Posted By Heather Rusick on 2/15/12 3:40 PM


Dogs are man’s best friend and one of the cutest creatures on earth, it’s hard to resist those four legged critters. Just one look into those soft eyes and you are done with, your heart melts and you are now the proud owner of a dog… Living in an apartment. Taking care of a dog in an apartment can be tricky; they love to chew, scratch, bite and naw anything they can get their paws on. If you don’t train your dog how to living in an apartment you can kiss your security deposit goodbye, and if you are not in a dog friendly apartment with your little ball of fur you can kiss your dog goodbye. If you are thinking about getting a dog, first check with the apartment community to make sure you are located in a dog-friendly apartment (if not you may have to move) and then follow these quick little tips:

  1. Be picky. Not all breeds are allowed to live at apartment communities. If you choose a breed that is restricted not only will you have to move but you will begin the battle of a continued apartment search. Majority of the time, if one community management company restricts a breed, they all do. Make sure you pick a pup that fits most apartment communities’ guidelines, be picky and cautious.  Large dogs and sporty dogs are not recommended for apartment living, there is not enough space for them and they need a lot more time and attention. Medium to small dogs are ideal for apartment living, think French Bulldogs and Chihuahuas.
  2. Walk your dog. This is the most important thing you can do. Even if you have a small dog, they cannot sit in the house all day. Walk your dog every day, twice a day for about 30 minutes. Dogs were born to be in the wild, humans trained them to be domesticated but they still have animal instincts. Plus your dog needs exercise and has to use the outdoor restroom. I would recommend walking your pup once in the morning and once at night, if you can fit into your schedule walk your pup once in the afternoon too, your best friend will thank you.
  3. Put the effort in. TRAIN YOUR DOG. No one wants a wild animal on their hands especially your neighbors. If you have a yapper, nip that in the butt immediately. If your dog likes to bit, chew and cause mayhem, deal with it! If necessary hire a trainer, this can cost a pretty penny but will save you in the end - not only time but the headache. Trainers are great to teach dogs basic commands and living behaviors. If you cannot afford a trainer it is up to you to teach Fido how to be a good dog, there are some great resources on the internet start Google’ing.
  4. Pet Goodies. Your lil pup will need his own supplies like a bed, collar, leash, name tag, food dishes and grooming supplies to name a few. Not to mention the ever important chew toys. If you leave your dog alone during the day or night make sure there are enough distractions to keep him busy, so he doesn’t get bored and start chewing up your apartment.
  5. Groom. Whether you take your dog to a groomer or do it yourself, keep your dog well-groomed. Trim your dog’s fur to keep your apartment and furniture clean and trim your dog’s nails to ensure the apartment floors do not scratch.

Taking care of a dog alone is a lot of work, taking care of a dog in an apartment is a ton of work. When you are looking into a sweet little furry face remember, taking care of a dog is not all fun and games you have to put in time and effort. There are a lot of rewards of having a pup you just need to be prepared.

Do you have a dog at a Shea Apartment Community? Any advice?