Most people don't realize the energy and research that goes into finding the perfect dog breed for their environment. Dogs are like people. They all have different personalities. But like But as you might resonate with what your generalized daily horoscope says about you, dog breeds also possess certain traits that can make or break your experience in adopting a dog for the first time. Don't worry, we'll help you along the way so you have some general knowledge of what to expect and can aim to adopt a dog that suits your lifestyle. From choosing the right dog for apartment living, to tips for caring for your pet in an apartment setting, and even the benefits you'll get from the company of a pet. Let's get started with some quiet breeds best suited for apartment living.
Choosing the Right Dog for Apartment Living
While we say all dogs are different, some breeds are known for their calm and quiet behaviour. It's these traits that are better suited for apartment living. These three breeds – amongst many others – are known for their calming personalities, fondness for an afternoon on the couch, and a love for smaller spaces.
These happy, outgoing house dogs will shower you with love. In keeping with our apartment living theme, Shih Tzus adapt well to small spaces and get along with other animals. While at home, they love to sit on your lap and curl up next to you. And at the same time, they can be quite playful and intelligent, making them devoted companions. In addition, Shih Tzus will tolerate being alone, but of course, will be waiting to greet you when you come home from work or school.
Known for their social and gentle personalities, pugs are the perfect companion for apartments and smaller spaces. Pugs love being the centre of attention. In addition, their easygoing nature means they have a low tendency to bark, but keep in mind they don't like being alone for too long. You'll find a humourous, loyal companion in a pug. Plus, they generally get along with other dogs and strangers. These are great traits to have for living in an apartment building.
Whippets are highly affectionate, making them great therapy dogs. Despite needing plenty of exercise to burn off their high energy, they'll be equally content curling up with you on the couch. Yet, that means they don't like to spend long hours alone, so they're better suited to someone who works from home. Their friendly personality helps them get along with other dogs. Most importantly, this works in your favour because whippets rarely bark, even at strangers. Furthermore, due to whippets' short coats, you'll want to wrap them up in a warm jacket for cold Canadian winters.
All three of these quiet breeds are perfect for apartment living. Despite their similarities in traits, it's always best to meet a few dogs before adopting to see how they react to you. Although now you have a little bit of an idea what breeds suit apartment lifestyles, make sure you do plenty of research to understand breeds and their needs. Regardless of which breed you're eyeing up, there are a few things you can consider when living in an apartment building to get the most out of pet ownership. Read on for some tips and tricks for caring for your dog in an apartment setting.
Tips for Caring for a Dog in an Apartment
Now you have an idea of which dog breeds would be best suited for your lifestyle, there are some things you can do to care for your dog when you live a few storeys up.
Give Your Pet Their Own Space
Help create the separation for your dog by giving them an area for their things. It can be as simple as a space in your apartment with their dog bed, some toys, and their food and water bowls. Not only will this help keep your apartment tidy, it will also keep your dog occupied away from the potential distraction of people in the hallway when they're alone. Moreover, if you work, this is their safe place where they spend time when you're out. If you establish a routine for your dog, they'll learn when it's time for them to retreat to their area.
Establish a Routine
While a routine helps you care for your pet, it will also help your dog know when it's time for walks, poops, and treats. This is especially important when living above the ground floor, so you're not awoken by your pooch's need to do their business in the middle of the night. Routines are proven to help with housetraining your pet. Take your dog out for long walks twice daily, preferably at the same time. Not only will this be there time to 'go', but they'll also drain energy and be calmer indoors when you return. However so, if you're not always at home, then consider pet tech to keep you connected to your pet.
Technology Helps You Care when You're Not Home
When your dog is alone for your working day, you can still be there virtually with a pet camera. There are a variety of options for you to choose from here. But for the most part, you'll be able to keep an eye on your pet with the camera, dispense treats, and talk to them remotely through a small speaker. Despite not being there in person, you'll have the comfort of knowing your pet is safe, and they'll know it's your voice on the other end of the speaker. However, when it comes to walks, if you can't get home over lunchtime, you have other options.
Hire a Walker if You Work Long Hours
Exercise is important for dogs in apartments to burn up energy and keep them calm and relaxed. Consider asking a neighbour pet owner or hiring a walker for mid-day exercise for your pup. There are plenty of apps to find a walker in your area, but you could also ask around your property to see what your neighbours do when they're out at work. Owning a pet will also help you meet others in your apartment building, something we'll discuss more in the benefits you get from having a four-legged companion.
Human Benefits from Owning a Dog
Giving a dog a home isn't only a great thing to do, there are also many benefits for humans.
Dogs Make us More Social
Dogs are a serious talking point. Ever met someone in the hallway of your apartment building and you never know what to say? With a dog, you'll find yourself talking to more people, other dog owners included. In addition, a dog will provoke conversation with others as they may seek attention from strangers, acting as an introduction for you. Take Winston for example, everyone knew Kimberley as 'Winston's Mom.'
Pets Reduce Stress in Humans
Studies have shown there are many physical and mental health benefits for humans. Research even suggests that petting a dog for several minutes is shown to reduce stress levels. Not to mention, having a dog in your life can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, including lower blood pressure, heart rate, and increased levels of overall happiness.
Dog Owners get More Exercise
On the physical side, dog owners get more exercise than those who do not have pets. A research study conducted in the U.K. showed dog owners get about 200 more minutes of exercise per week than those without dogs. Owning a pet requires much more work than exercise alone. However, the responsibility of taking your dog for walks helps you get weekly exercise as well.
Overall, adopting and training a dog is tough in an apartment building, but with enough research and knowledge anyone can do it. Start with choosing the right dog for apartment living and go from there. Be prepared to spend a lot of time and attention training and caring for your dog. Just like you, it can take some time for them to get used to their surroundings. Once you find a dog that fits your lifestyle and put the time into caring for them, it is a fun and rewarding experience.
And if you're worried about finding a pet-friendly rental property, rest easy knowing all Avenue Living Communities properties allow pets with a pet interview. If you're a current resident, ask your local Avenue Living Communities team for more information regarding our pet policy. And if you're still looking for the perfect place to call home, visit our property listings and find a home that suits living with pets.