Companion animals can become a family member in many households. They can be our fur babies – surrogate kids (or practice kids to make sure you learn how to look after another living creature before you have your own children!).
With restrictions on pet ownership in many apartment and unit complexes, you may be concerned about leaving your pet home alone (especially if you have not informed your body corporate/ agent that you own a pet).
Sharing your apartment with your companion pet will require some extra consideration so that you don’t upset your (close) neighbours – or the building manager.
Dogs would pose more of an issue with noise than cats, but if you live up high and have a balcony (or open window) you still need to consider pet proofing your place so there are no escapees – such as your cat flying out the window.
More households in Australia have dogs rather than cats, which help you get out more and meet locals in your community. But with dogs, a well behaved dog is a tired dog. They need exercise and stimulation or they will get into more mischief. If you can’t always get outside with them, consider walking/running them on treadmill to get their blood pumping (and tire them out for the day/night).
Or you could consider doggy day care (if you have the cash) which have streaming video and photos so you can check in to see how your fur baby is coping. A cheaper option is to set up surveillance in your home ( on a laptop etc) and freak out when you watch them chew/scratch your favourite shoes or furniture. Check this link out for naughty pets!
The top ten dogs on the naughty /danger list, according to lawyers specialising in dog bite cases, the canine species to avoid based on behavioral issues are the pit bull, rottweiler, Siberian husky, Saint Bernard, German shepherd, Great Dane, Doberman pinscher, chow chow, Alaskan malamute and Akita.
But well trained dogs rarely end up in the dog house (at the shelter). The ones at shelters are dogs that no one works with on obedience or manners. It’s up to you – the owner! (Get a good vet or animal behaviourist to train you and your pet).
The ideal dog breed for a down-sized living environment is mellow, with a mild disposition (or maybe you should just get a cat). You can check out the 8 best dog breeds for apartment living here. These include:
- the toy sized Yorkshire Terrier (good if you have allergies as they hardly shed hair);
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (highly social but known for a calm, soothing demeanor and are just as happy going out for a short walk or taking a snooze in your lap or snuggled close by);
- the comical tiny toy sized Chihuahua;
- the compact Boston Terrier (relatively inactive indoors);
- the amiable English Bulldog, or the white powder puff of a dog;
- the friendly Bichon Frise (which doesn’t need that much exercise outdoors);
- the playful Daschund (sausage dog – which comes in standard, miniature and toy size) …MY FAVOURITE!;
- or the fine-boned Italian Greyhound (can switch from couch potato to fast, agile athlete in an instant).
If you still can’t decide on which cat or dog breed is best suited to your lifestyle and personality – try taking the pet selector test.
You might also like to consider looking for your new best friend by searching for cats or dogs available for adoption at your local animal shelter.
If you are still not quite able to commit to owning your own pet yet, you can always volunteer at a local animal shelter or provide foster care for pets in need, or visit the local dog parks and dog friendly beaches to get you fix of pet therapy.