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Should You Keep Dogs In Apartment? 5 Factors You Must Consider

Updated on August 6, 2016


Everyone loves small animals and everyone wants to keep them as pets. When it comes to keeping a dog, most people love to do that. The problem comes for those who are staying in the apartment.

Should you keep dogs in an apartment? Can you cope with the hustle and is it possible to make your dog happy when she is confined in the unit most of the time?

This is exactly what you are going to discover in this article. If you have ever considered keeping dogs in your apartment, this article will help you.

We all understand that sometimes the management just does not allow pets in the house as the small animals may cause havoc and accidents to others.

Therefore, the first thing you need to do is to check with the management. Once you management has no issue with keeping a dog in your apartment, you can proceed to get one.

And here are the 5 factors you must consider…


1. Getting the right dog breed

Most apartments do not have their own grassland like a landed property, thus, try to go for smaller dog breeds that are less active if possible.

You can choose to go with Chihuahua, Pug, Bulldog, Dachshund, or Maltese. These are great apartment dog breeds because they are not as active and they bark lesser.

You do not want your neighbor to complain when your dog keeps barking non-stop. The common area in most apartments tends to be smaller and your dog may bark when she senses noise or smell of strangers.

Therefore, going with the right dog breed is the first and the most fundamental steps. Well, I’m not saying that you cannot choose to go for bigger dogs, but you have to understand the condition.

As long as you can take it and your neighbor can take it, there will be no problem to go for big dogs.

2. Check with your neighbor before you get a dog

You can always ask and check with your neighbors if they are alright with dogs. Some people are allergic to small animals and some people may feel uncomfortable with dogs.

For whatever reason, you do not want to argue or get complaints from your neighbor. So ask them and see if they are alright with it.

If they are alright, you can proceed ahead. However, what if they do not like small animals? You can still choose to adopt a dog, but at least inform them up front and let them know that you will take good care of your dog and try to avoid any unnecessary accident.

When you are good with your neighbors, they can keep an eye on your dog when you are not around.

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3. Is there any dog-friendly park nearby?

When it comes to apartment living, you must be more committed to bringing your dog outdoor. Thus, take into consideration if there is any park nearby.

If you are working full time, spend your weekend with your dog. Bring her to the park, run with her, jog with her and play with her.

Your dog requires some outdoor activities to keep her healthy. Usually, the dog develops problematic behavior because the owner did not interact with her.

Furthermore, bringing your dog for outdoor activity will definitely make you healthy as well.


4. Potty training will be crucial

You just cannot let your dog release on your yard because you are staying in an apartment. So what should you do when your dog wants to release?

The answer is simple, train her. Teach her to eliminate on the right spot that you desire. Some people choose to train their dogs to potty in the bathroom, while some people use a potty grass or a special training pad.

The choice is yours. You just need to make sure she learns how to potty correctly. Training your dog to potty on the right spot may seem challenging, but as long as you have the patience and commitment, she will learn it somehow.

Potty training is important for dogs that live in an apartment because they do not have a proper grassland to do their business.

And you do not want to get back to your apartment with the pees and poops around the floor right? Hence, teach your dog how to potty at the right spot and it will save you a lot of headache in future.

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5. Cleanliness matters

If you are staying in a landed property, you can choose to keep your dog in the house or outside of the house. When you keep your dog outside and she releases outside as well, your house will be cleaner.

As for people who live in an apartment, they have no choice but to keep the dogs with them in the unit all the time.

Therefore, hygiene is a serious matter that they should look into. This is especially true if you have babies or children living with you.

You do not want your dog to poop anywhere and your baby to pick it up. You must clean the place after your dog eliminates as soon as possible.


So should you keep a dog in an apartment? The answer is totally up to you. However, make sure you are 100% committed to taking care of your dog if you choose to go for it.

Be a responsible dog owner and make your dog happy. Living happily with a healthy dog in an apartment is doable, as long as you have the patience and the commitment.

So what do you think about this article? Remember to rate this article and leave your comments below.

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    • DrMark1961 profile image

      Dr Mark 

      2 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      This is the statement from your hub:

      Maltese. These are great apartment dog breeds because they are not as active and they bark lesser.

      The resource you pointed out above even comments that the "con" about getting a Maltese is that they bark a lot.

      If you are in Australia, I suggest you look into the main reason that those dogs are abandoned in your country.

    • Max Clayton profile imageAUTHOR

      Max Clayton 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Mark, honestly, I do not stay in an apartment and never deal with Maltese before. You may want to read this:

      Please understand that each dog can have different personalities. I have seen two of the same dog breed but both have different characteristics.

      Not all dog acted the same way. I still believe that Maltese is a good choice as apartment dog. :)

    • DrMark1961 profile image

      Dr Mark 

      2 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Hi Max have you been around these breeds? You do know that Maltese are NOT one of the breeds that barks less, right? What is the most common reason people in Australia give up their Maltese?

      Other than that, the article looks fine. Good luck here on HP.


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