Whether you live in a small city loft or you’re getting ready to move to the  penthouse of your dreams, apartment living with your pup can be a wonderful experience! But without a garden or lots of space, apartment life can be a challenge for owners and pets alike.

Scroll down to find out if apartment living is suitable for your pet and follow our simple guide to dog-proof your home

If you’re a first-time dog owner or you’re not sure where to start, check out our new dog owner’s guide

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Is your apartment suitable for a dog?

If you’re thinking about moving into an apartment with your pup, or adopting a new fluffy friend, it’s important to consider if your home is suitable for a dog. 

The first thing to consider is the breed of the dog, not just their size. It’s a good thing to remember that every dog has its own unique personality and behaviour, but in general, different breeds have different needs! When looking at dog breeds, take the time to research their exercise needs, sensitivity and social needs.

Many dogs, including some bigger dogs such as Greyhounds, can thrive in environments with less space due to their energy levels. Some small Labradoodles may seem perfect for apartment living due to their size, but as one of the most energetic dog breeds, they may struggle without that extra space! 

To find out more about the top 29 dog breeds for living in a smaller space, check out this article.

Now, it's time to dog-proof that apartment of yours! Scroll down to read our top 7 tips for apartment living with your dog...

Fantail dog bed

1) Get your dog familiar with noise

One of the challenges of living in an apartment is dealing with any random noises from your neighbours and your busy surroundings. Most people get used to the sounds of passing traffic, the children upstairs or that annoying dripping sound! However, it’s important to keep in mind that dogs have very sensitive ears and sharp hearing. 

Are your surroundings too loud and disturbing for your dog? Try these quick-fix ideas to beat the noise! 

- Close the windows and doors to block out any outdoor noise

- Keep your TV and music volume to a minimum

- Try to keep social gatherings small with fewer people

To ease your dog’s anxiety around noises, you can help your dog to gradually get used to everyday sounds and the noises made by other humans. Try walking your dog through a busier part of town so they become familiar with hearing cars pass by, or take them to your friend’s house where more people are gathering and chatting. This exposure to the types of noise that you might hear in your apartment, will help to desensitise your dog to these sounds. 

2) Plan plenty of exercise (and toilet) breaks

Many pet owners find that the downside of living in an apartment is that you don’t often have a garden! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t raise a fit and healthy dog in your apartment.

As you introduce a routine for your dog, it’s important to plan your daily walks and toilet breaks for your dog. Wherever you live, discover some exciting new walking routes, parks and green spaces where you can let your pup run around and blow off some steam! 

Dogs that live in apartments often require more frequent walks than dogs that have more indoor and outdoor space to play in. Depending on the breed and energy levels of your dog, you should be able to tell how often they need to be walked. If you’re not sure or have any concerns about your pet’s health and wellbeing, reach out to your vet for some expert advice!

Fantail dog beds and accessories

3) Dog-proof your balcony or terrace

So your new apartment has a cute little balcony or a south-facing terrace? That sounds like a dream come true! But before you let your fluffy friend explore your very own outdoor space, you must take a few safety precautions and dog-proof that area!

Firstly, install panels or mesh fencing to cover any gaps or spaces between railings or flooring, to prevent your dog from getting stuck or falling. 

Once your balcony is safe and secure, it’s important to always keep an eye on your dog whilst they explore your balcony or terrace! Even if the area looks and feels safe, you should always supervise your dog when they are outdoors, at all times. For a more complete guide on how to secure your balcony, check out this helpful guide.

4) Let there be light! 

Living in a dark space can feel sad and isolating for both humans and pets. To help prevent your dog from feeling anxious, trapped or disoriented, open up those curtains and let in some light

Many dogs enjoy being able to watch the world go by out of the window. Just don’t forget to keep any windows locked for their safety!

If you don’t get a lot of natural sunlight in your apartment, you can experiment with different light sources in the corners of your main rooms. This can help to add warmer and more natural-looking light to your apartment, instead of one overpowering central light! 


5) Spoil your pup with toys

Whilst you’re busy with work or running everyday errands, it’s important that your dog has the option to entertain themselves at home. Whether they prefer a soft toy to play with or a bouncy ball to chase around, your dog will be much happier in your living space with some fun toys around!

With many different toys available on the market, it can be tough to choose the perfect entertainment for your pet! Opt for quality over quantity when it comes to toys and look for designs made from responsibly-sourced materials

If Fantail were to introduce a collection of dog toys in the future, what type of toys would you like to see us make? Let us know in the comment section

Fantail dog beds and accessories

6) Get to know your neighbours

When you move into an apartment, you’ll likely be surrounded by several new neighbours. This can be an exciting way to get to know some new faces and build a sense of community! To start your apartment-living experience on a positive note, pop round and introduce yourself and your pup to your neighbours. Whether they are dog people or not, they will appreciate the gesture and you can take the opportunity to let them know that you have a dog. Plus, you can reassure them that if they ever have any issues or concerns, they can drop you a text or knock on your dog without worrying! 

7) Use training tricks to your advantage

As they become a part of your family, your dog should get familiar with your house rules and boundaries! If you’re worried about your puppy tearing your new sofa to shreds or causing unwanted chaos, you can start by training your dog. For some expert house-training tips, check out this useful guide.

Be patient and you’ll see results, creating a happier home for you both!

Fantail dog beds and accessories

Hang in there!

It’s not always easy but it’s 100% worth it! If it feels overwhelming or cramped in your living space at first, that’s totally normal. Over time, you and your pup will adjust to the space and living situation with the help of these useful tips.

Have you made the move to an apartment or are you and your pup living the dream in your 5th floor flat? We’d love to hear about your experience and what’s made apartment living easier for you, in the comment section! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content!

 

 

Whether you live in a small city loft or you’re getting ready to move to the  penthouse of your dreams, apartment living with your pup can be a wonderful experience! But without a garden or lots of space, apartment life can be a challenge for owners and pets alike.

Scroll down to find out if apartment living is suitable for your pet and follow our simple guide to dog-proof your home

If you’re a first-time dog owner or you’re not sure where to start, check out our new dog owner’s guide

Fantail dog bed

Is your apartment suitable for a dog?

If you’re thinking about moving into an apartment with your pup, or adopting a new fluffy friend, it’s important to consider if your home is suitable for a dog. 

The first thing to consider is the breed of the dog, not just their size. It’s a good thing to remember that every dog has its own unique personality and behaviour, but in general, different breeds have different needs! When looking at dog breeds, take the time to research their exercise needs, sensitivity and social needs.

Many dogs, including some bigger dogs such as Greyhounds, can thrive in environments with less space due to their energy levels. Some small Labradoodles may seem perfect for apartment living due to their size, but as one of the most energetic dog breeds, they may struggle without that extra space! 

To find out more about the top 29 dog breeds for living in a smaller space, check out this article.

Now, it's time to dog-proof that apartment of yours! Scroll down to read our top 7 tips for apartment living with your dog...

Fantail dog bed

1) Get your dog familiar with noise

One of the challenges of living in an apartment is dealing with any random noises from your neighbours and your busy surroundings. Most people get used to the sounds of passing traffic, the children upstairs or that annoying dripping sound! However, it’s important to keep in mind that dogs have very sensitive ears and sharp hearing. 

Are your surroundings too loud and disturbing for your dog? Try these quick-fix ideas to beat the noise! 

- Close the windows and doors to block out any outdoor noise

- Keep your TV and music volume to a minimum

- Try to keep social gatherings small with fewer people

To ease your dog’s anxiety around noises, you can help your dog to gradually get used to everyday sounds and the noises made by other humans. Try walking your dog through a busier part of town so they become familiar with hearing cars pass by, or take them to your friend’s house where more people are gathering and chatting. This exposure to the types of noise that you might hear in your apartment, will help to desensitise your dog to these sounds. 

2) Plan plenty of exercise (and toilet) breaks

Many pet owners find that the downside of living in an apartment is that you don’t often have a garden! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t raise a fit and healthy dog in your apartment.

As you introduce a routine for your dog, it’s important to plan your daily walks and toilet breaks for your dog. Wherever you live, discover some exciting new walking routes, parks and green spaces where you can let your pup run around and blow off some steam! 

Dogs that live in apartments often require more frequent walks than dogs that have more indoor and outdoor space to play in. Depending on the breed and energy levels of your dog, you should be able to tell how often they need to be walked. If you’re not sure or have any concerns about your pet’s health and wellbeing, reach out to your vet for some expert advice!

Fantail dog beds and accessories

3) Dog-proof your balcony or terrace

So your new apartment has a cute little balcony or a south-facing terrace? That sounds like a dream come true! But before you let your fluffy friend explore your very own outdoor space, you must take a few safety precautions and dog-proof that area!

Firstly, install panels or mesh fencing to cover any gaps or spaces between railings or flooring, to prevent your dog from getting stuck or falling. 

Once your balcony is safe and secure, it’s important to always keep an eye on your dog whilst they explore your balcony or terrace! Even if the area looks and feels safe, you should always supervise your dog when they are outdoors, at all times. For a more complete guide on how to secure your balcony, check out this helpful guide.

4) Let there be light! 

Living in a dark space can feel sad and isolating for both humans and pets. To help prevent your dog from feeling anxious, trapped or disoriented, open up those curtains and let in some light

Many dogs enjoy being able to watch the world go by out of the window. Just don’t forget to keep any windows locked for their safety!

If you don’t get a lot of natural sunlight in your apartment, you can experiment with different light sources in the corners of your main rooms. This can help to add warmer and more natural-looking light to your apartment, instead of one overpowering central light! 


5) Spoil your pup with toys

Whilst you’re busy with work or running everyday errands, it’s important that your dog has the option to entertain themselves at home. Whether they prefer a soft toy to play with or a bouncy ball to chase around, your dog will be much happier in your living space with some fun toys around!

With many different toys available on the market, it can be tough to choose the perfect entertainment for your pet! Opt for quality over quantity when it comes to toys and look for designs made from responsibly-sourced materials

If Fantail were to introduce a collection of dog toys in the future, what type of toys would you like to see us make? Let us know in the comment section

Fantail dog beds and accessories

6) Get to know your neighbours

When you move into an apartment, you’ll likely be surrounded by several new neighbours. This can be an exciting way to get to know some new faces and build a sense of community! To start your apartment-living experience on a positive note, pop round and introduce yourself and your pup to your neighbours. Whether they are dog people or not, they will appreciate the gesture and you can take the opportunity to let them know that you have a dog. Plus, you can reassure them that if they ever have any issues or concerns, they can drop you a text or knock on your dog without worrying! 

7) Use training tricks to your advantage

As they become a part of your family, your dog should get familiar with your house rules and boundaries! If you’re worried about your puppy tearing your new sofa to shreds or causing unwanted chaos, you can start by training your dog. For some expert house-training tips, check out this useful guide.

Be patient and you’ll see results, creating a happier home for you both!

Fantail dog beds and accessories

Hang in there!

It’s not always easy but it’s 100% worth it! If it feels overwhelming or cramped in your living space at first, that’s totally normal. Over time, you and your pup will adjust to the space and living situation with the help of these useful tips.

Have you made the move to an apartment or are you and your pup living the dream in your 5th floor flat? We’d love to hear about your experience and what’s made apartment living easier for you, in the comment section! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content!

 

 

By Milly Osborne

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