High Rise Dogs
30 Jul 2012
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With population numbers exploding in big cities, high rise apartments are the new homes for many. It is only natural then, that the number of pets, too, is increasing in apartment complexes. One of the chief reasons for abandonment of pet dogs in this country is that people get the wrong dog to live in the wrong place. “The dog sheds too much”; “The dog is too destructive”; “He can’t seem to get housebroken”; “He’s frightening the family children”; “He’s snappy”. The list of reasons for abandonment is endless. Simply adopting a dog because it’s ‘cute’ is not good enough, because guess what, you’ll be living with it for the next decade or so, and vice versa. Adopting a dog that is genetically more likely to fit into your environment is more important than how cute it looks, in the long run. What, when the novelty of its ‘cuteness’ wears thin and the many responsibilities he represents come forth in their entirety? Are you going to turn your back on the innocent creature then? The first step towards being a pet owner is being a responsible guardian. Therefore, it is imperative that you only keep a pet that will be content in the environ you are able to provide it. A thorough research is in order prior to adoption.
Apartment dogs should generally be relatively quiet, friendly animals that can have their exercise needs met within the apartment or with several outings for jogging or walks each day. Choose a breed that matches your energy level. High energy dogs will exhibit destructive behaviour when not exercised sufficiently. Sometimes, even within specific breeds you can find a couch potato. But it's best to do your research and find a breed that you're comfortable with. If you are an active person, and are committed to running your dog exhausted when he needs it, then you are right for several breeds of dog, and can pretty much choose however you like. If you are a person of limited activity, and are unable to go for walks 3-4 times daily, then you'll want to look into dogs that are less active as a breed. There's no such thing as a dog that needs no exercise; there're only degrees of a significant amount. Of course, if you live in a small apartment, you might want to reconsider that St Bernard if he's going to take up all your floors pace when he has a nap. Choose wisely, and get the dog to fit you.
By Rutaksha Rawat