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How to Get Your Deposit Back When You Own A Pet

Bar Harbor Dog Sitting on Moving BoxesMost Bar Harbor renters know how much of a responsibility it entails to keep a pet in a rental house. In addition to making sure your pet is safe and healthy, you also have to ensure that your rental home is protected from any damage your pet might cause. Pet damage is one of the ways a renter can lose their security deposit. Even if your landlord agrees to you keeping a pet, they will still want their property returned in good condition as soon as you move out. You will have to minimize your pet damage if you want to ensure that you get your security deposit back as you live with your pet. These helpful tips will keep your animal from causing any 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 will need to have scratching pads and posts. You can get something inexpensive for your cat to keep 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. Regular exercise helps curb chewing habits by managing your dog’s extra energy levels. Mental stimulation is important too. 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 very destructive and can really damage walls, floors, and a lot more! If possible, let your dog have access to a yard during the day. Provide litter boxes for your 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. There are some conditions that cause a pet to lose control of their bodily functions, and many of these can be remedied with appropriate treatment. Clean up potty messes in the house with a good enzymatic cleaner. This cleaner eliminates odors and discourages your pet from using the area again when he feels the need to go.

Manage Anxiety

Some pets feel very anxious 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 will be leaving your pet home alone for hours every day, make sure you work with him to reduce or eliminate such behaviors. Establish a routine to help manage separation anxiety. Each time you leave, go through the same motions in the same order. Equally important is to not make it a big deal when you leave or come back. Give your dog affection only when he calms down and you will notice that the intensity of his excitement will reduce every time he greets you at the door.

These strategies can prevent damage to your rental house and increases the chances of you getting your full security deposit back, all the while also making your pet happy and healthy.

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