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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GPS Tracking Your Pooch

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GPS tracking systems for dog owners

Many pet owners have heard about the GPS tracking trend that is currently catching on quick. In this modern age of technology, it’s easy enough to find one of your friends by checking Google maps or by using one of your smartphone apps. Where once these devices were a preserve of the military and some government agencies, they have become commonplace, and are now being introduced to pet care.

GPS for your dog

GPS isn’t just for mountain climbers and explorers any more, it has found its way into our cars, computers and cell phones as well. And now, it’s made an appearance for dogs too. Just imagine being able to find your dog by calling them- on your cell phone. Though they may not answer, their location is handled by the many satellites that orbit the earth, and by far proves one of the most effective ways of finding a lost pooch.

These units utilize a long lasting battery unit which will need to be changed on a regular basis to ensure they work when you need them to. The device simply attaches to the collar, making it removable at any time. But, due to their increasing size, they can prove a burden to some smaller dog breeds. They are also going to be more expensive than a microchip as well, but the benefits may be better overall.

The benefits of instant tracking

One of the biggest issues with using a microchip is the fact that it has to be scanned by a shelter or veterinarian.  [tweet this]

While it’s common for dogs to wander out on their own on occasion, it means that an owner must wait until their dog is found before taking any action. In some cases, this can cost the owner valuable time, especially in cases where the dog has been stolen.

Contrary to this, the GPS tracking device allows an owner to immediately locate their lost pup. Access to a computer or smart phone will allow you to link up and locate your dog almost instantaneously. This is because your dog can be tracked anywhere in the world- or at least where there is internet or mobile access. It is even possible to find out where your dog has traveled in the past week, allowing you to examine their patterns and get a feel for where they’ve been and what neighbors’ homes they’ve visited (especially if they seem to be getting a little chubby on the sides). There is a sense of security with knowing exactly where your dog is, even when you can’t see them (they might just be snuggled up under the couch cushions).

On not in your dog

One of the more favorable aspects of the GPS unit is that it isn’t injected into the dog. For many owners, this is a great relief, especially if they feel that something foreign in their dog’s body might prove harmful. It also does not require a visit to the vet’s office either, which is often an additional cost not tagged onto the chip itself. So, it is reasonable to say that GPS is financially a better option.

Unfortunately, because these devices can be removed from the dog, it proves to be an issue when it comes to theft. Because it is tagged on your dog’s leash, it can be removed and discarded easily, even if they don’t know what the device is. However, the benefits of the unit is that it can record and track previous movement, offering a lead on potential culprits for the police to follow.

Using a GPS unit to track your dog has some extraordinary benefits that allow owners to instantly locate their pup as soon as they’re discovered missing. However, this does not vacate responsibility on the owner’s part. A good owner always knows where their pup is, even when they’re just out in the yard playing with their favorite stick or barking at the neighbor’s cat.

GPS has entered the pet arena, and more owners are beginning to see its advantages. While not every owner can afford such a device financially, it is always good to consider exactly how much your pup is worth to you. And for many owners, that value is priceless.

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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Dealing With Your Dog in Rented Places

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Dog owner tips when moving to a new rented place

One of the biggest challenges a pet owner faces is having a dog in rented digs. We don’t own it, and as a result, there are often many rules to abide by, and sometimes signs that state “No dogs allowed”.

But that isn’t to say you can’t find a place for you and your pooch to live in. As long as you know what to say, what to look for, and what to expect, you’ll be able to find a cozy place for you and the pup to enjoy life together.

Basically, finding a place to live isn’t that hard, when you’re by yourself. So, what changes when you have a dog with you? Well, most renters have likely encountered individuals that couldn’t control their pets. Some may have damaged the rental space, others may have been noisy (barkers), and some may have even had domestic troubles (pooping issues, biting, etc.). This means that you have to see the world from the renter’s view. In many cases, dogs can prove unpredictable to them. So, it’s up to you to prove that both you and the dog are trustworthy and will make excellent occupants.

Announce your dog

First of all, don’t hide the fact that you have a dog. It can lead to all sorts of trouble and break the trust between you and the landlord. Often times, the worst thing you can do is try to hide the dog. It often raises suspicions, makes people uncomfortable, and can even result in immediate eviction if they discover the pup and they aren’t allowed as per the lease agreement. Simply be upfront and ask about policies and regulations concerning dog owners. You’d be surprised at how much friendlier the landlord will be when you’re honest about it. Plus, not all “no dogs allowed” signs apply if you know how to talk nicely.

Prove you’re responsible

Simply announcing your dog’s presence isn’t enough, you’ll have to prove you’re a responsible owner too. [tweet this]

Because your landlord, most likely, doesn’t know who you are and therefore can’t vouch for your abilities and your dog’s level of obedience, you’ll have to use other sources. These sources, such as references from previous landlords or property management agencies, will make an excellent case to any leaser and ease their mind about trusting you.

Additionally, you’ll need to have your dog’s licensing and shot information up to date. A recent trip to the vet with a clean bill of health will make for an excellent source to provide for your potential leaser. It doesn’t have to be anything exuberant, simply make sure that they’ve had their most recent shots and vaccinations and that they are in general good health.

Introduce them

Because your potential renter doesn’t know your dog at all, it would be a good idea that they get to know them, especially if they’re going to be interacting later on (when the landlord visits or checks in). Offer to let the two (landlord and dog) interact. This will help them feel more secure about your particular pup and affirm that they will also be a good resident. Plus, it’ll be good for your dog, so they aren’t suddenly surprised when the landlord shows up one day.

There will likely be extra costs when renting with a pet, so don’t be surprised. These pet deposits are often up-front, but some may tack on a monthly addition to your lease. However, there are occasions where providing a good dog-resume will result in a waiver for the pet deposit.

Look before you sign

Before you sign anything, be sure to read over your contract carefully and know what your dog can and can’t do (such as curfew, leash rules, or potty locations): What will happen if you violate them? Will there be a fine? How many warnings do you get before eviction? These are important to note, because they are the rules that you are going to have to abide by while you and your pup live there. And because your dog probably isn’t going to be able to read, it’s your responsibility to make it clear to them.

Renting a space for you and your pup to reside isn’t an impossible task. If you can prove that you’re a responsible owner and that your pup is an obedient one, you’ll be able to gain the trust of your potential landlord and ensure that your stay there is something that everyone will enjoy.

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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