Can Weimaraners live in an apartment?

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Can Weimaraners Live In An Apartment?

Not all of us can afford their own house, so we either buy or rent an apartment. If your landlord allows animals, you might have a dilemma. You want a dog but you want a big dog, not a small one. Generally, big dogs need a lot more exercise.

Yes, Weimaraners can live in apartments but they need to be exercised regularly. Many people won’t recommend having a Weim in an apartment, but let’s look at the ways you can make it work.

The dog species has evolved for millennia to adapt to their surroundings, so I don’t see why they couldn’t adapt to an apartment!

Weimaraner In An Apartment

Let’s say your landlord accepts pets. Whew, that’s one thing out of the way! Weims aren’t really that much active indoors (unless they have the zoomies) so a small apartment shouldn’t be an issue.

Personality

Just like humans, dogs can have their own personalities as well. Every dog is unique and while they may share the breed characteristics, it’s their personality that makes them different from each other.

As such, Weims can be hyper-active, mellow or anything in between. Puppies are generally more hyper-active than adult or old dogs, so you might want to decide whether you can adopt an older dog or if you want to start with a puppy. Ask a breeder what’s the best choice for you.

If you get a pup, you can train them to apartment living. With an older dog that’s used to living in a house, it might be a more difficult process to acclimatize them to their new, smaller surroundings. But it’s not impossible, it will just take longer.

Exercise

Weimaraner is a big dog bred for hunting and as such needs a lot of exercise daily. If they’re not properly exercised, they can become bored and get destructive. You don’t want your furniture, pillows, and plants all over the apartment, right?

People often say that they are the worst dogs to have as an apartment dog because they need a big yard to run in. If you have a large yard but you’re not in there with your dog, it’s not gonna matter much, is it? If you think they’re just gonna entertain themselves while you sit and watch TV, you’re mistaken.

Weimaraners need their people to exercise them – they need your time, not necessarily all the space in the world. This brings me to the next point.

Attention

Just as important as exercise is the attention you give to the pup. Weims are known for their attachment to their family and will literally follow you everywhere, even to the bathroom (the term “velcro” comes to mind). With a small apartment, this can be actually pretty handy as they can see you and don’t need to physically follow you.

Weimaraners can be prone to separation anxiety, so I wouldn’t recommend getting a Weimaraner in an apartment to people who plan to be away for most of the day or coming and going often.

Having a Weimaraner in an apartment is ideal for people who work from home and can give their pup all the time they need.

Training A Puppy In The Apartment

Training a puppy in an apartment is more challenging than just sticking them to the garden when you have a house. Sometimes you live on 3rd, 5th or even 7th floor, so getting down on the street for the puppy to do its business can be challenging.

What worked for us was taking Nelly out every 2 hours during the day and after meals. Of course, you or a family member has to be home to practice that but you can’t get a puppy and not expect to stay at home with it for a longer period of time, whether in an apartment or a house.

Of course, accidents happen outside of these 2 hours but if you keep a regular pattern, you should be able to minimize them. The puppy also shows certain signals that it needs to go, usually their head is low and they’re walking around sniffing the ground.

If you see them doing it, try to distract them, put on their leash and dash outside the door. Don’t be stingy with praise, praise them a lot when they pee or poop in the grass and you can even give them some treat. Eventually, you can try spacing out the potty breaks more until they grow older and can last longer.

While potty breaks are important, you should also socialize your new puppy. What that means is exposing the puppy to new people, environments, and animals in a positive manner. The more socialized your Weim is, the fewer problems he will have later in life. It’s often easier in the city to do this, there are a lot of new smells, new people, new dogs all the time.

Weimaraners are very intelligent and besides regular exercise, they also need mental stimulation. That wears them out quicker, so do include some command training in your walks, play hide and seek or give them a toy designed to work theirbrains. You can also teach them various tricks, they will grasp them very quickly.

Of course, besides all of this, you should train your puppy basic obedience. It’s also recommended to crate train.

It’s possible to train your Weimaraner so that separation anxiety isn’t a problem but you have to start immediately and slowly. Dogs thrive on predictability, so if you can work out a schedule, the dog knows what to expect.

How Do I Exercise My Apartment Dog?

It largely depends on the age of your dog. Puppies shouldn’t jump or run too much as it can be bad for their developing joints.

Generally, you want at least 2 hours of exercise a day, divided into two in the morning and in the evening. Take them to a dog park or somewhere where they can run off the leash and play fetch. Playing with other dogs can also be considered exercise.

Agility bench

If you like to run, jog, skate, or ride a bike, take your Weim with you, she’ll love it!

When you’re having a break, you can use that to reinforce some basic obedience commands or practice any new ones you’ve been trying to teach.

If your dog park has an agility course, even better! Go run through it a few times with your dog and you’ll have one happy tired pup.

Cons About Apartment Dogs

Apartment dwelling allows your doggo a lot of ways to socialize. They are faced with new situations, people and animals they can learn from and that allows further growth.

There are also cons to having a Weim in an apartment, so let’s look at a few:

  • potty training can be stressful
  • they can get destructive or bark excessively if not exercised properly (both physically and mentally)
  • it will be time-consuming

Despite these cons, I think that Weimaraners can be good apartment dogs. And yes, you will make mistakes and he might chew up your shoes or furniture in boredom but you’ll learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again by providing needed stimulation.

My Experience

While Nelly doesn’t live with us in the apartment and has a house and a small garden, we do get her from time to time to dog sit when the owners are on vacation ever since she was a puppy.

We live on the edge of a city and we’re lucky there’s a lot of greenery available around. We have a dog park about a 5-minute walk from the apartment, we have a whole forest behind us, we have parks and meadows where she can run off-leash.

Friends at the dog park

I can’t really imagine living in the middle of the city with no parks nearby, just all concrete and having to drive a car or public transport to get to a few green areas or a dog park. Having nature nearby even if you don’t own a house with a yard is definitely a benefit.

When we are dogsitting, I take her out in the morning for about 40 minutes to an hour where she can run off-leash in the dog park and there we play fetch unless we meet some of her doggy friends (and yes, she’s made some regulars over the last year!).

I work from home so during the day I take her on 2 ten-minute walks around the neighborhood. In the evening we either return to the dog park for an hour or go to the meadow where we play fetch. The last walk is just before bedtime for about 10 minutes.

When we’re not out on a walk, I make sure to play with her a little in my breaks or practice commands or train new ones. Or just cuddle.

Who Shouldn’t Get A Weimaraner In Their Apartment?

Having said all that above, there are certainly some things would make apartment-dwelling Weimaraner not a good idea.

  • you are often gone, the dog would spend 8 hours or more home alone
  • you don’t want to spend a lot of time exercising and training your dog
  • you’re not physically active and don’t plan to change that with a dog
  • living with big breeds is more expensive than small ones (more food needed, veterinary bills)

Final Thoughts

I think Weimaraners can live in an apartment and happily so. They’re for people who are active and have enough time for the doggo’s needs, whether it’s physical or mental activity. As long as their needs are met, it doesn’t matter where you live. You can have a happy pup in an apartment no problem.



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