Sunday, July 27, 2014
After settling in and getting the necessary permission from your landlord and building manager, it's time to think of getting a pet. The right pet will meet your need for love, security and excitement, especially if you live alone.
If cats are a little too aloof and unpredictable for your taste, then you may prefer a dog. However, dogs are vocal about their needs and can also be fiercely protective of their owners.
Not sure if this is an ideal lifestyle choice? Weigh up the pros and cons...
Dogs are protective. They have a keen sense of hearing and smell, and their presence and ability to alert their owners of possible danger will help keep intruders away.
If left untrained, dogs will bark at anything. If you're a light sleeper or have a room with thin walls, choose your dog carefully. Do your research on how often and how loud a dog barks before agreeing to take it in.
Dogs can be paper-trained.
If you're starting them young, you’ll need to make time to train them. You’ll also need to make a little space for them. Inevitably, no matter how well you clean, you may have to deal with that lingering dog scent.
Dogs need to be walked, not only to get in some much needed exercise but for discipline purposes too.
If your schedule is unpredictable, you’ll have a hard time keeping your dog in shape. For an apartment dog, this is essential as staying cooped up for too long may take a toll on their physical and mental health.
Love and affection
Dogs are known for being vocal and visible about their loyalty and affection to their owners.
Dogs may tend to be needy. Studies have shown that dogs that don’t receive love and affection may die of loneliness. Sudden out-of-town or out-of-the-apartment trips may be out of the question.