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How to Get Your Deposit Back When You Own A Pet

Hyrum Dog Sitting on Moving BoxesKeeping a pet in a rental house is a huge responsibility, and most Hyrum renters know that. You have to keep your pet safe and healthy, but you also have to keep your rental home safe from damage your pet may cause. A lot of renters lose their security deposit because of 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. You need to minimize pet damage if you want to get your security deposit back while owning a pet. 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. But to protect your rental house, it’s important to keep scratching behaviors away from the floors and walls. Cats love scratching pads and posts. Give yours one! This will keep them from scratching other surfaces. Although cats are drawn to scratching pads or posts, you can reinforce their 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. A dog that keeps chewing on everything usually needs more exercise and playtime. Regular exercise helps manage your dog’s energy as well as curb his chewing habits. Mental stimulation is equally important. You can teach a smart dog some tricks to keep him occupied and strengthen your bond as well.

Proper Potty Training

Housebreaking a dog is also a very important part of protecting your rental home from lasting damage. Walls and floors are easily damaged by the destructive nature of dog and cat urine. If possible, allow your dog to have access to a yard during the day. Provide litter boxes for cats and keep the litter clean every day. If there are still spots and accidents in your house, you might want to bring your pet to a veterinarian. Some physical conditions cause pets to lose control of their bodily functions and can be corrected with treatment. As soon as you find a potty mess in the house, use a good enzymatic cleaner to clean it up. This type of cleaner eliminates odors and encourages your pet to avoid the area in the future.

Manage Anxiety

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. It is important that you train your pet to reduce or eliminate certain behaviors if you will be leaving him home alone for hours every day. Separation anxiety can be managed with routines. Whenever you leave, go through the same motions in the same order. Leaving or coming back must not be made a big deal of. Also, wait until your dog has calmed down before giving any affection. This will reinforce the behavior and you will notice a reduction in the intensity of his excitement the next time 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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