10 EASY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR DOG HAPPY & HEALTHY IN A SMALL APARTMENT
Do you own a dog? If you do, then for sure you’ll agree that it’s one of the most pleasurable things in life because dogs bring joy and happiness to our lives. As the saying goes: dogs are a man’s best friend 🙂
But somehow things become tricky when you live in a small apartment. You aptly wonder: how do I keep my dog happy and healthy in such a small apartment?
Your concerns of course, are not only justifiable because dogs are pets with active bundles of joy – running and jumping around with oodles of energy but also because dogs are Emotional support Animal (ESA); your furry friend needs your support emotionally.
The big question is: How then can you make sure that your dog remains happy, healthy and never lose the spark?
Worry Not!!! I’ve got you covered. Let’s consider 10 little things, yes very little things you can do to keep your dog happy and healthy in a small apartment.
Ample and Regular Exercise
‘A tired dog’, they say, ‘is a happy dog’. Regularly take your dog for exercise; Morning jog, swimming, run around the park, hiking depending on the breed and size of your dog are good options. The key: just make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise.
Create more space
Re-arrange the furniture in your apartment and ensure any unneeded objects are properly discarded. This act as trivial as it seems will give space for your dog to walk nicely around. Also, it’ll help you to create a safe haven in a corner for your dog which will enable her to relax and wind down.
Find mates/friends or pups
Ensure you make friends with some other dogs owners. This allows your dog to socialize and interact more naturally than the way they will do with human. Trust me this will go a long way in making your dog happy.
Regularly Visit the Vet
As a dog owner this of course is the big one, your dog should be up-to-date on parasite preventives and vaccinations. This keeps your dog healthy.
Get Her Some Toys and Rotate Them
Get your dog the right kind of toys to keep her from feeling bored or lonely and help her stay busy while you’re away. However, ensure you put these on rotation so as not to overwhelm her with too many toys and eventually she will get bored with them all in the process.
Take her for a walk
Most people misrepresent this for exercise; of course going for a walk serves as exercise but it’s of psychological benefit. Daily walks are pivotal to your dog’s mental health. So, if you work most of the day, consider enlisting a walker, be cautious because you’ll be entrusting one of your most valuable possession into someone else care.
Dogs get bored and they often want to play, getting some play time with your dog will not only build your relationship but will also makes her happy. Hence, if it’s only 15min a day, set it aside for your dog.
Although it is not necessary to bathe your dog on a weekly basis, but regular baths keep your dog feeling fresh and clean, it’ll also get rid of any allergens or even pesky fleas that might be on your dog’s coat. Keeping your dog clean and healthy is a nice thing to do for your dog, generally healthy dogs are happy dogs.
Keep A Regular Routine
Dogs are creature of habit, so endeavor to create routine for feeding, playtime, walks and other essential activities. Not only would this make your dog happy but it will help the metabolic system of your dog.
Praise Your Dog
When being praised, a dog feel loved, comfortable and secure. Hence, praise in form of cuddling, petting, even rewards, is really important to maintaining good relationship with your dog.
There is no doubt that there are many things one can do to help keep dogs happy and healthy, in fact, the list is inexhaustible. But trust me, if you start with these little things then you can be assured of raising happy and healthy dogs no matter how small your apartment is.