Raising a dog in the city can be quite challenging, especially if you live in a high-rise apartment building. Dog owners without a fenced-in yard live under special circumstances that demand a lot of time and attention toward dog walks, exercise requirements, and potty breaks. Balancing a dog’s walking schedule with your own busy schedule can be a daunting task that not every city dweller is suited for.
However, one advantage to living in the city with a dog is that it can actually be better for both you and the dog. With no fenced yard to let Fido into every time he wants to go out, he will get more quality attention, walks, and exercise from you. Dog owners with yards are more apt to become lazy and use the yard in lieu of regular walks, exercise, and quality time.
Challenges of city living with a dog often revolve around the lack of a fenced-in yard. These challenges can include:
· Finding time for three to five walks a day
· Leaving your dog alone in your living space for eight or more hours a day during the work week
· Having enough space for a larger dog
· Getting the dog enough exercise
· Difficulty in making frequent trips outside to go potty
Of course, there are many advantages to owning a dog in the city, including protection, never leaving your apartment empty for the day, having a great daily walking partner to get outdoors with and stay in shape, and the many joys of the constant companionship of a dog. For many city dog owners, once they learn to work around the yardless issue, the advantages of owning a dog well outweigh the challenges.
How to Make City Living with a Dog Easier:
Tip # 1: Get on a Regular Walking and Feeding Schedule
Dogs like schedules and routines. Most dog owners have probably noticed that their dog expects to be fed and walked at the same times each day. This is good for both the dog and you, because you can predict when they will need to use the bathroom. Dogs on regular walking schedules also understand when it’s time to play and release energy (at walk time) and when it’s time to rest and be quiet (indoor time).
Most dogs need to be walked three to five times a day in order to get enough exercise and take a sufficient number of bathroom breaks. That’s a lot of walks to fit into a busy schedule. But two or three of these walks can be shorter bathroom breaks, and one or two of the walks, such as the walks you take before and after work, can be longer, exercise-centered walks or trips to the dog park.
Tip # 2: Hire a Dog Walker
If you work long hours or have a long commute to work, it may be impossible for you to fit in five walks a day or make a trip home on your lunch break to take the dog out. Having the help of a dog walker makes owning a dog in the city a much easier task. A midday dog walk with a dog walker will ensure that your dog gets the exercise he needs, a bathroom break, and some time outside the apartment while you’re away for long stretches of time.
Families with older children who get home from school before their parents can also help fulfill the role of a dog walker. If your child gets home from school several hours before you get home from work, a 30-minute walk outside with the dog may be just what they both need after a long day of sitting indoors.
Tip # 3: Purchase an Indoor Dog Potty
The UGODOG is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to owning a dog in the city. While this eco-friendly and convenient indoor dog potty should not take the place of regular walks, it can certainly make the dog-walking schedule a lot easier and less worrisome. Further, it can allow you to leave your dog alone in your apartment for long hours without having to worry that he won’t be able to relieve himself, or that he’ll do it on the living room rug.
If you need a few minutes to regroup or have a snack before your dog walk when you get home at the end of the day, an indoor dog potty can buy you this extra time. Fido may be desperate to get outside to play after being indoors all day, but at least you’ll know that he isn’t desperate to relieve himself. Dog potties are also extremely helpful at night when your dog needs to go out one last time and you’ve already gotten ready for bed.
Tip # 4: Take Advantage of Dog Parks
Dog parks have been growing in popularity over the last ten years, so it’s not too hard to find one near your home in most cities. Provided that your dog gets along with other canines, a dog park allows him to socialize with other dogs and gives you both much-needed space for play and exercise. Dogs should get a variety of forms exercise—not just walks—and a dog park can allow your pooch to run, swim, and play games of catch and frisbee.
Tip # 5: Get Dog Obedience Training
It won’t do you any good to purchase an indoor dog potty or hire a dog walker if your dog is so ill-behaved that he has to spend the whole day in a crate or can’t be walked by anyone but you. Crate training is great for puppies but doesn’t work well as a long-term solution or replacement for obedience training. You will enjoy your dog a lot more and you’ll both be a lot happier if you can trust him alone in your apartment, train him to use an indoor dog potty, take him to the dog park, and let a dog walker exercise him with other dogs.
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