House Training And Dog Care Tips for Urban Dwellers
When you live in a big city, it’s definitely possible to have a dog, but there are certain considerations to keep in mind that you wouldn’t necessarily have to think about if you lived in a suburban or rural area.
For example, if you live in an apartment, how do you house train your dog? If your dog is in an apartment all day while you’re at work, how will it get exercise? What are the places nearest to your apartment where you can walk your dog?
Even though there can be extra considerations for people who live in urban areas and have dogs, you’re not alone in your pet ownership. For example, the dogs outnumber children by 1.7 to 1.1 in San Francisco. This shows it’s definitely possible to have a dog in a big city if you’re willing to plan accordingly.
All are important things to think about, and the following are tips for house training your urban-dwelling dog and also making sure your dog is happy and healthy overall.
House training is essential when you have a dog, no matter where you live. It can be a bit tricky if you live in an apartment, however. This is especially true if you live in a high-rise and you’re dozens of stories off the ground.
There are some general tips to follow if you live in an apartment and you’re attempting to house train your dog. First, schedule and routine are the most important components of successful house training, no matter where you live.
You want to get your dog into a routine of going outside at scheduled times and having the opportunity to potty at the same time every day. Younger puppies need more of these opportunities.
If you’re going to be working and you still want your dog to get exercise and stay on a schedule, you can hire an on-demand dog walker.
Also, be aware of the signs your dog displays when he or she needs to go outside, so you can be proactive in getting them there.
Pee pads can also be helpful for apartment dwellers, as can a dog littler box, which you can place on a balcony.
Another interesting option you can try is having your dog use a bell letting you know when he or she has to go out. It may sound a little far-fetched, but it is something some apartment-dwellers do. The dog learns to ring the bell with its nose, and then once the dog learns what to do and rings the bell, you can know to take your dog out.
There are different videos online that shown how to do potty bell training.
Be Aware Of Urban Risks And Hazards
When you’re an urban pet owner, certain things could be hazardous to your dog that you should always try to be aware of.
For example, hot pavement is one of those hazards. Also, make sure your dog’s leash never gets caught in the elevator door, because it can end up strangling your pet.
If you live in a high-rise, make sure that your windows, terraces and fire escapes are all tightly secured to protect against fall risks.
If you’re walking your dog on tight, narrow sidewalks, be aware not only of other people but other dogs. You want to make sure that you’re not putting your pet in the path of an aggressive dog. It’s best for you, as your dog’s owner, to walk first on a narrow sidewalk and allow your dog to be behind you. You should also keep your dog behind you when you’re leaving buildings and crossing streets. This can help your dog remain calm. If your dog is in front, it can think that it’s up to it to navigate and protect you, which can lead to aggressive interactions.
Find A Nearby Dog Park
Most big cities have plenty of dog parks available, so find one that you and your pet will enjoy, and ensure you take plenty of time to visit it each week. If you want your dog to be happy, you need to make sure they’re getting fresh air and time outdoors as well as exercise and the opportunity to socialize with other dogs.
Urban dog parks are great because they might give you the opportunity to meet human friends who are also dog lovers in your neighborhood.
With a little consideration for the differences in urban living and suburban living, having a dog in the city can be rewarding and fulfilling for both of you.
Susan Melony from Wag Walking