3 Key Considerations in Finding the Right Apartment Dog for Your Lifestyle
Coming home to a fluffy pal and wagging tail can be a huge mood boost after a long day. For many people who want a dog, apartment living seems like a barrier, but it doesn’t have to be. Great apartment dogs really aren’t hard to find. Here are 3 key considerations for finding the right dog for your lifestyle:
- Apartment guidelines. Check with your landlord or apartment complex manager or even check your lease and be sure you know the policy on pets. In some cases, apartments have a weight limit on dogs. Small dogs will always be good apartment dogs. Large dogs can of course be apartment dogs too depending on your lifestyle and the dog.
- Doodie duty. You will need to figure out where your dog will be handling its business. You don't want that dreaded moment when your bare toes have a surprise introduction with poo or your socked feet meet pee. Your apartment complex may have a designated place for your dog to go or you may live near a park. But, keep in mind that rain can be a factor and nobody wants to take a walk down the street in the middle of the night. A WizSmart Dog Pad can be used indoors to designate an inside spot for your dog to potty that provides for an easy clean up.
- Dog demeanor and training. Keep in mind that a hyperactive dog may not match your lifestyle. All puppies are playful and active, but as they get older they tend to calm. There are also things you can do to improve your dogs behavior. Talk with your vet, in some cases a spay/neuter can greatly improve your dogs demeanor. Training is also very important. Many chain pet stores have basic training classes. For a more in-depth training you can check out AKC Canine Good Citizen programs that will teach you to train your pet. The programs are available to all dog breeds, even mixed or "All American" breeds.