The city may be a lot of fun for you, but in general, dogs are not well-equipped to living in the city. This is why you will need to take a few steps to assure your dog is getting everything it will need to stay happy. Here are a few things you can do so your dog will always be happy even living in a flat.
Invest in a Patio Lawn
Your dog cannot always hold it while you get your trainers on to go for a walk. There are also times when you will be at work with your dog all alone in the flat. What is your dog to do? Well, if you want to keep your dog happy and your carpets from being soiled, you invest in a patio lawn is what you do. This is a two part contained box. From the top, the box looks and feels like real grass. Below the grass is a containment box. This is where urine can collect. It is easy to wash it out so your patio will not stink. This box allows your dog to use the restroom whenever needed.
Go for Walks
Even the most docile and relaxing dog breeds need to have some exercise. You should be taking your dog on at least one walk a day. Simply running around the flat is not enough exercise. Your dog needs to get out and take in the sights and smells of the city. If you have access to a local park, this is even better. Socialisation and exercise is the key to a happy and healthy pet. This is because getting out of the flat provides mental and physical exercise that your pet needs.
To Crate or Not to Crate
Some dog owners living in flats feel that the crate is the only way to keep the dog from going crazy throughout the day. Some dog breeds take better to crating than others. Some breeds will actually become depressed when left in a crate all day while others will simply relax and feel cosy when in this small environment. The conventional wisdom is to crate your dog when young so they will become accustomed to being in the crate during the day. Test out leaving your dog out of the crate a few times to see how it reacts before allowing your dog to be free every day.
Get a Walker
If you work long hours or have a dog breed that requires a lot of exercise, you may want to invest in a professional dog walker. This is a person who will come to your flat and take your dog for walks in the city and in the parks. Many of these services will charge for one walk a day. Additional walks cost extra. Most walkers will only accept socialised dogs because they will walk more than one dog at a time. Make sure to fully vet the walker before hiring them to be assured that they are trustworthy enough to be in your home when you are not there. We highly recommend our sister company Chelsea Dogs Dog Walking and Doggy Day Care Services for anyone living in Kensington and Chelsea, London.