Small dogs are perfect for apartment living. After all, apartments have less space than a typical home, so you won’t have to worry about your pup feeling cramped or stressed out. While small dogs can live in an apartment easier than big dogs, there are still some extra steps you should take to keep everybody happy.
Walk them often
Since you don’t have the luxury of a backyard, your small dog will have fewer opportunities to run around and burn off excess energy. A good solution to this is to walk them as often as you can. Take your dog out at least twice a day—once in the morning and once in the evening—to keep them happy and healthy.
Add a balcony potty for upper floors
Bottom floor apartments are ideal for dog owners, as then it’s easy to take your dog out to do their business. But not all of us have that luxury. If you live on an upper floor, consider investing in a balcony potty. That way if your dog needs to do their business in the middle of the night, you won’t have to get up and trudge down all those flights of stairs to do so.
Tamp down on the barking
Living in an apartment means living in close quarters with other people. That means an overly barking dog will quickly get on your neighbors’ nerves. When you first adopt your pup, take steps to reduce barking by taking them to training classes and getting out of the apartment regularly. You can read more about how to reduce dog barking here.