Big Dog, Small Apartment?

Most Chicago apartments are cozy. Whether it’s a Husky you’ve always wanted or a low-energy breed… do some research before welcoming a dog into your life.

Consider location

Location, location, location. Keeping pet-friendly resources a short distance from your pup goes a long way. The Chicago Park District has a guide for dog parks near you! Talk with your neighbors to gather opinions and advice about having dogs in your building & neighborhood.


Already live in a Highrise with your dog? Find a routine

Consistency will help keep your dog happy (especially if they’re a puppy), regardless of the size of your apartment. If you aren’t able to stop home at a consistent time to let Fido out in the middle of the day, consider hiring a dog-walker.

Familiarize your pup with the surroundings.

Highrise living in Chicago can be busy and noisy. Be sure to take your pooch into the elevators and lobby during high frequency times whenever possible. This will help cut down on his curiosity on the daily sounds of apartment living.

Keep things exciting.

Dogs are like people – having only one or two distractions won’t keep them happy for long! Changing up their toys is a simple way to keep them entertained while you’re away at work. Hiding treats or scented fabrics around the apartment will also keep things new and exciting for your pup!