Lots of apartments and house rentals are advertised as “dog friendly.” What this usually means is that tenants are allowed to have dogs. There is usually a pet deposit required, and in some cases there’s an additional monthly fee. Pet policies should be clearly listed on the website of any pet-friendly apartment.
Before you sign a lease on a “pet friendly” apartment, do some investigating to be sure it’s a place where you and your canine companion can be happy. Here are some things to consider:
- Does the staff welcome dogs? In some apartment buildings, staff members carry dog biscuits to share with friendly pets.
- Are other residents dog-friendly? Take your dog for a walk around the complex, to see how other residents react to your dog.
- Do your see other dogs? If you see other owners walking their dogs, ask them about their experiences.
- Are there dog-friendly accoutrements (extras)? Look for water bowls in public areas, “poop bag” dispensers, and grass areas for your dog to do his business.
- Are there dog-friendly places nearby? Where is the nearest dog park? The nearest vet? Jogging trail? Are there dog-friendly shops and restaurants?
Being dog-friendly means more than just allowing dogs. It means making dogs and their owners welcome, happy, and comfortable.