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Tips n’ Tricks to Help Your Dog Adjust to Apartment Life

Tips n’ Tricks to Help Your Dog Adjust to Apartment Life

Moving to a new apartment is an exhilarating experience, but as a pet owner, you likely can’t help but wonder how your furry companion will adjust to the big change. From creating a cozy sleep space to identifying nearby trails and parks for much-needed exercise, our tips and tricks will help ensure you both can settle in and enjoy each other’s company to the fullest.

Understanding Your Dog’s Needs and Personality

Every breed has a unique personality and set of needs. So, before you teach yourself how to adjust your dog to apartment living, it’s essential to make note of their natural tendencies. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • If your dog loves to run around, it’s important to accommodate those energy levels with routines that will allow ample exercise.
  • An extroverted dog might be the life of the community, thrilled to meet every human and furry neighbour on the floor. Meanwhile, introverted dogs might prefer quiet, one-on-one time with their favourite human (that’s you!).
  • Tune into your pup’s fears and anxieties, which could include loud noises or unfamiliar visitors.
  • No matter your dog’s needs and personality, the transition to apartment life requires patience, adaptability, and a little trial and error.


Small dog laying on a bed with a toy in mouth.

Preparing Your Apartment for Your Dog

Think of prepping your apartment as decorating but with your pup in mind. Here are some ways you can turn your cozy space into a doggy paradise:

Hideouts and Cozy Corners

Set up an area in the apartment where your dog can have their own safe space.  Utilize a dog crate or create a cozy nook with soft blankets and a dog bed where they can curl up and snooze the day away safely. This is also where you can keep their favourite toys for added fun and chew-time needs.

Doggy Dining Zone

Every canine needs a refuelling station after a long day of exploring their new surroundings. Set up a designated area with easy-to-clean bowls for food and water to keep mealtime messes contained — a win-win for both of you.  

Puppy Proofing

Before your dog sets their paws in your new apartment, give it a thorough inspection. Tuck away electrical cords, put tempting treats in secure cabinets, and take care to check if all your houseplants are non-toxic or place them out of reach. 

Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental Community

Ensure your new apartment is dog-friendly. At Accora Village, we love our furry friends in our community and welcome them into our pet-friendly apartments and townhomes — they deserve to share the exciting experience alongside you. 

Happy dog running outside.

Regular Exercise and Mental Stimulation

The key to helping your dog adjust to apartment living is ensuring they have ample time for exercise and mental stimulation. Here are some things you can do to promote this:

  • Find nearby dog-friendly areas: Find trails or dog parks in your neighbourhood to provide opportunities for playtime and socializing. At Accora Village, we have many pet-friendly spots near our community.
  • Engage in interactive play: Use puzzle toys and brain games to keep your dog mentally stimulated, especially during cold or rainy days.
  • Hire a dog walker: If your work schedule is demanding, consider hiring a dog walker to ensure your pup gets enough daily exercise and companionship.


Dog eating from a bowl in an apartment.

Stick to a Consistent Routine

Dogs find comfort in knowing what comes next. A consistent routine not only helps them reduce stress but also allows better adjustment to apartment life. Set regular mealtimes and stick to them because this will establish a schedule around potty breaks. You can also create set plans around outdoor walks and playdates.

Dogs running outside on the grass.

Socializing in the Apartment Community

Just like humans, many dogs love making new friends. In a pet-friendly environment, this becomes easier. You can arrange playdates or walks with your neighbours or attend dog-friendly events in the area. At Accora Village, we offer many opportunities to socialize with your neighbours through our monthly recreational programming.

Managing Barking and Noise

Barking might be your dog’s way of saying, “There’s someone at the door!” or “I heard a weird noise!” Understand the reasons behind any excessive barking and address these root causes. Using positive reinforcement for quiet moments is also essential. When you’re not around, set up distractions like interactive toys to keep them occupied — a quiet apartment is music to your neighbour’s ears.

One of our furry friends at Accora Village

You and Your Best Friend: Harmonious Apartment Living

Now that you know how to help your dog adjust to apartment living, you’re well on your way to settling in and enjoying the memories ahead. Maintain patience throughout this process — it’s a new adventure for both of you, and it’ll take some time to get your footing. If you’re ready to start your new journey toward pet-friendly, tail-wagging living, explore our apartments and townhomes at Accora Village today!