The Posh Pup: Etiquette for Apartment-Dwelling Dogs (and Their Owners)

Even the most pet-friendly community has rules and regulations when it comes to animal behavior. And while you might think your dog can do no wrong, there are a few rules of etiquette that you—and your furry friendmust learn to live by when you reside in someone else’s property. Here are the top things you should know before signing the lease.

It’s your responsibility to ensure your dog is trained to behave in public. Dogs are like children in that they have to be taught how to behave. Without proper training and guidance, your dog will have no baseline on which to gauge his actions. There are a number of dog-training facilities throughout Miami.

Your dog can help you get to know your neighbors. Apartment communities that offer pet-friendly facilities open up a world of opportunities for you to participate in social activities. Likewise, your dog will have a chance to make friends of his own. When coming into contact with a new animal for the first time, approach with caution. If possible, talk with the owner first to get a feel for the other pup’s temperament. If they are both friendly and social, the meeting should be a breeze. But if you aren’t sure, take the advice of Best Friends Animal Society and allow them to meet while on a leash. Pay attention to their body language before letting them loose to frolic the day away.

Late-night barking can get you in big trouble. When you live in an apartment, there will be neighbors coming and going at all hours of the night. If your dog has a tendency to react to noises outside of your apartment, it could get you into big trouble. Miami Ordinance outlines strict rules when it comes to barking as a nuisance behavior. In addition to reprimands and potential eviction from your apartment, you can be fined up to $500 and receive a civil citation with each barking incident.

Your dog poses risks for the property manager and owner. Having a dog on-site means the potential for structural damage from chewing or scratching. There is also the potential for damage to the carpet and floors from accidental indoor potty-breaks. You can circumvent many of these issues by taking steps to ensure your dog doesn’t chew or pee on the floor. There are a number of chew deterrents that can help. Having your carpet cleaned regularly can also prevent staining and will keep your apartment looking and smelling clean and fresh. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost in Miami to clean carpets in a home is $118-$238. Chances are your security deposit is much greater.

When you pick up after your dog, you’re being a good neighbor and a responsible pet owner. Nobody likes picking up after their pets. However, your rental agreement expressly states that it’s required, even in open play areas. Bags and bag dispensers are inexpensive and can be picked up at your local pet store.

Your dog can’t be happy all the time. Of course, you can’t always control how your dog behaves, and even the most well-mannered companion can have an off day. If your dog suddenly begins barking excessively, peeing on the carpet, or acting aggressively toward the neighbors, pay your veterinarian a visit. There may be underlying issues that are causing him to act out or make it physically impossible for him to hold his urine.

The key to living peacefully in an apartment when you have pets is respect—respect for your neighbors, your landlord, yourself, and your pet. Be a responsible pet owner by ensuring your dog behaves and doesn’t damage your apartment or become the neighborhood nuisance.

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