Q: Apartment Animals - considering adopting a
Hi, I am considering adopting a "toy" dog. However I live in a small apartment which has no outside space, so I am very concerned about the health risks in keeping a dog inside. I would take the dog for walks at least once a day, and with me wherever I could, ie: cafes, friends places, etc. I would take him/her to dog class and socialise with other dogs in the park. Do you think it would hurt the dog mentally to live in an apartment? Also, do you think I could train a dog to use a Kitty Litter Tray? Regards, April.
Answer: Apartment Animals
Hi April. Yes, it is possible to have dogs in apartments - but it takes a large amount of dedication. I walk a beautiful Bichon Frise named Maxi who lives in a apartment. He is a very lucky boy, his owners have me come once a day for park outings - in conjunction with his regular walks with them. Another of my client's has also taught her dog to do his business in kitty litter (although he some times misses!). Although they do not bury their waste in the box as do cats, they will just simply plonk it there. In selecting your pup I would stay away from Poodles and Chihuahua's as they can be a tad yappy, you might look at a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are lovely lap dogs, who require moderate levels of excersie (compared to Terriers).