Contrary to what you might have heard, apartment living and dog ownership can be a great combination. The key to a happy household is being mindful of your canine’s needs.
Below are four pieces of advice for dog parents who rent:
Keep his vaccinations current
To keep your dog from picking up parasites and infectious diseases from common areas at your apartment community, be sure to get him vaccinated.
Schedule regular playtime
In addition to taking your dog on walks, make sure he has time every day to expend some energy. Otherwise you’ll likely have an unhappy, loud, and destructive pet on your hands.
Don’t let him see everything
To keep barking at bay, limit sights and sounds from the outside world. Consider closing your curtains and turning on turning on your tv (the sound acts as constant white noise).
Have a potty routine
Feeding your dog at the same time every day helps his body metabolize food on a schedule, and he’ll be ready to go when it’s time for a bathroom break.
Also, be sure you thoroughly understand your landlord’s pet policy, as they might have restrictions on particular breeds, dog size, and number of dogs allowed per tenant.
For instance, at Karric Place of Dublin in Dublin, Ohio and The Prescott in Columbus, Ohio, residents are allowed to have up to two pets that are no more than 80 pounds each.
For more tips about living with dogs in apartments, check out these Hacks Every Dog Parent Needs To Know.