You and your furry friend have found the perfect apartment for your lifestyle. But without a backyard, how do you ensure that your dog is getting enough mental and physical activity? Don’t worry. There’s a lot you can do to keep your dog as busy as you are! Dogs need companionship, exercise, and stimulation, and you can provide these in an apartment just as well as you can in a house.
Go Beyond Basic Training
Teaching your dog new tricks is a great way to keep your pooch from indulging their destructive side. Once you’ve graduated from the basics of sit, stay, and down, try making your dog wait in specific spots in the apartment, or work on dramatic tricks like roll over or play dead. The more work you do, the better your dog will listen--plus you can show off when you have company!
Noises from your neighbors can be tough for your furry friend to get used to--but there’s a lot you can do to help them tune out unfamiliar sounds. White noise, music, and having the tv on can help (there are even specific channels designed with your pooch in mind). Access to a window can also turn Fido into a guard dog--to discourage barking, be sure to keep your curtains closed.
Another way to work your dog’s mind, body, and nose is to keep them busy with a treat puzzle. Treat puzzles come in all shapes, sizes, and difficulty levels, but all of them are great at tiring your dog out. Just fill your puzzle with your dog’s treat of choice and watch them go!
Physical games like hide and seek, tug, or an obstacle course help work on your training skills and are a great way to bond with your dog. It’s easy to make a simple obstacle course with things you have lying around the house (blankets, boxes, and even kitchen chairs are great options). You can be as creative as you’d like--just be mindful of your downstairs neighbors.
Exercise, especially frequent walks, are really important for your companion’s health and wellbeing--a tired dog is a happy dog! Incorporating walks, runs, or time at the dog park into your dog’s routine can go a long way to keep them happy and stimulated. But life can get busy-- when you can’t get your dog out for a walk, Rover is here to help! Our certified walkers can come to your dog and get them out for a stroll around the block, a long run, or whatever your pup may need! Sign up here to get your first walk, your dog will thank you!
Having your dog in your apartment is easy with the right mindset. The more time you spend working on new tricks, playing a game, or just snuggling together, the happier your dog will be. By following these five tips, you’ll be spending quality time with your best friend and making your new place home sweet home.