- If you don't already have your new BFF, you may want to try and adopt a small/medium sized dog that may not weigh much more than 20/25lbs when fully grown -- most shelters can give you guidance on this although no shelter will *guarantee* a dog's adult size if you are adopting a puppy, simply because it cannot be known. But there are buildings in every city that have weight limits and potentially breed restrictions (although these types of rules are thankfully becoming less and less popular), so you will maximize your flexibility with a smaller dog. Of course, you cannot help which dog you fall in love with!
- Look for dog-friendly buildings: Many big cities now have dog-friendly buildings, including apartments and condos. Consider living in one of these buildings so your dog can have a comfortable place to call home. Newer buildings in many cities now cater to dog owners, offering features like dog runs, dog washing stations, and other cool areas. If you find one of these buildings, your life will be very convenient!
- Plan ahead: Before going out, plan ahead and research dog-friendly places to visit. Some places such as cafes, restaurants, and shops may allow dogs. Some methods of public transportation are more dog-friendly than others -- for example, in NYC, it is generally easier to take a dog on the subway than in a cab (many taxi drivers don't love dogs in their cabs), but obviously the subway comes with its own dangers and requirements like keeping your dog in a bag/travel crate. Know the rules before you go so you can advocate for you and your pet and get around safely!
- Keep your dog on a leash: In big cities, it is important to keep your dog on a leash at all times to ensure their safety and to follow city laws. Yes, off-leash areas may exist, but we strongly urge you to practice extreme caution with these places. We have all heard of tragic, avoidable accidents that have happened when animals get spooked by unforeseen events. We truly don't think it is worth the risk!
- Prepare for emergencies: Make sure your dog is microchipped and has identification tags on their collar. Also, if you do experience the tragedy of having your dog escape your apartment/home and run away, you should get in contact with Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery - we have seen them work actual miracles and reunite dogs with their owners even after long periods of separation.
- Consider a dog-sitter or dog-boarder: If you will be away for an extended period of time and can't take your dog with you, consider hiring a dog-sitter or leaving your dog with a reputable dog-boarder. Oftentimes, dog walkers will offer this service, which is super convenient, particularly because your dog is already comfortable with his/her walker.
Is It Easy to Have a Dog In A City? Tips to Thrive!
Are you nervous about getting a dog (or another dog) while living in a big city? Well stop it at once! We at Kingboy are here to tell you that having multiple dogs in a city (3 dogs in NYC, to be specific) can be a wonderful and low stress experience. It all depends on making sure you live in a pet-friendly building/area and have great resources around you. Please read on for some things to consider before taking the plunge!: