Living With A Dog In An Apartment

Living With A Dog In An Apartment


The lifestyle of a dog and their owner can be vastly different depending on the location. While an outdoor dog may have a large yard to run around in, an indoor dog is stuck inside with limited space. If you are living in an apartment and have already got or are looking to get your first dog there are a few things you should know. While some dogs will be fine being stuck indoors most of the time, others will become destructive or difficult to manage if they do not have enough exercise or stimulation throughout the day. In this article we’ll go through a couple tips for living with your dog in an apartment in order to help make it as easy as possible for both of you.

Training Your Dog to be Calm

An apartment is a space that can be characterized as small, confined and quiet. However, if your apartment has a dog in it then there’s no way that can remain true for long. A dog needs to have space to run around and play in order to stay healthy. If you don’t allow them this freedom then their energy will build up and find ways of escaping out of boredom or frustration.

There are many ways to train your pup for living in an apartment: obedience classes at local training centers or even online; taking your dog outside on walks (where they learn how to behave around other dogs) and allowing them inside when needed (and not at all times).

Managing Barking and Jumping

Dogs bark for various reasons, so it’s important to gauge your dog’s barking habits and make adjustments as needed.

  • Excitement: This is probably the most common reason that dogs bark. They are excited to see you or another family member when they come home from work or school, or on walks or trips with you outside of the apartment. You may need to do some training with them so that this excitement doesn’t become too much of an issue in the long run (more on this below).
  • Anxiety: Your dog might be anxious if they are left alone at home while you’re gone all day at work, especially if they aren’t comfortable in their environment (such as a new apartment). If this is the case, consider finding a friend who can take care of them during these times—you could even hire someone! A furry friend will surely brighten up anyone’s day!

How to Maintain a Clean Environment for You and Your Dog in an Apartment

You’ll want to make sure your dog has the chance to do its business outside, and you should also be able to keep your house clean. Here are some tips:

  • Use a crate when you need to leave the house for more than a few hours at a time. Your dog will feel safe and secure in his crate, and he won’t be able to make messes during this time period.
  • Invest in a pet door that opens from an inside wall or window so that your dog can go out whenever he needs to go out without having any help from you!

Using Toys to Keep Your Dog Entertained in an Apartment

  • Use toys that are appropriate for your dog’s size. For example, a small toy may be too easy for a large dog to chew to pieces. Likewise, if you have an older dog with bad teeth who can’t chew as hard as he used to, he needs a soft or plush toy that doesn’t require much force.
  • Use toys that are appropriate for your dog’s age and temperament. For instance, if you have a puppy who gets overstimulated easily by certain noises (like squeaky toys), find something that makes less noise so it won’t stress him out too much during playtime — such as one made from rubber instead of plastic or cloth because it won’t make as much noise when squeezed together; or even just use his favorite tug-of-war rope without actually having anything inside of it at all (because dogs don’t need bells and whistles). The key here is finding something safe but still entertaining enough so he won’t get bored with what’s happening around him within five minutes flat!
  • Use toys that are appropriate for your dog’s chewing habits: Some dogs like chewing on rawhide bones while others prefer plush stuffed animals instead — whatever works best within reason given their breed type/temperament may differ between each other slightly depending on preference alone.”

Teaching Your Dog to Respond to Commands

You can teach your dog to respond to commands. The most effective way is positive reinforcement, which means that when your dog does something you like, you give them a treat or a toy as a reward. This reinforces the behavior and encourages them to keep doing it!

When teaching your dog new behaviours, use the same command for the same behaviour. For example: “sit” means sit down on all fours with their rear end down and front paws out in front of them (not just leaning forward). So if they sit while you’re out walking, say “good girl” or whatever other phrase you choose! Reinforce this behaviour with praise every time they do it right so she remembers what she did well – but don’t overwhelm her by praising her constantly every second because then she won’t know what’s being praised at first glance (it may sound silly but trust me). Be consistent with this practice so that she knows exactly what’s being asked of her at all times; otherwise confusion will arise and training will be rendered useless! Finally make sure that you’re reinforcing commands outside of training sessions too – whenever possible try incorporating commands into normal activities such as feeding meals or playing fetch etcetera whenever possible so that commands become part of day-to-day life instead just something reserved for special occasions only.”

How to Make an Apartment Safe for Dogs

  • Put a gate at the door. This is an important first step to make sure your dog stays safe in your apartment. Make sure you choose one that’s sturdy so it can’t be pushed over by your puppy or knocked down by an adult dog who wants out of his enclosure.
  • Put the bed in a corner: A good place for your dog’s bed is in a corner of their living space, as this will help keep them from getting up on tables and furniture while they sleep (dogs like to get up high!).
  • Place food and water bowls in another corner: If you have multiple dogs sharing one apartment, use different corners for each bowl; this will allow all pets to eat without fighting over resources or jockeying for position during mealtimes!
  • Keep toys in yet another corner: This fourth tip is especially important if there are multiple pets living together under one roof–make sure each animal has access to their own toy collection so they don’t fight over one toy at night after everyone else has gone to bed!

Using Food and Treats for Training

Another key aspect of training your dog is using food and treats as rewards. Dogs have a natural desire for food, so using it as a reward for their good behavior will help the dog associate positive behaviors with the reward of meal time. However, you don’t want to overuse food as a reward or you lose its value.

Food should never be used until after your pet has performed the desired action and then given immediately after completion (if possible).

It is important that owners give treats in a positive way whenever possible because dogs associate what we say with how we feel about them – so if we are saying something condescendingly or angrily when delivering treats, chances are our pup will pick up on this negative energy and behave accordingly!

If your dog is calm, trained and not destructive, living with a dog in an apartment can be fun.

If your dog is calm, trained and not destructive, living with a dog in an apartment can be fun.

Dogs are great companions. They provide unconditional love and are always happy to see you when you come home from work. You can teach your dog to do tricks. This makes for a great way to help pass the time while waiting for something else—like dinner!

They also enjoy going on walks with their owners, which can be great exercise and give you some time away from the house without having to leave your beloved pooch behind.

Most dogs enjoy playing fetch because they like using their mouths (and sometimes sharp teeth) to bring back toys that were thrown by their owner or another person or animal nearby.


Living with a dog in an apartment doesn’t need to be stressful. It takes work, but it can be done! To make the experience beautiful for you and your dog, follow the tips above.

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