Pets are an awesome addition to the family. They’re cuddly, love you unconditionally, and don’t talk back. And although many rental properties are now open to the idea of pets, it’s easy to understand why some landlords are still skeptical about allowing animals on the premises. As a dog parent, it’s important to get your dog’s behavior under control because if your dog is a good rental resident then you’re a good rental resident. Here’s how to make sure your fluffy friend is a cooperative tenant.
Get your pet certified.
To wow your future landlord, consider getting a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate. Awarded by the American Kennel Association, this certification verifies that your dog has received basic training and is well-socialized with both humans and other dogs. This is an indication to your landlord that your dog is less likely to cause a disturbance. Many landlords now require a CGC, however, even if yours does not, obtaining one of these can provide property management assurance that your dog’s behavior won’t be an issue.
Make sure that your dog gets enough exercise.
Nothing will cause bad dog behavior quicker than lack of exercise and attention. Some breeds of dogs are pretty chill and won’t go haywire if you don’t walk them on a daily basis, but there are other breeds, like huskies, that will tear down the walls if they are unable to release all of that pent-up energy.
If possible, take them for a walk or run before you go to work in the mornings. If that is not an option, try to come home on your lunch break, so that your dog has a little bit of time to use the bathroom and enjoy the outdoors.
Consider employing a dog walker.
If you have a very busy work schedule or are otherwise unable to walk your dog on a daily basis, consider hiring a dog walker. They can come to your house at a time of your choosing and take your pooch out for a stroll. You can also consider doggy daycare. Even if it’s just one day a week, it will be a pleasant change for your dog to be able to socialize with other dogs (and humans) while you are at work.
Have a nice variety of toys and treats available for your dog.
I’ve never been a dog, but I imagine there is only a certain amount of napping and lying around a dog can do until they get painstakingly bored. Keep them entertained and engaged while you’re at work with some toys that dispense a treat after a little bit of effort. There are even some really neat doggy puzzles to keep your pooch busy while you’re away. Make sure you are conscious of your dog’s needed level of activity and play to that!
Make sure your dog is house trained.
Even if your dog is super well-behaved, he won’t get an A+ on dog behavior if he’s always peeing and pooping in the house or apartment. Besides being annoying and nasty to clean, if not quickly addressed, the smell of dog excrement can eventually seep into your neighbor’s apartment.
Make sure you let your dog out in the morning to handle his business before you head off to work. If you’re in the process of potty training your pup, you can also set up a designated area in which he can handle his business.
Leave some music or the TV on for your dog.
Do you ever have those times when you’re feeling lonely at home, so you turn on the TV or the radio? Well, your dog gets lonely too. If you are going to be out all day, leave the radio or television on, so your dog can have some background noise. It will make him feel less lonely and will prevent him from hearing (and barking) at every sound he hears.
Keep your dog current on vaccinations and flea medication.
Since most apartments have shared common areas, (playground, green space, etc.) this one is really important. To prevent diseases and parasites from spreading to other pets and even children, you need to make sure that your dog is free of parasites and vaccinated to prevent him from becoming infected. Also, in the unlikely event that your dog bites (or is accused of biting) a person or another dog, proof of vaccinations are essential.
Consider your neighbors.
Just because you’ve always wanted a teacup Chihuahua does not mean that the best time to have one is when you’re renting an apartment. Notoriously yappy dogs can be a nuisance to neighbors, so if you’re looking for pets to adopt, try to avoid ones that bark incessantly.
Darlene Mase lives in Newnan, Georgia, with her husband and daughter. She is a stay-at-home mom and works as a freelance writer for Zumper.com and other popular sites. During her free time, Darlene enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, cycling, gardening, caving, kayaking, or anything else outdoors.