the balcony is safe for pets; and if you’re looking for a ground apartment, make sure that there is no way they can escape.

On the other hand, if you’re currently in an apartment and want to get a pet you need to consider a few things. Work out how much time they will spend alone in the apartment and base your decision on this – a smaller or less active dog may be the best option. Adopting an older dog may also be your best bet as they are most likely trained, are less active and are happy to spend some time alone.

Creating a safe space
Dogs find it much easier to relax and feel safe when they have their own space such as a corner of the apartment or even a little area next to the window – allowing them to see what’s going on in the big wide world. This space should have their bed, food and water, a few of their favourite toys to allow them to feel as comfortable as possible.

Toilet training
Whether your pet is toilet trained or not, apartment life may be a little different for the first couple of weeks and therefore can affect their toilet habits – you may have some accidents early on. Ensure there is a spot for them to do their business and that this is available at all times (keep this area clean and fresh so it doesn’t deter them from going there).

Exercise is a must!
Dogs love exercise and need it regularly to stay happy and healthy. They also thrive off routine which is why you should try and walk or exercise your dog at the same time every day. This will allow your pet to know when to expect their morning or evening walks and will give them something to look forward to each day.

When you exercise your pet, it should be up to them when they are done in order to get out all of their energy and prevent them from letting out their energy in destructive ways such as chewing up the furniture or shoes in the apartment. Nearby dog parks are the best option as it also allows them to socialise with other dogs as well as people.


In order to allow you and your pet to be comfortable with apartment living, you will have to be very proactive and make sure their needs are met daily. Following a routine of feeding, exercise and bedtime is the best way to get your pet to settle down to apartment living. By following the simple steps above, you will be on the right track in no time!

The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the writer. Content published here does not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Petplan.

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