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Moving to a new home can be a stressful experience for pet owners. As your four-legged friend is getting used to your new environment, he might wander into a neighbor's yard or bark during the wee hours of the night. To avoid upsetting your neighbors and to help your pet transition into his new environment, check out these tips. Your neighbors and your pet will thank you.
1. Pet owners should focus on training
Pets realize the ways of apartment living through instruction. Whether you are teaching your cat to use a litter box or your dog to stay off the bed, it's best to start training your pet as soon as possible.
When your pet does a good job, reward him with tiny food treats and praise, so he knows that he is doing a good job. Practice patience and consistency. After all, pets want your affection and approval above all else.
2. Learn local pet laws
One of the first things pet owners should do when they move into a new apartment is to familiarize themselves with the local pet laws. There may be an ordinance in effect that requires you to have a leash on your pet at all times or to properly dispose of your dog's waste. Save yourself a ticket by getting to know the pet laws in your neighborhood.
3. Temper barking and pet noise
One of the biggest pet peeves in multi-family homes, such as apartments or condo complexes, is pet noise, particularly barking. When dogs bark, it often means they are bored, anxious, or even lonely. Be courteous to your neighbors by taking your pet on regular walks and giving him plenty of attention. It's also good to familiarize your dog with his new surroundings if you are transitioning into a new home or neighborhood.
4. Supervise indoor pets
Your indoor cat may be fascinated by the bird siting on your patio, but that doesn't mean you should let him or her out for a little "free time." Sending indoor cats out into the wild can be detrimental to their health. Indoor cats are not accustomed to life on the outside, like moving traffic, dogs and other potentially harmful variables. As for dogs, make sure to keep them on a leash while outside. If you don't have a fenced in yard, you don't want to let your dog run around unsupervised.
5. Keep your pet healthy and happy
Above all else, a healthy pet is a happy pet. Ensure your pet's happiness by giving him a safe environment to live in, regular checkups, and a diet and exercise plan to meet his specific needs.
By: Neal Leitereg
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