December 14, 2017

I Need Tips On Taking Care Of A Small Breed Dog In An Apartment?

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i am very interested in getting a dog and i want to know tips on taking care of it. and what the price of a dog/puppy range from. and what’s the easiest breed of dog to take care of in an apartment. i see this happen on youtube plenty of time how do i train my dog to use the toilet

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  1. Buffy says:

    Check with either the local shelter and find an older smallish breed dog to give a home to. I know everyone wants a puppy but an older dog has so many more advantages as you will be able to see his personality and it can already be pretty much house trained/piddle pad trained so your job is a bit easier. Also if you find a breed you specifically like you can contact that breeds rescue groups in the area and see about adopting an older representative of that breed — usually rescue people have already well evaluated the dog, it is pretty much medically complete and a known rather than an unknown like a puppy and getting a good quality puppy from a good breeder can be difficult so often people end up supporting through purchase puppy millers and back yard breeders that are the root of the overpopulation problem leading to millions of them being killed in shelters every year. Adopting is likely your best alternative and will give a wonderful home to a deserving dog :) Good luck!!

  2. mr MAN says:

    a good website to check out is http://www.dogbreedinfo.com. you can select a category (apartment dogs) and there will be a list of breeds that would do well in an apartment setting, complete with any other info you need on any breed.
    i live in an apartment, and i have a whippet. i think that they make perfect apartment dogs, because they are quiet, clean, smart, and fun. whippets are extremely fast and athletic, but their energy only comes in short bursts…this means that as long as you take them out 1-2 times a day for some exercise, they will pretty much be couch potatoes when back at home. they are considered to be one of the quietest breeds. they are extremely clean by nature, and don’t require much grooming. all i have to do is give mine a bath when he gets really dirty, like after a day at the beach.
    because they are so clean, they are easy to potty train. crate-training works really well with whippets. Before I brought mine home, our breeder said that he was 100% doggy-door trained at 6 weeks. At my apt, since we don’t have a doggy door for him to outside and “go”, he’ll go stand by the door asking to be taken out.
    they are generally really mellow and low-key, however, these dogs (like most breeds) need companionship, and do not like to be left alone for too long. they are really easy to take care of, as long as you are responsible. feed him twice a day, don’t leave food out, take him out to potty every few hours and shortly after he eats. take him out for exercise and play, and he’ll be a couch potato when you come back home.
    as far as price, it depends on where you get him. whippets are somewhat hard to come by, and are not usually found at shelters. you can find a reputable breeder (careful not to buy from backyard breeders or puppy mills. make sure they are real breeders who love their dogs.) they will usually make you fill out a questionaire and approve of you first before selling to you, but that is a good sign that they are a good breeder. our breeder required a home-check too, where she visited our apartment before approving us. she really cared about the well being of her pups, and wanted to make sure that we would provide a good forever home for him. breeders charge usually somewhere between $600-1000.
    whatever breed you choose, remember that all dogs need plenty of exercise to be calm and relaxed at home. just make sure to do your research, and find the breed that best fits you and your lifestyle. good luck, and have fun!

  3. Nancy M says:

    wee wee pads
    start with a small area put food water bed etc in area when u see him using the pads praise him give him a treat when done playing with him put him in area each week as he uses the pads make area little bit bigger doing what u a=where doing in no time u can remove the kennel area because he will run to that area with pee pad

  4. Tammy207 says:

    pee pads buy them.they have sent that dogs attract to.train them to use it then after throw it away.

  5. Lil' Miss Hollywood says:

    Lots of questions…
    1. Breeds: I suggest you stay away from something is is yappy (out of respect for the neighbors). Thus, no beagles, chihuahua’s, schipperke’s, most terriers, min pins, shelties and poodles. I’d also stay away from dogs with incredibly high energy levels or no “off” switch: Jack Russells, border collies (too big for you anyway), Italian Greyhounds (they’re supposed to do a lot of sleeping–the only 3 I’ve ever seen were constantly jumping around tables and sofas) and almost all herding or working dogs. I also suspect that you have stairs. Thus, I’d suggest against pugs, dachshunds, bulldogs and other short-legged dogs (and many toy breeds) that you’ll end up carrying up and down stairs at times.
    So what breeds would I recommend?
    –Rat Terriers: smart, come in a variety of sizes (toy, miniature, standard, decker), not a barker, likes a workout but also a calm dog (my wife and I watched 2 consecutive movies last night and he took turns sleeping on our laps), loves to be around people. Also, all muscle and tendon so even a toy rattie is a very tough, durable dog that isn’t easily injured by a child or a fall. One other note: a lot of breed books and websites don’t mention them because they weren’t recognized by the AKC until this past year.
    –Border Terrier: think “Benji” from the movie–loyal, require little care or grooming, max out at 15 pounds, not a barker or high energy demands but they can just go and go outdoors if you like to hike.
    –Miniature Aussie Shepherd. Beautiful dogs, very smart, great problem solvers. But….they have long hair and double-coats (so shedding in an apartment could be an issue) plus you need to be prepared to give them quite a workout (figure two 30 minute walks a day plus some indoor stimulation like tricks or tossing a ball or training).
    –Westie: they will bark but they’re light-hearted, love to play, great with kids, a good indoor dog and don’t require the kind of exercise that a rat terrier, border terrier or especially a miniature Aussie will ask of you.
    And the last recommendation of a breed is a bit of a curve ball…..a greyhound rescue. Definitely not the size you’d associate with an apartment. But a greyhound rescue likes to lounge around most of the day (ideally find a sunny spot or a rug near your feet) and then go out for a good walk during the day. A rescue is almost always well socialized to people (but not so to other breeds), not a barker, needs a coat if you’ve got a chilly apartment or live in cold weather. But other than being big, this breed (and the track rescues in particular) are perfect for apartments because they aren’t hyperactive, don’t jump around a lot, don’t bark, are very calm. You also can’t take it outside unless it’s on a leash.
    Last thought: do NOT get a dog from a petstore or neighbor. Use a reputable breeder (post again if you want tips on identifying those) or even better–go the rescue route.
    2. Tips on caring for dogs.
    –get your dog into training as soon as possible. Take kibble from your dog’s meal and use it to reward good behavior during the day. Walk the dog, call “rover” and if he looks over praise and reward. Simple stuff, but starting training from day 1. And sign up for classes. Your dog will learn, you’ll learn even more. And no, Petsmart/Petco classes don’t count (unless your desperate and going stir crazy).
    –find your dog an activity. Agility, Rally-o, flyball, there are a gazillion things for dogs to do. And during the winter months, it provides a workout for you and your dog.
    –be prepared (depending on the breed) to spend a minimum of 30 minutes every day walking your dog (and 60-90 if it’s an athletic breed). Then be prepared to spend time every day (15 minutes in 3-4 sessions) doing training with your dog. And do tricks or games. Your log learns that you’re a source of fun and it builds your relationship.
    –do NOT use puppy pads: it makes housebreaking harder. You want to teach your dog that eliminating in the house is a no-no, regardless of the location. If the dog gets the lesson that it’s okay as long as it’s in the kitchen or where-ever you set up the pads, it’s a small difference between there and someplace else in the apartment.

  6. Agility Man says:

    For potty training put a bell on the door and everytime you take the puppy out the door to go potty hit the bell. Make sure its low enough that the dog can reach. Try and hustle to get them outside. we tried the puppy pads but the dog never learned to pee outside he kept going there.

  7. Brandi E says:

    I currently live in an apartment with a large breed puppy, and have lived in this apartment before with a large breed dog as well. I think the only real challange you face being in an apartment rather than a house are the lack of immediate access to the yard, not being able to put the dog out to play on it’s own, more difficulties in house training, and being careful not to annoy your neighbours with barking, whining or long nails on a wooden floor all the time!
    I am going to let everyone else give you tips on the basics, but I just want to warn you that having a dog in an apartment is a lot of work– more than most people will have. You will HAVE to take your dog out, and I mean out, not just standing in the doorway, everytime it has to go. You will have to go out and physically PLAY with your dog everytime it needs exercise. You do not get the day off by just tying him/her up and walking away for an hour. Besides that, barking is a huge no-no and it take a lot of time and patience to teach a dog not to bark and whine at everything it sees or hears.
    Either way, good luck, and I can only wish you the best!

  8. bpbjess says:

    I live in an appartment and own a pomeranian. i recommend a small dog that doesn’t need a lot of space too. an easy dog to take are of is a dog that is well trained. Potty training can be harder in an appartment since u have to take it outside each time – you can’t just open a door like in a house and let it into the backyard. but this is possible if you are consistent. U also want to be careful of the barking – u don’t want to make you neighbours mad. Price depends on the breed so it’s hard to give a range. good luck

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