Dogs in the City

The first thing to check before starting any adoption process is to make sure that dogs are allowed in your building. This will prevent you from conflicting with your landlord if you are a renter and then separate from your pet.

Past these few checks, then comes the choice of your dog. When looking to own a dog in an apartment, we obviously think about its size and weight first.

Obviously, we must first favor small models especially if you must take the elevator to access your apartment.

Some dogs are difficult to train so it is preferable to choose for an easy to train and barking dog, to live in harmony with its neighborhood. A dog that barks a lot can be very problematic, just as a dog difficult to master can be awkward in the common areas of your building.

Here are 5 dog breeds that combine all these qualities of apartment living:

Le Cavalier King Charles

Known for its joie de vivre and discretion, the Cavalier King Charles is the ultimate companion dog, perfect for living in an apartment.

Note, he gets along very well with the children.

Coton de Tulear

Qualified as “true clown”, Coton de Tulear is, in essence, a pet dog. He can very well live in an apartment, as long as his master is often within reach of caresses and games.

The English Bulldog

Under his appearances of not practical molosse hides, in fact, a real lamb always in demand of cuddles and slightly lazy. It is also a very clean dog. The French Bulldog also adapts to living in an apartment.


The name “Bichons” includes 4 types of dogs: Maltese, Bolognese, curly and Havanese. All of these breeds are very intelligent and easy to train.

The Japanese Spaniel

Playful and always cheerful, the Japanese Spaniel is ideal for people looking for an easy going and miniature dog.

Of course, any adoption must be carefully considered. Taking responsibility for an animal is not an insignificant act because it engages you for several years.

Do not hesitate to ask a veterinarian or breeder for advice in order to make the most suitable choice for your lifestyle.

Which Dogs are Difficult To Train?

Dogs are very intelligent animals and can learn new things every day and at any age, but not all dog breeds are equally predisposed to receive orders
The difficulty in educating or training a dog is based on factors such as intelligence and personality but also depends on the context, the method used and the relationship with his master or trainer.

Here is the list of some of the most difficult dog breeds to be trained and less able to receive orders due to their independent character or inactivity. This list also contains the dog breeds that are most likely to escape.

The most difficult dogs to train

The Afghan: when talking about the personality of this dog, many compare it with one of the cats, so you can already have an idea of the challenge that represents to train it. For your training, it is very important to constantly encourage the dog to reward you every time it responds correctly.

The Basset Hound: This is a dog moved by its sense of smell. When the Basset catches an odor it is very difficult that it responds to the orders that we give to him at that moment. The training strategy generally used is to use good smelling aromas that attract him.

The Mastiff is a breed of very large dog that takes advantage of its large size to ignore. During their training, the game technique is used to capture their attention and obtain good results.

The Bulldog: This dog so famous, all it wants is to eat and sleep. The difficulties of their training are evident, although the main one lies in their inactivity. In the process of training, we should encourage physical activity and exercise, as well as provide a diet that gives a good amount of energy.

The Pitbull: Just seeing their faces is easy to guess that they are part of the club of dogs that are more difficult to train. This breed is quite dominant and very challenging with its masters. Therefore, your training includes games and toys in order to help relax it and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

The Chow Chow stands out for its special temperament and dominant personality. It is a breed with which you have to have a lot of patience and above all, you have to work with great constancy. Firmness in your training is essential.

The Borzoi: is a breed is quite egocentric, vain and independent. Therefore, training them is so complicated that they rarely obey. In its educational process, the prizes are used as incentive and reward and games to motivate it to work and to respond in an appropriate way.

The Beagle: it is a very playful breed and to which the wild instincts still dominate it. Therefore he does not usually heed the orders we give him. As with the Basset Hound, treats are used in the training to catch its attention.

The Dalmatian: his hyperactivity and excess energy along with his intelligence do not follow orders very well. When training them, we must also combat their attention deficit. That is why interactive toys are used that is an intellectual challenge for the dog.

Pug: He is very contented and often refuses to comply with the orders. For them, rewards are essential if we want them to obey us.

Other breeds of dogs also difficult to train, although to a lesser extent are, Shih Tzu, Bloodhound, and Basenji. The Chihuahua also deserves a mention.

You can access more information about the breeds of dogs commented on by pressing the name of each one or accessing a general list of all breeds of dogs.

Raising a Chihuahua

Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed weighing 1.5 – 3 kg and 15 – 23 cm in height originating from mexico. They come in two unique coat types. The stmooth-coated Chihuahua and the long-coated Chihuahua. They also come in various colors. Being small breed, they easily surfer dental problems but this can be prevented by regularly brushing their teeth at least 3 times every week. Even though maintenance of a chihuahua is pretty simple, care must be taken to groom a long haired chihuahua weekly by brushing off lose hair, trimming the nails and cleaning the ears.

Chihuahua is quite prone to many diseases one of which is the Parovirus when they are puppies. It is advisable to take your puppy to a vet for the right shots. Although Parovirus is a life threatening organism that kills thousands of dogs in a year it can easily be prevented with proper medication.

Chihuahuas get along well with other pets in the family if introduced soon after birth. They are quite fun to have around, they are loyal and very playful.

When choosing a chihuahua puppy, make sure to ask about the temperament of his parents. This will have a great impact on how hard it is to train them. Typically a Chihuahua’s mood is mostly determined by genetics. They inherit most of their character from their parents. feed your chihuahua proper diet designed for their breed. With proper care, your chihuahua should have a life expectancy of  11-20 years.

Feed your Chihuahua food designed for his breed. make sure they feed regularly to maintain their body weight. Chihuahua temperature is easily influenced by its environment. You should make sure that your dog is protected during cold and wet days while having in mind that they can be prone to heat stroke too.

A chihuahua body temperature according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), is about 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius) which is typical for pooches, whereas humans’ normal body temperature is just 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), with an average range of about 97 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit (36.1 to 37.2 degrees Celsius)


Common Sleep Disorders

Not only does sleep plays an essential part in maintaining health. There are several disorders  that affect the duration and the depth of your sleep. Improper sleep can cause numerous behavioral and cognitive problems. Some of the disorders include:


This is the most common sleep disorder. This usually means the inability to initiate or maintain continuous sleep.

Insomnia affects almost many women and 40% of men. It affects most people over the age of 60. Insomnia can affect both the quality and duration. In the elderly, insomnia may be due to frequent awakenings and the reversal of sleeping hours from night to day.

Insomnia can be aggravated by three important factors:

Psychological factors – resulting from age, tension and emotional changes. Psycho-physiological insomnia is common – considered when the patient cares excessively about his inability to sleep through the night it increases the risk of an insomniac night. There is usually time of resulting short sleep, daytime fatigue, and irritability.

Psychiatric Disorders – Sleep low due to the presence of psychiatric problems like depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder Etc. Insomnia can manifest in several ways. Some may suffer from transient insomnia that usually lasts just a few nights. This is commonly caused by a change, stress, anxiety, shift work or emotional jet lag Etc.

Organic Factors – Sleep low due to other diseases and disorders like apnea of heart disease, asthma, snoring, obstructive sleep. Other medical disorders include those that cause pain such as arthritis.

Chronic insomnia lasts longer than a month usually. Insomnia symptoms rarely require confirmed diagnosis. Acute symptoms usually does not require a sleep study for confirmed diagnosis.



Sleep apnea

This type of disorder occurs when there is complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway. This may be from the different severity of snoring to severe obstruction and waking from sleep. This leads to interrupted drowsiness of sleep and day time.



Narcolepsy occurs in young adults in their second to third decades of life. It affects men and women alike. There is excessive daytime drowsiness, paralysis of the muscles during sleep and hallucinations during sleep. The patient may be awake but be totally paralyzed – unable to move and experience hallucinations.


What can be done?

There are a number of things that can be done to stop sleep disorders. First is to take a look at the mattress that you’re sleeping on. Just cause you need to sleep in a new house doesn’t mean that you can’t sleep well on an air mattress. Go here to see some top rated air mattresses.

Also make sure to avoid caffeine, alcohol and any pharmaceutical drugs before bed as they can disrupt your sleep rhythm.

Random Recycling tips

Here are some points that you can follow to help out with the environment.

Putting in domestic recycling what is picked up by the city (paper/cardboard, plastics, glass, etc.)

Find out how to collect the bulky items in the city; If not, go to the eco-center

Bring ultimate waste and other hazardous materials to the eco-center (cleaning products, paint, etc.), as well as appliances containing such waste (electrical and electronic equipment)

Returning his returnable bottles

Going to the pharmacist to take out old medication and old glasses

Making Compost

Making bike riding

In recyclable materials, folding what can be done (cardboard boxes, waxed cardboard) in order to save space, especially for transport by pick-up services

Find out about places (often stores) where you can carry ink cartridges, batteries, electronics, and plastic bags

Clean contaminated containers (preserves, plastics, bottles, etc.) at the end of the dishes.

Getting informed, participating in public environmental hearings to provide input, at the local, provincial or federal level.

All these things apply mainly to recycling and what not. If you want to help the environment a good way is to get a garbage disposal unit like this to help out in the kitchen.