(Closed) Getting a puppy while living in a one bedroom apartment?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: After reading my (long) post, do you think we should get a puppy now, or should we wait?
    Go ahead and get one now! : (64 votes)
    66 %
    Wait until you can afford a house, whenever that may be. : (27 votes)
    28 %
    Other : (6 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    1542 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m a dog lover so I’ll say go aheand and get one. However and I’m sure you know this, you have to think about the puppy’s size and even the type of dog (there’re some kinds that are really playfull and need to run a lot).

    As long as you walk it regularly and keep a diaper for it in the appt, I don’t see it being a problem.

    Post # 4
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think it all depends where you intend for the puppy to sleep like in the kitchen or something, and also is your apartment on the ground floor with access to the outside so you don’t have to kep taking up and downstairs all the time and it can go outside on free will. Otherwise I see no other problems!

    Besides.. our dog sleeps on our bed.. and we have 3 bedrooms. So you can manage on 1!

    Post # 5
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m a city-dweller, so I know lots of people that have dogs in tiny apartments.  They seem no worse for the wear.

    However, have you considered possibly adopting a grown dog?  Like 1-2 years old?  It would be easier to tell their personality, and they’d be more chilled-out than a puppy.  Bonus: typically already housebroken.

    Post # 6
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Why can’t you opt for an older already trained dog? Like adopt from the pound?

    Post # 7
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would follow your intuition.  I have had my dog in all kinds of places.  The main thing is having the TIME to teach the puppy patience, to come when you call, potty training.  AND having the time to get that thing a LOT of exercise.  And affording the expenses.  Those to me are the main criteria.  But if you feel cramped in the place -listen to yourself.  It really is up to you.  Also, designate an area where the puppy can eat and sleep- a place for the water and food and a kennel- or a laundry room or a large closet or a place in the bathroom.  At least my dog likes to have her “own space.” 

    Post # 8
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We live in a 1 BR apartment with den/office on the 3rd floor of our building and our 45 lbs lab mix is perfectly happy.  Bathroom breaks are always on a leash but she doesn’t mind (I probably dislike it more just since we constantly are going up and down the stairs).

    You don’t need a fenced yard to give a dog exercise.  Go on walks, go to the dog park, etc.  You can even play fetch inside (our girl loves to chase her tennis ball when we throw it over the couch).

    ETA: We purposefully picked a non-puppy (our girl was 1.5 when we adopted her) because housebreaking a puppy in a non-ground floor apartment would be a pain and a half, IMO.  Just something to think about.

    Post # 9
    11167 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    We lived in a small apartment when we got our first pup, a Pomeranian. He thrived in the smaller space and didn’t seem at all bothered that he didn’t have a yard and 2,000 square foot living space. After moving we got our second pup and with just a small yard they are happy as can be. It all depends on the breed and activity/energy level.

    I will say that daily exercise is key for happy pups and good behaviour. If you can commit to walks then you will be fine. Another option is a local dog park which will give your pup the opportunity to run free on occassion.

    Post # 10
    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If your willing to commit the time, and money, into owning a puppy, go for it!

    We don’t have a fenced in yard for our two, but we do own a 2500sqft townhouse for them to run and play in (and boy do they). Daily walks or visits to the dog park are a must in our house, and it’s just something I’ve gotten used to. I have to take them both our on a leash everytime they need to go out – sure it sucks in the rain and snow, but I love being able to come home to something that loves me no matter what.

    Plus, they make me get off my butt and walk for a change! Something I wouldn’t do without them, that’s for sure.

    I always wanted a dog and was never allowed to have them. As soon as Darling Husband and I bought our first place together, we got a dog. Then the following summer, we got another. It’s worth it for us, but we love them dearly. I did the whole lunch break to walk the dogs when they were little, but now they are both over a year, so I don’t do this anymore. Our boys are home during the day all week, as we both work, but we make it work, and they get lots of love, attention and playtime when we get home.

    Don’t put it off in fear of your living arrangement, but do get a dog that will fit it, and your lifestyle. A small apartment isn’t great for retriever or other large dog, but for some small, maybe less energy dogs (not a jack russel for sure!), a one bedroom apart will be fine. There are some bigger dogs that would be fine there too, but it is all what fits your lifestyle. Sometimes I wonder how I ended up with a lab and lab-mix, especially since I’m super lazy…

    Post # 11
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I say go for it, we have a little papillon corgi mix and we have had her for years in apartments. I will suggest kennel training. It makes it a little easier to potty train, plus they aren’t tearing up your home either. We just make sure we walk her at regular intervals, and if no one else is outside we let her run around off leash. (though we have a slightly fenced in area). I would just make sure they have a laid back personality, and can go with the flow. My brothers dog (schnauzer) has a hard time moving, so they basically have to re-housetrain it every time they move.

    Post # 12
    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    i am a vet tech and i see no reason not to get a puppy in your situation-IF you plan properly and take all the necessary measurements because this is a really big deal.  

    Definitely make the mutual decision to get a puppy.  

    Plan on the type of dog-obviously a small or medium sized dog would be most suitable. 

    Don’t rule out pounds/shelters for finding your friend.  I have seen many great dogs come from here and with training they are all awesome!  Dogs are amazing but you have to work with them to get them to be the kind of dog you want, especially with a puppy. But please don’t get him from a pet store-puppy mills are very sad places and you are likely to end up with a defunct dog that will cost you a lot of money.  If you select from a breeder, do your homework and get background information on the parent-they should be registered and show no genetic problems.  

    Get all the necessary equipment-from the obvious bowls and such to a kennel (yes you are definitely going to need/want to crate train him) and also stock up on training materials (I could help you there) and research veterinarians.  Any vets that state that they do low-stress handling is excellent.  But also check on the annuals that they will recommend-example:  you don’t need to do a fecal test yearly if dog is on heartworm prevention as this kills other parasites too. 

    I highly recommend signing up for pet insurance-puppies can get sick easily, eat things requiring major surgery, or just be accident prone.  

    Again, if you are prepared and really research I definitely think you should get your baby now rather than later!  Good luck-sorry so long and “on my soapbox”y but it is a huge decision!

    Post # 14
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    You can definitely house a dog in a small home, just do research before you settle on one. Don’t bring home a dog that’s going to be huge or a dog who needs constant outdoor time and tons of space, that dog will end up being bored and destructive. There are lots of cute puppies out there but if you adopt one and then try to cut corners when you can’t provide what it needs that will just be miserable for you and the dog. Hope you find one that’s a great fit!

    Post # 15
    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I didn’t read everyone else responses, and while I have not raised a dog in an apartment I have one of my dogs with me who is a saint. I had a choice of taking my other dog, who has a small bladder and cant hold either in for too long. I was so afraid she would have an accident on the floor and there goes my pet deposit. And I know our apartment complex wont let us have a puppy under 6 months. It’s going to be a pain to have keep taking the dog out, and making sure they don’t mess. Ultimately it’s up to you. 

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