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Pet-friendly apartment tips and activities in NYC

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More people than ever are choosing to cohabitate with a canine companion in the Big Apple. Living in an apartment with a dog is easier than you might think, and you can make it even better by customizing your space to accommodate your pet and help fulfill their needs for entertainment.

Get organized and keep walking supplies close by

When you need to take your dog outside, you do not want to be scrambling to find the supplies you need. Keeping a small bag such as a fanny pack filled with essentials such as treats, and waste bags can save time getting out the door. Hanging a leash right beside your bag or keeping it in the bag itself means that you will have practically everything you need, apart from maybe your wallet and keys.

Dedicate a space for your dog

Living in an apartment, especially a smaller one, means that you need to make the best use of your space. If you choose to share your life with a dog, then you need to make sure that they have a space that is just for them. An area that they can consider a safe space where they have their toys, treats and a nice place to rest can reduce the odds that they will act out, especially when you are away.

Have a friend or neighbor you can call in an emergency

While leaving plenty of food and water for your pets when you are gone for the day is a good idea, it is important that you have someone who can access your pet if you experience any major delays getting home to walk them or provide any other necessary care and affection. Some NYC landlords who live on site may be comfortable acting in an emergency situation. If you have a dog walker who helps out when you cannot provide the exercise your dog needs, then they may be an excellent person to rely on if an emergency arises.

Invest in pet-friendly cleaning products

Regardless of how clean your keep your pet, you are going to have more cleaning to do if you keep them in an apartment. Make sure that your cleaning products are safe to use around pets. Natural cleaners help reduce the risk of allergic reactions in sensitive breeds.

All dogs experience minor illnesses or bathroom accidents at some point in their lives. Using the right products will ensure that your apartment smells fresh, while prompt cleaning will reduce any damage to floors.

Find fun activities and places to enjoy with your dog

New York City is full of fun activities for dogs and their humans. Here are just a few suggestions for those looking to make the most of their time with their dog in the Big Apple.

Parks and greenways

Getting out for a good walk is necessary for keeping your pet in good physical and mental health. Some breeds require more exercise and playtime than others to be happy. You may be surprised by how much time is needed to give your dog what they need. Parks and greenways can help both you and your dog stay fit, and it is a great way to meet other dog owners.

Parks that have off-leash areas for dogs can be a fun way to let your dog have some playtime with other well-behaved dogs. Throwing a frisbee or favorite ball can add a lot of fun to any walk.

Pet cafes

There has been increased demand for cafes where people can enjoy refreshing beverages and food with their pets. Pet parents can find other like-minded pet parents who want to relax and have a good time. 

Consider advocacy and volunteering

If you are passionate about animal rights, consider volunteering with your dog at events hosted by organizations such as the Humane Society of New York (HSNY). Virginia Chipurnoi is the president of the Humane Society of New York and a strong advocate of animal rights in the city and beyond. She invites all dog owners to learn how they can support the HSNY veterinary clinic and promote the care and adoption of stray pets and those that find themselves without a pet parent to care for them for any reason at all.

Take time to adjust, learn and explore

There is a lot to explore and learn in NYC. If you are new to the city or just new to dog parenthood, make sure that you allow yourself and your dog some time to adjust, learn and explore your surroundings. Discovering new places and activities can make being a pet parent even more fun and prevent your dog from getting bored. Some dogs need more time than others to adjust to city life. Learning how to have good dog manners in a dense setting may take some time. Getting out and seeing the city around you is the best way to put in the time needed to adjust.



About Michelle Joe: Michelle Joe is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. You can find her on twitter: @michellejoe524

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