I spent my life growing up in a more rural setting. I loved living on several acres of land, allowing my puppy free reign to run all day, chase squirrels and whatever else she wanted to do. I loved the feeling of freedom too. That was until I recently had to move to the big city for my career. I knew this would be a rough transition for myself, but it was also a rough transition for my dog. This is why I want to share some tips with you to make city living more enjoyable for your dog, especially if she’s used to country living. It’s important to find a veterinarian both you and your dog like and the city also features more pet stores for treats and doggy rewards.
Go for Walks
If you’re like me and end up living in an apartment, you need to find ways to exercise your dog often. It doesn’t count taking her down the elevator, out to relieve herself and then back up. In the beginning, this was the extent of my dog’s exercise because I was so busy getting settled. What happened? My apartment was wrecked when I got home! After that, I took the time to take her for a real walk every day. I started with a short leash so she would learn to walk with me, but now she has more freedom. A brisk walk in the morning and one in the evening is perfect.
Another great thing about the city is the abundance of parks. In the city, many parks are welcoming to dogs. Make frequent trips to the park so your dog can run. My puppy loves running like she did in our rural home. It’s great for her to get that same level of exercise in our local parks. You may need to take things slow, though. Being out in the country, we didn’t run into many other dogs or people. It took a week or two for my dog to get used to all the other people and animals around, but now she loves it. Listen to your dog’s cues and let her take the lead.
Take Her Everywhere
I found out quickly that city living is so much different than country living. People take their pets everywhere in the city. In fact, many stores even allow pets inside. Instead of keeping my dog cooped up in the apartment all day, especially on days I’m not working, I take her with me. Again, this is something you need to start with slowly. Your dog isn’t going to be used to riding on a subway, train or bus. Take short trips first during less busy times so you can get her used to it first and then work your way up. Soon, your dog will love going places with you, just like mine does.
Give Her Lots of Love
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to make this transition easier is to give your dog plenty of love. I made sure I spent extra time cuddling with my Jack Russel Terrier mix when we got to our new home. I took the extra time to make sure her sleeping area was laid out the same as it was in our old home. It is also important to always take the time to play with her and give her stimulation, no matter how tired you are after work. She needs to know she is still important to you.
Helping your dog live a happy life in the city after life in the country can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. You will need to find new ways to make sure she exercises, including walks and romps in the park, and you need to shower her with love. Do these things and your dog will be a city dog in no time!