Many people will tell you that it’s a bad idea to keep a dog in a city apartment. But city life can be exciting, and if you have a small dog in an apartment, it’s quite adequate. The city has people, cars, restaurants and cafes everywhere, and it may feel like the best place for everyone to live – but does your dog feel the same? You might love city life, but that doesn’t mean that any dog would feel the same way.
Most people move out to the suburbs before they get a dog with the view that there is more space to raise one. However, there are some dogs that are just fine in the city environment, and with the help of trainers like All Dogs Unleashed, you can teach your dog how to behave in a busy environment. Below, we’ve got some pros and cons for having a dog in the city.
Your dog is going to reduce your stress. The chances are that if you are living in the city center, you are spending a lot of time in a very busy and stressful place. Having a dog to come home and play with and to sit by you and just be with you it’s going to help you to feel that stress leech out of your body at the end of the day. No matter how small your dog is, you can also often feel safer with one.
You’re going to socialize very fast. Not everybody wants to socialize with work colleagues and that’s absolutely fine. However, having a dog is going to help you to socialize with other people very easily. If you are struggling to make friends or even find a date, having a dog by your side is really going to help.
Your dog is going to learn. Dogs often misbehave when they have never been socialized with other animals or even humans. In the city, dogs learn to adapt and when you go for long walks in the city center parks, they become more comfortable in an environment of different situations.
You might not be able to take him on public transport. If you can’t drive everywhere in the city, you’re going to have to make sure you are living somewhere that’s easily accessible to a dog park. Otherwise, you’re going to find it very difficult to get around or find public transport that will allow you to have your dog on board.
There’s a higher chance of toxin risk. Letter and garbage are dangerous in the city – well they are dangerous everywhere – but in the city there’s always going to be thanks for your dog to sniff. If your dog is curious and likes to eat everything, this could be particularly dangerous for him. You’ll have to train this out of him.
Going outside for the toilet is hard. If you’re in an apartment, you’ll have to go up and down flights of stairs just to let your dog outside to use the bathroom. That can get quite frustrating after a while!