How to Maintain an Apartment with Dogs (and get back your deposit)

Let me get this off my chest first - the only thing I hate about living in my current apartment is that my landlord won’t let me have a pet. Otherwise, I love love love my space. That being said, I have friends and neighbours with pets so I always have access to them. No biggie.

Now if you have a dog (or plan to get one) and you’re renting (lucky you!), I’m sure you put down a pet deposit when you moved in. If you didn’t (again, lucky you!), you don’t want to leave the place a mess when it’s time to move out. So, to avoid any unnecessary fees or problems in the future, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Know what you’re getting yourself into

  • Choose an appropriate breed

  • Training is important

  • Protect your dog

  • Hire some help


Know what you’re getting yourself into

Most people who don’t own or have never owned a dog don’t know the struggles that come with it. On the outside, they’re these adorable looking, photo perfect creatures that everybody loves but before you get a dog you need to understand that it’s a job on it’s own.

Your dog is like your child and you need to spend time with it. If you’re busy with your job all day and barely have any time at night to spend time with your dogs, you have no business getting one.


Choose an appropriate breed

By this I mean, examine your lifestyle and choose a dog that would be appropriate. If for example you work all day, it’s best to have two dogs so they’re not lonely. Also, dogs left alone for long periods tend to act out and you might be coming home to chaos if not properly handled.

When you get a dog that matches your lifestyle, you’re more able to train them and less problems will occur. Someone that enjoys running would be a perfect match for a Lab or Golden Retriever.

If you live in a small apartment, do some research on apartment friendly dogs. A Great Dane is a wonderful apartment dog if you don’t concentrate on it’s size. This dog spends most of the day relaxing and not running around so you’re less likely to run into accidents.

A Border Collie on the other hand is a very active dog. This breed needs proper exercises at least twice a day and also lots of space in your home. This is why they’re best for people that live in houses with a backyard.

If you don’t like to clean often, look into dog breeds that don’t shed a lot. Also, some dog breeds require more grooming than others, like a Lhasa Apso and if you’re not prepared or don’t have the time, don’t get those.


Training is important

This goes without saying. A well trained dog will give you less problems in your apartment. Things like where to do their business, where and when to eat and even when to go outside are very important.

When you train your pet to obey your commands and reward them, they’ll notice and keep doing the things you like just so they can get some treats.

If your dog isn’t trained properly, they’ll just keep doing whatever they like which can cost you in the long run.


Protect your furry animal

Dog proofing your apartment by making it safe is super important. Put cables and cords away and out of sight so your dog can’t chew on them, Same goes for house plants - keep them away from your dog where they can’t access them.

Consider purchasing a crate or dog gate so you have control of where your dog goes and you know where they are at any given time. A crate or dog bed lets your dog know that it’s theirs, also gives them the feeling of a safe space where they can always go into.


Hire some help

If you want a dog in your apartment but you have no time or patience to train or take care of it yourself, look into working with a professional dog trainer. These people have spent years dealing with all kinds of dogs.

As long as you go your research and hire from a reputable company or person, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

With a trainer, you won’t have to spend a lot of time making sure your dog isn’t acting out because your trainer would provide you with necessary information for success.

Regular visits to the vet shouldn’t be forgotten. Make sure you’re following your vets instructions as far as food, grooming, exercise and routine in general. You’ll have a very happy furry friend.

Tell me in the comments, what kind of dog do you have and what’s the one thing you love about your dog?