How to Train Your Dog in Your Apartment

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How to Train Your Dog in Your Apartment

Staff Writer · Nov 6, 2009

You may be wondering how to train your dog in an apartment. It may not always be easy, but if your start out right with your training, you will have a pet that is easy to be around and enjoyable for many years to come. 

Dog-Proofing your Apartment

The single most important thing in training a dog in an apartment is not to get lax and let the dog loose. Freedom is a reward for well-trained dogs, not a reward for dogs who beg loudly enough or guilt trip you with soft brown eyes. Some people swear by crate-training, and some confine the dogs to a room, like the kitchen or the bathroom. The important thing is that if you are still training, you must confine the dog to an area that is easy to control and clean. 

Establish a Routine

Dogs thrive on routines. They naturally want to have the same schedule every day. Establishing a set time when you feed them, walk them, play with them, and put them to bed will go a long ways in preventing any trouble from developing. Dogs are smart, so leaving food out, not having a regular walk or playtime, or similar lax behavior will prevent them from being bored.

A mentally engaged dog is a dog that will adapt easily to your lifestyle. Any routine in an apartment should include a mid-day break. If you can’t sneak out of work and take your dog for a lunch-time walk, consider hiring a retired neighbor or a teenager who needs some extra cash. 9 hours is too long for a dog to be locked in an apartment without a potty/exercise break. 

Positive Reinforcement

Above all, do not negatively discipline. Punishing a dog for not listening when you call him, or pushing his nose into potty mistakes, will only alienate him from you and further set back your training. If you want him to do what you want, give a non-dramatic, “no,” and then follow it by ignoring him. Consistently reward good behaviors with food, attention or both, and your dog will quickly come around. He may even think he is training you! 

Take Your Dog to Obedience School

It is easy to skip this important step, but getting the training right early is one of the most important ways to establish your relationship with the dog on a positive note. Obedience school is also much cheaper than the pounds of destroyed furnishings that often result without it. In addition to basic commands and obedience, your dog will get important socialization with other dogs. 

Keep it Fun

Do daily training, 2 sessions of about 10-15 minutes each. Give lots of rewards and keep it engaging. If you are in a good mood, it will help him want to do what you say. Instead of asking him to do the same behavior again and again, switch it up. Cycle through different commands. 

If you follow these tips, you will have a happy and well-trained dog who is a pleasure to be around.

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