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Be a Model Pet Citizen

Dogs in Pet Friendly Apartment in CharlotesvilleYou picked Charlottesville apartment home because it’s exactly what you wanted, and the pet friendly community dog park is a bonus – Fluffy loves to meet and play with new dogs. There’s no doubt that your apartment community is perfect for you, so it’s important to be a good pet parent and community member, too. Our tips will help you and Fluffy be model neighbors.

Pet proof your apartment to prevent accidents and keep your pet safe. You can prevent costly damage by hiding electrical cords and creating safe play and scratching areas for your pet (and prevent you from losing your security deposit). If your dog spends most of the day alone, he may benefit from crate training and the establishment of a safe space where he can await your return.

Cat inside Pet Friendly Apartment in CharlotesvilleIf you own a cat, keep your kitty inside at all times unless she is in a crate or a leash. Windows should have screens and doors should be closed so that your cat can’t escape, and don’t allow your cat to access balconies. Roaming cats can cause damage to property and spread disease, becoming a nuisance to community members, so keep your cat indoors.

Establish and maintain a regular schedule for cleaning and attend to all messes promptly. Keep cat litter boxes clean and dispose of waste properly - your neighbors may be sensitive to a litter box that isn’t changed daily. Vacuum often to prevent cat and dog hair from drifting into common areas where it can irritate allergy sufferers, and help your neighbors avoid stepping into a messy situation by cleaning up after your dog.

dog washing at pet-friendly apartment in CharlotesvilleKeep up with your pets grooming. Apartment community members can enjoy visiting with your dog better if she smells nice and appears neat and clean. Use effective and reliable flea control for your pet – fleas spread disease and infest common areas easily. Make sure that your pet has received all the vaccinations that are required by law to protect your neighbors and your dog from dangerous diseases.

Pay some extra attention to Fido’s obedience training. Your dog must be leashed whenever he is not in the dog park or within your own apartment, and good manners will keep you from having to drag a barking, snapping beast away from your neighbor’s children or other community pets. Train your dog to be quiet on command to help minimize noise, and give him lots of toys to keep him occupied while you are away so he won’t be tempted to bark and disturb your neighbors.Apartment Dog Training

Apartment dogs need exercise to keep them happy, get your pup out regularly. Your apartment community dog park is a wonderful place to get to meet neighbors with dogs your pet might enjoy playing with - set up a “puppy play date” and make a new friend. If you work during the day and your pet is alone for long periods of time, consider hiring a dog walker to help prevent bad habits.

NEVER allow any pet to have unsupervised access to balconies. You can create a small patch of “doggie grass” or a leave a litter box on a balcony for a new puppy or pet who has difficulty reaching a common area, but be sensitive about keeping this area clean so that your neighbors will not be offended by odors. If your dog is older or you have recently adopted a young puppy, you might want to choose a ground floor apartment to make frequent “potty trips” are easier for you and your pet.

cat in Pet Friendly Apartment in CharlotesvilleThink about your neighbors when you create your pet’s bathroom routine. If at all possible, prevent trips in and out of your apartment at odd hours when most people are asleep. If you need to make trips out very late or very early, be as quiet as you can be to avoid disturbing others.

Most importantly, discuss your pet’s needs and size honestly with your. If you follow all the rules and requirements of your community, it is more likely that your apartment community management will try to work with you to make you and your pet comfortable. Their experience with tenants and their pets is the basis for requirements they have created in order to optimize their ability to meet the needs of those pets and their owners.

Charlottesville is a delightfully pet-friendly community! Follow these simple guidelines and you can get the maximum the benefits of living in an apartment home with your best friend.


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