Dogs offer unconditional love and companionship that can’t be matched by our human friends. In return, our canine friends need love and attention. However, many people may find it hard to keep a furry family member happy when there isn’t a spacious yard to play in. With a bit of resourcefulness, though, your dog can be just as happy living in an apartment as they would be on a big farm out in the country.
Below are a few good ideas we came across on Apartment Therapy for dog owners who live in apartments. If you’re looking for inspiration to keep you and your puppy connected and active, consider trying some of these out.
First, carefully choose your breed – If you don’t own a dog yet, but want to, choose the breed with care. Some breeds are more active than others and need lots of space to expend their energy, while others are more mild-mannered and better suited for apartment living.
Give your dog lots of exercise and play time – Since you don’t have a yard, you’ll need to think of other ways to get your pet moving to use up their energy. Short walks around the neighborhood are great. Also, keep a variety of toys on hand for your dog to play with while indoors.
Visit nearby dog parks – Find some dog parks near your apartment and visit them on a regular basis. For instance, Twin Oaks, one of our communities in Nashville, TN, has a great dog park! And dog parks are great because they give your pooch lots of space to play without the need for a leash. They also create opportunities for your pet to socialize with other dogs (and you the opportunity to meet other dog owners). Before you visit any dog parks, be sure to check for any special rules or regulations that might be in place.
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Are you looking for a pet-friendly apartment for you and dog? All of our communities would be happy to take in you and your furry friend! Visit the TriBridge Residential website to check out our apartment communities throughout the South and find the right fit for you and your pet.