Apartments and dogs can get along well together sometimes. A lot depends upon the lifestyle of the owner, temperance of the breed, and just the unique personality of your specific dog. Greyhounds are often over 60 pounds and can run as fast as 40 miles per hour. Considering this can they fit in a small apartment? Can a Greyhound adapt to apartment living?
Despite their powerful bursts of speed, Greyhounds can make great apartment dogs. They’re sprinters as opposed to marathon runners. So, with a good dog park nearby to let off some steam at they are likely to spend the rest of the day just lounging merrily on your couch.
While it may seem counterintuitive Greyhounds are not actually high-energy dogs. Don’t get me wrong, given an empty field they can run far faster than you. But they can only keep it up for short bursts. Most of the day they like to sleep, saving their energy for their next sprint. When the time comes, they set off running with their legendary speed.
For these reasons, apartments and Greyhounds can fit together like hands and gloves. Many of them will sleep as much as 16 hours a day, which fits well with a work schedule. Allowing them to sleep when you’re gone and they will be bright-eyed when you come home.
In addition to this most are pretty chill. People with apartments as small as 450 square feet have been able to live happily with a Greyhound. Still, there are quite a few things to consider to make sure that your experience is as positive as possible.
Consulting a guide is a great idea. We have worked hard to try to collect almost everything that you will need to know. Read on to find out more information.
Having the Right Apartment
Most of the issues of your apartment will actually be yours and not your Greyhound’s. They are not demanding creatures.
They will need;
- A dog park
- Multiple daily walks
- An apartment complex that welcomes them
All of these except for the last one can probably be met anywhere. If your willing to go the distance no matter your location you can find a dog park or something equivalent. But you probably don’t want to have to drive that far. So having an apartment with a dog park nearby is great. The ideal being right next door.
While Greyhounds are not actually overflowing with energy, they will need walks. So you probably want an area where you feel safe walking and has beautiful surroundings. Of course, the beautiful part isn’t absolutely necessary. But it does add a nice touch.
The most important part is the pet rules of your complex. While many apartments these days are welcoming to pets, not all are. So make sure you talk to the front desk or get chummy with the manager to ensure your Greyhound will be welcomed there.
Having a good attitude and making sure to carry around a plastic baggie to clean up after your dog will help with this.
Regular Bathroom Breaks
Going to the bathroom has got to be one of the most stressful parts of living in an apartment with a dog. Since you can’t just open a door and let them out into the yard, some planning will be necessary.
Set a schedule for when you take your dog out to potty. How long dogs can hold it will vary. But with time, you will definitely learn your dog’s limits. By having set times when you take your dog, this will let them know how long they will need to wait. This can improve bladder control and bring a certain harmony to your lives together.
3-4 times a day would be a good goal to aim for. Still, accidents will happen. So learn your dog’s personal language. Some dogs will cry, while others might scratch at the door. Whatever the signal might be, there will be one. When your dog makes their need known, then you’re going to need to take them then. Even if it’s not on schedule, otherwise you can’t blame them when they let loose inside the apartment.
Do not let your Greyhound off the leash to go potty. While this is possible with some breeds, Greyhounds are not one of them. Let them off the leash and they might just go zoom like the roadrunner. Only there won’t be any beeps to warn you. Sadly many owners have lost their Greyhounds this way. Don’t be one of them.
Unlike owning a yard, in an apartment, you have to take a more active role in your dogs exercise regime. Fortunately, Greyhounds aren’t high energy breeds like some other dogs. But they still will need to be walked several times a day. I see this though as one of the advantages of having a dog in an apartment.
While at a house you just have to get up and open a door. For the apartment dweller, this gives you a chance to exercise as well. Just walking thirty minutes a day can give you significant improvements in your health. Plus you’ll get to meet neighbors who you otherwise wouldn’t know. A great way to make lasting friendships.
A good rule of thumb is to aim to give your Greyhound about three 20 minute walks a day. One way to do it would be one in the morning before work, again after work, then one last one at the end of the day. This should cover all of your Greyhound’s exercise needs. They can then just lounge happily on the couch and watch tv with you.
Of course, there is one last form of exercise your Greyhound needs that normal walks cannot provide.
Sprinting at the Dog Park
Walks alone will not suffice for a Greyhound. They were carefully bred over many years for one thing alone. Running at top speed. At a respectable clip of 40 mph this is twice as fast as a human can sprint. Sorry owner theirs just no way your Greyhound is going to get his stuck on a leash at your side. Jogging isn’t enough.
That’s where the dog park steps in. At a dog park, you should be provided with a large lot of open space. Where your Greyhound can put its paw to the metal and zoom. The greatest thing is that you don’t have to worry about them running away. Since a good dog park should be fully enclosed.
So go to the dog park unclick that leash hooked to their collar, and watch the beauty of your animals doing what they love best.
Dog Parks are Great for Socialization as Well
The ability to sprint is not the only good thing about the dog park. It’s also a great place for your dog to make friends. Life can be very lonely without friends. So that let this happen to your Greyhound companion.
With so many dogs to greet and sniff. Your Greyhound will be up the moon with happiness. You as well will get to wander out of your apartment dwelling cave, and gain human companionship. Meeting people who share your same love and interests. Loving and playing with dogs. A shared interest is the easiest way to strike up a conversation. With a bit of luck, it could end in friendship.
Their are even people who have met their future wives and husbands this way.
In an enclosed space, like an apartment, excessive hair can irritate the nostrils and lead to sneezing. Some people may be particularly susceptible even if they aren’t technically allergic. Luckily for us, Greyhounds have very short hair. This cuts their shedding to a minimum.
There is however still some shedding. But this can easily be prevented by taking a comb and brushing of your dog’s loose hair. You don’t need to do this a lot. The occasional quick grooming though will do wonders for your breathing and the cleanliness of your place.
Coats in Winter
People wearing jackets when it gets cold is normal, but when you see a dog doing it, it’s just weird right? Many breeds, however, need that coat. Dogs have been bred all around the world. For many different environments, some hot, some cold. Greyhounds were bred more on the hot side.
With the short hair comes a severe disadvantage. It’s tough keeping warm when the mercury in the thermometer begins to drop. Having a low body fat percentage around 5-10% doesn’t help things either. Both of these combined in cold environments conspire to freeze your poor Greyhound’s tushy off.
So when it gets cold enough for you to start zipping up. Consider providing a little warm snuggly to wrap around your canine companion as well. Some People may think you’re a weirdo because of it, but stay strong cause its what best for your best friend.
Adopt a Greyhound
If you don’t already have a Greyhound but you would really like one. Then I suggest you strongly consider adopting one. Many Greyhounds are bred for racing at the dog tracks, but once their youth has faded they are sometimes discarded. Programs are available however where you can adopt these poor dogs and give them the loving home that they deserve.
These adopted Greyhounds often make the best kind of Greyhound for apartment living. Greyhound puppies can sometimes be overflowing with energy unbridled by disciple. When you adopt a former racer however then you get a dog who knows how to chill and will be happier in humdrum apartment life.