Landlords Welcome Responsible Owners and Well Trained Dogs
by Jenny Hart
A well trained dog is a joy to own and is warmly received by all who they meet. This serves you particularly well if you are amongst the 35% of Americans who live in rental property. While landlords have historically preferred tenants without pets owing to their fear that dogs in particular will cause damage, the benefits they can gain by accommodating renters with animals is starting to change their position. There is no shortage of pet owners looking for rental properties due to the lack of dog friendly accommodation, which means once they find a home they are happy with, they are more likely to stay for an extended tenancy and may even be prepared to pay a little extra each month to rent from a landlord who welcomes their dog. However, landlords need to be confident that you are a responsible owner and do indeed have your dog adequately trained.
Checking a dog owner is responsible
Landlords can assess whether you take your responsibilities seriously in a number of ways. Firstly, they willrun through a checklist which covers areas such as keeping up to date with health checks and preventative medicine for your dog, house training, exercise and acting responsibly when you leave them on their own in the house.
Ensuring your dog is neutered, receives yearly shots and taking preventative steps against fleas and worms indicates your care towards your pet, but also to other people’s; you’re therefore more likely to care for your landlord’s property.Knowing that your dog is house trained gives a landlord reassurance that they won’t have to worry about stains and odors in their property that could otherwise be a problem.Insufficient exercise is one of the main causes of behavioral problems in dogs, as without the chance to appropriately let off steam, a dog will turn to the likes of running about the house and chewing, both of which can be damaging to property. Two walks each day is often sufficient for many dogs, though the amount of exercise is largely determined by the breed and size of your dog, as well as their diet; feeding them good quality ingredients ensures that they are do not consume excessive amounts of starch and sugar, which can lead to hyperactivity.
A well exercised dog is also more likely to remain controlled when left alone. However, landlords will also be looking for an indication that you will make appropriate arrangements should your dog be left home all day if you are out at work; with this in place, a frustrated dog and the resulting damage is less likely.
Assessing your dog’s behavior
A landlord may also seek a reference from your current landlord to gauge your pet’s behavior; if this is the first time you are renting, they may approach your veterinarian instead. The best test of behavior of course is for them to meet your dog. While a friendly nature will work in their favor, if your dog jumps up at them and runs around excitedly, this will only place concerns in their mind that they will be uncontrolled in their property, jumping on furniture and running through the house. If you have trained your dog not to jump up at people, training them not to jump onto furniture will also help you stay on the right side of your landlord. While a landlord may provide protective covers to prevent scratch marks, stains and odors on soft furnishings, they’d always prefer it that your pet knows they are not allowed on the chairs and beds. They will also appreciate that a well trained dog will be able to adjust to their new environment and be able to follow the commands just as well as in their present home, which adds to their confidence that you will be a good tenant.