Dogs and Apartments: A Good Mix?

The continuous housing slump has made renting a popular choice for many Americans nowadays. Many families have gone off to smaller spaces in order to save money. And when it comes to roommates, some of the most amenable cohabitants can be the dogs. They don’t borrow your wardrobes or thieve on your groceries. These four legged fur balls can even be a great source of unconditional love and companionship. With a little foresight and careful planning, living with your pooch in an apartment is quite possible.

What You Need to Consider

· Size of your dog. When choosing a pooch to share your small space, size may need to be taken into consideration. If you are living in a studio-type room, taking a small lapdog, like a Chihuahua or a Yorkie will be fine. However, a Great Pyrenees in that kind of space won’t be the most practical. If you live in a spacious apartment, however, a medium to large sized breed should not be a problem.
· Temperament. Another important consideration is your pooch’s personality traits. No matter where you live, temperament has to be mulled over. If you are living in a place with neighbors in close proximity, you’ll want to respect some special circumstances. You’ll want to avoid an ill-mannered pup or one that loves to howl or bark. Of course, the last thing you’d want is alienated neighbors, or worse, a serious clash with your landlord. As much as possible, choose a dog that can be easily trained, and can obey your commands even when sidetracked by the hurly-burly of apartment life.
· Exercise needs. All dogs require exercise to stay fit and happy. When you’re living in an apartment, make a commitment to exercising Fido on a regular basis. A couple of long, brisk walks each day usually will be enough to maintain the health and temper of your pooch balanced. If your pet, however, is a medium to large breed, you have to take longer, more frequent walks than if you own a small pooch.  Bear mind, though, that even little dogs require exercise.
· House training. Another important thing to think about when it comes to sharing your apartment with with a dog is house training. If you are living in a high-rise dwelling with no easy access to outdoor space, house training can become a little tricky. Ensure that you are able to handle and prepared for accidents, and that there’s a solid plan available for such kind of training.

Owning a pooch is indeed not a joke, and sharing your small space with Fido just entails another kind of commitment. Plan ahead and make advanced preparations so you can make sure that your pet stays happy, healthy, and safe with you even in a small, limited space.

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