5 Tips For Dog Friendly Apartment Living

Everyone loves their pets, We love pets so much at Templeton, that we will reimburse our residents $150 if they adopt a cat or dog from the Oregon Humane Society. But, before you start sharing your home with your new furry roommates, there are several things you should be prepared to do to make sure he will feel at home.

Here are 5 tips for dog friendly apartment living.

1) Socialize and Desensitize

Apartments can be noisy and busy. They are often located in city areas with traffic, bicycles and other animals.  Don’t assume your dog will be comfortable with all of these new things. You may have to introduce her to these urban changes slowly and in a safe and calm manner for her to be comfortable.

Apartment hunting tip: The Douglas has it’s very own fully fenced off-leash dog park with an attached pet washing center. The perfect place to let your dog socialize with other dogs in the community. Learn more >>

2) Make Sure Your Dog is Current on Vaccinations

This is really important since most apartment complexes have shared outside grounds. If children and other people are using common yard areas, your pet needs to be free of parasites and vaccinated in order to prevent parasitic and infectious diseases. In addition, in the rare case, someone accuses your dog of biting, proof of vaccination will be paramount.

3) Be Considerate of Your Be Your neighbor

Be mindful of the fact that many people will be sharing a small space. A dog that barks constantly will not be favorably received in an apartment setting. Consult with your veterinarian regarding behavioral training if your dog is a barker. Citronella collars can be an effective and humane way to prevent barking if used correctly.

4) Prepare for House Training

House training a puppy in an apartment setting can be a little more challenging, especially if you’re in a high rise apartment complex. Puppies need to go outside very frequently in order to be trained. If you’re on the fourth floor, that’s going to translate into a lot of elevator trips or some serious stair work-outs!  Consider using “piddle pad” training at first until he can go longer between urination, or consider adopting an older dog that has already been trained.

Owning a dog takes commitment and responsibility regardless of your living situation. However, sharing an apartment with your pup will require a little extra planning and consideration in order to keep her happy, healthy and safe. Once those needs are met, a four-legged roommate can bring daily smiles and pleasure to any apartment dweller.

 5) Devote Time to Your Dog Every Day

A dog that lives in a small space without a fenced yard will require daily leash time, probably more than a few times a day to go potty and stretch out those four legs. Be sure to set aside time for activity every day, and recognize that leash walks will be part of your daily routine, even in the rain and snow. Consider having a professional dog walker come by while you are at work to squeeze in a little more activity.

Apartment hunting tip for dog lovers: The Meetinghouse community is located just minutes from amazing local parks, like Sellwood Park, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and Johnson Creek City Park.

As the video below shows, dogs are quite vocal about how much they like the Meetinghouse community. Learn more >>