A big misconception about puppy raising is that it requires a house and a yard. That could not be further that the truth! Puppy raising can successfully be accomplished in an apartment with some creativity and well thought out planning.
Apartments can sometimes be cramped for space and can require using every inch purposefully and creatively. Setting up a designated space for your crate and turning the top into a puppy storage area can help save space while keeping your supplies organized. Collars, training treats, treat pouch, vest, poop bags, and other supplies can be put in a basket that is placed on top. Command hooks can be used to hang your leash, vest, and treat pouch.
Most pet friendly apartments have designated relieving areas for the resident dogs. If your organization requires your dogs to relieve on concrete only, it can be more difficult to find an appropriate area. Find a concrete space in a quiet location of your complex for your pup to use the bathroom. Remember to always clean up after your dogs and dispose of your poop bags in the designated pet trash cans.
A yard is definitely not necessary for exercising your dog! Utilizing the sidewalk paths near your apartment or local walking trails for walks are great ways for you and your partner to get fresh air and exercise. These are also great opportunities to practice loose leash walking and ignoring distractions commonly seen in every day life such as other dogs, trash or food on the ground, and small animals. If your organization allows, dog parks and fenced in open spaces can be great places to allow your dog to run, sniff, and have fun!
Do not let where you live stop you from becoming a puppy raiser. These dogs may one day live in a house, apartment, or stay in a hotel and need to be prepared for each situation. Apartment living provides excellent training opportunities that a house sometimes cannot.