Living in an apartment with your dog

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Apartment pets are on the rise. With changes in strata laws and the increasing urbanisation of society, more and more people living in units, apartments and townhouses are considering sharing their lives with an animal companion.

There are considerations owners can make to ensure they and their dog live the happiest lives possible.

Choose your apartment carefully

Check that dogs are permitted within your residence. You may also need to check which type of dog you are allowed and how many, if you intend to own more than one.

Consider whether outdoor space, either private or communal, is important to you. If you have a balcony, check that your dog is safe and cannot jump off or fall. In ground floor apartments or townhouses you may need to check that your pet is secure within the garden.

Choose your dog carefully

If your dog will spend a lot of time within your apartment, then smaller or less active dogs may be more appropriate. Consider also adopting an adult dog rather than a puppy.

Dog’s eye view

Consider your apartment from your dog’s viewpoint. Get down on your hands and knees and view your unit from your dog’s angle. Are there places to sleep; to get up high and feel safe; toys to play with; a place to eat; a private spot to toilet?
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