Keeping a pet when you live in an apartment doesn’t have to be a nuisance. Cats are comfortable in apartments. Dogs can also be comfortable with proper exercise. If you keep pets and their areas clean, you and your neighbors can be comfortable as well. However, there are few things to keep in mind when introducing a new pet to your apartment complex. Keep the barking levels to a minimum can be one way. Potty training your pets can be another way. Also, socializing pets makes apartment life comfortable for everyone.
An apartment building experiences a lot of foot traffic. If you live near a lobby or elevator, you may experience even more foot traffic than normal. For a dog owner, this may be especially challenging as this may cause your dog to want to bark when someone passes your door, especially if your neighbor has a dog with them. If your dog is barking early in the morning or late at night, this may become annoying to your neighbors who live next to you. You can break this habit by enlisting a friend to walk by your door several times. You should then tell your dog a command, like “leave it”, when they start to bark. Once your dog remains silent during a pass by your friend, give them a treat. You may have to do this exercise 15 minutes for a few days in a row until they get the message. Your neighbors will thank you for this.
Living in an apartment complex means that there is limited space. There is no big backyard for your pet to roam and do their business. Pee pads or litter boxes are a great way to keep your apartment tidy when potty training. It also prevents smells from emanating from your apartment. Keep the pads or box in one area so your pet knows where to go when they need to eliminate.
If you have a new kitten, litter box training is a simple process. Most kittens learn how to use a litter box from their mothers. If you have one cat, you should get two litter boxes. You should have one more litter box than the number of cats you have. The boxes should be in a place that offers the cat some privacy so they feel safe enough to eliminate. Pick litter that is unscented and clumps together. Use positive reinforcements. If you see your kitten using the litter box, give her a treat or a piece of dry cat food.
If you have a dog, crate training can be an integral part of potty training. A crate limits your dog to a crate when you are not in the apartment. Most dogs do not eliminate waste where they sleep. So, if you keep your dog in a crate, they will wait for you to get home before they do their business. A puppy may not be able to hold its urine as long as an adult dog. You can usually count how much time a puppy can hold their urine by counting how many months they are and add one. So, a 7-month-old puppy can hold its urine for 8 hours.
A dog owner should socialize their dog with other dogs. If you don’t want your dog to be anxious around your neighbors’ dogs, try taking him to a local dog park. Your dog may show signs of discomfort by barring his teeth, tucking his tail, or stiffening his body. Know that socialization takes times as well as patience. Having him actively interact with other dogs will make him feel comfortable around the neighbors’ dogs as well. This can help him get used to living in an apartment.
The Wrap Up
If you want your pet and neighbors to both feel comfortable, there are a few things to do. Train your dog not to bark at foot traffic. Potty train your pets so you keep waste to one area and you keep your home tidy. Socialize your pet. Doing these things, your pet will be the darling of the apartment complex.