Don’t believe anyone when they say dogs and apartments don’t mix. Raising a pet in an apartment can be challenging, but then again, so is raising one in a home with a backyard. It simply takes a little more creativity, energy and a few easy workarounds. Our expert apartment locators have found pet-friendly apartment communities for thousands of pet owners over the past 25 years and have created a few tips for raising a happy, healthy and well-adjusted dog in an apartment.
Tip 1: Try for the first floor.
Your legs and your dog’s bladder will thank you for choosing a first-floor apartment – especially if you’re potty training a puppy. Your dog will need to use the bathroom several times each day and having an apartment on the second or third floor will make an everyday part of life unnecessarily tedious.
Tip 2: Make exercise a part of your daily routine.
Walking your dog for just 30 minutes a day will have a significant impact on you and your dog’s mental and physical health. Most young dogs need at least an hour of exercise per day. According to PetMD, dogs who go on daily walks show fewer signs of hyperactivity, aggression and destructive behaviors.
If you don’t have time to walk your dog every day, consider asking your apartment manager for dog walker recommendations.
Bonus Tip: Some OKC area, pet-friendly apartment communities even have on-site agility courses. Check out J Marshall Square.
J Marshall Square is a pet-friendly apartment that provides all the amenities of a house. This gated, 280-unit townhome complex is situated in the heart of central Oklahoma City near Classen Curve, providing quick access to hot spots like Republic Gastropub, shopping at Penn Square, groceries at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods and a short, 22-minute commute to Tinker AFB.
More importantly, it’s a great place to raise a fur kid. It has hardwood floors, big windows and a dog park with an agility course.
9 ft. Ceilings
Crown Molding Detail
LED Flame Fireplace
Plank Wood Flooring
Custom Lighting Package
State of the Art Fitness Center
Plank Wood Flooring
Custom Lighting Package
Individual Garage Parking
Full-Size Washer and Dryer
Available Gigablast High-Speed Internet
Java Lounge featuring Starbucks™ Coffee
24-Hour Onsite Team Members
Upon Request Guest Services
9017 N. University Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73114
$995 – $1,395
*Call for military discounts
Tip 3: Help your dog adjust to the noise.
I think we can all agree that one of the worst things about living in an apartment is the noise from neighbors. As much as it bothers us, it can cause even greater anxiety for our dogs. Some dogs express their anxiety by relentlessly barking or growling at every noise they hear. If this describes your dog, you should consider modifying the way your pooch feels about noises outside the apartment.
Behavior modification can be difficult because you can’t exactly give your dog a treat to quiet after barking. Some dog trainers recommend teaching them to do something that is incompatible with barking like fetching a toy. As soon as your dog recognizes a noise, direct or lead them to get a toy. Then, play with them for 15-30 seconds after they get the toy to reward the behavior. If you’re consistent, it shouldn’t take long for your apartment to be bark free.
In the meantime, try keeping a TV on throughout the day when you’re not home to cancel outside noise.
Tip 4: Aim for an apartment with hardwood or laminate floors.
Carpet and potty training, or even an older dog holding its bladder, can be tricky. While we’re not advocating that you permit your dog to make messes on the floor, we are saying that it’s much easier to clean up an accident on a solid surface.
Tip 5: Create a space just for your dog.
We know that every inch matters in an apartment, but it’s important that your dog feels like it has its space too. The apartment should be its safe haven. Create a nook where your dog can stretch out, relax and recuperate from its daily activities. The space should include things like a dog bed, blankets, toys and maybe a treat once in awhile.
Bonus Tip: Keep curious pets safe by locking up medications, checking plant toxicity and getting a trash can with a secure lid.
Tip 6: Socialize Your Pup.
Dogs need friends just like we do. In fact, it’s paramount to their psychological health. Taking your pup to new places and meeting new dogs can help your fur kid feel more confident and secure. If your apartment has a dog park, take your pet out to socialize with other dogs or schedule play dates for them a few times per week. There also a few off-leash dog parks where you can take your dog to meet other pups from across the city and allow them to roam free.
Check out this new, urban OKC apartment that has a dog park and walking paths for socializing your pup.
This brand new, pet-friendly apartment community is located minutes from OU Health Sciences Center, Downtown and Midtown OKC. The community is connected by walking and bike paths and boasts a big dog park. It’s also close to dog-friendly restaurants like Urban Johnnies, Anchor Down and Bleu Garten.
Open-Concept Living Areas
Stainless Steel Appliances
All Utilities Paid Option
Washer & Dryer Connections
1029 NE 6th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
$645 – $820
If you didn’t see a pet-friendly apartment on the list that fits your or your dog’s needs, contact one of our expert apartment locators today at 1-888-927-9238. We’re local; we’re trusted; and our services and our services are FREE!