Create a space for your dog. Dogs are den animals. This means that they like to have a defined space that belongs to them. Create an area where your dog can feel safe and have some alone time.
- Consider crate training your dog. Your pet can stay in the crate while you are at work or during other times when you’re not home.
- Talk to your vet about what type and size of crate to get. Small dogs will prefer a smaller crate.
- You can also be creative when making a den for your dog. Try placing his dog bed under a table. This can be a safe, secure space for him to curl up.
Train your dog. Dogs like routine. Spend some time training your dog. This will help both of you get acclimated to living together in a small space.
- Consider taking your dog to obedience classes. A professional can help your dog master the skills that will help him live happily in an apartment.
- Group classes are often cheaper. They are also a great way to help your dog learn to socialize with other animals.
- Find the right trainer. Ask your vet for a recommendation. You can also ask friends, family members, and co-workers if they have anyone they would like to refer.
Deal with separation anxiety. One of the major problems with keeping a dog in an apartment is separation anxiety. When this happens, dogs don’t deal well with being left behind when you head off to work or a social engagement. This can be a big problem in apartments, as it might bother your neighbors.
- Barking and howling are common signs of separation anxiety. Unfortunately, you might not realize this is happening until your neighbors complain.
- Try helping your dog realize that good things can still happen when you are not home. For example, you can give him a puzzle toy stuffed with a healthy food, like low fat peanut butter. These can take 20-30 minutes to finish.
- Ask your obedience trainer to help you address the issue. He can help you train you dog to adjust to being left alone.
- Visit your vet. You want to make sure that your dog is not suffering from an underlying medical issue.