Most Washington DC renters know what a big responsibility it is to keep a pet in a rental house. Aside from keeping your pet safe and healthy, you must also make sure that your rental home is protected from damages your pet may cause. One fast way that a renter can lose his security deposit is through pet damage. 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. These suggestions will help keep your beloved animal from causing lasting damage to your rental home.
Keep Claws Busy
Scratching is a natural habit for cats and some other household pets. To protect your rental house, you have to keep these scratching behaviors away from floors and walls. Cats will need to have scratching pads and posts. Even a simple, inexpensive item can prevent them from scratching other surfaces. Once they understand its purpose, cats will usually be drawn to scratching pads or posts, but you can also encourage its 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. Regularly exercising your dog will help release his energy and will lower the amount of chewing he does. Mental stimulation is important as well. Teach your smart dog some tricks to keep him occupied. This will also help strengthen your bond.
Proper Potty Training
Housebreaking your dog is an important part of keeping your rental home free from lasting damage. Dog and cat urine are very destructive and can damage walls & floors greatly. Let your dog have yard access during the day if possible. For cats, make sure you have at least one litter box, and keep the litter clean every day. Bring your pet to the veterinarian if you still notice spots and accidents in the house. Some physical conditions cause pets to lose control of their bodily functions and can be corrected with treatment. Use a quality enzymatic cleaner to clean up any potty mess in the house. Cleaners like this will not only eliminate odors but will also discourage your pet from using the same area when he needs to go again.
Some pets feel a lot of anxiety when they are left at home alone. Dogs may become agitated and may bark, jump, or chew on blinds, doors, and even carpet. If you have to leave your pet home alone for several hours every day, you have to train him to reduce or eliminate these behaviors. Establishing a routine helps manage separation anxiety. This means going through the same motions in the same order when you leave. 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.
With these strategies, you can prevent damage to your rental house and get your full security deposit back, all while also giving your pet a happy and healthy life.
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