Holly Welles

Pet policies might seem restrictive, but they exist for a reason. Your landlord doesn't want to enter your apartment to find scratched hardwoods, broken drywall and chewed carpets – and can you blame them? In their eyes, your dog is a rowdy, excitable roommate who never learned to use the toilet.

When you view the situation from your landlord's perspective, it's clear why many of them don't allow animals on their property. Fortunately, you found a landlord who does, and you get to enjoy the rental lifestyle with your furry friend by your side. You've lucked out, but you're not in the clear yet.

To keep your landlord and your dog on good terms, you have to take a few small precautions moving forward. We'll walk you through everything a pet owner needs to know, touching on four simple tips to prevent damage and maintain your apartment.

1. Manage allergens

If you live in an apartment, you likely share it with other tenants you want to remain friendly with. Not all of them are dog-lovers. Some of them have a reason, like allergies, and the presence of your furry friend can physically irritate them.

While shaving your dog is an option, it could make your neighbors more uncomfortable. Instead, clean your apartment from top to bottom on a regular basis. Visitors with allergies will appreciate vacuumed carpets and furless furniture, and you can use baking soda to neutralize trapped odors.

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2. Protect the floors

After you come home from a long day at work, your dog wants nothing more than to greet you at the door with all the fanfare you deserve. While you likely appreciate their affection, they tend to skate across the floors in their haste to reach you, unaware of the scratches they leave behind.

If your landlord has invested in hardwood flooring, they'll want some assurance that you're taking responsibility for potential damage. Your best defense when dealing with an overexcitable dog is an area rug or similar covering which will guard the surface of your flooring. It's also advisable to place a waterproof mat beneath their food and water dishes to minimize damage from moisture and reduce cleanup time.

It's also helpful to be proactive about clipping your dog's nails and cleaning up any accidents. Whether you live with cheap carpet, laminate or natural cherry, you'll be preventing any long-term damage that might affect your security deposit.

3. Build a schedule

While you might have taught your dog how to sit and stay, the concept of time is a little more complex. Build a schedule instead, leaving your apartment and returning home at a set time to acclimate your dog to your day-to-day life. They'll feel far less anxious when you go out.

Naturally, less anxiety results in fewer issues. A stressed dog will often chew at the carpet or furniture, but if they're well adjusted, they'll know when to expect your arrival. It's a small, but effective strategy for damage prevention which will serve you well.

4. Monitor your dog

Dogs have few forms of entertainment, and the most exciting part of their day usually consists of their walk. You could give them chew toys and turn the television on, but spending the day in your apartment, alone, becomes boring. This boredom translates to bad behavior, which translates to damage.

You have no reason to worry, however, as the simple installation of a pet camera can solve most of your problems. Some models come with two-way audio, and others have an interactive laser. Whichever model you choose, you'll feel confident knowing you can check on your pal at any time, from anywhere.

As long as you follow the four suggestions above, you'll minimize damage and maintain your relationship with your landlord and dog. Both deserve respect, and with a little foresight and some precautionary measures, it's possible to make everyone happy. Review some of the solutions on this list and see what you can do!



About The Author

Holly Welles

Holly Welles is a real estate writer and the editor behind The Estate Update, where she shares tips on making the most of any space. Her work can be found on Homes.com, Porch and other places around the web.