How to curb your dog’s enthusiasm with regular exercise

As most dog owners know, routine exercise is key in keeping a pup happy, healthy, and out of trouble. This goes double for dogs living in an apartment. Why? Because you and your dog live in much closer proximity to your neighbors, and you probably don’t have the luxury of a fenced in yard where Spot can run and play to his heart’s content. But these limitations don’t make dog ownership in an apartment impossible.

Dogs welcome at Alvern Gardens Apartments
Dogs 40 lbs and under are now welcome at Alvern Gardens Apartments in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Plus, they have access to a dog park on the property.

A routine is a lifesaver when it comes to keeping a dog in line. As long as your dog knows when it’s time to eat, sleep, and play, it won’t act out and disrupt you or your neighbors. Your exercise routine is totally up to you and your dog. If your pup gets hyper in the evening, then take her out for at least half an hour to tire her out for bedtime. If you work all day and your dog is cooped up during that time, take her on a morning walk before you leave and she’ll nap while you’re gone.

When you don’t have your own yard, a dog park becomes an invaluable location for fun and play. Plenty of neighborhoods have dog parks, so look around and find one that suits your needs. As we noted in our post on dog park etiquette, it’s important to go to a park where you and your dog are comfortable. Luckily, many dog friendly apartment complexes feature dog parks as a convenient amenity. At Alvern Gardens Apartments, for example, dogs under 40 lbs. and their owners have access to a fenced in dog park complete with pet waste stations and seating for pet parents.

Are you a current resident of Alvern Gardens thinking about giving a dog a home? Contact the leasing office at 412-56-4663 for more information.

Are you looking for an apartment for you and your dog? Contact Alvern Gardens at or 412-561-4663 to find out our current availability.


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