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The Ground Rules for Cohabiting with a Dog in an Apartment

Pets used to have their own tiny wooden houses in the backyard when I, Mark Roemer, grew up. Today, on the other hand, they are now considered members of the family! The dog sleeps on the couch more often than the humans do, and there is more dog hair on the floor than there is human hair on the floor.

Fortunately, many apartment complexes embrace the pet-friendly concept and allow dogs to live alongside their owners in their residences.

Whenever you and your dog find yourselves in this situation, it’s a good idea to conduct a quick “petiquette” check!

You should be aware that not every neighbor will be thrilled to have a dog next door, so you should put some extra effort to ensure that the landlords, neighbors, and pup are all pleased.

Double Check Your Lease

Check and double-check the lease agreement before you even consider moving into a new apartment. Animal policies should be clearly stated in any paperwork that is submitted. If their policies are unclear, you should inquire about them before proceeding – don’t just assume anything!

The landlord will determine the specifics of the lease agreement. The restrictions and expectations they have for any pets will be laid out in detail. This information may include information on what kinds of pets are permitted and which ones are not, how many pets you are permitted to keep, and any specific requirements for pet owners.

Some establishments will also charge an additional fee for pets. Others will be more than happy to accept your fluff as a gift to the community. Reading through the pet policy on the lease in advance can save you a lot of heartaches later on if you discover that the apartment is not suitable for you and your dog after all.

Are Pets Allowed?

In terms of pet-friendly apartments, there is a distinction between complexes that allow pets to live with their owners and those that do not.

Pets Allowed means that your dog (or cat, or goldfish, or whatever) is welcome to share your living space with you. You are expected to look after them and make sure that they do not cause any property damage.

If a complex is designated as Pet-Friendly, it provides some amenities and facilities for pets! An outdoor pet area, a walking area, doggy water fountains, and a toy area are all possible additions.

Check to See That Your Dog Isn’t a Threat

Others may not be aware of your dog’s safety, but you must ensure that he is. Keep in mind that your dog will come into contact with other people at some point, and you want them to be as safe as possible.

Train Them Properly

Well-trained dogs are a gift. You should be aware that if your dog is overly aggressive, the landlord has the right to refuse them entry. An excessively amiable dog, on the other hand, may make its neighbors feel uncomfortable.

Depending on your comfort level, you can either send your dog to a professional trainer or train them yourself. YouTube can be your best friend if you are looking to save a few bucks! Start with simple commands and potty training in a dog crate to get your dog started.

Vaccinate Them

The last thing you want is for your dog to infect others with a disease! Before introducing them to their new apartment complex, make sure they’re up to date on their vaccinations, deworming, and general health.

You may want to take extra precautions to ensure that none of your neighbors has a severe allergy to dog fur as an added precaution!

Minimize Barking

Constant barking is a sure-fire way to make your neighbors unhappy! Of course, you can’t expect your dog to be tranquil all of the time. Even though the occasional bark or barking spell will occur, it is vital to take steps to minimize dog-related noise as much as possible during the day.

Dogs Can Be Calmed with These Techniques

In addition to being scared, dogs also bark when they are bored or suffering from separation anxiety.

Barking is unquestionably justified in the event of a threat. However, to keep the other two from becoming a problem, it is a good idea to devise a strategy for keeping your pup occupied.

  • Purchase a puzzle toy as a treat for your dog.
  • Play background noise, such as the radio, to distract them.
  • Leave something that smells like you for your dog to find (if separation anxiety is the problem).
  • Provide them with a chew toy to keep them entertained.

Soundproofing Can Be Used as An Option

If you’re having trouble keeping your dog’s barking under control, soundproofing may be your best option as a last resort. The first (and most straightforward) method of attempting this is to drape heavy curtains over windows and doors.

When all else fails, it may be necessary to soundproof the space with insulation foam. Before making any permanent changes, make sure to check with your landlord first!

Soundproofing should only be used as a temporary solution. You’ll still have to put in some effort to make your pup feel calm and comfortable.

Prevent Destructive Behavior from Occurring

You must take steps to keep your dog from chewing on things that aren’t his or hers, especially if they chew to relieve boredom or stress.

To replace furniture, chew-prone dogs will need a supply of chew toys or heavy-duty bones to keep them occupied. If your pup is suffering from boredom, try a puzzle toy that provides mental stimulation and a treat at the end of the game.

If none of these methods work, you may have to confine your dog to a crate whenever you leave the house until they are adequately trained.

Exercise Your Dog Regularly

A bored dog is a dangerous dog! When you have too much energy and not enough space to let it out, it can lead to chewing, scratching, and other forms of general destruction.

A simple walk with your dog can make a world of difference in their mood. Even a good wrestling match or stick-throwing competition could be beneficial.

If possible, get your dog some exercise first thing in the morning before you leave. This will give them the rest of the day to relax, and hopefully, they won’t have enough energy to cause any damage!


Fortunately, you and your dog can live in harmony with your neighbors and landlords without causing conflict. All it takes is a little forethought, a little effort, and a lot of chew toys to get started. Maintaining respect for your landlord, your neighbors, and your beloved pup is essential, even though this may appear to be an arduous task. I, Mark Roemer, hope you have found this detailed list to be beneficial.