What’s the Best Apartment Dog?

The best dog for dog lovers staying in apartments

Relocating presents a wide range of challenges. Where are you going to live? How are you going to get there? What can you afford? There are so many questions that the only way to find the answers is to take them on one at a time.

So, for those dog lovers out there, there is one question that is unique to the animal lover in us all. What do we need to know about our new home’s dog-friendly stance? First consider what your new environment will present. Then you must be able to match your dog’s characteristics (attitude, physiology, and activity levels) to suit your new home.

In a new town

What are the rules and regulations of the new town? Is there anything specific to your precinct or zone? A lot of towns refer to their zones for particular rules, such as leash-laws and tag information. You’ll need to research what your dog will need to live issue-free in their new area.

You’ll also want to locate parks that are designated pet-friendly. While more parks are working towards appealing to pet owners, there will still be locations that post: No dogs allowed. This can affect how often you can take your dog out to release their energy.

In an apartment

When it comes to your actual apartment, there are almost limitless combinations of rules and regulations that will apply. But, it’s also important to remember how a dog will react to living in relatively confined quarters.

What are your weight limitations? Most apartments will have a maximum weight, such as thirty pounds. They may also segregate certain breeds that are stereotypically a little more active or noisy. There is also the physiology to consider, because shorthair dogs may be more acceptable than long-haired dogs. This is usually done because shorthaired dogs are considered not to shed as much, which isn’t true at all. But, if there are rules, they need to be investigated before you bring a dog home.

Of course, you must also consider the activity level of your dog. It is unlikely they will have free-roam ability in an apartment complex, which means you’ll have to spend more time with them. Consider what you’ll need to do to address potty situations. What about walks? Will the complex allow you to walk your dog around the property? Not all do, so be sure you ask all the right questions before you settle in with a new companion.

In a new work situation

If you are moving into a new area, work is likely going to be very different. A new job might lead to new work hours and limit the amount of time you have available to spend with your new dog. You might be fairly busy, which does tend to limit how active your dog will be permitted to be. Active dogs without the opportunity to express themselves and release energy often become restless and destructive.

Matchmaking your dog

With the guidelines in place, you must now match your dog to ensure that their new home is adequate to suit their needs. Consider that there are several different characteristics that make up a dog’s whole-being. First of all, all dog breeds commonly have a certain activity need range. Border collies are undoubtedly some of the most hyperactive breeds demanding plenty of attention and room to run, while Chihuahuas tend to be a little calmer and do well with less activity. However, size doesn’t necessarily matter in this situation; after all, certain terrier breeds can be very hyper.

Some dogs shed constantly while others tend to be more fur friendly (poodles don’t shed fur because they have hair!) Size does matter, but breed and attitude will make a difference in how comfortably they will fit into your new home. Research your dog breed’s activity level to match their new home’s opportunities. And do remember that dogs still need to be walked regularly, so don’t think that just because they aren’t as active, you won’t have to enjoy some time outdoors.

Finding the right dog for the right home is just as important as adding the right furry friend to your life. If you plan on getting a dog for your new apartment, consider what you need to know about breeds, habits, and attitude, along with any pet rules your home may have. After all, you don’t want to bring a new friend home only to have to give him away.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Is It Spoiling Your Dog to Carry Him?

Why dog owners shouldn’t always carry their dogs

There are a lot of ways to spoil your dog. You can give them treats, rub their bellies every night, give them a comfortable bed to sleep in, feed them a good diet and regularly brush them to keep their coats shiny and lustrous, and otherwise show them that you love them.

These are great ways to spoil your dog, but there are some things that you can do that aren’t going to have the positive effects your dog really needs. With news pictures of celebrities carrying their pups becoming a popular trend, the act of carrying your four-legged friend around has grown in popularity, and that’s not just for the smaller toy sizes. Even larger dogs are being lifted off their paws and carried when they don’t really need to be.

Carry to care

First of all, we must start with when it’s a good idea to carry your dog. After all, there was some point in your life when someone else carried you. As a dog owner, you must understand that it will be necessary to pick your dog up and help them in their time of need.

How about when they’re sick? Maybe when they’re injured? Of course these are situations in which you should carry your dog when they need the assistance. They can’t always get into the car or want to eagerly hop up on the veterinarian’s table, so they need a little help. As a loving dog owner, it is your role to ensure they are happy and healthy, just like a parent would for a child.

Then there are the many situations in which dangers lay under-paw. Parking lots can have numerous dangers, as can any sidewalk or walkway. Broken glass, hot cement, or even stickers can all pose a threat to paws. If you wouldn’t walk on it with bare feet, your dog shouldn’t have to put their paws to it. Rather than having to carry your dog, you should work to avoid these types of situations in the first place.

Consider high risk areas, such as public walkways where small dogs could get stepped on or have their paws smashed by sliding doors. It’s better to avoid these locations if your dog is not socially ready, but when you must, it is better to carry them than to chance them getting injured.

Then there are situations in which you need your dog to get out of danger quicker than it might take them to respond, or if they are enticed by the danger such as chasing a moving car or a pursuing a cat into a dangerous area.

Let your dog walk

But do not be mistaken, because it is very possible to spoil your dog by carrying them regularly. Dogs quickly pick up on habits, and if you regularly carry them, it is as though you are training them to rely on you to transport them. It may not be considered spoiling. Rather, it has become a habit that they let you carry them around everywhere. And you can be assured that if you constantly carry your dog around, they will expect you to do the walking for them.

Let your dog carry themselves when they can. If they’re getting into the car, let them get in themselves. If they want to walk, let them (squiggly worms in your arms may be a hint they want down). Don’t hold your dog back from being their own dog, or they’ll always want you to carry them around.

Most importantly, they need the exercise. If you constantly carry your dog, they aren’t exactly getting the exercise they really need. They aren’t as active. They’ll wait for you to come get them or expect you to do things for them that dogs should do on their own (I’ve seen older dogs that wouldn’t eat unless fed by hand).

You may be thinking about situations in which your dog doesn’t want to get into the car because they know where they’re going (groomers?), but you really shouldn’t force them or you’ll always have to force them. Instead, treat or entice them to want to get in and go.

In truth, it is completely possible to spoil your dog by carrying them everywhere. But that’s only if you do it all the time. There will be moments in which you need to pick them up and move them around to keep them safe. After all, it’s your job to make sure they stay safe and happy, and it is nice to spoil them a little bit every now and then.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – While You Were Away

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Our trip was more than enough to keep us talking about extravagant adventures long after our arrival back into the “civilized” world. Though the trees would be missed, the mucky water and versatile array of so many different sounds (I do believe I heard a very big dog…I mean very!).

But even after some time spent sunbathing while the old man trapped fish with his stick and string (I figure fish must be just like cat since the trick works for both), I soon grew tired of trekking around in this jungle of a forest. Izzy however seemed to love the limitless space where his long legs could actually get stretched out and really put to the test. He might have beaten me in one or two races, but we’re not going to talk about that right now.

Our trip had led us far astray from the ritualistic habits of our regular world. There were plenty of newspapers piled up on the walkway and the house smelled very “ticklish” in the old sniffer. I was sure to inspect every nook and cranny, just like my very important job entails, but there was nothing out of the ordinary. Though, I did detect a faint aroma of the neighbors. I wonder how they’re doing.

The backyard was next, guaranteeing me a conversation with a few friends. Thieves and Buck were waiting. I guess they heard all the commotion upon our arrival. Happy indeed, I began telling them about the moon in the water and how Izzy…uh…threw me in. Yeah, that’s how it went, at least from my perspective.

Then we moved on to what’s been going on around here. And that’s were things really got interesting. As it happens, there was a prowler on the loose a few nights ago. It was quite possibly the same night I had taken a most undesirably sticky bath.

“Well, first the kitten came,” Buck started his story, at which point my attention had begun to wander away. Until he said, “But, after the kitty cat ran off, the man showed up. He was all covered up, just like a ninja off the video box. But he didn’t have a sword. Yep, no sword.” His expression turned deep into thought with his last words and he seemed to have forgotten the rest of the story. So I brought things back into perspective with a bark.

“Oh yeah, and then he started messing with your door. You know- your door. I never figured they made doggy-doors for humans. After all, they have their own doors to use. But, he was rather persistent about getting through that little door.” Buck paused and glanced up at the sky with a smile. He sure seemed proud of himself.

“Well…what did you do?” I asked very impatiently (it’s now very clear to me why Izzy hates it when I tease him the same way).

“I ‘arruffed’ at him,” Buck affirmed with a nod of his head. His ears flapped around. I have to admit, Buck’s “arruff” is almost deafening, not to mention all the slobber that flies out like a web of sticky slime. He waited for me clean the slobber off my face then proceeded with his story, “That’s when the man started trying to tell me to ‘be quiet.’ So I told him about how I’m not even quiet when I’m supposed to be. That only made him mad, but I am very persuasive. By the way, the fence is broken now.”  Sure enough, one of the boards was broken at the bottom, enough room for Buck to fit through. “Why don’t you come over and play for a little while? We can play ‘ball’ or ‘stick’ or ‘race.’

I shook my head no for now. I was still on my inspection-mission. But, it is very satisfying to know that I have good neighbors that will keep an ear out and a nose turned when I’m not around.  And in a strange way, it is quite wonderful to be home after a trip. After all, you never really think about how different your den is from the rest of the world. Some dogs travel, some don’t, but I go where the old man goes, so if it brings me to a new world, I’m right there with him, ready for the next adventure. Until then, we’ll be having our adventures at home- where I can keep my eye on things.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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