6 Essential Tips for Living in a Small Space with a Dog
Not all of us have the luxury of living in big houses with large backyards, but that does not mean that we should be deprived of the love of a furry four-legged best friend? Fortunately, no. Although keeping a dog in small spaces has a number of challenges, that doesn’t mean it is impossible. It can be done if you follow some of these useful tips and adapt your home for your furry house member.

Dogproof your home

When you are expecting a baby, the first thing you should do is childproof your home. It should be no different when a new dog is arriving. Here are some things you can do to make your home a safe environment for your pooch:

• Get rid of the choking hazards (rubber bands, paperclips and all the other things the dog could swallow).
• Remove all unstable objects that could fall on your dog or be knocked down.
• Remove the potential strangulation hazards, such as dangling curtain fringe and small cords within the range of the dog’s neck.
• Tape down all electrical cords.
• Keep your trash can properly closed.
• Put safety lock on medicine and home cleaning cabinets.
• Keep your prized breakable possessions out of the reach of your dog.

Separate dog areas form non-dog areas

If you are a dog lover, you probably despise the “dogs not allowed” sign, but sometimes that makes sense. Some areas, such as your kitchen countertop and your working desk should be forbidden for your pooch. On the other hand, you can have areas specifically intended for dog play.
Organize food and toy storage

Just like kids, dogs require a lot of space for storing their stuff. Vertically arranged plastic bins are a good way to organize toys, and using one kitchen cabinet exclusively for dog food is also a practical solution. If you don’t have enough room, you can also use rodent-proof containers and put them on top of the fridge.

Invest in an air purifier

Dander, fluff and odor are the three things you can’t possibly avoid if you’re living with a dog in an apartment, regardless of its size. This issue can be partially addressed by ventilating your house frequently. However, if you want a more efficient approach, you should search for quality air purifiers with HEPA filters which can prevent the particles of your pet’s skin and hair from causing allergies and odors.

Make playtime interesting

If dogs are not allowed to play, they are unhappy. In a small apartment, it can be difficult to find space where your dog can play freely, but you can try with confining your pooch to an exercise pen in an available nook in your home. You should also introduce toys which can mentally tire out your dog, such as puzzle toys. However, there is no replacement for running around a park, so make sure you take your pet for a walk frequently.

Monitor your friend

No one can be home all the time, and who can guarantee you that your dog won’t make a mess or hurt itself when left alone? Because there are no such guarantees, you should equip your home with a camera that can be connected with a smartphone app and notify you of every sound or motion your dog makes. Remember that whenever you leave your home, you should leave your pet with enough food, water and entertaining toys.

As you see, living with a dog in a small apartment requires a lot of changes and compromises, but if you play your cards well, you can enjoy each day with your furry best friend.

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