National Puppy Day is Wednesday, March 23. Holiday organizers say there’s no love like puppy love. We totally agree. And because we speak WOOF, we’ve put together six helpful tips for having happy pups of all ages in your apartment and around your Neighborhood.
- Practice social situations: When you live in a Neighborhood, your dog should have a chance to interact with all kinds of people and other animals, too – especially if he’s a puppy. Our Neighbors are friendly, but not everybody loves dogs. Be sure to ask first if you’d like your little guy to stop and say hi. Then, when somebody says, “it’s ok,” make sure you’re teaching your pup to mind his manners and practice good puppy “petiquitte.”
- Get some exercise: Dogs cooped up inside all day can’t wait to see you when you get home. Some people crate train their pups, to cut down on potty damage they may do when they’re home alone. Keep in mind that apartment dogs need some constructive ways to get energy out, before they get bored and chew you out of a security deposit. When you get home, go outside and let loose for a bit.
- But keep a tight leash: You’ll often find designated areas where pups of all ages can play off-leash. Otherwise, leash rules are there for a reason. Even though you know your fur ball is the friendliest around, you need to keep her on a leash when you’re out and about. It should be fairly loose but short enough to keep your dog from jumping on somebody.
- Teach basic commands: Your pooch may not (yet) have graduated with honors from the top puppy-training program. But, even if she can’t ride a bike or skateboard, she does need to learn basic commands like sit, stay, come and down. And potty training, of course.
- Curb it: Puppies may be super cute, but their poop is not so much. When you go for a walk, be sure to bring not just one, but extra bags, too. You’ll need to scoop any messes, and it’s helpful to have backup in case a Neighbor gets stuck without one. It’s also extra considerate to bring a bottle of water to help rinse away messes that might be left behind.
- Breed success: Some dog breeds work better in apartment settings than others. You’ll want to find a lower-energy dog that’s at home in smaller spaces and doesn’t crave constant attention. Certain dog breeds (like Chows and German Shepherds) are restricted in our Neighborhoods, so be sure to check before you bring a new pup home.
Adopt your next apartment dog
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 70-80 million dogs are owned in the United States. About 1.4 million dogs are adopted each year, but about 1.2 million dogs are euthanized. National Puppy Day is a great time to consider adopting your new best friend. Shelter pups make great pets.
To find a new best friend in your area, check out our list of shelters near your Neighborhood with dogs ready to adopt:
San Francisco East Bay animal shelters
San Francisco Peninsula/South Bay animal shelters
Seattle animal shelters
Portland animal shelters
Most places – Prometheus included – have some limits on the number and types of pets you can keep in your apartment. Dogs need to be approved and registered before they move in. As always, let your Neighborhood team know if you have any questions.