Apartment Living for Dog Lovers

What you need to consider before bringing a dog into your apartment space.

What you need to consider before bringing a dog into your apartment space.

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Talk to your landlord.

  • Do they allow dogs?
  • Are there restrictions on dogs based on size or breed?

Your roommates:

  • Do you have any other pets?
  • How will they react to a new dog in a the small space?

Access:

  • How will you take your dog to and from the apartment?
  • Is there a garden or park nearby?
  • How will you pet-proof your windows, patio or balcony?

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When considering getting a dog for your apartment, you need to think of size, personality, exercise needs.

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Keep Your Dog Safe on the Trail

We love taking Porkchop and Applesauce on a hike. We realize when we arrive at our destination that we forgot to bring something to make the hike better for them.

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Me and my buddy Porkchop.

We love taking Porkchop and Applesauce on a hike. We realize when we arrive at our destination that we forgot to bring something to make the hike better for them.

Today I want to discuss the things we should do to keep them safe and for us to have a memorable and successful hike.

Before you go on a hike here are a few things to think about.

  • Is your dog ready? 
    • Are they fit enough?
    • Are they well-behaved enough?
  • How much weight can they carry?
    • Young, healthy dogs can carry 25% of their weight.
  • Do you have the right gear?
    • Booties for their feet.
    • Collapsible dog bowl for water.
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Mark and Porkchop

During your hike

  • Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Avoid shared trails with mountain bikers and horses.
  • Make sure they get enough calories for the amount of effort they exert.
  • Clean up after them. Either bag it or bury it.

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After your hike

  • Look for ticks, burrs or anything else on your dog.
  • Give your dog a bath to rid of anything on their fur.

Source: redrovercamping.com

 

The Sleeping Habits of a Dog

How much sleep does a dog need? Dogs sleep almost 50% of the day.

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A Good Bed for Your Dog

Where is the breakdown of where a dog sleeps.

If your dog sleeps inside, then make sure that he is sleeping on a comfortable bed. And I’m not talking about your bed. A dog needs a bed to call his own.

For the large dog:

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Housebreaking Your Puppy

I found this great housebreaking roadmap from Sam Ivy K-9 Consultants

 

When you start to house train, follow these steps:

Source: pets.webmd.com

  • Keep the puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take away his food between meals.
  • Take puppy out to eliminate first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Always take him outside after meals or when he wakes from a nap. Make sure he goes out last thing at night and before he’s left alone.
  • Take puppy to the same spot each time to do his business. His scent will prompt him to go.
  • Stay with him outside, at least until he’s house trained.
  • When your puppy eliminates outside, praise him or give him a treat. A walk around the neighborhood is a nice reward.

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