Moving, but can't take your dog?

Moving is the most common reason why people give up their pets...

It doesn't have to be this way!

Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental property that accepts pets. Don't be too quick to jump on the first apartment you see. There will probably be a better one available soon.

Widen your search:

Most people only look as far as the classified ads. Many landlords list their property through real estate agents or rental associations rather than the classifieds. Take advantage of rental services that help tenants find apartments. Ask friends, relatives and co-workers to keep an eye open for you. Many apartments are rented via word of mouth before they are ever advertised in the papers. Check out: http://www.apartments.com

A home that allows pets might be in a different neighborhood than you would prefer. It might be a few more miles from work. It might not be as luxurious as you would like. It might cost a few dollars more. Are you willing to compromise if it means being able to keep your dog?

"No Pets" doesn't always mean "no pets, period."

Many landlords automatically rule out pets because they don't want the hassle. Many of these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because the ad says "no pets" doesn't mean you shouldn't go see the apartment anyway. During the interview, ask the landlord "Are pets absolutely out of the question?" If he answers, "well....," you have a chance! Hint: You will have better luck asking this question in person than over the telephone -it is harder for people to say no to your face.

To encourage a landlord to let you keep your dog:

Take your well-groomed, well-behaved dog to the rental interview. Show the landlord your dog is well cared for and you are a responsible owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma or Canine Good Citizen certificate if your dog has one.

    ...offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able to have a dog.

    ...bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors. Invite the landlord to see your present home to show him that the dog has not damaged the property nor been a nuisance to the neighbors.

    ...use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that will be crated when their owners are not at home.

In difficult times, people often have to move in with relatives or friends who do not like dogs. This doesn't have to be an impossible situation. Use a dog crate when you're not home or when your family doesn't want your dog underfoot. A portable kennel run can be set up in the yard for exercise and can be sold later when you have your own place and don't need it anymore.

If you are moving and just need temporary living arrangements for your dog, contact your dog's breeder to see if he will help you out short term. Consider boarding your dog until you settle into your new home. Ask the realtor in your new city or your new coworkers for kennel references. Ask the boarding kennel for a discounted monthly rate, or reduced charge if you provide the food. Visit your dog as often as possible and take him for a walk in a nearby park. Don't think you are being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller place than what he's used to. Dogs are very adaptable, they can often adjust even faster than people can. Where he lives isn't as important to him as who he lives with. He wants to be with you and he doesn't care where that is.

If you still can't (or won't) keep your dog, read "Finding a New Home for Your Alaskan Malamute" for helpful guidelines.

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Why Owners Give Up Pets
Lack of Training
Size Too Big
Can't Afford
Having Baby
Owner Too Busy
Pet Too Active
Alergic to Pet
Landlord Won't Allow to Keep
Sheds Too Much
Destructive in Home or Yard
Doesn't Like Other Pets (or They Don't Like)
Old or Medically Expensive
Just Don't Want!

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