How To Choose An Apartment Friendly Dog

Do you keep glancing at the corner, noticing a dog bed would fit perfectly? Or maybe you miss the background jingle of license tags and claws click-clacking across the floor. If this describes you – It’s time for a new best friend.
Making the decision to bring a new puppy home may seem like the important part of the whole process, but in reality what might take the most consideration is deciding if your new pet is going to thrive in an apartment setting. Living in an apartment has it’s own set of challenges and constraints; especially when it comes to finding a furry pal.


We spoke with Whitney, a volunteer from the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF), and she gave us several particle tips about finding a dog that will adapt well to apartment life; which is very important if you want to land that perfect pet friendly apartment in Richmond, VA. Read on to learn tips from the a shelter that has been uniting animals with people for 31 years.


Community Rules

Learn the rules first and foremost. It’s not uncommon for apartment complexes or property management companies to limit the number of animals in their buildings – if they allow pets at all. Managers also restrict dogs based on breed and size. If you’re looking to add a new member to your family be sure to find out if your building has any limitations in place. It’s best for you to do your research before you approach your management company – know about the breeds energy level and exercise requirements, be sure that you’ve thought through how youre going to meet these requirements. Don’t be surprised if the landlord asks you questions off the cuff about the kind/breed of animal you plan to get, and how/who is going to care for it.


Lifestyle and Temperament

Considering your lifestyle is important for ensuring everyone’s happiness. According to AARF, “people commonly mistake size as the best indicator for apartments, when what they really should be focusing on is the energy level a dog has.” A dog’s activity level should be harmonious with your own. If you are away during the day or are not as active, a larger, mature Great Dane can live happily in an apartment; an easy walk around your neighborhood will suffice for exercise. In contrast, smaller terriers and hounds become restless and require frequent walks to prevent boredom (and barking that can disturb other tenants). If you like to get out and run, you can keep a littler, active dog happy with enough stimulation that he won’t miss having a yard.


The Search

Puppies are undeniably adorable, but researching breeders and training a little dog might not be practical for your lifestyle. Consider adopting a rescued cat/dog. AARF pets are placed in foster homes where the families get to know the dogs’ individual personalities, likes, and dislikes, which helps AARF staff work with you to determine which dog has the temperament you prefer. The organization prides itself on listening carefully to individuals to match them with their perfect companions (who are fixed, vaccinated, and dewormed). Check out to learn more about potential pals.


“Apartment dwellers can make excellent homes if they make the time” for their dogs, according to AARF. If you miss the presence of a furry friend, all it takes is a little research, plenty of thought, and a helping hand to bring home a loyal pal who will thrive in an apartment. If you already have your pal and are looking for a pet friendly apartment, read our tips here.

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