As most dog owners would know, taking care of dogs usually requires plenty of open space, regular exercises, and lots of patience. This is the reason why people easily get discouraged at the idea of owning dogs in small apartments. They are cramped, they make exercising quite inconvenient, and they easily burn your fuse with the limited options that they present in terms of everything else.
However, for those few who are brave enough to take on the challenge, it is still possible. In fact, if you are living in the city but still brave enough to even consider, here are tips for living with dogs in a small apartment.
Get a small breed
Assuming you haven’t gotten a dog yet, it would be really wise to choose a small breed for apartment living. Smaller dog breeds take up smaller space, wear smaller dog clothes, require less exercise, shed less, consume less, and make less sound too. Their tiny feet don’t sound like drums on the floor, and their barks also don’t go booming and reverberating everywhere. With small breeds, you’ll have fewer problems with your neighbors.
Get an air filter
With dogs, regularly shedding is inevitable. This means your small apartment can easily fill up with dog hair, dander, and a lot of other stuff that comes with the fur. So you need to invest in a good-sized reliable air filter to keep your space clean and smelling fresh.
Dogs, regardless of location, will always explore and check out all the nooks and crannies they can fit into. In a small apartment, that basically means everywhere, including your bed, office, kitchen, and toilet. So, early on, during house training, make sure your dog recognizes selected areas in the apartment that he or she is off-limits too. Otherwise, your small apartment will feel even smaller because you won’t have any space to even be alone in.
Keep enough dog puzzles and other dog facilities in the apartment
When dogs feel alone and caged in (much like in a small apartment when you go to work), they become frantic and stressed out. This eventually makes them destructive and crazy. Can you guess what frantically destructive and crazy dogs could do to a small apartment? To prevent this from happening, always keep a sufficient number of engaging dog stuff in the apartment. Dog puzzles and tough dog treats (like rawhide), for example, offer plenty of challenges to small canines and give them something to effectively pass the time with (or at least until you come home).