When you rent, it can be difficult to own pets. Not only are there many guidelines and rules about pets put in place by conscientious landlords, there’s also the safety and comfort of your dog and neighbors to think about. Keeping a pet locked up in an apartment all day while you’re at work can be hard on both of you, and they may begin to act out in frustration. While barking is second nature to most dogs, it can be irksome for neighbors whether they have pets of their own or not.
There’s a lot to think about, so it’s important to do a little research on the best ways to ensure your dog minds his manners. Having a good plan in place will help you keep everyone happy and, just as importantly, will keep your home nice and damage-free. You can start right here, with some of the best tips on how to rent with a dog.
Get him trained
Even if your dog isn’t a puppy anymore, it’s still a good idea to go over some commands and basic training with him to ensure he minds his manners for the duration of your rental. There are several things you can do yourself at home, but if your dog is especially stubborn, consider hiring a professional to give you some help. Your dog’s behavior is especially important in a rental situation, where you don’t want him to tear up window coverings or carpet.
Consider hiring some help
Your dog may need a little reprieve from hanging out at home all day, especially if you work long hours or have a small space. Think about sending him to doggy daycare, or getting a pet sitter to come and play with him and let him out while you’re away. This will help keep his behavior in line and prevent boredom, which can sometimes lead to trouble.
Spend some quality time with him
Your pet may need some extra attention if he’s been lashing out lately, so find some local spots that allow dogs and take him out once in awhile. There are plenty of restaurants and other businesses in Asheville that are pet-friendly, such as Sunny Point Cafe, Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar, and Wicked Weed Brewing; you can also try heading to the park for a day of fun activities. Azalea Park is a great spot for dogs in the Asheville area.
Know your rights
You may be tempted to not be completely honest on a housing application if they don’t allow dogs, especially if you’ve seen other dogs on the property or know someone who snuck a pet past the owners. However, according to the Humane Society, if the lease has it in writing that no pets are allowed, you may find yourself with some legal issues down the road. Know what the rules are–and what your rights as a renter are–before you sign anything.
Give your pet lots of exercise
It’s always a good idea to play with your pet often and take him outside for plenty of exercise. This will help him feel he’s getting some attention from his beloved master, but more importantly it will help tire him out so that he’s well-behaved for bedtime and during the day when you’re gone. Just remember to keep him on a leash (unless you’re at a park where off-leash dogs are allowed) and bring along bags to clean up after him.
Renting with a pet can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Finding the right place for you and your dog is the most important element, so start by doing some good research on your area and work out from there.
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Author: Medina James, Founder of dogetiquette.info