Should You Have a Dog in a Flat?

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There’s just something about being a dog owner. Whether you’ve had one before or this is your first, being a pet parent has so many benefits. But, with more and more flats being built across cities and towns, should this stop you bringing home a furry friend or two?

Flats are quite different compared to houses. There’s often less space, no outside space and a whole other world of challenges. Before you bring your puppy or dog home, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does your landlord allow you to have pets (if you’re renting)?
  2. Are then any clauses in your home ownership contract that stops you from having a pet in the building?
  3. Is there enough physical space to keep a dog in the flat?
  4. Do you have the time to care for your new addition and who will take care of them when you’re not there?

Once you’ve figured out whether introducing a dog into your life is achievable, then you’re ready to start exploring the best way to make your space safe and animal friendly.

Choose your dog breed carefully

First things first, you’ll want to choose a breed that’s much better suited to a flat than a house. Generally speaking, large working dogs such as Huskies, German Shepherds and Collies are not well suited to flats as they need lots of walking and a larger dwelling.

The smaller the dog, the better suited it will be to flat life. Among the best breeds are the Bichon Frise, Yorkshire Terrier, Whippet, Papillon and Miniature Dachshund. However, just like any dog in any living situation, you’ll have to be mindful of things like excessive barking (especially if they’ll be left alone for longer periods of time) and keeping them busy with things such as toys and activities.

Make your flat dog friendly

It can be easier than you think to make your flat dog friendly. There’s a general misconception that a dog needs a back garden, and that living in a flat is not a good idea. But as soon as you have established a good toilet routine, it’s unlikely that this would be an issue!

Among the other things you can do to ensure your pad is pet safe are:

  • Allow as much natural light into the space as possible. Like all mammals, dogs need sunlight to keep them healthy.
  • Keep fragile objects out of reach.
  • Make sure there’s plenty of floor space so they can run around and play.
  • Ensure you establish a regular routine for mealtimes.
  • Keep them well-exercised according to their breed and temperament, and provide them with high quality dry dog food and plenty of water.

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