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How to Get Your Deposit Back When You Own A Pet

Colony Dog Sitting on Moving BoxesMost Colony 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. Renters often lose their security deposit because of pet damage. Even when your landlord allows you to keep a pet, they still expect you to return the property in good condition when you move out. To increase the chances of getting your security deposit back when you own a pet, you have to minimize pet damage. We have listed down some tips to keep your beloved animal from causing damages 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. Give your cat a scratching pad or post. An inexpensive one works as well as a fancy one in preventing them from scratching on other surfaces. Most cats are naturally drawn to the scratching pad or post but this behavior can be reinforced 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. Have regular exercise and playtime so your dog will not chew on stuff in the house. Regular exercise is a great way for dogs to expend their extra energy and reduce the amount of chewing he does. Mental stimulation is just as important. If you have a smart dog, teach him some tricks to occupy him as you also build your bond.

Proper Potty Training

Housebreak your dog if you want to keep your rental home from damage. Dog and cat urine are quite destructive and can severely damage walls and floors. If possible, allow your dog to have access to your yard during the day. Give your cats litter boxes and clean the litter every day as well. If you still find spots and accidents around the house, it might be time to bring your pet to a veterinarian. Pets may have physical conditions that cause them to lose control of their bodily functions, most of which can be addressed with the right 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.

Manage Anxiety

Some pets feel extra anxious when left alone at home. 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. Every time you leave, go through the same motions in the same order. Also, do not make leaving or coming back a big deal. Giving affection only when your dog is calm will reinforce this behavior and will reduce the intensity of his excitement the next time he greets you at the door.

These strategies will help you give your pet a happy, healthy life as well as prevent damage to your rental house to make sure you get your full security deposit back.

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