How to Raise a Puppy in a Studio Apartment

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How to Raise a Puppy in a Studio Apartment

Emily Gojko · Oct 28, 2009

Raising a puppy is never easy, especially if you live in a studio apartment where space is limited. However, if you live in a pet friendly apartment building, and have thus decided to take the plunge and raise a puppy, here are some tips to help you along the way.

1. Housebreak Your Puppy with Crate Training

In a studio apartment, space is obviously limited. Crate training your puppy is the best way to housebreak him in this limited environment. Purchase a wire mesh crate and line the crate with blankets or a doggie bed. Put a water bowl in the crate, as well as some chew toys. Introduce your puppy to the crate. The crate is not a place of punishment, and should never be used as such, so make it a fun place for the puppy to be. Put some dog treats inside, or play a game of rolling a ball inside and having the puppy retrieve it.

The puppy should be placed inside the crate whenever you are not home, or are unable to watch him. The puppy should also be placed in the crate when you go to sleep for the night. The idea is that he does not like the feeling of soiled bedding, so he will learn to hold it until you take the puppy outside for a walk. This is not so dissimilar from potty training a child in which the child is moved from diapers to underwear, which allow the child to feel discomfort from having an accident. Eventually, they learn not to. It is the same for puppies.

2. Teach Your Puppy Not to Chew on Things

No one likes a chewed up couch. It is important to teach your puppy not to chew on things. First, puppies need to chew, so provide a alternative such as chew toys. Second, when you cannot watch your puppy, place him inside the crate. This is another thing that the puppy will outgrow if taught properly. Third, when you find the puppy chewing on something, take it away and firmly say, “No chew.” Fourth, when you give something to the puppy, for example a toy or a dog biscuit, command the puppy to take it. Use the same command each time you give the puppy something. He will learn that it is not appropriate to take things without being told. Fifth, and as a last resort, you can purchase sprays that taste bad to your dog. Use the spray on things that your puppy chews.

3. Give Your Puppy Enough Exercise

Again, like children, puppies have a lot of energy. If you don’t want a rambunctious puppy, you need to make sure he is able to expel energy outside of your apartment. Your neighbors might not appreciate a puppy that is constantly barking and running around. Make sure that you take your puppy for walks every day, and for longer than a couple of minutes. Try to get in at least one lengthier walk per day. Or for fun, take your puppy to a park to play.

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Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

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