Having a puppy, and sometimes even an adult dog, is sort of like having a baby who can run, chew through furniture, and refuses to wear a diaper. This is why it's important to know how to dog-proof your apartment if you're getting a dog or puppy for the first time. As someone who's lived with dogs in apartments most of my life, I have learned that dog proofing your apartment serves two important purposes. First, it protects your stuff from your dog. Second, it protects your dog from your stuff. While you want to make sure Fido doesn't chew up your best pair of kicks, it might not occur to you that some things you leave lying around on the regular can actually be dangerous for your dog.
If you're bringing home a puppy, you can crate train your new best friend to ensure they stay safe when you're away. Some older dogs who weren't crate trained as pups get hella anxious if they're locked up in a crate. However, if you're adopting an adult dog, you can still designate a dog space using things like baby gates — they're not just for babies. In general, living in an apartment with dogs forces you to get a little creative. That being said, I've done it for years with large and small dogs alike, and I have always gotten my full deposit back and a glowing recommendation for my next place upon moving out. Ready to get started? Here's the quick and dirty on how to successfully dog proof your pad.