Apartment life with a dog

Thinking about adopting a dog? One of the first thoughts that may cross your mind is the living space. They come in different sizes and shapes, but never less dog-friendly. If you live in an apartment and want to adopt a pup, here’s what you should have in mind:

Choose the right breed

Just because a dog is small, doesn’t mean that it is the right pick for an apartment. Some smaller dog breeds are actually very active and require a lot of space. Due to their excessive amount of energy, they also need a lot of attention and playtime where they can run freely. Make sure to conduct a research about breeds before you make a choice. Some dogs also get depressed when left alone and may cause noise and inconvenience to your neighbors.

Here’s a list of breeds that do not go well with apartment life:


Yorkie:  These small dogs can emit really loud noises and barks when alone and might cause disturbances to neighbors and issues for you.


Labrador: Dogs with high energy levels like labradors need to constantly let the energy out by running free and therefore require more space. If placed in an apartment, your belongings and anything in the way of your pooch will most likely suffer the consequences of its suppressed liveliness.


Dachshund:  Unless you want this dog’s business all over your floor, carpets or rugs, it is better to have a backyard or easy access to a garden.


Chihuahua: Just like Yorkies, chihuahuas tend to get really loud when barking and they pretty much bark at any slight movement it hears outside the apartment.


Beagle: Those sweet dogs have a unique sound they often make, kind of a howl that hunting dogs usually emit. Their baying can be uncomfortable for your neighbors, so make sure they are okay with that before you adopt one.


Border Collie: These gorgeous dogs have been originally bred for working and that means they require a lot of exercise. They are very active and super sensitive to noise, which could drive it crazy as apartments are usually located in the center of cities where cars and other factors make loud sounds.


Briard: This french dog is bred for similar reasons to the Border Collie. As a herding dog, chances are it’s going to nip at children in the building, as well as other pets. It also requires a lot of exercise and a daily walk on a leash won’t suffice.


Pick the convenient level

While a yard can be handy when it comes to living with dogs, it is not at all necessary. You and your pooch can manage just perfectly fine without one, especially if you live on the ground or first floor. This makes potty training a lot easier, as access to a garden or the outdoors, in general, is easily accessible and fast to get to. However, if you do live on an upper floor, considering potty training your pup with pads and patches of grass.

The landlord

While it is obvious that you should make sure pets are allowed to live at your place, there are other things you should discuss with your landlord. Some proprietors have strict rules about the size and the breed of dogs they allow into the apartments. You will also probably have to pay an extra “pet- deposit” for cleaning and such after moving out.

Outdoor exercise

In order to keep your dog healthy and happy, you need to allow it to let its energy out. While it cannot do so in the apartment, you need to dedicate some time every day just to take it out and spend time together where it can run freely. When dogs don’t get the right amount of exercise, they tend to get infuriated and take it out by biting on shoes and tearing up furniture. Keep a routine by making a schedule for exercise in order to avoid all that trouble. Take your pooch out at least twice a day, take it jogging with you for example. Maybe make use of the time you take to run errands and have it run alongside you on the bike or on foot.


If you have long working hours or a strict schedule, you might want to consider hiring a dog caretaker to provide the healthy amount of exercise to your dog and somehow bring the outside world to them. Your pup will need to go to the park, socialize with other animals and discover the area and the world. A dogwalker would do just that for you, on days where you can’t manage to take it out yourself.

Create a comfortable spot

Apartments are mostly located in the heart of the city, with cars all around the place and a lot of noise. Don’t assume that your dog would be quick to adjust to all these things, therefore it is best to pick an apartment in a quieter area. You can look for the quietest place in the apartment and place your dog’s bed or crate there with all its favorite toys. Simply, a comfortable nook for your pup to rest at while you are gone.

Adopting a dog is no easy decision; they are just like kids, requiring a lot of attention, care and above all – love. There are many things to consider before inviting a pup into your life, but living in an apartment does not make it any less possible. Do your calculations, organize a list with what you need to consider and have fun with your furry little friend.

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