Renting an apartment is a popular choice for many Americans because it offers flexibility, and sometimes staying in a smaller place can help families save money to buy a home. When you rent an apartment, having a roommate saves money on rent and utilities. However, some apartment residents find that the most agreeable cohabitant is a canine companion. Dogs provide companionship and unconditional love. Some people think living in an apartment with a dog isn’t worth the trouble. The fact is, it is possible to create a happy home with a new dog with some essential planning. Here are some apartment living tips for dog owners.
Consider if Your Dog is Suited for Apartment Living
Some breeds and temperaments of dogs wouldn’t work well for apartment living. High-energy dogs might struggle with being in such a small space. Some large dogs might feel the frustration of feeling confined. As a result, they might chew or claw things in the apartment. Therefore, take a realistic look at your living area, mapping it out for a kennel, a dog bed, food dishes, and toys. That way, you can evaluate if your canine companion will be comfortable in your apartment. Fortunately for dog owners, The Apartments of Wildewood offers different floor plans, two-and-three-bedroom apartments, and even townhomes to rent so that you and your adorable dog have more than enough room to bond and play.
Know the Size and Breed Requirements Set by Your Apartment Management Company
Most, if not all, apartment management companies have specific requirements about what size and breed of dogs are acceptable. Additionally, there is often a pet deposit fee. A third thing to note is that you want your apartment to be damage-free before you move out so you can get your deposit back. We also advise all apartment renters never to attempt sneaking a dog into a no-pet apartment. A landlord or neighbor might discover your precious pup, putting you in a bind of needing to move or give up your four-legged friend. Fortunately, we allow pets at the Apartment of Wildewood and have a pet-friendly community for you and your dog to enjoy.
Ensure Your Dog Has Their Core Vaccinations and Parasite Preventives
Most apartment complexes have shared spaces. If people are using the common yard areas, you want your pet to be parasite-free and vaccinated to prevent parasitic and infectious diseases. Plus, vaccination proof can alleviate any anxieties other dog owners have about your dog playing with their pup.
Consider Your Neighbors
Pups, just like toddlers, go through the “terrible twos” phase. Puppies go through the teething stage and find any and everything to bite. You also must ensure they are house-trained and train them to listen to you. Young dogs also bark a lot. Barking is a healthy form of communication for a dog. You can tell when a dog is scared, excited, or in protective mode. However, a dog that barks constantly might fare poorly with your neighbors. If your dog barks uncontrollably, it’s a good idea to meet with a professional regarding behavioral training.
Spend Time with Your Dog Every Day
Dogs need attention. There isn’t any way around this. Your dog needs to get out and stretch their legs and go potty, even when it’s raining or snowing. Your dog can enjoy our walking trails. Also, St. Mary’s County has a few dog parks, such as Myrtle Point Park and John G. Lancaster Park. If you want your dog to have more walk time, consider hiring a dog walker you can trust or seeing if someone in your apartment community would be willing to help with this.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these apartment living tips for dog owners and plan on making the Apartments of Wildewood your new home.
The Apartments of Wildewood have a friendly community that’s waiting to welcome you!
At The Apartments of Wildewood, located in beautiful St. Mary’s Maryland, we offer homes with access to pools, an on-site gym, and maintenance whenever you need it – and have access to all the information you need to affordably rent an apartment in St. Mary’s. To set up an appointment to check out an apartment or townhouse rental from The Apartments of Wildewood, call us at 301.737.0737 or visit the website at www.apartmentsofwildewood.com.