Bringing your furry friend to cohabitate with you in an apartment rental can be a whole lot of fun. Who doesn’t love to come home to a wagging tail and a whole bunch of kisses? For Fido, however, the move may be a bit less enjoyable, particularly if your pup is adjusting to life in a smaller space than they are accustomed to. If your pet begins to adopt some unnerving new habits (such as a chewing your shoes or peeing on your carpets), it could be a good indication that they are feeling a bit confined. Here are some great ways to make sure that your pal gets enough exercise, no matter how small your space.
If your apartment rental has stairs, capitalize off of them! Sit at either the top or the bottom and make a game out of throwing the ball in the opposite direction. A few rounds of racing up and down the staircase is a surefire way to tire your pooch out quickly.
If you’ve got a creative streak in you, it might be fun to set up your apartment rental like an obstacle course. The internet is teeming with fun toys that will keep your dog busy for hours on end.
Dogs are extremely social animals, so getting them interacting with other pups is a great way to allow them to let off some steam. If you have other friends in similar scenarios, set up play dates at each other’s homes where your pets can run each other ragged for a few hours a week.
If you’re new to the area or don’t have other friends with animals, you might choose to see if there are any local dog parks in your area. In some instances, your apartment community may even have one on-site. Dog parks are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas.
Believe it or not, purchasing a treadmill for your apartment rental might be just the thing to help your furry friend alleviate some of his apartment-dwelling blues. There are several companies now that make them specifically designed for dogs and many are completely foldable and won’t take up much space! The best part about a puppy treadmill is that, in the event of bad weather, your pup still gets the exercise he/she deserves.
Tug of War
A simple game of tug of war can also go a long way with a feisty pooch. Most importantly, it requires only the smallest amount of effort from you, the human! Even if you’ve had a particularly long day at work, you can probably find enough leftover energy to sit on the couch and hold on to one end of a rope, right?
Go For a Walk/Run
One of the fastest ways to give your dog the exercise he/she needs and deserves is to get outside and take them for a walk or a run. Dogs thrive when they are able to sniff around and learn about their surroundings. The extra bonus here is that you, too, will benefit from getting into the fresh air, getting your heart rate up and burning a few calories. It’s also a great bonding experience for you and your pet.
Get the Right Harness
Speaking of taking walks and running, life in an apartment rental also requires getting the right kind of harness for your dog. Allowing them a little more tether will let you stay in control of the situation (and adhere to all of the local leash laws) while also giving your pup the impression that they have a lot more freedom than they actually do.
Teach Them Tricks
Dogs are extremely intelligent creatures and they absolutely love to learn. Stimulating their minds can have just as many benefits to them as getting their bodies moving. Take the time to get your dog trained and, when at home, practice, practice, practice!
The Kong company has come up with a plethora of toys designed specifically to keep your dog busy while you are off at work. Many of them have little pockets where you can hide treats or peanut butter, giving your dog both mental and physical stimulation while you are away, rather than leaving them to their own (potentially destructive) devices.
If you really want to make sure your dog is getting out of your apartment rental and having a great day, consider looking into doggie daycare. This is also a great trend that has erupted all across the United States with many affordable options. Even if you only commit to one or two half-days per week, your pooch is sure to appreciate it.
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