Dog lovers apartment checklist

Oct 25, 2021

Our pets are a part of the family. When it comes to pets in apartments, there are a few key considerations that will help make sure you’ll both always be happy at home.

The dog lover’s checklist: How to make sure an apartment is pet-friendly

Pet ownership is ingrained in the Australian culture. According to the RSPCA, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. We also take the responsibility seriously – with 60% of dog and cat owners considering their pet as a member of the family.

With our fur babies front of mind, we’ve developed a checklist for what you should look out for when purchasing an apartment to make sure they’ll be just as happy at home as you will.

Woman smiling at golden retriever

Choosing the right apartment

At Caydon, we want your pets to thrive within your apartment. Large balconies mean your pooch has easy access to the outdoors, and the addition of a grass porch potty system can make house training easy.

Hard wearing floors are also an important factor to consider. Engineered timber flooring comes as standard in all of our apartment living areas, with the option to swap out the carpet in the bedrooms for those who appreciate a furry night-time companion.

We also offer Smart Home Automation packages that allow you to monitor and manage the climate in your apartment remotely, so you’ll never have to worry about your pet being stuck at home on those hot summer days again.

With these clever features along with plenty of space to play indoors, a Caydon apartment is the perfect pet-friendly haven for both you and your pooch.

Woman playing with a soccer ball and her dog in the living room

Finding the ideal breed

When picking a pup that will suit the apartment lifestyle, there’s a few things to consider. You want to choose a breed that’s inherently independent and isn’t prone to experiencing separation anxiety.

Ideally, they’ll be lazy and relaxed in nature, enjoy lots of sleep and not need an excessive amount of exercise or physical simulation.

A few breeds that perfectly fit the bill include Bulldogs, Greyhounds, Pugs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Bullmastiffs.

Two dogs playing in the park outside

Provide plenty of access to the outdoors

Even though you’ve chosen a lazy breed who requires low to medium amounts of physical activity, your pooch will still need a daily walk. At HOME, we’ve incorporated over three-quarters of an acre of green space within the development itself, including its own park and dedicated dog-run. Additionally, Alphington is a leafy suburb surrounded with an abundance of parks, walking tracks and bushlands.

Weekend adventures across the Darebin Creek and Yarra River trails makes for some quality one-on-one time, just you and your fur baby.

Dog lying on living room floor in apartment

Make nice with the neighbours

When you and your pooch move into your brand-new apartment, it’s a good idea to get to know your neighbours and to make them aware that you have a pet living with you. This gives them an opportunity to get to know your pup, and for you to all live in harmony moving forward.

The Caydon HQ app allows you to meet other pet parents within your building where you can set up play dates and group walks, encouraging both you and your pooch to feel connected within your community.

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