Moving to a new place is always a big transition, and you’ll want to do everything you possibly can to make it easier. If you are moving to, or living in, a community that has a pet-friendly policy, adopting a furry friend is a great way to make your new apartment feel more like home. However, having a pet is a big responsibility. Here are some tips to remember when living with a pet in your apartment home:
1. Check your community’s pet policy
First thing’s first! It is important to remember that not all apartment communities allow pets. Before bringing in a pet or adopting one, look into the pet policy. How many pets can you have? What size do they have to be? Are there pet fees or pet rent? Looking these things up in advance will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Knowledge is power!
2. Look up which breeds are permitted
If your community is pet-friendly, make sure to research what breeds of dog are allowed. A lot of the time certain breeds are not permitted to live in apartment communities, such as Pitbulls, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds. If you are not sure about what type of breed is okay to have, ask the onsite team what is and is not allowed. Remember, an apartment community is home to many, so often times restrictions are to insure the comfort and safety of all.
3. Pick up after your pet
Picking up after your pet is one of the most important things to remember when taking them for a walk. The community is not only your home but the home of all the other residents, so it is imperative to be respectful. Some communities have posts that contain doggy bags for you to use, so feel free to do so! Having a clean community should be a priority, so one suggestion could make a difference.
4. Prepare your apartment
Pets, especially ones who are not yet potty trained, have a tendency to go to the bathroom in your home. Not only that, but pets also chew and scratch on items that they are not supposed to. Preparing your floors, walls, carpets and anything else you can think of is important in making sure that a future charge for damages is not in your future! For example, you can put down dog potty pads to help prevent accidents and fill the room with tons of acceptable things to chew such as toys!
5. Keep your neighbors in mind
While it is impossible to stop your pet from completely making a lot of noise, it is possible to settle them down. Having your pet make a ton of noise while the neighbors’ baby is napping could end in a disaster. If your dog barks a lot, think of solutions to help them calm down, and have them on hand in case your furry friend is feeling very verbal. A great way to help with all of that energy is taking your furry companion to playtime. For example, take them to Petco! Petco offers a free puppy playtime on weekends in certain locations which is a great way to socialize your pup!
6. Hire a dog walker
Certain pets, especially dogs, require a lot of attention and if you work a lot, you may not be able to give them the amount that they need. If that is the case, try to find someone to play with and walk your dog! This will not only be good for your energetic pup, but it will be helpful with the prevention of accidents. Rover.com and Care.com are two websites where you can easily find a dog walker in your area! Not to mention, you can always ask your onsite team at your community for recommendations, as well.
Remembering these tips when bringing a pet into your apartment will help make things a little easier. Though it is a lot of work, having a furry companion is a wonderful thing!