5 simple steps to a happy apartment dog

5 simple steps to a happy apartment dog

5 simple steps to a happy apartment dog

22/04/2017

Apartment living in Australia is on the rise and the lack of a backyard is common. So, it’s important that we get creative in how we entertain and enrich the lives our furry companions. 

Dogs are very social animals that require adequate exercise and mental stimulation. Here are 5 simple steps that will help prevent boredom and bad behaviours such as barking and chewing.

 

Secure play area

  •  The play area must be free from unsafe household items such as electrical cords, devices with batteries, human medications and garbage.
  •  This area is where the pet can safely explore, run around and play fetch.

Interchangeable toys

  • Changing out the toys every couple of days will ensure your pet won’t get bored of them. 
  • Keep a range of pet-approved toys from hard, chew toys to soft squeaky ones.

Food contraptions

  • Hiding kibble or freezing food in a food contraption such as a KONG can be hours of entertainment. It’s a good idea to keep this activity to a tiled or concreted area so any sticky mess can be cleaned up easily.
  • Set up a treasure hunt by hiding kibble or treats throughout the play area.
  • Always make sure to decrease the daily rations by the amount of kibble you use in these activities to ensure the pet does not go over its daily caloric requirements.

A view to the outdoors

  • Pets are naturally inquisitive and love to check out their environment.
  • When giving access to the balcony, always ensure that it is completely secure and that the pet cannot escape over the railing.

Daily exercise

  • A daily outing is an easy way to expend energy. If there is little room indoors to play fetch or tug-of-war, then an outdoor walk is essential.
  • It’s important that the daily exercise is tailored to the breed, energy level and life stage of the pet. 
  • A Pawshake pet walker or pet sitter can be a great assistant for this!

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