House hunting as a fur parent can be a lot more challenging than most people would imagine. As a result, it can take you quite a while to find the perfect accommodation for you and your pooch. And, if this is the first time that you are attempting a move with your pup, you may feel a little lost.
Well, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. It is easy enough to find a new place to live as long as you know the right tips and tricks. So, if you are looking to make this process easier, here is what you should do:
Be Aware of What Your Dog Needs
Not all homes are suitable for dogs. So, when selecting a house or a flat, there are several elements you should pay attention to.
The good news, though, is that your dog doesn’t need as much space as you may think. Even big breeds do relatively well in small spaces. Due to this, you can comfortably house your pooch in a flat without feeling an ounce of guilt.
However, outdoor space is important. If your dog doesn’t have access to a yard or garden, you need to be mindful of the location. Most dogs need a fair amount of exercise. And, more importantly, they need a place to take care of business. Thus, you need to make certain that you can readily find this space for your pup.
This is why it is a good idea to look at the area around the flat or the house and not just the property itself. Is the place very close to a busy street? If so, it may not be the ideal spot for your pup. Instead, look for somewhere where you can take your pup on long walks or, at least, play with them.
Start Your Search with Pet-Friendly Accommodation
To avoid wasting your time, start by looking at places that accept pets. Now, this can be a bit tricky. Around 78 percent of pet owners admit to finding it difficult to discover such accommodation. The good news, though, is that it has gotten a little easier.
Several websites can help you with your search. These sites give you the option of narrowing down accommodations that specifically allow dogs. This way, you don’t have to go through the additional hassle of convincing the landowner to let you keep your pooch with you.
It should be noted that there may be limitations with these accommodations. After all, many landlords haven’t listed their properties with such sites. Thus, you may not automatically find what you are looking for on these sites.
Fortunately, there are still some options available to you under these circumstances.
Convincing Landlords to Allow Your Pooch
More often than not, you may just have to convince a landlord to allow your pooch to stay with you. Needless to say, you are going to have to resort to a few tactics to make this work.
Your pup may provide you with emotional assistance. They may have even been “prescribed” by a psychologist or mental health expert. If so, they can be called an emotional support dog.
Thus, you should work on acquiring an ESA letter for your dog. While there are no laws protecting animals in the UK, some landlords may make an exception for you. After all, if you have proper certification, it means that you genuinely need your pooch by your side. Due to this, they may be more inclined to allow you to move in with your pup.
To improve your chances even further, gather proof that your pooch is a well-behaved dog. For instance, you can ask your current landlord to write a letter of recommendation. You can even show pictures of your residence as evidence that your dog isn’t destructive.
If your dog has had any kind of obedience training or just training in general, provide proof of this as well. The more evidence that you have to back up your claims, the better.
If the landlord has specific concerns – ruined furniture, etc. come up with how you can prevent or counteract these issues. Showing the individual that you can solve virtually any issue that they come up with will let them know that you have nothing to worry about.
In the event that the landlord continues to have doubts, arrange a meet and greet between your pooch and the landlord. If you have a cheerful, well-behaved pup, you will find that even the hardest of hearts will soften towards puppy dog eyes and a wagging tail.
Paying the Fur Tax
In some instances, you need to be willing to come to an agreement with the landlord. Some individuals will see things your way for the right price. Now, this could involve a type of “pet rent” that you pay on a monthly basis.
Or, your landlord may be required to put down a deposit. This way, if there is any damage done at all, the cost of the repairs will be deducted from this deposit. Such an arrangement gives the landlord peace of mind and shows them that they will be able to recoup all their money.
At the same time, it is important to know your rights. You shouldn’t let the landlord get away with quoting exorbitant amounts at you. Such costs often mean that the landlord is trying to cheat you.
There is no denying that it can take some time to find the ideal place for you and your pup. However, it isn’t an impossible endeavor. As long as you have the right strategy, you will find that it is a lot easier to locate a good place to live.
Just remember to start your search early on. This way, you will have more time to find a place that is perfectly suited to you and your pooch. Then, everyone will be happy with the arrangement – what more could you ask for?