Austin Property Management Blog

Minimizing Your Dog's Impact on Your Rental Property

System - Thursday, August 31, 2017

When you love your dog, you wouldn't dream of ditching them for a new Austin rental home that isn't pet-friendly. As a responsible tenant and pet owner, you always make sure to find a new home or community with a reasonable pet agreement in the lease and you're more than willing to pay an extra deposit promising you and your dog will treat the property well. However, what do you do if a landlord or property manager won't allow your dog unless you promise there won't be a single sign they ever lived there? If your pet is well-behaved, then you are safe to make this promise as long as you take the necessary precautions to control the usual troubles like scratched floors, dog-smell, and shedding into the carpets. Here's are some quick tips to take care of the property and in return making your property manager or landlord very happy!

Bath Time Every Week

When your landlord or property manager is particularly touchy about dogs, probably their biggest concern is the aftermath when you move out. Some people are very sensitive to the smell that can be left behind and it can cause non-dog-owners to pass on the property later on. While your furry friend can't help but smell like what they are, as a responsible tenant you can reduce the amount that smell gets into the house by giving them regular baths.

Bathing once a week and each time they get into messy situations is a good starting point. Make sure to use a mild-smelling shampoo and work it all the way down to the skin, being careful around the ears, face, and paws. Always rinse thoroughly and towel dry. If your dog has never been comfortable with baths, it can help to have a baggie of treats on hand and you may want to sit in the tub with them for supportive (if soapy) cuddling during the process.

Short Nails

After every bath time, while their nails are still a little softened, it's time to clip. Long dog nails are a major problem in homes with wooden floors and can sometimes even rip holes in linoleum or scratch softer tiles. For this reason, you need to keep your dog's nails short enough that they don't touch the ground when your pet walks around. If the nails were long before, it's important to only clip a small amount each week so as not to cut to the quick, a sensitive part of the nail, which bleeds but also gets shorter after a proper cut.

Dogs are also usually pretty sensitive about their paws and nail treatments so the bath time treats are helpful here as well. Depending on your pup's temperament, you may want to do one or two paws at a time, take a break, then come back to the task when they've calmed down a little.

Shedding Control

Dog fur is insidious. During shedding time, which can be all year for some breeds, it gets into absolutely everything from the carpet to the air vents. Residual dog hairs embedded or lodged into unseen places can cause later allergic tenants to become absolutely miserable, which is likely one of the reasons your landlord was hesitant about your companion in the first place. In order to mitigate this problem, your job is to get all that loose shed fur off your dog and out of the house as efficiently as possible.

To do this, you'll want to brush thoroughly about once a day during shedding time and twice a week otherwise. Start by laying down a sheet to catch all the falling fur. While backs are the typical area brushed, make sure to get their full underbelly, under the chin, the backs of their legs, and all the way down the tail as well.

Steam Cleaning

A steam cleaner is a quick and efficient way to lightly shampoo a carpet, then suck up all the dirt, grime, and pet dander that has fallen into the fibers over time. They work by first spraying warm soapy water from one chamber into the carpets in an even distribution, then sucking it up like a vacuum into another chamber. Your goal is to do this until the water is mostly clear when you dump it out.

If you follow all of these steps carefully and make sure to clean up any incidental messes, your landlord and property manager are very likely to be pleasantly surprised by the total lack of evidence that you ever had a dog in their property when it's time to move on. 

Stone Oak Management loves our tenants and their pets and does our best to insure owners and their pets enjoy their home. If you're looking for pet friendly rental homes, check out Stone Oak's available properties!

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