Welcome to your coveted NYC walk up or doorman elevator coop. Not only did you find the perfect spot that is a short distance from work with all the great restaurants within reach but that is also pet friendly. As if navigating the board package, application forms, providing your supporting documents was not already hard enough, you are now ready to raise your wonderful furry friend in the concrete jungle that you call home. Our office mascot Milka has compiled a survivor guide for new pet owners in the city.
1. Expect the worst hope for the best
Puppies are known for their irresistible cuteness but also their insatiable ability to make a mess and teeth on your vintage furniture, your designer stilettos or simply your pre-war baseboard and hardwood flooring. Be a responsible tenant and remember that your security deposit is at stake. Some buildings may even have made you pay an additional pet deposit, which can sometime equate to an additional month of rent. Puppy proofing your apartment will turn out to be a crucial endeavor. Removing any debris of the floor, clothing or cables will avoid any emergency visit to the animal clinic. Finding the right crate based on the breed can turn out to be a great option. Ask your breeder or your vet based on the activity level of your dog. Some breeds sleep long hours, while others are hyper active so letting your little friend roam around your apartment may not be the best idea. Be aware that puppies may suffer from separation anxiety and start crying/barking continuously while you are away. Your stay-at-home neighbors may just start to hate you and unpleasant dispute can start easily due these nuisances. Be considerate to your environment and let them know you have a young pup. Knocking on your neighbor’s door and introduce yourself will often break the ice and you may even find a friendly hear. You’ll need to be able to take time off work or use the service of a dog walker, as puppies require regular potty breaks if they are not house trained. Wee-Wee pads are wonderful but should be replaced very quickly by teaching your pup on how to use the grate, grass or curb nearest you. Given that most NYC apartments don’t have a yard or garden, it is imperative that your dog learns where and how to go – kitchen and bathroom floors are the best location to use these training pads as any missed aim are easily cleanable. Younger dogs like older ones cannot hold their bowels and bladders as much as adult dogs.
2. You are what you eat!
The type of food and quantity that your pup will eat is considerably more than an adult dog. Remember the first 6 months of your dog's life, he or she will grow rapidly and specific food and nutrient will be required to support their growth. Some pups can turn out to be extremely good eaters while others can be very difficult. Trying different food combination such as rice, and boiled chicken as well as vegetable kibbles and wet food can be great. Stay away from dairy, fatty or simply forbidden food such as chocolate, raisins, and almonds. Raw baby carrots as well as dried sweet potato chips are great rewarding snacks that will allow you to establish a routine to train your pup. Scrap food is your enemy. Most human food is not suitable for dogs and you will create obnoxious animals that may end up begging or simply steal food from you as soon as you turn your back. Food is a great way to train and reward your dog to become obedient, follow instructions such as sitting, staying, laying down or letting go of any object. Some pet insurance may cover certain wellness and food plans for animals that require specific diet. Make sure to inquire and compare, as food is a big budget in the life of your pet. Online purchase such as Amazon prime can be real lifesavers. Also, puppies tend to ingest foreign objects as everything is new to them and they tend to grab everything in sight so make sure to be on the watch.
3. Mark your territory
New puppies are curious by nature, and as territorial animals, they will try to mark or simply designate an area that is theirs. Try to use baby doors if you do not wish for your furry friend to sleep in your room, creating a separation between you and them, allowing your partner and yourself to retain some privacy. While some dogs will reign off the apartment while you’re at work, some will stay by the door waiting for you to come home or simply try to sit on your favorite spot on the sofa or on your bed pillow to assert some dominance. As the master, you should set the rules that make you feel comfortable and show your dog that you are in charge of your household not the other way around. Dogs look for direction and are always scanning their owners face for approval, disapprobation or instructions. Yelling or hitting your animal is never OK. A firm NO or a key word of disapproval is far more effective. Always reward your dog with a kiss, hug or treat when they accomplish a task approprietly. The key is repetition and positive reinforcement. Most dog experts will agree that patience is key. Especially if your puppy is not potty trained, you want to minimize possible accidents by designating a clear area in your apartment where he or she can sleep, play, and eat. Your pup will learn the boundaries of your world and will create its own. If you have toddlers or young children, you should always ensure they are supervised. Some breeds do wonderful with families, others are instinctive hunters and will bring you back trophies or try to nib/bite anything in sight. Make sure you do your homework and get the right breed for your family and environment.
4. Money is the nerve of the war
Many new pet owners don’t realize that owning a dog is a lifelong commitment. Don’t buy a dog as a spur of the moment thing or because it is cute. No dogs want to end up at a shelter. These wonderful companions rely on us for their livelihood via regular grooming, veterinarian visits with shots and check-ups for as long as 15-20 years in some case. In addition, NY State requires a yearly dog licensing, as well as mandatory vaccines. Budgeting accordingly is important. Having a pet insurance can turn out to be a very financially responsible option. Young dogs are often at risks with falls, allergies and various object obstructions they can ingest and as they get older they can develop hereditary disease, heart or joint issues. Certain breeds are more prone to certain respiratory issues such as Frenchies, Bull Dogs or Shi-Tsus. Make sure your pet can either travel with you or be boarded while you are away. If you are an active person, you should plan your work, activities and life with your pet in mind. Your dog is an active member of your family, he or she does not want to be excluded and will always be excited to go on walks, get in the car or simply come snuggle with you.
At Kijner & Sons International Realty New York Inc. we are beyond dog lovers, we are strong advocates of fair animal treatment and know the right buildings that are pet friendly, that will offer on-site grooming, have dog runs or are situated close to parks so that your friend for life can have the best NYC experience. Don’t hesitate to contact us or Milka for all your dog or real estate needs.
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