Facing Housing Challenges?
Finding the perfect rental for you and your furry kids can be a challenge, especially if you own a breed that’s typically restricted. Following 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 reassure the landlord you’re a responsible owner.
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 a responsible pet owner. 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.
- Have a plan for containment while you’re away to reduce behaviors such as chewing or destruction. Crate training can be a huge help here.
- 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.
Be a responsible owner:
- Always keep your dog on leash when outside of your home or yard.
- Keep waste bags handy to clean up after your pet.
- Train your pets and have a plan to adjust any unwanted behaviors.
- Ensure your pet gets plenty of exercise daily to reduce chewing or destructive behaviors.
- Obtain renter’s insurance or a form of liability insurance and share this information with the landlord.