Your Dog’s New Apartment Life

When you move from a house to an apartment, you need to be proactive about helping your dog adjust to his new environment. Expect him to require more attention from you as you will have to accompany him every time he has to go out. It’s also likely that he’ll be meeting more dogs than usual, and depending on his personality, he may have to undergo some additional training. Then there are some health considerations you will have to address as well.

Before the move

If possible, take your pooch to visit the apartment complex ahead of time so the location won’t be completely unfamiliar to him when you move in. If you’re transferring to another state, check if there are any different vaccination requirements.

photoAlso consider any new pet supplies you may need. For example, you may need a dog bed if your pooch was staying outside previously. Get some new dog toys, especially if he will be spending a lot of time alone. Stock up on poop bags and treats, too.

In addition, have your dog’s nails trimmed and filed to reduce the chances of him scratching up your doors and walls.

After the Move

Don’t leave your pet alone in the apartment for the first few days, as noises from neighboring units may scare him and cause him to bark excessively. When you do leave your dog alone for the first couple of times, ask your next door neighbors to inform you if he barks so you can tackle any problems.

Take your pooch out for regular walks, ideally at least two 20-30 minute walks each day, in addition to any necessary bathroom breaks. This helps your dog get enough exercise, which makes him calmer inside the apartment. Before going to bed, take your dog for a short walk and see to it that he relieves himself so you can avoid having to take him out in the middle of the night.

Every now and then, let your dog have some alone time on the balcony. However, be ready to bring him back inside if he begins to bark at passersby.

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