Seventy percent of all US households own a pet. Have you been anxious to join that number?

If you’re planning on welcoming a new four-legged member into your family, Porto Bella Apartments in Norwalk, California, has put together this handy guide to make sure you and your new puppy can get the most out of your pet-friendly apartment experience.

Do Your Homework

Before doing anything else, it’s a good idea to make sure your apartment is pet-friendly and that you are aware of any restrictions or requirements that are part of their pet policy*. This information is helpful as you are searching for your new best friend and can play a big factor in choosing a breed that not only follows your apartment’s pet policy but will do well with apartment living as well.

Set a Schedule

Dogs—like people—are creatures of habit, so establishing and sticking to a routine as much as possible will help them stay happy and healthy. This can be particularly helpful when they are puppies. By setting a schedule, you’re also establishing a foundation that can help with training and socialization so that you’re not trying to “teach an old dog new tricks” down the road. The routine can include things like feeding, potty training, playtime, sleep, and going outside for exercise.

At Porto Bella, our pet-friendly apartment complex features an enclosed courtyard where you can take your new puppy for a walk and plenty of green space to play. We’ve also placed multiple stations throughout the property so you can conveniently dispose of pet waste.

Plan for Plenty of Exercise

When it comes to puppies, frequent exercise is the best way to burn off their high energy. And don’t worry if you’re not sure if your puppy is getting enough exercise: They will let you know! Younger dogs will get what’s sometimes referred to as “the zoomies” if they feel they’ve been cooped up in the apartment for too long. When it comes to puppies, experts recommend several shorter walks or play sessions throughout the day, which can also aid in potty training and socialization.

At Porto Bella Apartments, we understand that keeping your new furry friend happy and healthy is important, which is why we created our pet policy with them in mind. Contact us today to learn more about our pet-friendly apartments in Norwalk, California.

*Note: Porto Bella’s pet policy does include a 50-pound weight limit and breed restrictions based on size and behavioral traits for dogs. We do not have any restrictions on cat breeds. Smaller animals—including hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, and reptiles—must be caged and kept in sanitary conditions. Please contact our leasing office for more information on animals not listed here.