MON, 17 AUG 2015 BY LINDA ROSADO
While most dorms and on-campus housing only allow service animals to reside with students, there are usually plenty of off-campus options catering to young pet parents wishing to bring their furry loved ones along for the college experience. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re searching for a dog-friendly college apartment.
LOOK FOR PET WASTE RECEPTACLES AND BAG DISPENSERS
When it comes to keeping apartment communities welcoming to dogs, appropriate pickup habits are a must. Many communities fine residents for not picking up after their pups, so make sure you’ll be able to avoid problems by scouting out the availability of pet waste stations. If there are plenty of dog bag dispensers and appropriate pet waste disposal systems, like DOGIPOT® Pet Stations, it’s a good sign that the apartment community cares about keeping the grounds clean, safe and welcoming for pet parents and their dogs.
ASK ABOUT BREED RESTRICTIONS
Just because an apartment community states they are “pet-friendly” doesn’t mean they allow every kind of pet. Many communities have breed or weight restrictions, so be sure to ask what type of regulations each potential apartment complex has, and if your dog falls within the allowed scope.
EXPLORE THE GROUNDS ON YOUR OWN
Guided apartment tours are a great way to get a first-hand look at a potential future apartment, but be sure to take the time to walk the community on your own as well. Even better, bring your dog along! This way, you’ll be able to determine if the community is a good fit for your needs as a pet parent, where you and your dog will be able to spend time together outdoors and how your pup interacts with the surroundings. You’ll also ensure that there are plenty of dog-walking areas away from oncoming traffic and no poisonous plants your dog could make a meal of.
KNOW THE RULES
Before signing a lease, be sure to read any pet addendums included in the paperwork. Knowing the rules when it comes to having a pet in your home can help you avoid fines and keep your apartment life smooth and problem-free. Ask questions, get answers and know your options to make sure you’re making the best choice for you and your pup.