Pet Ownership Can Be Expensive And/Or Very Troublesome For Apartment Renters

Even if you do find an apartment that has a pet-friendly policy, expect to pay substantially for the privilege, either a large up-front deposit when you move in or a monthly add-on fee for your rent. And if you try to sneak your beloved pet in expecting to not get caught, forget it. You will only be asking for legal proceedings against you. Complexes that allow pets for a fee have to cover the costs of any damage your pet may do as well as cover maintenance of pet parks and other features available for your pet. Expect to pay either a large up front deposit or monthly fee, or both. And if your pet accidentally damages your carpet, don't be surprised if the replacement cost to you runs far more than your deposit. You are paying for a privilege that the property owner had just as soon not allow. Another disadvantage to pet ownership is finding a roommate who is as fond of your pet as you are. Two people sharing the same living area can be awkward, but adding a pet to the mix can quickly become an unhappy situation for everyone. Not everyone likes pets in their living area, plus many people have allergies that can make the situation impossible. So, before you get too attached to your animal friend, even if you have a patio or small outside play area for the animal, consider that it may literally be more costly to keep than it is worth in companionship.

The housing downturn made renting instead of owning a popular choice for many Americans. Many families have turned to smaller spaces to save money.  And in terms of roommates, one of the most agreeable cohabitants can be of the canine variety – they don’t steal your groceries or borrow your clothes, and they can be a constant source of companionship and unconditional love! Living in an apartment is possible with a dog, given a little foresight and planning. Here are some considerations when downsizing with your pooch, or adopting a dog into your current apartment situation.

 
1. Be realistic     
 
There are some breeds and temperaments of dogs that are not well-suited to apartment life. Dogs that are very high energy, such as a Labrador or Border collie, may really struggle being confined to a small space.  Often the frustration of being cooped up and bored translates into destructive behaviors like chewing.
 
Especially large breeds won’t fit well in tiny spaces, either. Take an honest look at your main living areas and map out space for a kennel, dog bed, food dishes and toys. You may discover you’ll be better off with a 20-lb. mutt than the Chesapeake Bay retriever you’ve always wanted.
 
2. Communicate with your landlord
 
Always talk to your landlord about existing pets when searching for an apartment or before adopting a pet.  Some landlords will have specific requirements about what size and breeds of dogs are acceptable – sometimes for legal reasons.  There will most likely be an extra pet deposit for post-move out cleaning or any damage Fido might cause.  Whatever you agree upon, read your lease thoroughly before signing.
 
It’s not realistic to try and sneak a dog into a no-pet apartment. Eventually, the landlord or a neighbor will discover your pup and then you’ll be in a real bind, forced to move or give up your beloved dog.
 
3. Keep your dog current on vaccinations and parasite preventives
 
This is really important since most apartment comple

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