A pet friendly rental has become a hassle for just about every pet owner. Today it is the duty of a potential tenant to product pet resumes even if the prospective landlord does not ask for it. You can even perceive it as a four-legged networking. Having a pet resume gives a positive message to your future landlord that you take pet ownership seriously.
It is all about putting your best foot forward. If you have dazzling references, stellar credit and a well-behaved pet you will most certainly get a green lit from the landlord. Let us look at the essential things that every pet resume should have:
A photo of the pet
You might have clicked a lot of photographs of your furry friend. Now is the time to find the most adorable photo so that it can create a good impression in the minds of the landlord. If the photo has been snapped at an outside place it is even better as it will put the apprehension of your landlord about your pet causing trouble in house at rest. If the pet photo is with a child it can make the landlord believe that your pet is very sweet and docile by nature thereby creating an instant connection.
Description of the pet
Here you need to provide information about your pet’s age, breed and temperament. Enumerate positive instances of your pet’s behavior in the past apartment which build confidence in the landlord to give you the apartment with your pet. If your pet’s breed is restricted claim that he/she is a mixed breed. Your ultimate objective should be to ensure that your landlord gains trust in you as a suitable tenant with pet.
Mention any formal training given to your pet here. Provide positive information like your pet is housebroken, he can respond to voice commands, etc. Also provide training certificates received after successful completion of a training program by your pet. This will create an everlasting impression in the mind of your landlord and he will consider your pet to be well-trained.
Activities done by the pet
Enumerate the schedule of the pet highlighting minutest of details like number of times you take your pet out on a loo break, their playing time, their walking time, etc. Ensure the landlord that you exercise the pet a lot which keeps them quiet all the time and so they will never make noise to disturb other people in the society while you are away. Last but not the least mention the details of the dog walker if you have one along with the schedule.
This section includes details of the vaccination dates and shots, whether your pet has been neutered or spayed and if they are on any flea treatment. Provide the veterinarian’s name so that the landlord can verify the details which would make your impression as a responsible pet owner.
Include phone numbers and names of past landlords that know your pet. Enumerate instances where your pet was a good boy when he was in the past apartment.
This is the most important section which highlights everything about your pet and their importance as a family member to you. Mention if you have renter’s insurance covering pet damage. Also ensure the landlord that you will take extra precaution to ensure that there will always be a volunteer in your place when you are out of the town to ensure that your pet behaves themselves.
Make your landlord see your pet face-to-face to ensure that all their doubts are put to rest. Once they form a friendly camaraderie with the pet it will make your task a lot easier.
Note: If your pet is highly energetic take him/her for a long walk or play session in the park so that they become tired and mellow before bringing them face-to-face with your landlord. If this is not followed then the entire plan can backfire!!