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Keeping Your Pet Safe and Happy in an Apartment

Living in an apartment doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have a pet and keep them safe and happy.

There may be some animals that are better suited for apartment life than others, but the difference is in how you provide the necessities every pet needs.

You may need to exercise them differently, potty train them in a different way, and acknowledge different safety concerns, but a pet can be just as happy in an apartment as they are in a bigger home. In reality, each living situation has positives and negatives, and apartment living is no different.

Smaller Pets Are Great for Smaller Homes

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Yes, apartments can be a great home for your pet as long as you take the time to keep them happy and safe.However, not all animals are created equal. Smaller pets that don’t require constant exercise are better for the apartment life than others.

You should also take into account your lifestyle. If you work a lot, it might be hard to take a large breed dog that likes to run for walks multiple times a day.

Sometimes keeping your pet safe and happy in an apartment means choosing the right pet. Fish, reptiles, cats, rodents, or smaller dogs might be better options for the apartment life.

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Making Time for Exercise

Making time for exercise is an extremely important part of keeping your pet safe and healthy in an apartment setting. For some smaller pets, indoor exercise might be an option, just as it would be in any other type of home — like a laser pointer for a cat or a ball for a hamster.

However, for a dog, you’ll need to set aside time for exercise since they won’t have a lot of room to exercise indoors or the ability to run in a yard. Morning and evening walks are great to help your pup exercise and maybe even socialize within your community. The important thing is to allow them to exercise in some way every day.

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House Training Differences

House training is something that is done a lot differently for those who live in a house versus those who live in an apartment. Instead of having a doggy door, or even just letting them outside when you’re home, you’ll have to take them on a walk to allow them to relieve themselves.

Be sure your schedule will work with doing this a number of times a day so that your dog isn’t in a position to have to hold it for an uncomfortable length of time or have an accident. As far as puppy potty training, you’ll have a whole different method of training and teaching patience. It’s definitely not impossible, but the process for potty training in an apartment setting is just done differently.

 

 

Spotting Dangerous Areas

Animal proofing your home is something you’ll need to do regardless of your living situation. In an apartment you may want to be aware of a dangerous balcony, pesticides that may be sprayed around the building that you don’t know about, and helping your dog cope if strangers or sounds make them anxious.

In a house setting you have a lot more control over your environment. In an apartment it’s best to be cautious and observant since you have less control over your surroundings and how they may affect your animal.

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Every Situation Has Positives and Negatives

Whether you own, rent, live in an apartment, or you live in a house, each situation has positives and negatives. There are plenty of things to consider when you’re finding a home to buy. If you are looking for a house on a busy road, for instance, be sure your dog is confined behind a fence to eliminate the possibility of getting hit by a car. In an apartment you may worry about your houseplants, but in a house you should worry about outside plants as well.

The point being that apartment life and life in a house have their own positives and negatives when it comes to pet happiness and safety.

There really isn’t one option that is better than the other when it comes to the type of home that a pet can be happy in. As long as their needs are being met, either one can work well. It’s important to be aware of the type of animals that handle apartment life best, keep them exercised, know the differences in potty training, and keep an eye out for safety hazards.

As long as you are keeping them safe and happy, your animal can thrive in an apartment lifestyle.

 

Article by Avery Phillips