I just adopted a new dog, how I can make my Orlando apartment more pet-friendly?

Your pet friendly Orlando apartment should be a sanctuary for your pet. Dogs can easily spend most of their life indoors while you are away working, going to school, or hanging out with friends. It is particularly important that their home is comfortable and suited to meet their needs, or else you could return home to destroyed furniture or noise complaints from your neighbors.

Assuming that you are new to owning a dog, you might be wondering what is next. Hopefully, you have already told your dog-friendly Orlando apartment that you have a new pet. If not, make sure to do that right away or else you run the risk of facing fines. Most pet-friendly apartments in Orlando will require a pet deposit and/or an additional fee per month. After the paperwork is taken care of, it is time to focus on making your dog feel comfortable in a new setting. If you are looking to crate train your dog, or if they are already familiar with crates, adding one to your apartment can give them a place to call their own. Dogs naturally like to den, and this instinct can be very calming for them. If you are away from home, they can relax in their crate and comfortably wait for you to return. Similarly, a dog bed can have the same effect.

While it's important for your new pup to be content while you are away, it is still your responsibility as a pet owner to give them the attention they need when you are with them. Most dogs, puppies, in particular, need a healthy amount of exercise every day. If you are already active then it can be quite easy to integrate your dog into your workouts. Activities like walking, running, or even biking can be great ways to bond with your pup while exercising together.

If you are less active or are simply taking a rest day, you should consider checking out if your apartment in Orlando has a dog park. This is a really fantastic option for a few reasons. One, you don't have to do anything physical; you can watch your dog run to their heart's content from a comfortable seat. Second, this is an excellent opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. It is important to socialize your dog from a young age so they can learn to play well with others and interact in non-aggressive ways. You should also check online to see if your apartment has pet clean-up stations nearby. It can be embarrassing to be the only one at the dog park without a pet bag to clean up your dog's mess, so knowing there are stations around your apartment community can be a lifesaver.

When going out on the town, it is only natural that you would want to take your best bud with you whenever you can. Luckily, businesses have acknowledged this as a growing trend and most places are becoming more pet-friendly.  If you are unsure whether or not an establishment allows pets, try looking it up on Bring Fido. This amazing website has compiled all of the pet-friendly places around, just search for your city and you can find all the information you need. Hopefully, it won't take too long to make your dog feel safe and secure in their new home. With a little bit of training and a lot of love, you will have a wonderful companion for years to come.

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