Living in a small apartment with a dog is not ideal, but it can be done. You just need to be aware of your pet’s natural needs, and make modifications to your home and behavior to make life as comfortable as possible for both of you. Here are some tips to get you started:
Get the Right Breed
It isn’t necessarily about size. Larger dogs can happily live in a smaller apartment. More important factors than size are the need to run about and the capacity to chew. Some smaller dogs can chew the place to bits if they are left alone or inside too long while some larger dogs are quite indolent and happy to lie around all day.
Acclimatize your dog
A dog can be anxious if they are not comfortable in their home environment. This can lead to dog behavioral problems which may result in chewing or your incessant barking when left alone. Do not leave your dog alone until he is used to the noises and people around him he will hear during the day/night when you are away.
Go for Walkies Twice per Day
You need to walk your dog at least twice a day, and they should be decent length walks. A dog needs to release energy and outdoors time is necessary for exercise, fresh air, hygiene, and socialization. In addition to the daily walks it would be beneficial to take doggy out for an extra-long session, maybe somewhere where he can be safely let off his leash to have a real good run around.
Create a Special Doggie Space
Whether it is a bed or a mat, your pet should know that there is somewhere that is theirs. This is where they can sleep/rest, where they can chew bones, and play with their toys. If you wish to keep your dog in a certain area, close doors when you are not there. With closing doors, however, it can create a feeling of being hemmed in, so maybe rather than close them, use gates in (as for children) open doorways. If you want to protect your couch, use a pet cover.
Consider Getting Your Dog a Friend
One dog on their own in a small apartment is never ideal, especially if they are left alone for a long time during the day or night. Dogs are pack animals, and they will do far better if they have another dog friend with whom to hang around. It helps to keep them socially well adjusted. If you think about it, most of what you do will not change if you have two dogs rather than one.
Enlist Some Help
If you don’t like the idea of leaving your pet home alone all day, consider finding someone who can check in on him. You might think about paying for somebody to walk him midway through the day or even consider doggy daycare where he will have company and be able to exercise all day.