5 Tips for Rental Living with Pets

5 Tips for Rental Living with Pets

Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can’t eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.

5 Tips for Rental Living with Pets

Once you’ve found a pet-friendly apartment, condo, townhouse, or home for you and your furry four-legged friend, it’s important to be extra cautious of the flooring and walls to prevent extra damage costs. Depending on your living space, consider these six helpful tips to keep your home rental clean and in one piece.

1. Aim for the first floor

If you’re looking at renting in an apartment, condo, or townhome in a multiple story building, try requesting for the first floor. Not only does it save your fellow neighbors from loud paws from running above but it’s very convenient to for you and your pet to get out the door for bathroom breaks.

2. Establish a potty routine

Getting your dog use to a bathroom routine is always a huge help to prevent accidents in the house. Your dog will find it easier to adapt if they stick to a potty routine before you run out for the day and when you come back home. And just how cats like their privacy, be sure to stick their litter box in a spare room or hidden area. Using enclosed litter boxes are also very helpful for cleaning and preventing litter scatter on the floors.

3. Keep pets entertained

It’s best to keep high energy pets entertained whether with toys or even DOGTV (Yes, this exists). Especially dogs, they can get lonely or depressed when stick in the house all day so be sure to also provide them with lots of exercise or get them outdoors whenever possible. Consider hiring a dog walker or pet sitter if you’re gone for long hours at a time.

4. Pet-proof your home

Other than placing pee pads all over the apartment, use doggy gates to keep your pet designated in one area. One specific area will be a lot easier to clean and maintain than having to worry about other areas of your home being affected if you let your dog roam freely throughout the home.

5. Set aside extra money

It better to be safe than sorry by setting aside extra cash for any damages that your pet has done. Accidents happen and that’s okay! But prepare to lose your deposit or pay extra fees if your pet has destroyed or heavily stained the flooring.