Apartment Living

Faros Residential Is Pet Friendly

rebecca - Monday, August 7, 2017

One great perk of living at Park View, City View, and Carson Street Commons is that our apartment communities are all PET FRIENDLY! We know your pets are part of your family, and we appreciate your furry friends, no matter the size (though we do have some breed restrictions). Because many of the residents own dogs, we decided to end the week with some tips on how to dog-proof your apartment.

Let’s face it: our canine companions, while they are loyal, can also be destructive and sometimes a little bit too curious. Did Max find his food bag in the cabinet again and rip it open, only to spill kibble all over the floor? Did Daisy get into the toilet paper, causing you to come home to a mummified apartment? Well we have some remedies that will prevent these incidents from happening. Listed below are some excellent tips to keeping your furry friends out of the cabinets and away from breakables.

  1. Keep things out of reach that could be potentially harmful to your pet. There’s a list of plants that are potentially life-threatening to dogs, which you can find here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants. This also goes for cables, i.e. phone chargers or wires, that dogs could easily chew on. Put these things in a high place, like a kitchen counter top, or perhaps behind furniture, so your pet is less likely to snack on them.
  2. Spray furniture with no-chew spray (don’t worry, it’s non-toxic!) This will teach your pup to stop chewing the upholstery, because the spray tastes bitter, therefore making the furniture a little less appetizing.
  3. Baby gates make for a great containment system. Place them in areas where you don’t want your dog to go, or block off a section of a room that is strictly for your dog (like their own little play pen).
  4. Make sure to close doors where you don’t want your dog to go, like your bedroom. Even though we train our dogs to go to the bathroom outside, everyone has accidents, right? If you close the door to specific rooms, you can ensure these accidents won’t happen in places that may make you a little angrier than others.
  5. When going out, make sure to put your dog in a crate, or like suggested in #4, section off an area for him or her. Fill the enclosure with toys or something to keep your dog occupied (like a Kong© with peanut butter), and your pet will most likely keep to themselves rather than entertain (destroy) the furniture.
  6. Store your food wisely! We’ve known a few dogs and cats to jump on the counter when nobody is looking and take table scraps, etc., so make sure to properly contain your snacks/leftovers and place them in a high location, like on top of the fridge or in a high cabinet. This also goes for potentially poisonous items like cigarettes, coffee grounds, chocolate, and household cleaners.

Are you well-practiced when it comes to dog-proofing your apartment? Share your tips with us on Instagram @farosresidential with the hashtag #DogApproofed, or on our individual City View, Park View, and Carson Street Commons Facebook pages. If you’re a new pet owner, let us know if these tips worked by sharing pictures also @farosresidential with #DogApproofed.