- Pets are a wonderful part of every community and live in two-thirds of American homes. This number is even higher among renters, with 72% of apartment dwellers claiming ownership of at least one dog or cat. Raising a fur baby in an apartment is a little trickier than living in a house with a backyard, but it can certainly be done. Here are seven creative tips and workarounds for living in an apartment with a pet. Look for an apartment with hard-surface flooring: Dogs are more likely to damage carpet than tile or laminate floors. That’s why it’s best to choose an apartment with hard-surface flooring if you hope to get your entire security deposit back when you move out.
- Find a first-floor unit: It’s far easier to open your patio door to the grassy area beyond than walk down a flight of stairs or take the elevator every time your dog has to go to the bathroom. Your legs and your fur baby’s bladder will thank you for choosing a first-floor apartment.
- Consider what’s best for your pet: Many properties accept large dogs; they simply have breed restrictions you need to work around. Apart from size, consider your dog’s personality before moving into an apartment. Mellow pups are most likely to do well in this environment, especially if you’re gone all day.
- Incorporate daily exercise: Even young pups and high-energy breeds can thrive in an apartment setting—as long as they get enough exercise. Outdoor walks and playtime are a must to reduce hyperactivity, aggression, and destructive behavior. Take advantage of any dog parks or pet stations in your apartment complex to exercise and socialize your pup.
- Follow a bathroom routine: Your pet is less likely to have accidents in your apartment if you schedule regular potty breaks. Take your dog out at set intervals throughout the day and train them to “go” in designated areas around the building.
- Address excessive barking: One challenge of apartment living is that noises can travel through the ceiling and walls. Some dogs respond to this by barking incessantly, thus disturbing your neighbors. Dog trainers recommend distracting your dog with 30 seconds of play when they start barking at an unfamiliar sound. You can also try leaving the TV or radio on when you’re gone to drown out any noise.
- Prevent boredom: Another way to reduce barking is to keep your pet entertained. Give your dog plenty of attention when you’re at home, and leave them with interactive toys to enjoy when you’re gone. Swap out toys every few months to keep things fresh.
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment in the DFW Metroplex, Apartment Locating Specialists can help. Our apartment locator service is completely free, so why not give it a try? We can help you find a great rental that meets you and your fur baby’s needs. Contact us today at (817) 685-7368 to begin your apartment search in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.