More and more landlords are recognizing the advantages of allowing their tenants to have dogs. However, along with this privilege comes the responsibility of ensuring your canine companion doesn’t destroy the apartment. In short, here’s how to keep your dog from chewing through your security deposit:

By and large, doggy damage tends to happen when you’re out. In most cases, this occurs because the dog is lonely and/or bored. Short of hiring a dog-sitter, there are a number of ways to counter this. If you’re going to leave your dog home all day, it’s a good idea to take them out in the morning for a poop before you go. Otherwise, they’re going to do it in the apartment. This is also a good time to exercise your dog vigorously so it’s tired when you leave for work.

Still, dogs love chewing on things, so even after going out in the morning, the urge is likely to strike at some point during the day. Here, it’s useful to have trained your dog to understand chomping on certain things is cool, while gnawing on others is not. Reward them when they chew on the toys you provide for that purpose, punish them when they sink their teeth into anything else. When pups learn chewing on the furniture, baseboards and doors results in disciplinary action, but chewing on their toys garners a treat, they’ll appreciate the difference.

By the way, shoe leather is typically a favorite, and while it has no bearing on your security deposit, it will cost you money. To prevent this, store your shoes in a closet, keep the closet closed and don’t train your dog to open doors — regardless of how cute it looks when you see them doing it on Facebook.


Related: Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets in your Rental Property


Another way to prevent your dog from chewing on walls, doorways and furniture is to liberally coat those items with a repellant. Pet supply stores are well stocked with sprays for this purpose. However, if you’re concerned about exposing your pet to potentially harmful chemicals, you can craft homemade natural repellants from vinegar, citrus or cayenne pepper.

Additionally, consider hiring a walker to take your dog out mid-day for more exercise and another bathroom break. Once your pet gets used this as part of its daily routine, it will be less likely to defecate or urinate in the apartment.

You can also enroll your dog in daycare. While this can be somewhat expensive, it places your dog in an environment where it can be entertained. Just make sure they can run and play as opposed to being cooped up in a cage all day.

With a bit of thought, a few well-placed dollars and some common sense, your precious pooch really can enjoy apartment living, without chewing through your security deposit.

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