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Studying the contract carefully, as well as using some Internet search engines are key to finding a rental apartment where the dog is admitted

  • Author: By EVA SAN MARTÍN
  • Last update: August 16, 2012

Find a rental apartment for us and our dog It can be difficult. Some owners refuse that there are animals in their property or put obstacles to tenants looking for a house when they are accompanied by their dog. But there are five essential keys to success when you have a dog and looking for a rental apartment: The information is essential, the neighborhood must be appropriate for the dog, the contract must be reviewed, the possibility of contracting insurance and Internet search engines must be considered. to find a rental apartment that admits the dog.

The search for a apartment for rent It can get complicated when we have a dog as a companion. Not all property owners willingly accept the presence of animals in their buildings. Our pet in a rented apartment can be a source of conflicts both between the landlord and the tenant, as well as with the community of neighbors.

Not all property owners willingly accept the presence of animals in their buildings

Only in the Andalusian city of Córdoba, eight out of ten complaints that reach the Local Police through the "Green Line" telephone service, which ensures the defense of the urban environment, are related to problems of coexistence in neighboring communities. Among the most frequent complaints are noises due to the high volumes of televisions and music equipment, along with the barking of dogs. This situation is repeated in a similar way in most Spanish municipalities.

1. To rent with the dog information is essential

Getting in touch with the owner of the apartment is one of the keys to knowing his position when accepting the dog in his building and avoiding problems in the long or medium term. It is convenient to ask all the necessary questions to make sure that our dog It will be well received in the house. The breed and the size of the dog can be determining factors for certain tenants to receive the dog well.

A responsible owner who shows the vaccination card and a letter from the veterinarian has more facilities to find a flat for him and his dog

A responsible owner, however, has more facilities to find a suitable floor for him and his dog. Showing the updated vaccination card shows that you are a careful person with the animal's attention. Obtaining a letter of recommendation from the veterinarian, and even from the previous neighbors, are valuable arguments in our favor to achieve a rental apartment with our dog.

2. The neighborhood must be appropriate for the dog

Arrange an interview with the owner in the property that is intended rent It can be a good opportunity to determine if the house and the environment adapt to the needs of our four-legged friend. It is the occasion to locate the nearest and appropriate parks to walk outdoors with the dog.

Remember that a healthy adult dog needs a minimum of thirty minutes of daily physical activity to stay healthy and age. The dog needs long walks and games to keep fit and take care of his health, both physically and mentally.

3. Review the contract to avoid problems with the animal

He rental contract signed will be the legal document that determines the permitted or prohibited uses in the home, this explains that the presence of our dog must be authorized in it. However, some contracts clearly prevent the entry of dogs into the house. The document must be carefully reviewed and make sure that everything written in relation to the presence of the dog is clearly understood.

4. Insurance for possible damages that the dog can cause

Having a rental contract that allows the dog to live together is not always enough. Sometimes, it may be advisable to hire a dog insurance that covers possible damage that the dog can cause on the floor.

Admit the presence of dogs in the rented flat does not imply that they can cause damage. When our animal causes destruction in the house, we usually face the expenses, including those due to possible damage caused by our pet.

5. Internet search engines to find an apartment with an animal

The Internet is a valuable resource for anyone looking for a flat in a city and, especially, for the owner of a dog. Some web search engines used to find a home through the Network they have the option of selecting only the homes in which the dog will be welcome.

This is the case of the Trovit website, with a specific section for renting with animals, or the Nuroa search engine, which allows you to activate the box pets for dog lovers who refuse to give up the company of their friends.

Practical advice to find a flat with the dog

Getting in touch with the owner of the apartment is one of the keys to knowing his position regarding the acceptance of the dog in his building and avoiding problems in the long or medium term.

The neighborhood and the surroundings of the rented house must have green spaces and adapt to the needs of our four-legged friend.

Obtaining a letter of recommendation from the veterinarian, and even from the previous neighbors, are valuable arguments in our favor to achieve a rental with our dog.

Make sure the presence of the dog in the home is authorized in the contract.

Some Internet search engines have the option of selecting only the homes where the dog will be welcome.

Is it better to buy or adopt?

Incorporating a new member into the family is, first of all, a act of responsibility, a thoughtful decision and in which it has been valued well what it means to have a dog in all aspects, including the economic one and the acceptance by all the components of the family. Once meditated, if you decide to have a dog, without a doubt adopt is the best option. It is an excellent opportunity to have a dog because we want to enjoy the experience and at the same time we are improving three lives, ours, that of the newly adopted who will finally have a decent life and that of a third party that can be rescued and take the place of Our dog in the shelter. If you have any prejudice against the purchase, you have to put it aside and enjoy the possibility of choosing someone for the family and can choose your personality and physical features that interest you. When we choose a puppy we have no guarantee of a behavior model. However, when we adopt we have much more information about how that dog is and if it fits what we are looking for.

What should I keep in mind when choosing the type of dog?

We must assess whether our life model is very active or, on the other hand, it is rather relaxed and we like to spend a lot of time at home. You also have to take into account if we have children at home or older people. All this will help us to choose the right way to the one that can most easily adapt to our family. We must listen to what the caregivers of the shelter recommend, because they are the ones who know the dog best, and make a mix Between your advice and what we are seeing. It is also convenient to assess the emotional state of the dog we choose, if you have any behavioral problems and our experience with dogs. All are adoptable. And everyone will improve, leaving behind their past. But if you have little experience, it is better that the dog you choose does not pose a challenge too high at the beginning.

Is it advisable to expand the family if we are pregnant?

It is always advisable to adopt, but it is interesting to assess the time of pregnancy. It is not the same to be eight months as three. Yes the pregnancy is very advanced, maybe it is better to wait for the child to be born and wait until we have adapted to the new routines. If the pregnancy is still incipient, adopting does not bring any problem. The important consideration is that we take into account the changes that will happen in a few months and get used to the newcomer to the life we ​​will have and not to be excessively dependent.

Dogs, in general, do not misbehave the presence of children. On the contrary, what they carry wrong is that we put their lives upside down With sudden changes. If we get used to these changes gradually, we should have no problem with the arrival of the baby. When dogs have moderate stress levels, they are able to realize that the Newcomer is a 'puppy' and empathize with him becoming more delicate and even showing interest in caring for and protecting him. On the other hand, if the stress is high (and sudden changes in the routines cause stress) the opposite may happen and our dog may not carry the change well.

I live in an apartment, is it a problem to have a dog or cat?

No problem. For dogs, even large ones, being close to people is wonderful. Many of our clients tell us astonished that their dog has a large garden and, instead, always wants to be inside the house. A Dog is happier in an apartment of 30 square meters if you have an adequate routine of walks, that in a ten-hectare estate where you cannot live with your owners. It is important for them to be part of the family and living outside a house does not favor this. The same happens with cats: they love having their own places inside the house and, except for times when they feel the call of nature if they are not neutered, they do not show much interest in moving away from their comfort zone.

If you have a behavior problem, what do you advise us to do?

First assess whether it is really a problem of behavior or simply completely normal situations in certain stages of life. Many people think that a puppy or a young dog should behave well and this is not possible. We cannot pretend that an 8 month old dog behaves like a three year old. Like a 15-year-old human young man, he cannot behave like a lord of 35. The goal of educating puppies and young dogs is not that they behave well, it is to prepare them to become balanced and troubled dogs in their maturity. That is why we recommend that owners assess the frequency and intensity of what they consider a problem.

That a young dog ever gets bored and breaks something inappropriate at home is normal. That every day you eat half a house is a problem. If we believe that there is really a problem, these are some tips: the first would be to try to keep calm and not get angry. Shouting, punishing or shaking our dog will not solve the problem, the opposite will probably be achieved. The second would be to review the routines of walks and interaction with us. Quality walks accompanied without excessive attention, caresses, demand, etc. can improve the problem. Finally, if the behavior persists, it is advisable to consult.

Is it better to think or homemade food?

The best food for a dog is raw food within a balanced diet, such as the BARF diet (acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). There is a lot of information on the internet about how to create such a diet for the needs of each dog. But obviously this entails more discomfort and is not as comfortable as the feeding of our dog is based on feed. When an owner does not have time, or his model of life does not facilitate being able to use BARF diets, then the recommendation is the use of dry food. But It is important that we use good feed, especially in some stages of life. It is not a good idea that the food base is a cheap supermarket feed. Food not only influences physical and health aspects. It can also influence behavior.

Is it normal for you to eat your stool?

That a dog eats its feces sporadically or those of another dog or other species (including the human) is something completely normal, although we find it very unpleasant. On the other hand, if you do it obsessively and frequently it is a clear symptom of a problem. It could be a stress or food related problem and lack of some nutrient. Some adopted dogs present this problem temporarily. As soon as their lives improve and recover an adequate routine of walks, the problem usually disappears. In any case, getting angry or punishing you will not improve anything.

Should I educate him with a trainer when he is a puppy?

Within the priorities in the education of a puppy, obedience is none of them. The priority in the education of puppies is that they grow self-confident, with full confidence in us and that they can experiment and explore to integrate into different environments, to interact with different animals, objects, people and places and not be afraid of these situations in their adult stage. When they are puppies, we should not think too much about rewarding or punishing (the latter should never be done). It is better to focus our efforts on what we don't like does not happen. When something can't happen, you don't learn. For example, if we anticipate that our puppy steals our dinner and simply prevents us from catching it, without getting angry, he will learn that this is not possible and will stop trying.

It could be enough, and even advisable, a visit of a couple of hours from an expert or a specialized center to guide us how to do things well. What we do not recommend would be the hiring of a trainer to do a program of visits to train our puppy in obedience.

If you have separation anxiety, what do I do?

Separation anxiety is a serious pathology. A great idea would be for all people to know how to prevent it. Learning to be alone is something very unnatural for a dog, that's why It is highly recommended at first not to leave them alone, until they feel comfortable and safe in the house and then do it gradually and pleasantly. Punishing dogs or generating more fear (using, for example, an anti-raid collar) makes them more dependent and insecure beings and this does not favor learning to be alone and realizing that it is not bad, but something normal and inevitable in Our life models. Therefore, if it is suspected that the dog has developed this pathology, it is necessary to turn to a professional as soon as possible.

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16 Comments

Hello good afternoon, I would need a clarification about my pet's possession.
I live in a building with community, two and a half years ago I have adopted a dog from the kennel, the breed is a mixture, 25 Kg. Female sterilized by law of the kennel, a bitch I do not say good: GOOD ... never barks, has never left her needs around the building, she doesn't break anything ... in two and a half years I have heard her bark (I) about 4/5 times when we go out ... and the neighbors are witnesses ... they always tell me, they have never heard my dog ! On top of that I am the only one outside the building in a field where Everyone takes their dogs to do necessities, has put a bin with bags, to leave the site clean, (and I am the one who collects the most) little people collaborate ... I have insurance for me, bitch ... and everything I need for your health and that of more.
Other pets live in the community, just as they bark from time to time, and as they have told me sometimes they have seen him make needs for the community ... then there is a neighbor who occasionally communicates saying that the tenants of the community that has animals ... (at the same time my apartment owner signed permission to have pets, required from the kennel before adoption.
I would like to know if I have the right to have a pet when never, but never mine has caused some discomfort ... and have the power to say that those who prove problems are sanctioned and not everyone! if my neighbor's dog would bark every so often, or it would make public places dirty, it would bother me too!
I wait for an answer, thanks in advance, Marixa.

You have an advantage that plays in your favor and that is that the landlord signed you a permit to have a pet on your floor.

It would be important to know the statutes of the community where you live to know if there is a clause prohibiting the possession of pets. It seems to me that this is not the case since you tell me that many of your neighbors have dogs, which indicates that it is not prohibited.

With the authorization of the landlord and the absence of any clause prohibiting the possession of pets in the community, you can rest assured about your dog.

I congratulate you for being a responsible person and having given this dog a new home 🙂

Hi, I'm looking for insurance that covers damage to the rental home, since the landlord fears the damage and damage to his home.

I was looking online and found the following websites about home insurance companies.

I hope this information helps you.

Hello good Morning.
I have a mixed race dog, crossing Presa Canaria, weighs approximately 40 kilos and is scary, very polite and noble. It is not listed as a potentially dangerous dog. He has all his vaccinations always, safe and he is not heard practically barking.

The thing is that currently my partner and I are considering the possibility of buying a newly built apartment from a promotion of flats that have not been sold yet, therefore, there is no consolidated community and therefore there are no statutes or any type of regulation regarding what conserves pets.

The fear that I have is that after acquiring the new home, the community includes some kind of prohibition of pets and they ask me that I have to take the dog from the home, since, if so, I would not contemplate the possibility of buying now that where it is not well received she is not me.

I hope you can help me. A greeting and thanks in advance.

I am worried that your dog is a crossing of Presa Canaria, since despite being noble and well educated, in some communities in Spain it is considered a potentially dangerous breed and this could cause you problems.
In this link you can have more information about the communities that classify this breed as highly dangerous:

My advice is to buy an apartment where the statutes of the community of neighbors are consolidated to avoid future problems. I agree with you, you can't be in a place where your dog is not well received

Hello how are you? One question, my neighbor's dog attacked me and I live in a rental apartment, who covers medical expenses and lawsuits, because the owner paid a deposit, but I don't know if the apartments have pet insurance.

The owner is the person responsible for the dog's behavior and must respond for having attacked you. Races considered dangerous are required by law to be insured, and if this is your case you can go to the relevant authorities to force them to pay the medical expenses generated by the attack.

If you have any other questions you can write me again.

Regards. We live in an apartment and the contract was made for 6 months and they indicate they do not accept animals. After 6 months they have not renewed their contract, it is open. We have been here for 1 year and 6 months and now my mother will bring me to my dog ​​from PR, she is small and very good. It is true that if I go to a psychologist and she tells me and certifies that she is emotional help for me, those in the apartment cannot take her out or tell us that we should vacate the apartment? Is there a law that protects animals? And if the psychologist certifies it, can I go directly to court to notify him and see if they act in my favor? With the passage of Hurricane Maria in PR, where everything was destroyed, I have no choice but to bring my dog ​​and family ... 😭 my email [email protected] Thank you!

You might want to go to an animal shelter and explain your special situation as a victim of the hurricane, possibly they have lawyers who can advise you. In the United States, they worry about hurricane victims returning with their families.
You can search online for the groups that are dedicated to this and expose your case.

Good morning, I live for rent and in the contract signed by my dog ​​as a pet admitted to the house, after two months living in the apartment, the owner informs me that they will change the statutes of the community to prohibit animals and I must remove the pet.
What right can i have? if when I signed the contract in the statutes there was no prohibition?

They cannot prohibit you from having a pet since at the time you signed the rental agreement, this clause did not exist. The changes that are subsequently made in the bylaws do not have retroactive effects. that is, they cannot be applied to tenants who were accepted with their pets. They will only apply for future tenants.

Hello, my name is Veronica, I was just given away a week ago, a Chihuahua breed dog has a super good behavior, weighs a lot of 2 pounds and is 11 months old, fits in my bag 👜 does not bark ANYTHING, my question is this the new owner of the building (approximately 6 or 7 months after buying it) where I live told me that I did not want dogs in his building, but has 3 apartments with people with dogs, I told the owner that my son was in therapy and would ask a letter to the Psychologist or his pediatrician because my son is going through something and the way I found to help him is to get him a pet, I have 11 years living in the same direction and in my contract does not say that pets are NOT accepted, he told me that it does not matter that he I got a letter from a doctor that he didn't want dogs 🐕, I really don't know what to do 😔😭 my son (11 years old) is super fond of his puppy 🐶 and I see that it helped him to have it

Hello, my name is Veronica, I was just given away a week ago, a Chihuahua breed dog has a super good behavior, weighs a lot of 2 pounds and is 11 months old, fits in my bag 👜 does not bark ANYTHING, my question is this the new owner of the building (approximately 6 or 7 months after buying it) where I live told me that I did not want dogs in his building, but has 3 apartments with people with dogs, I told the owner that my son was in therapy and would ask a letter to the Psychologist or his pediatrician because my son is going through something and the way I found to help him is to get him a pet, I have 11 years living in the same direction and in my contract does not say that pets are NOT accepted, he told me that it does not matter that he I got a letter from a doctor that he didn't want dogs 🐕, I really don't know what to do 😔😭 my son (11 years old) is super fond of his puppy 🐶 and I see that it helped him to have it. Thank you for your advice.

From what you tell me, there is no clause in the contract that prohibits you from having a dog. If so, they cannot force you not to have it, especially since other tenants are being allowed. This shows inconsistency in their arguments.

It would be necessary to look if you had any other problem with the owner that is affecting the relationship, for example, timely payment of the lease, not collecting your dog's feces and complaints about this, etc.

In short, they cannot prohibit you from having your dog living in the apartment, since the contract says nothing about it.

Hello good afternoon. best regards.

I have a doubt, when I rented an apartment in the contract there was no clause regarding dogs, but yesterday I arrived at the building and I found a statement indicating that animals are not accepted and it is a big problem for me because my dog ​​is in Venezuela and by country situation I want to bring it, it is a small breed, I would like to know if I can still talk to the owner or there may be other rules outside the contract that I must follow.

But after so much talking about space and physical activity, remember that there are other factors that are closely linked to the fact that our friend is more or less happy at home, and much of that happiness will be determined by our behavior and our Way of doing things.

Even if your dog is a pet dog and you think that its habitat has become the sofa, make no mistake, you will need to go out, have contact with other dogs and see the world and there is no sofa to change it. So take long walks to get in touch with other dogs, exercise, play, explore the environment, see people. This will make your colleague a happier and less prone dog to develop problematic behaviors.

It can also happen that our dog feels lonely all day long while we think he is incredibly well because he is in a garden when what really happens is that your pet wants to be with you. So, even if your dog has a terrace, a garden or just a floor, do not leave too many hours alone and try to be with him.

Finally remind you that there are no terraces too large or gardens too small when it comes to caring and being with our animal. He will be always looking forward to being with us and that insurance will be a mutual feeling. Now you can go to adopt without problem.

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