What to Look for in a Dog Friendly Apartment Rental

Dog friendly apartment tips for dog owners

One of the most frustrating things for any pet owner is finding an apartment that will accommodate their four-legged companion. While an individual might not have too much trouble, it is often the “No Pets Allowed” sign on apartment complexes that makes it difficult for a pet owner to find a home.

So, what should you look for in an apartment? Is there something special? Is there an easy way to go about finding one? Luckily, the online world has made it easier for pet owners to connect with one another, sharing ideas and theories concerning their pets and homes. So when it comes to finding an apartment, things are looking up for dog lovers.

Higher rent?

Initially, pet owners are always going to face higher prices when it comes to renting. The rationale behind this is: more inhabitants equals more rent. While some apartment complexes will allow pets, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll approve the idea of having dogs around. If they do agree to let the dog stay, the rent will be much higher, as will the deposit. The deposit is just in case there is extensive damage or failure to pay rent, and while some owners are sure their pup is well trained, the leaser isn’t as confident.

In this case, getting out of a security deposit (larger ones for pets) will take some finesse on your part. Don’t be shy about asking your leaser what you can do to avoid a higher deposit. For the most part, leasers will want to see records of shots, good behavior, and previous tenant recommendations. Putting together a portfolio for your dog is just as important as constructing one for yourself. You’d be surprised at how differently a leaser will act towards you and your stay with them.

As an extra option, it’s generally good practice to introduce your dog initially. Choose a neutral area where the leaser can meet your dog and become accommodated with them. If you’re going to be leasing an apartment from them, it’s a good idea to do this up-front so that your dog will know who is at the door when they show up (no barking or disturbing the neighbors is a big plus).

Pet guidelines

With the portfolio and meeting taken care of, you’ll want to get a feel for what is and isn’t allowed on the premises. What are the rules of the complex? Is there a curfew? Where can one walk the dog? It is good to know this, so you don’t feign ignorance when something bad happens. Remember, ignorance is no defense.

You also need be concerned with certain topics such as the leash laws. What are the laws of the city? Pet ordinances? Does your rental contract coincide with city rules and regulations? While the lease agreement may not mention some of these, not all cities are pet-friendly. Some may ban certain breeds, such as the pit-bull dog. Be aware of what the city ordinances state before moving into an area.

Finding a place

When it comes to locating these pet-friendly areas, things can seem like a hit-and-miss adventure. Luckily, the online world has made it abundantly clear how important our companions are to our living needs. These sites will hopefully help some of you pet owners out there that are searching for a friendly place to live.

• Peoplewithpets.com provides a large network of cities that are in general pet-friendly. You can locate hotels, apartment rentals, and even find a nice park to play in while on vacation. http://www.peoplewithpets.com/
• For the most part, cities are often inclined to promote their welcoming nature to the four-legged companion. Metro Animal is the St. Louis area pet-friendly guide for rentals in the entire area. http://www.metroanimal.org/rental/main.html
• Los Angeles also offers their own directory http://www.peoplewithpets.com/aptmetro.asp?metro=Los%20Angeles
• As does Portland, Oregon at Portland Pooch.com http://www.portlandpooch.com/directory/housing.htm

While not all cities will have their own directory, many of the larger cities- where finding an apartment can be extremely difficult in general- do offer a directory to make the search easier for you and the pup to find a good place to live.

If you’re looking to rent in the city, be sure to investigate the rules and ordinances applying to your four-legged companion. Also, be prepared to pay a little extra and invest some effort into proving that you’ll both make excellent tenants on your search for a new home.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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High Adventure with Your Pooch

Adventures are best when they’re shared, and who better to share them with than your ever faithful companion? There are so many things you can do, but you are always left with the concern: “Can my dog come too?” This is often one of the most difficult questions that pet owners have to constantly ask themselves. And the answer commonly leaves us looking for a different activity for both us and our dogs to enjoy.

Starting with the highest adventure, parasailing and paragliding can put the wind and fresh air in your faces as you soar high above the ocean or other types of landscapes. Lately, both activities have allowed both us and our pets to get into the air. While no company in the United States is readily equipped or insured, to take your pooch up in the air, many individuals have concurred that their pups also enjoy the feeling of the wind in their faces. After all, they do enjoy sticking their heads out of windows and enjoying the cool breeze. Places like San Francisco and Hawaii http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/01/kui-the-paragliding-dog/ have become a hotspot for owners and their dogs to be able to take to the air and enjoy the sights and experiences. Because paragliding and parasailing can be performed from boats and in the right conditions, possibly many other environments, it is possible to find places where you and your dog can enjoy this type of adventure together.

Currently, there is no specifically manufactured harness available, but the practice has incorporated the use of sturdy units that support the dog’s chest, and then attaching them directly to your harness while they sit on your lap, much like the British pet lover Jimmy Rimsk has done in this instance:

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/857601-forget-walkies-this-dog-likes-to-go-paragliding-instead. Custom harnesses have been constructed, and YouTube is littered with videos of dogs and their owners soaring the skies. As the trend catches on, we hope to see professional paragliding companies joining in on the adventure.

Achieving an extra bit of altitude might take you in a different direction. Have you ever considered exploring the mountains on a llama trek? How about your dog accompanying you on a llama trekking adventure? Unfortunately, the industry avoids allowing pets into their facilities, based on the fact that dogs and llamas don’t seem to get along very well. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience an adventure that takes you into the great outdoors. Maybe your dog would like to go kayaking with their owners down a river. This is actually growing in popularity, not just because of the adventure, but because it can also help train your dog effectively. The Canine Center for Training and Behavior http://www.morefunthandirt.com/ is a unique school for owners and their dogs that incorporate the bonding process and the role it plays in healthy relationship development. Located in Austin Texas, this facility is dedicated to providing a natural and adventurous environment for dogs and their owners to share and develop. Amongst trail hikes and Yoga, the Kayaking experience seems to excel beyond the average experiences that dogs are used to.

For those unfamiliar with kayaking, it is a small vessel, normally seated with no more than two individuals. With the use of a paddle, you can control the direction of the kayak as it shifts and shakes with the current of the river. For your dog, this is an experience that helps them learn the art of balance and agility as they shift their weights to compensate for a change in direction. A recommended addition to the kayak is a shower or yoga mat for your dog to stand on, so they will have extra traction during the adventure. The cool water and adrenalin rush you get is extraordinary, and when combined with the companionship of your dog, it is possibly one of the most memorable moments you will experience with your dog.

Remember that adventures come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re sailing with the wind or with the river, the real adventure is that you get to share it with your dog. The world is full of adventure, and it only gets better when you can share it with your favorite companion. Whether it’s high up in the sky, or navigating the adventurous currents of the river, you can share an awesome experience with your pooch.

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Fun Picture Blogs if You Love Dogs

Something that never seems to get old to any dog lover is seeing their fellow dog owners enjoy the company of such a valuable companion. However, dog blogs never seem to be complete without an exotic picture that says: this dog is indeed unique. These simple pictures let us know that dogs around the world, whether they’re sleeping or running through the snow, are enjoying the time of their life. And that gives every owner the priceless feeling that we too can enjoy the time of our lives with our best friend.

Ready, Set, Action!

Amongst the variety of blogs, an all-time favorite is to have a blog that portrays your dog in action. Pictures have the awesome ability of catching our four-legged friends in motion, whether they’re playing or even eating a bowl of pasta, such as the unique http://dogseatingpasta.tumblr.com/ , that focuses on odd pictures of the cutest dogs enjoying a variety of this human dish. This of course is a favorite for anyone that has ever seen Lady and the Tramp. But, action doesn’t stop there, especially when your dog has seemingly taken on a few characteristics of their owners. Such sites as http://fuckyeahdogsoncomputers.com/ (the name is legit, even if it is a little vulgar) and the awesomely titled http://dogs-looking-like-people.tumblr.com/ really appeal to dog lovers, making you realize that having a dog that’s just like you are can be both silly and attractive.

The site http://cooldogs.tumblr.com/ is a favorite for putting our lovable friends in a “Too Cool” situation. Dogs with sunglasses- check. Dogs chilling in the car window- check. This site has exactly what any dog owner loves when they picture their own dog just being cool.

What they’re doing when they don’t think you’re looking

Of course, candid cameras often take the best picture. Remember that any faithful dog believes in the honorable law of: I’ll wait for you forever. So, to really display the depth of a dog’s mindset, the site http://dwfth.tumblr.com/ is dedicated to displaying exactly this particularly adorable quality that strengthens the bond between humans and their dogs, even if we aren’t always there to see it.

Seeing is breathtaking

Perhaps a favorite amongst dog owners is witnessing a dog with a view. Perhaps one of the most breathtaking sites that displays these beautiful shots that say more than a thousand words with each picture is http://dogsandgreatviews.tumblr.com/ . If you adore seeing dogs, and you love seeing them enjoy some exotic and beautiful scenery that enunciates their breed and origins, you’re guaranteed a great view on this blog.

Dogs and their expressions

There is also the natural expression that we love to see on a dogs face- more commonly the squishy face. One of these popular sites, http://squishfacedogs.com/ , is completely designated to flaunting the cuteness of the natural expression of many dog breeds. While not all dogs are naturally squishy faced, you may find yourself playing with your own dog’s face, giving them a massage and changing their expression, even if it turns out a little squishy.

The names we give dogs, and the names they give themselves

Naming your dog isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Some like to be exotic (Jayne Cobb, the regulator) while others love Deogee (DOG). With so many creative names that owners can come up with, sites like http://namesfordogs.tumblr.com/ have completely dedicated their blog to finding new and exotic names that you can vote on or get ideas from for your dogs. This blog really gives a dog owner the opportunity to be creative with their dog’s name, providing an extra bit of character to their companion’s title. But, just remember that while you call your dog one thing, they may be calling themselves another (Dante the Infernal House Runner).

Dogs and their companions

Of course, we can’t forget the pictures we love to take WITH our dogs. Many sites, such as http://cooldogs.tumblr.com/ and http://menandtheirdogs.tumblr.com/ love to display pictures of owners and sometimes other people posing with their four-legged friends. And what could be better than seeing dogs interacting with their companions. You get to see anything from a simple hide and seek game to a set of smiling faces (yes, dogs do smile, even if some don’t believe it).

Any owner knows that most dogs don’t like getting their picture taken. They turn away at the last second, or decide they want to play, rather than sit still. Perhaps this is what makes dog pictures a great and unique addition to our blogs. If you like dogs, and you love to see them in any situation from action to resting, be sure to check out some great pictures that will please any dog lover.

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