How to Be a Responsible Renter When You Have Pets

Be a Responsible Renter When You Have Pets

A dog owner can’t consider moving to a new place that doesn’t allow their furry companion. When you find a place, you want to do everything you can to be a good tenant in your new apartment. Here are some tips to help you be a responsible renter when you have pets.

How to Be a Responsible Renter When You Have Pets

Make sure your dog is properly trained

The biggest problem you’ll run into is damage an untrained puppy or dog can inflict on the apartment. If your dog can’t seem to wait to do its business, it might not be ready for the apartment carpets. You should take your dog to a training class to help them learn everything you need them to know. Once they graduate from the class, you should rest assured that your puppy will behave in your new apartment. It might even be a selling point for the landlord.

Take the dog out and give them exercise regularly

Dogs need regular attention. Take your dog out multiple times a day so they won’t have to use the bathroom in the home. They should also get the chance to run around and play instead of being cooped up in an apartment all day. This should prevent them from chewing on furniture from restlessness.

Related:
Guide on Moving and Renting With Your Pet

Get an apartment-friendly breed

Moving into an apartment, you probably won’t have a whole lot of space or a huge backyard. This means you don’t want a huge dog or a dog known for being particularly energetic. You want a tame dog who is small. It doesn’t hurt if they don’t shed very often. Some of the best breeds for small apartments:

  • Bichon Frise
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese crested
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu

These dogs are great companions for people who live in a small space. They are fine if left home alone for a while, and they aren’t too high maintenance throughout the day.

Prepare for legal battles

No matter how much you prepare, you can still find yourself in a legal issue with your landlord or other tenants related to your pet. When this happens, you should have a civil litigation lawyer ready to help you through the process.

You want to do everything you can to prove that your dog should be welcome in your new apartment. Follow these tips to prevent problems before they happen, but you should also prepare for the worst-case scenario.

Related:
4 Dog Breeds That Are Great for Apartment Living

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