HOUSE OR APARTMENT FOR OUR DOG?

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Often when I say I have three dogs at home, people are surprised that I don’t have a huge garden.

But does a large space really matter to the dog?

Or another example that I frequently hear around me: “We waited to have a house with a garden to take the dog”.

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These are remarks that bother me for several reasons, because having a dog in an apartment is in no way a concern in my eyes.

A dog can live in a house or an apartment.

One is no better than the other as long as his needs as an individual are met (physical, mental and social).

HOUSE OR APARTMENT FOR OUR DOG
HOUSE OR APARTMENT FOR OUR DOG
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THE MYTH OF THE IDEAL HOUSE WITH A BIG GARDEN FOR THE DOG

Most (without wanting to generalize) dogs in a house with a garden NEVER or almost never leave their home.

They only know the fences of their place of life, however large it may be.

The obvious reason: “He has a garden to work out. »

But that should only be a temporary solution.

The garden is just another room… With grass and trees.

But by dint of being in this same place every day, all day, the dog will end up knowing it by heart.

This one will therefore no longer have any interest for Titou and the “mischief” risks arriving at full gallop out of boredom: destruction, barking, running after cars, digging holes in the pretty flowers, running away, etc…

Although this is very annoying for humans, I ask you to put yourself in your dog’s shoes for a minute.

Would you be able to spend six to eight hours a day alone without activities in the same room? How would you behave after several repetitive days like this?

You only have to think back to the confinement a few months ago and the mental impact it had on us to imagine what most dogs go through who never leave their homes.

Because a golden prison, however beautiful, remains a prison.

HOUSE OR APARTMENT FOR OUR DOG
HOUSE OR APARTMENT FOR OUR DOG
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A DOG IN APARTMENT?

The apartment is often considered too small for a dog.

We all have this image of the blooming dog, galloping, ears in the wind in a huge and green garden.

And yet I know a lot of dogs who live in apartments and this is not a problem.

It is actually much easier to open the door for Titou to put him in the garden if it’s raining or if it’s cold when we’re too lazy to go for a walk!
But dogs in apartments generally have a more balanced life than a dog in a house with a garden.

Their outing needs are automatically better met, because going out for needs is necessarily necessary several times a day.

The ideal is to make real outings if the schedule allows you and not just ten minutes express twice a day on a short leash of only one meter.

The expenses will therefore be more numerous and the dog is, consequently, more active and in better physical and mental shape.

HOUSE OR APARTMENT FOR OUR DOG
HOUSE OR APARTMENT FOR OUR DOG
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WHICH ACCOMMODATION IS BEST FOR OUR DOG?

In the end, the conclusion is that there is no favorite between a dog in a house with a superb garden or a dog in an apartment of 40 square meters.

Whatever the accommodation, take it out, meet congeners for social contacts, do occupation activities with it, etc…

All this is necessary for its balance and can be put in place, regardless of the number of square meters of your home.

Do not judge your neighbor if he has a German Shepherd in the apartment.

The most important is Titou’s quality of life. Not the size of the accommodation.

It’s up to us to take the time to think about what will be best for our dog.

It is also possible to enrich one’s environment through mental stimulation activities or indoor games. We have this totally free online training: “Click here“.

The most important thing is the time spent with you, the interactions between you and everything you are going to do together, because he is waiting for that.

You are everything to your dog, so give it back to him properly.



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