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How to Get Your Deposit Back When You Own A Pet

Dartmouth Dog Sitting on Moving BoxesKeeping a pet in a rental house is a huge responsibility, and most Dartmouth renters know that. Not only do you have to keep your pet safe and healthy, but you also have to keep your rental home safe from pet damage as well. Pet damage is one of the ways a renter can lose their security deposit. Even a landlord who agrees to let you keep a pet will still want his property returned in good condition once you leave. If you keep a pet, you will need to minimize pet damage if you want to get your security deposit back. What’s good is that, with these tips, you can keep your beloved animal from causing major damage to your rental home.

Keep Claws Busy

Scratching is a natural habit for cats and some other household pets. If you keep scratching behaviors away from floors and walls, you can protect your rental house. Cats love scratching pads and posts. Give yours one! Even a simple, inexpensive item can prevent them from scratching other surfaces. Although cats are drawn to scratching pads or posts, you can reinforce their use by using pheromone sprays and wipes.

Keep Boredom at Bay

Boredom is one of the most common reasons a dog will bite or chew on walls, doors, and other household surfaces. If you notice your dog chewing on everything, it may mean he needs more exercise and playtime. Regular exercise helps manage your dog’s energy as well as curb his chewing habits. Mental stimulation is equally important. If you have an exceptionally smart dog, teaching him some tricks will keep him occupied.

Proper Potty Training

Housebreaking your dog is critical if you want to protect your rental home from damage. Dog and cat urine are quite destructive and can severely damage walls and floors. Let your dog have yard access during the day if possible. Provide litter boxes for cats and keep the litter clean every day. If you find any other spots and accidents in the house, that may be a signal for you to bring your pet to a veterinarian for a check-up. Some pets may have physical conditions that make them lose control of their bodily functions, many of which can be corrected with appropriate treatment. Clean any potty mess in the house with a good quality enzymatic cleaner. This cleaner eliminates odors and discourages your pet from using the area again when he feels the need to go.

Manage Anxiety

There are some pets that tend to feel anxious whenever they are left home alone. Dogs may become agitated and may bark, jump, or chew on blinds, doors, and even carpet. It is important that you train your pet to reduce or eliminate certain behaviors if you will be leaving him home alone for hours every day. Separation anxiety can be managed by creating a routine. Each time you leave, go through the same motions in the same order. Leaving or coming back must not be made a big deal of. Waiting until your dog is calm before giving him affection will train him to reduce the intensity of his excitement when he meets you at the door.

Use these strategies to prevent damage to your rental house and get your full security deposit, all while keeping your pet happy and healthy.

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