Facing Housing Challenges?
Finding housing for you and your furry kids can be a challenge, especially if you own a breed that’s typically restricted. Below are some suggestions to help your landlord accept your pet:
Socialize your pets!
The more comfortable your pet is around different kinds of people and in different situations, the better they’ll behave. Consider taking a basic obedience class to ensure your pet will not exhibit any negative behaviors that could prevent a landlord from renting to you and your family.
Offer to do a meet & greet introduction between your pets and the landlord. Seeing a pet in their environment with their family can ease a landlord’s worries.
- Bring vet records along to show the landlord you’re pet is up to date on preventive veterinary care. Ensure your pet is vaccinated, sterilized, and licensed.
- Bring along references for the landlord to call with regards to your pet. References could include your vet, pet sitter, previous neighbors or landlords, groomer or trainer.
- Create a pet resume to showcase your pet’s best features. Are they quiet? Love kids? Great with other pets? Never jump on people? Housetrained? Show the landlord the characteristics that make your pet great. Include photos in various situations as well.
Create a plan for dog- or cat-proofing the property and share your plans with the landlord to show you care about keeping the property nice and clean.
- Have a plan for containment while you’re away to reduce behaviors such as chewing or destruction. Crate training can be very helpful.
- Create time in your schedule to exercise your pet and provide enrichment activities to reduce boredom or excess energy which can lead to unwanted behaviors.
- Assure your landlord that dogs can offer more security and help deter vandals or robbers.
Look for private landlords (individuals who rent out a property they own) versus management companies; they may be more lenient on a pet policy.
Perform a DNA test so you have proof of percentages of breeds. Sometimes your dog won’t show a restricted breed in DNA results even if it has similar features.
Keep your pets happy, healthy and safe:
- Always keep your dog on leash when outside of your home or yard.
- Keep waste bags handy to clean up after your pet.
- Invest in training your pets and have a plan to adjust any unwanted behaviors. Training is a great bonding experience!
- Ensure your pet gets plenty of exercise daily to reduce chewing or destructive behaviors. This can be physical like playing fetch or going for a walk, or mental such as puzzle toys or practicing obedience commands.
- Obtain renter’s insurance or a form of liability insurance and share this information with the landlord.
View Apartment List’s The Ultimate Guide to Apartment Living with Pets for additional tips and information.