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Apartment Living + Pups - 5 Tips to Keep Your Pet Happy

Lise Mannering

Lise Mannering attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she worked on her Bachelors of Fine Arts...

Lise Mannering attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she worked on her Bachelors of Fine Arts...

Feb 8 3 minutes read

More than likely, your yard space is limited, your pup is cooped up inside while you’re at work, and you’re stuck in the concrete jungle, with less room for your pet to play than you’d like. 

However, apartment living with dogs isn’t impossible and, in fact, it can make it a lot more fun. 

These tips can help simplify life for you and your pets, allowing them to be your companion, and not a stress. 


1. Consider Your Pet’s Personality 

Some dogs are predisposed for small space living more than others. If you’re selecting a dog breed, consider a smaller breed or a lower energy dog. According to BarkPost, English Bulldogs, Shih Tzu, Chow Chows, and Basset Hounds are among the best breeds for apartment living due to their low energy levels. 

However, if you already have a pooch, you can still make apartment life work. 

2. Set Them A Routine Too

Pets need routines as much as humans do. If you have set potty breaks, exercise periods, and penty of things for them to do if you’re out, any breed of dog will thrive. 

3. Make Dog Parks Your Best Friend 

When you’re not at work, be sure to make exercising your pet a priority. Find dog parks near your apartment (within walking distance, ideally), and be sure to let them play at least once a day. 

4. If You Have the Choice, Consider the Level You Live On

Practically speaking, upper-floor apartments can be tricky with dogs. Letting them out to go potty may become a burden. Living on the first or second level, however, ensures that getting your pooch out to play and take care of business is quick and simple.

5. Invest in Doggy Day-Care, If Necessary 

If you work long hours, have a long commute, or need to be away from your pet for extended periods of time, investing in doggy day-care or a pet sitter will be well worth the price. 

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