For some of us, dogs have become a necessity in life. Important members of the family without whose presence, the house feels empty and lifeless. Gone are the days when you could consider keeping a dog only if you owned a backyard. True, yards are an added advantage to run around with your furry friend but apartment living has increased threefold and so has the number of pet pawrents who wish to live the apartment life with their dogs.
But how do you make it work? It’s all about being a responsible resident and pet owner.
The Ultimutt Routine!
It’s important to have a stable routine for your dogs from the very beginning. Since it’s not as simple as opening the back door to let them outside, a proper schedule for food, play and poop time is vital in apartment living. What works is to ensure you know when and where your dog wants to go. This helps make apartment living easier for both you and your dog.
Dogs need plenty of exercise and regular walks at least twice a day. Make sure to let them socialize with other friendly dogs and humans during these outings. You can take them to dog friendly parks, cafes and pools. This gives them a good workout and helps them adjust in the new environment.
You should also take out time to spend with your dogs at home and let them play with toys which provide physical and mental stimulation so it keeps them entertained throughout the day.
Love Thy Neighbour!
Apartment living means living in close proximity to your neighbours. This is where basic dog training comes handy to set up a comfortable environment for pets and neighbours.
If your dog is a ‘barker’ and tends to do so at odd hours, try distracting him/her with a toy or an interesting game.
Another way to become a responsible pet owner is to ensure keeping your dog on leash while walking around other residents.
Scoop The Poop!
Pet litter is a common problem in some societies which makes the residents hostile towards dogs in the building. In this case, you need to make sure to clean up after your dog.
Some societies have a designated poop pit, but if your dog does his business elsewhere, it’s always best to carry a disposable poop bag and help keep the complex clean.
Due to the increase in the number of pet pawrents in high rise societies, many builders have tried to make such societies quite pet-friendly. But they still have a long way to go. It would be nice to have a dog park or a caged enclosure for our dogs to run around, socialize or just be free to explore.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s all about being a responsible pet owner. However, these tips and tricks are important to follow no matter where you live. Just know that your pets will be happy as long as they are with you 🙂
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