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How to Move with Pets Into A Smaller Pad: Pavlov’s Law

MyApartmentMap - May 25, 2011

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Moving into an apartment can be stressful enough, throw in man’s best friend and that equals double trouble. However, that may not be the case if you have the right type of anxious- free pooch to accompany you. Who knows your pup may even turn into the best thing that happened to your new apartment since the internet. What are some puppy characteristics that will make your neighbors not hate you, you ask? Well to start off with a dog that doesn’t bark, or whimper for that fact, every time you leave the apartment. Although this may be hard, there are ways to ease the pain of your absence for your dog that will make your neighbors still say “Hi” to you and not want to bang on your door while you’re sleeping for pay back. Simple acts such as not making a huge deal when leaving or coming home or going through the motions of leaving and not really leaving, will trick your best friend into thinking those are normal movements. Have you heard of Pavlov’s law? Your canine has become conditioned to seeing you do certain movements before you leave the apartment that make them nervous and fearful every time you pick up your keys or put on your jacket. It will be important to break your pup’s thoughts that you’re leaving every time you do these actions. Once you do break this thought process, make sure to leave and come in quietly, this way your precious mutt won’t think it’s a big deal either.

One more thing that can help your relationship with your neighbors is bettering the relationship with your dog. Make everything on your terms. Don’t let your canine dictate the relationship, as hard as it is, it is important that you are in control. So, how does this work you ask? Pet your fop when you want to pet them, take them out when you want to take them out (don’t wait too too long!) and if you don’t want them on the couch- then don’t let them jump on the couch. It’s tough love. And as hard as it is, you need to give that little mutt some hard, cold, love from time to time.

With this said, there are some canines that are better for apartment living, than others. It is important to examine temperament, activity level, and the size of their bark before deciding on whether an apartment or house is right for you. We’ve compiled a list of dogs that are apartment friendly- based on size, bark, and temperament (this is not the end all list, nor does that mean that if you don’t have one of these dogs that moving into an apartment will not work).

  • Italian Greyhound
  • Schipperkes
  • Schnauzer
  • Chihuahua
  • Poodle
  • Mastiff
  • Terriers (Jack Russell, Yorkshire, Manchester, Boston…)
  • Shih Tzu
  • Pekingese
  • Daschund
  • Bull Dog
  • Welsh Corgi

So good luck on your apartment search, and remember it’s not only the size of the pooch, but the size of the bark when finding an apartment!