Accommodating Pets in Your Rental
Accommodating Pets in Your Rental ~ Southern Residential Leasing
Moving into a new place with pets soon? Having pets is extremely rewarding but if you live in a rental home or condo, it can be a lot of work. Here are a few tips to make sure accommodating pets in your rental is a smooth and seamless experience!
- Exercise with your pet. Large breed dogs like Labradors, retrievers, or shepherds will need lots of outside time! When you live in a home with a large backyard this is easy. You can throw a ball for them. If you’re in an apartment, this requires you to get some outside time, too! You’ll both get exercise and it’s a great chance to bond with your dog. Tip: if your apartment complex has a large grassy area, get your dog an extendable leash that they can run on to chase a ball. Just make sure not to throw it too far!
- Keep your pet entertained. If your beloved dog is chewing on your shoes, or your cats won’t stop clawing the sides of your couches, it may be a sign that they’re bored and aren’t getting enough attention. That’s right, cats need attention just as much as dogs do! , Give your pets fun, interactive toys if you’re gone all day and they can roam free. Don’t forget to switch their toys out every month or so! Also, a great option for cats are catnip toys – fill it with catnip and watch them go!
- Establish bathroom routines. Dogs are creatures of habit and if you get them on a regular schedule, they will know when it’s time for a bathroom break. Your dog can also be trained to go to the bathroom in certain areas outside. Cats, on the other hand, like privacy and will want their litterboxes in a secluded area. Store their litterboxes in an unused bathroom or office area if possible.
- Be courteous to your neighbors. If you live on a second floor or higher apartment, your neighbors will probably not appreciate your dog thundering across the floor. If your dog is a loud barker, it may keep your neighbors up at night. Consult with your veterinarian about training if this is the case.
Having a pet in your apartment will take time, responsibility, and patience, but at the end of the day, no one is happier to see you when you come home! In the meantime, be sure to check out our pet-friendly rentals in Destin, Pensacola, and Alabama.