Have you always wanted a canine companion, but every time you want to get one, you run into the fact that you don't have a house with a garden? First of all, we have to commend you for solving such questions and really considering whether it is appropriate to get a dog. We have good news for you, not every dog needs a garden. There are many breeds that will be perfectly happy even in an apartment. You just need to follow a few rules.
Before you decide to keep a dog in an apartment, ask yourself these questions:
If you live in a rented apartment, does your landlord allow pets?
Is there enough space in the apartment for a dog (it depends on the size of the dog)?
Do you have enough time to take care of a dog that lives in the apartment?
If you answered "yes" to all questions, read our advice on how to ensure the most comfortable life for a dog in an apartment.
SIZE DOES (SOMETIMES) MATTER
...especially if you are getting a dog for your apartment. Breeds that are known for their temperament and inexhaustible source of energy, such as border collies, German shepherds, etc., may not be suitable for smaller spaces. But there are also exceptions. For example, the Jack Russel terrier at first glance seems like a fairly undemanding dog, but appearances are deceiving. A lot of energy can be accumulated in such a small body that in a small apartment your pet could grow over your head. In the same way, larger breeds can, on the other hand, have a calm nature and therefore require less exercise. We recommend doing a lot of research before choosing a dog. Feel free to go to the dog park in town and ask the local dog walkers about their pets.
Of course, it also depends on your lifestyle. Just because you live in an apartment doesn't necessarily mean you can't get a large, energetic breed. If you are a passionate athlete or plan to take your dog out as much as possible, feel free to get a border collie. You just have to keep in mind that it will require more of your time.
It is also important that you teach the dog to be alone at home. The last thing your neighbors want is a noisy dog howling or barking while you're at work. Likewise, you certainly don't want to return to a run-down apartment that your furry friend turned into a woodshed. To avoid these problems, it takes training and gradual adaptation to solitude. Feel free to contact a dog trainer in this regard. They may recommend that you get a cage for the dog. Not to lock him up there as a punishment, but as a place where he'll feel safe and so will all the things he might destroy.
We have mentioned it several times in this article, but it is really important to spend a lot of time with your dog every day and allow him enough exercise. Think about this when choosing a suitable breed or place of residence. A few walks a day will disrupt your daily routine, so it's ideal to live near parks or dog meadows where furries can be free. Most dogs need to explore their surroundings, socialize with other dogs and get a good run around to live a happy and healthy life.