How to Introduce Your Dog to a New Apartment

Contributed By Guest Blogger Stacy Lindsey
December 12, 2020

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Transitioning your dog to a new apartment isn’t easy, especially if you’re moving from a larger space. But just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The important thing is you make the switch as comfortable for them as you can, so they don’t have a hard time getting used to your newer, albeit smaller, home. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make the process relatively fuss-free.

In our previous post Renting with Dogs: How to Find a Dog-Friendly Apartment, we discussed ways to find a dog-friendly apartment. This time around, we’re giving you the lowdown on how you can make apartment living easy for your furry friend:

Start playing with them indoors.

You will no longer have the luxury of playing with your pet in the yard when you move, so you might as well get used to frolicking around with them indoors. Dr. Pippa Elliot, MRCVS notes that getting your furry pal acquainted with indoor playtime before the big move allows them to easily adjust to the new apartment.

In fact, after the move is over and done with, they may even look forward to your indoor playtime together. Try to get creative by using soft toys that won’t knock over breakable items or practice tricks like sitting and rolling over. You can also create a small obstacle course for them to navigate, ideally in an area with the most open floor space, such as the living room.

Consider what type of pet fits well with the apartment you’re moving to.

If you don’t have a pet yet but are looking to add a new fur friend to your family before or shortly after you move, you should consider what type of pet you’re bringing along with you. And if you do have an existing pet, you also have to take into account their size in relation to the apartment.

When it comes to dogs, small dog breeds like the Boston Terrier, Dachshund, Corgi, or Chihuahua are excellent choices for apartments or condominiums since they can handle less space.

On the flip side, larger animals would need more room to move around, so you will have to make some adjustments should you choose to bring them along. The goal is to make the transition less stressful for them.

But if you truly love larger pets and want their company, Great Danes and Greyhounds (rescues) are great large dog options for apartment living because they don’t require much activity or exercise. Ultimately, though, the key is to establish a routine, so they can get used to your new home and live there happily and comfortably.

Keep their tags updated.

Moving from the suburbs to the city is tough, and it’s in your (and your pet’s!) best interest to take the necessary steps to keep them safe. One way of doing this is by updating their tags, so you have a way of locating them in the event that they get lost.

Along with microchipping, pet ID tags are a great addition. Interesting Things highlights how personalized pet ID tags are low-tech, but they can still help you reunite with your pet fast if you were separated. All you have to do is key in their name, your name, and phone number, so people can contact you quickly. You may even want to decorate the tag and attach it to their collar to show off some of your pet’s personality.

Create a haven for them.

Dogs tend to find it easier to wind down if they have their own space. It’s recommended to create a little haven for them, even if it’s just in a corner in your apartment.

You can make it extra special by adding a bed, familiar items like their favorite toys, some food, and water bowls, giving them a place to retreat when they need a break. You can also include things like Redbarn Filled Bones, made to bust boredom and alleviate stress and anxiety. With a space created just for them, they’ll have an easier time adjusting to apartment life.

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