The Beacon Clarendon Apartments in Arlington is a community where pets are king. Having a pet, whether a dog or a cat, in an apartment home can be a challenge for someone who is a new pet owner or a new apartment dweller. We have compiled a few tips and tricks to help you grow accustomed to having a pet in your apartment and want to remind you to please review our pet policy which you can find here.

When you bring home a new pet or move into a new apartment, it is important to make sure your apartment is a safe space for them to live. Remember to store poisonous food and chemicals out of reach from your pet. Research the house plants you like to keep in your home to ensure they are safe to be around pets. Make sure anything your pet shouldn’t chew on is put away and don’t leave your windows open so your pet stays inside where they are safe. If you aren’t sure of other precautions you should take in your apartment home, consider the things you would do if your 2 year old niece/nephew were to come over.

Owning a pet is a large responsibility. We recommend keeping a “Dog emergency list” on the fridge or in an obvious place in your apartment. Establish a relationship with a local veterinarian (start with The Best 10 Veterinarians in Arlington, VA on Yelp! if you aren’t sure where to start your search). Be sure to ask your new vet about local pet emergency rooms in case something goes wrong when the offices are closed. Keep this list of phone numbers in addition to your pet’s schedule, the name of a dog walker, and dog sitter just in case.

We think it is a good idea to keep your apartment clean and free of dangerous items for your pet to find. You are free to set up a welcoming space for your pet to enjoy that is entirely their own. This area of the apartment will serve as their safe place, where they sleep, and where they can always find their food and water bowls.

Puppy proof your apartment before you bring home your pet and follow these simple tips to ensure a safe experience for you and for your pet.

If you are looking to adopt a kitten (or cat…adult cats need love too!) instead of a dog, your options are limitless. While there are many different breeds, the typical house cat is going to fit in just fine in your apartment. Invest in a cat tree so they have a place to climb or relax, pick up a covered cat box, and a food bowl and you’re all set.

Choosing the right dog breed for apartment living can be more of a challenge. The first small hurdle is finding a breed that isn’t going to grow past 100 pounds per our pet policy as well as finding a breed that doesn’t fall on our short restriction list. The second challenge is to research various breeds to find one that offers the temperament you desire. Certain dogs are known for being hyper (Border Collies, Retrievers, etc.) and requiring plenty of exercise while others (small breeds, bulldogs, etc.) are known for lounging around and occasionally playing with a toy.

After researching temperament and dogs that aren’t going to grow beyond 100 pounds, you can start narrowing down your options by cuteness factor, personality traits, health concerns, and whether they are known for barking incessantly. You also want to choose a breed that is known for getting along with other dogs and is polite when they meet people in the lobby, elevator, or outside. A pup that doesn’t shed too much will make cleaning easier and a dog known for being easy to train is a must if you live an active lifestyle and expect them to transition well into apartment living.

Having a pet is more than just having a smiling face to greet when you come home from work every day. You have to be willing to commit to taking care of the dog, training the dog, and spending time with them. If you want a low maintenance pet, we recommend looking into adopting a cat. Whatever you choose, a pet can make a home less lonely, more appealing, and even more fun.

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