Living with a dog in an apartment can be challenging, especially in New York City, but a dog can also be an ideal companion even in a small space. Despite the restrictions often placed on pets living in apartment buildings in Manhattan, almost 90,000 dogs are currently licensed in New York City. Here are some tips for how to have a dog in your NYC apartment without risking annoyed neighbors or a ruined carpet.

Pick the Right Dog Breed for Your Apartment

Not all dogs are well-suited for apartment life. Luckily for prospective pet owners, the American Kennel Club has a list of recommended dog breeds for apartments, ones that are known for being quiet, friendly, and low-energy. Amongst the best breeds for apartments are the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which has an even temper and adapts well to a laid-back lifestyle, the French bulldog, which can be satisfied with active indoor playtime in place of a long walk when necessary, and the pug, often described as ideal apartment dogs.

For those who want a larger pet, though, the best big dogs for apartments are greyhounds—active in short bursts, but couch potatoes most of the time. For medium-sized breeds, take a look at bulldogs; these snub-nosed pooches require a moderate amount of exercise but are reliably quiet and easygoing. 

Establish a Daily Routine

Dogs, like most pets, thrive on routine and are unlikely to misbehave if they have consistent structure to their lives. Try to feed your dog at the same times every day and schedule a walk or playtime immediately after you return home from work. Not only will this help your dog adapt to your schedule, it’ll manage his expectations, so he doesn’t feel the need to act out to get attention or extra exercise. Every breed of dog has different requirements when it comes to activity and attention, but once you have a routine that works, sticking to it long-term will keep your pet content.

Find a Dog Walker or Doggy Daycare

Even a relaxed, house-trained dog can be difficult to keep in your apartment while you’re at work. Hiring a dog walker to stop by and walk your dog during the day can keep him from barking or causing a mess inside. New York City also has a variety of dog daycare options, for pet owners who would prefer more hands-on care and socialization for their dogs.

Smaller dogs are welcome in Tribeca House’s pet-friendly, no-fee luxury apartments, in the heart of Tribeca and blocks away from Tribeca’s pet shops and doggy daycares. To start fitting your new apartment for the perfect dog bed, call or stop by today and view our available listings.