How To Walk A Dog In Your Apartment Community

Dogs are some of the most loyal and affectionate pets, so it’s no wonder why so many people want to own one. But when it comes to bringing a dog into an apartment building, there are a lot of factors you have to think about. Does your building or landlord have a strict pet policy? Will a dog feel cramped in your shoebox apartment?

How To Walk A Dog In Your Apartment Community

Even things that should be simple, like going on a daily walk, can become complicated in an apartment environment. With that in mind, if you’re considering adopting a pup (or you and Fido already live together), here’s how to walk a dog in your apartment community:

Find a Dog-Friendly Apartment

It should go without saying, but one of the most important factors of taking Fido on walks in your apartment community is finding one that allows dogs in the first place– you don’t want to sneak around every time you need to take him out for some fresh air.

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Better yet, look for a building that’s actively pet friendly if you can, like a place with a doggie recreation area or treats at the front desk.

Take Advantage of Nearby Green Spaces

When considering how to walk a dog in an apartment community, one of the main concerns is that running into other residents and potentially their dogs could cause some problems. So, look for other spots in your neighborhood where you and Fido can go to let off some steam and have a little more personal space.

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Take your pooch to nearby parks, trails, and other green areas to get in some exercise. You may also want to find a dog park where you can let Fido have some off-leash time– taking him there and letting him get a lot of energy out will make him healthier and happier.

Keep Him on a Short Leash

Whenever you’re in your apartment building or community, practice the short-leash rule.

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This will help you maintain control of him if he spots a dog he doesn’t particularly like or you run into another tenant of the building who doesn’t like him.

Be Courteous With Other Residents

If a lot of your neighbors have dogs, it’s a good idea to keep track of their dog-walking schedules so you can avoid having aggressive or distressing run-ins with them– especially if the two pups don’t get along.

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Also, be courteous when deciding when you and Fido are going to take a walk. Early-morning or late-night neighborhood strolls may make sense for your schedule, but if you or your dog cause a lot of noise, you may disturb other people in your building.

Stay Alert

Whether your apartment community has a dog recreation area or you simply have to take Fido through the building to get outside, make sure you stay alert at all times while inside.

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Hallways, elevators, and stairways are all very close quarters, which means you and other pet-owners may have a hard time passing by one another without the chance of a fight breaking out between your dogs. Most importantly, it’s crucial to know your dog, recognize signs that he’s feeling scared or aggressive, and act accordingly.

Be Poo-lite

No matter where you are, pick up your pup’s poop. Period. End of story.

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Get Him Trained

All dogs, but younger ones especially, can benefit a lot from a little bit of puppy training. Even knowing just a few commands, like “wait,” “heel,” and “leave it,” can make a huge difference in your dog’s behavior while walking through a crowded building or playing fetch in a park.

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Plus, if you’re planning to move again, prospective landlords will love seeing his dog-training certificate, so it’s really a win-win.

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How to Introduce Pets When Moving In With Another Pet Owner

Moving in with a roommate can be tricky as it is, let alone when trying to introduce a new pet into the mix at the same time. When cats and dogs (or cats and cats and dogs and dogs) first move in together, the relationship can be pretty precarious. But as long as the introductions are made properly, the pets will likely get along in the end– or at least be able to coexist peacefully.

How to Introduce Pets When Moving In With Another Pet Owner

If you’re moving in with another pet owner into a pet-friendly apartment, here’s how to introduce your beloved cats or dogs as safely as possible:

Start Slow

The first rule of introducing pets is to avoid just tossing them into a room together and hoping they work out their differences. That’s probably not going to work.

Introducing pets can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and the first interactions should be just a few seconds long. As they slowly get used to the other’s smell and to sharing their home, things will get easier for you and your roommate.

Isolate the Newcomer

No matter what, the animals need to be separated by a door at first. This will give them the opportunity to smell each other and even interact under the door a little, without being able to do more than hiss or growl if they’re uncomfortable.

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Usually that means that one animal will be stuck in a single room, while another is able to roam the rest of the apartment. If you’re moving into your new roommate’s apartment, or vice versa, the new animal is the one that should be isolated in a single room.

Move both of their food and water bowls near the bottom of the door to get them as close to each other as possible, and switch the animals’ places every so often. This will give the new pet time to get used to the rest of the apartment while the other animal explores the newbie’s space and becomes even more accustomed to their scent.

Let them interact with each other (supervised) a couple times a day at first, and slowly increase the number of times each day.

Give Them a ‘Safe’ Zone

Each animal should have a safe place they can retreat to if they start feeling uncomfortable.

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For the new cat or dog, this can be their isolation room. Keep a bed or crate in each separate area that will make the animals feel safe.

Take Dogs On a Walk

Dogs react really well to being introduced while on a walk together because it gives them time to feel (read: sniff) each other out. Plus, the sights and smells while on walks can distract dogs from each other if the relationship is a little tense at first.

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Try to keep the leashes loose and avoid yelling harsh orders– believe it or not, the two pups can feed off that negative energy and become even more tense with each other.

If they’re meeting for the first time before the walk, have one dog sit or lie down for treats, while the other is allowed to sniff, then switch their positions.

Be Patient

If the introductory process is taking longer than you thought it would, try to be patient. Some animals, especially if they’ve lived alone their whole lives, find it really difficult to live with another pet, so they may continue barking, growling, or hissing for weeks.

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Keep doing what you’re doing, and if you stop noticing any progress at all, consider asking for help from your vet or an animal behaviorist.

Give Them Attention and Love

Don’t forget that your animals love you, so give them plenty of attention when they’re feeling scared or confused!

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Living with another pet can be stressful and difficult for some cats and dogs to adjust to, so make sure that your four legged friend is feeling loved and safe during the transition.

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How to Find the Right Vet Clinic for You and Your Pet

Your pet is a special part of your family, and you look after them as much as you would anyone else you love. This is why you only want the best for them when it comes to finding the right vet clinic. After all, your pet should be getting only high-quality care.

How to Find the Right Vet Clinic

If something should go wrong, you should feel confident taking your pet to your vet, knowing that he or she is more than capable of caring for Fido or Fluffy. However, this begs the question: How do I find the right vet clinic for my four-legged friend?

Is the Clinic Accredited?

Make sure the clinic you’re looking into has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. This organization ensures everything is up to par as far as equipment, patient care, staff, facilities, etc.

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You can also check the background of the veterinarians themselves, seeing if they’ve been certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Veterinarians who complete the three-year program acquire extensive knowledge and expertise above what’s needed to practice veterinary medicine.

Ask for Recommendations

While you should always research a vet clinic before going there, asking for recommendations from family and friends who have pets can be a great start. They may be able to point you in the direction of places you should try or clinics you want to stay away from.

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You’ll probably feel more comfortable going to a vet’s office after someone you know and trust recommended them. When you’re talking to this person about the vet clinic, ask them how long the clinic has overseen the care of their pet, along with other questions regarding the facility’s strengths and weaknesses.

Check With Your Current (Or Past) Vet

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If you’re moving to a new area and need to find the best vet clinic for you, your current vet may be able to refer you to a high-quality facility nearby.

Come in With a List of Questions

Asking the right questions will tell you whether the clinic is right for you and Fido or Fluffy. Bring a list of anything you’re interested in finding out about, whether it’s how pets are monitored or where the vets studied veterinary medicine.

How to Find the Right Vet Clinic for You and Your Pet - Come with a List of QuestionsHere are a few questions you can ask:

  • Does the clinic have licensed veterinary technicians?
  • Are dogs and cats kept in separate areas?
  • What emergency services are available?
  • How many veterinarians work here?
  • Are appointments required? If so, how far in advance should they be scheduled?
  • What kind of equipment do you have here? (A good clinic should have access to everything from X-ray machines and in-house lab tests to IV pumps and blood pressure monitors.)
  • Do you refer your patients to specialists? (i.e. dermatologist or oncologist)
  • What is the best way to get in contact with you?
  • What are your hours?
  • Does your clinic accept my insurance? If not, what are my payment options?
  • What is your staff turnover? (A high turnover rate can indicate a low-quality work environment, which may not be best for your pet.)

As you ask these questions, take note of how your vet answers them. Is he or she personable and willing to give you all the information you need? Or is this person hard to communicate with or disagreeable? If so, you may want to look elsewhere.

Ask for a Tour

The veterinarian should not be shy about showing off their clinic. Of course, you may not be able to see operating rooms if they’re being used, but getting a tour allows you to see how clean and organized the facility is.

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Take note of other aspects too, like unusual odors. Think about bringing your dog or cat along for this tour to witness how your pet and your veterinarian interact. It’s important that your pet be comfortable with your vet. Although, keep in mind that most pets usually aren’t excited for a trip to the vet.

Pay Attention to Red Flags

As you tour the clinic and ask any necessary questions, there are a few red flags that you should be looking for, such as poor communication, bad hygiene, and refusal to refer to other specialty clinics to treat your pet.

Find Out About Specialties

Is there any special treatment that your dog or cat might need? For instance, some veterinary clinics specialize is behavior, dermatology, radiology, cardiology, etc. If your furry friend has some unique health issues, it’s important to know that those will be looked after.

Consider Location

While this probably won’t end up being the deciding factor, location is important when choosing a vet clinic.

How to Find the Right Vet Clinic for You and Your Pet-Consider LocationShould an emergency arise and you need to take your pet to the vet in a hurry, you don’t want to have to drive 20 minutes from your pet-friendly apartment to get there. Search for clinics that are easy for you to get to.

Choosing the right veterinarian is largely based on the preferences of you and your pet. A clinic that works for someone else might not necessarily be the right choice for you.

Take the time to do your research and visit the clinic to ensure your four-legged friend will be receiving the best care possible.

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Real-Life Lessons: How to Puppy Proof Your Apartment

I learned the hard way about puppy proofing when I adopted my dog Roxie. I had just moved into a new one-bedroom apartment, and I was on a mission to adopt a rescue pup. After a co-worker sent me a photo of a poor puppy who was abandoned on the side of the road, I knew I had to bring her home. Little did I know how much damage she would cause.

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Pets Allowed vs. Pet-Friendly: You Need to Know the Difference

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Here at Apartment Guide, we know that renters absolutely adore their pets. In fact, apartment communities that welcome pets is a popular amenity on our website. But as we gradually shift into moving season, there’s something you should know: pet-friendly apartments are not the same thing as apartments that allow pets. Here’s the difference:

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My Furry Valentine: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Pet

Your puppy Lothario only has eyes for you! Check out a few gifts to shower on your furry Valentine.

Your puppy only has eyes for you! Check out a few gifts to shower on your furry Valentine.

By Steve Harper and Elizabeth Beasley

If your favorite Valentine would prefer a rawhide chew over romance, you are not alone.

Last year, the National Retail Federation reported that one in five Americans planned on buying Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets and estimated the spending to near $815 million. That’s something to purr about if you are in the business of selling pet gifts!

If you find yourself on the buying side of that equation, read on to check out a gift that’s cool for the cat or dog in your life this year.

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Top Holiday Pet Hazards: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

Keep your furry friend safe this holiday season by pet-proofing your home from certain holiday foods and decorations.

Keep man’s best friend safe this holiday season by pet-proofing your home from certain holiday decorations and food.

The holiday season is a festive time to share with friends and family, but it can also pose a number of hazards for other members of your family—your beloved pets.

We only want the best for our furry friends, and taking a few preventive measures can ensure your dog or cat doesn’t get sick.


Winter Plants

Poinsettias are beautiful, festive plants used to decorate your home during the holidays. Although poinsettias are usually hyped as a poisonous plant, they are mildly toxic to animals. The following holiday plants are the ones you really need to watch for.

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Dog People vs. Cat People: Is There Really a Difference?

cat people vs dog people personalitiesDo you consider yourself a dog person or a cat person? Depending on your pet preference, a lot can be revealed about your own personality. It’s been said that the animal you identify with the most tends to align with your own characteristics.

Pet owner stereotypes are fairly prevalent throughout society. Surely you’ve heard the myth of the crazy cat lady. She sits on her couch in a bathrobe day after day eating Pringles, surrounded by at least four of her closest feline friends: Molly, Daisy, Sadie and Chloe.

Or maybe you’re more familiar with man’s best friend. Most likely he’s a Labrador Retriever that goes by the name of Max or Buddy. And every day he gleefully hops into the crumb littered SUV with his active family of two caring parents and three rambunctious kids, eager for yet another 15 minute road trip to the other side of town.

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It’s National Dog Day! 4 Fun Games to Play with Your Pup

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Treat your furry friend to a good time in honor of National Dog Day!

It might be the summer’s most obscure holiday, but August 26th is annually recognized as National Dog Day. The day was started 9 years ago by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert, to honor dogs that serve the community: law enforcement canines, blind companion dogs and service dogs for the disabled.

Even if your dog doesn’t fall into one of those categories, your pooch still deserves to be rewarded for being man’s best friend. While there are plenty of suggested ways to celebrate National Dog Day, below are Apartment Guide‘s ideas for games you can play in (or near) your apartment with your furry friend.

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How to Handle Pet Custody After a Break-Up

Breaking up is hard for people AND pets! Keep these priorities in mind as you plan your pet’s future.

Breaking up is hard for people AND pets! Keep these priorities in mind as you plan your pet’s future.

For many couples, their dog or cat is a full-fledged member of the family — and one whose future is a serious bone of contention if the human relationship happens to falter.

When pet parents decide to go their separate ways, it’s important to find a custody solution for pets that will satisfy everyone affected – especially Fido and Fluffy.

Read on for a look at ideas on how to handle pet custody after a break-up.

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