Larger Dogs in Apartments
Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a large dog breed. Lilly is a Husky/Mastiff that sometimes acts somewhat of a wild child, but she can also be a cuddle bug, she loves to sit next to me and snuggle up on the couch and watch her favorite show “The Golden Girls”. Before taking the leap into apartment living here’s a few things you need to know.
- Does your landlord allow dogs, or is there any restrictions on size or breed? Make sure when you sign a lease ask to have your dogs included so there’s no problem down the road.
- If there’s any boundaries you would like to set or a certain room you just don’t want your pooch to go in, establish boundaries with baby gates, this tells your dog not to cross the boundary. If your dog obeys the boundaries give them praise and treats. Do a refresher course on basic commands with your pooch such as sit, stay, and lay down.
- Exercise is important, even in small living quarters. Living in a apartment with a dog can get rough, especially when it’s a big dog, so make sure you’re taking your dog on at least 20 minute walk everyday. I take Lilly to the dog park everyday so she can do some laps to exert and all that energy.
- Check out the area with your dog, get them used to the smell outside the apartment and inside the apartment as well.
- If your dog tends to bark or cry when you leave then try to gain a routine with them, routine and boundaries will help them understand when you are coming and going and eventually will help ease their anxiety when you leave.
- Try not to leave them alone for at least a couple of days in the new apartment, make sure if you do have to leave your pooch that they are kept in a crate to help them feel safe.
Living in a apartment with a larger dog is not impossible as long as they get enough exercise and attention, that’s what makes them happy and healthy.