Adjusting to Apartment Dwelling

Here are some great Dog Training Tips For Apartment Dwellers. If you are considering a move to an apartment with an existing dog, or perhaps already live in an apartment but are considering a dog adoption, these will be important to consider.  Loving your pet and giving them the proper care they need while living in a confined space can be difficult, but not impossible.


Consider A Smaller Breed: Be realistic about the size of your apartment versus the size of your pet. Great Dane’s in a one bedroom 500 square foot apartment just aren’t practical.  While a large dog may be your preference, while living in an apartment you may want to reconsider and go for a small or medium dog breed that will be more comfortable in smaller spaces.

Devote Dedicated Play Time Daily To Your Pet: You absolutely cannot neglect the much needed play time on a daily basis.  If you want an unhappy, loud and destructive pet then stop playing with them.  This isn’t just taking them for a walk to do their business, but active play time.  Get them to chase balls, play with the kids and run of energy.  That means you need to find a nice local park or area where you can take them daily for play time.

Don’t Expect Too Much: Be realistic.  No animal will behave perfectly.  Understand that there will be occasional barking, accidents on carpet and pairs of shoes that get chewed upon.  Work in regular training and consistency to help prevent these things from becoming habits.

Use Reward Training: Proper training is so crucial to the happiness of your dog.  Make sure to include proper reward training for good behavior in your home.  Reward for good use of potty pads, or alerting you to their need to go out for a potty break.  Positive reinforcement is so important when dealing with a dog in a confined space.

Choosing to add a dog to your family is always a big thing to take on.  These dog training tips for apartment dwellers are simple courses of action that will help you to make the most of a tight space with your beloved pet.  Consistency in routine and behavior training is key to success.  Choose a dog wisely that will fit into your family dynamic, as well as the space you have available.  Not only will this make apartment training that much easier, it will keep your family happy as well.

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