Raising a Puppy in an Apartment: Puppy 101

Raising a puppy in an apartment.

Your quarters may be cramped, but your heart is overflowing with love to spare, so why not adopt a puppy? While your desire to add a furry companion to your environment may be strong, there are some important aspects of raising a puppy in an apartment that you need to consider before taking the plunge.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we completely understand the joy and companionship that pets bring to our lives. We want you and your puppy to live happily ever after, so here are some tips that can help. 

Read the Fine Print

First and foremost, make certain your landlord or apartment complex rents to pet owners, and understand any restrictions on sizes and breeds. You will likely have to sign additional paperwork and pay pet fees before you can welcome your new puppy home.

Prioritize Proper Healthcare

The importance of puppy wellness appointments cannot be overstated! Your pup needs vaccines and parasite control, and should be spayed or neutered as soon as she or he is old enough, as this can curb some undesirable behaviors. 

Discourage Destruction

The last thing you want is to pay for damages to doorframes and walls. Provide your puppy with plenty of toys to keep her mentally stimulated when you’re away. 

Regular Exercise is Key

Play sessions and regular walks will help your peppy little puppy burn off excess energy. And trust us when we say that a well exercised puppy is a calm, happy puppy!

Keep Her Tummy Happy

Feed your puppy an age-appropriate diet to ensure she’s receiving proper nutrition while minimizing digestive upset. 

Keep Her Groomed

Regular brushing, bathing, and nail trimming will not only make your puppy look her best, but it will also help protect your apartment from undue soiling and damage.

Be a Considerate Neighbor 

Your puppy can learn simple commands like “come,” “sit,” and “down,” which are important for her to master in a setting where she regularly comes across other residents.

Apartment Potty Training

House training a furry little bundle of joy is always challenging, but apartment potty training adds whole new levels of urgency (puns intended)! When she’s gotta go, she’s gotta go, so try these tips for limiting puppy puddles when and where you don’t want them:

  • Stick to regular schedules for feeding times and potty breaks.
  • Frequency is key: Begin by taking her out for potty breaks every hour and always after eating, drinking, or long play periods.
  • Pour on the praise: When she goes potty appropriately, shower her with adoration and/or a special treat.
  • Take her cues: In time you will spot the signs (like circling or restlessness) that signal, “It’s go time!”
  • Give her a lift: Carry her down the stairs (or in the elevator) until her potty habits are more reliable. 

Need More Tips?

We’re here for you! Contact us to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about raising your new puppy.