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Dogs in Lofts and Condos: How to Break One In

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By : Andy Asbury    99 or more times read
My wife, DeAnna, and I kept a dog in our condo until an increasing number of work hours meant neither of us were ever home during the day. Before that, we thought nothing of the flights of stairs involved in escorting our dog in and out of the building. Nor did we mind the extra hours of bathing and grooming her to keep either her or the house clean. I guess we love both dogs and city life!

If you are a condo owner and can relate, do not give up on your dream. Eighteen percent of condominium owners have one, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

First of all, consider a smaller dog like a Maltese, Chihuahua or poodle. These breeds will require a little less exercise and hence become less hyper when you are gone. From there, it may help to think of your pet adoption from both short- and long-term perspectives.

The Housebreaking Process

The toughest part will be acclimating your dog to its new neighbors as well as the potty training involved. A new dog in a new building can and often does shriek for hours at a time. Try to be sensitive to your neighbors who may dislike animals indoors. You do not want to damage a relationship over what could be a minor conflict. If your neighbors can tell you are making sincere attempts to keep your dog quiet, they are likely to become much more understanding and forgiving.

As far as the actual potty training, be forewarned that the challenges might be greater than you expect. If you live on an upper floor, not only is it a long trek outside, but once you get there, the dog may not go to the bathroom. You could stand outside waiting for twenty minutes and take the dog for a sixty-minute walk, and still not meet your objective. Ten minutes after getting back upstairs, the dog will have an “accident.” This may continue until the dog adapts to your building, generally after a couple weeks.

Yet the end result will be quite an accomplishment!

Adopting a Dog as a Long-Term Goal

If you can muster the patience, think through the adoption as it will transpire over a period of twelve months. How often will you really be home? What would it take to have someone home during the day? Wanting a dog might become an extra incentive to pursue your own business which you could operate from home. Interestingly, one of the challenges of working from home can be the lack of interaction with others. Having the companionship of a dog might become a terrific antidote.

Meanwhile, see if you can meet people right in your building who share your interest in animals. There are 72 million pet dogs in American households overall. That means you are highly likely to meet other dog lovers just by introducing yourself to your neighbors as you spot them. As you get acquainted, one of your neighbors might become a person who is happy to watch your dog during a family emergency, when you travel for work, or even when you go on vacation. Any influence like this can relieve the separation anxiety of long absences which can threaten an otherwise very pleasant pastime.
Twin Cities Realtor and Article Writer Andy Asbury helps online home buyers find in-depth information onall Minneapolis condos and lofts via in the Mill District offer pet-friendly choices with great green space for everyone!

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