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6711 Forest Lawn Dr., Suite 107
Los Angeles, CA 90068

(323) 882-6606


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What You Should Know about Apartment Hunting with Your Dog

We love our dogs. Most of us consider our dogs to be part of our family. But when we are relocating and trying to find an apartment that suits our needs, we often find many property owners do not share our opinion.

Do not be discouraged. There are many very nice apartments that not only allow dogs but have special accommodations that bring the words “pet-friendly” to a whole new level. Before we get into some of the specifics, let’s list a few things that a pet owner will face no matter how pet-friendly the facility is:

  • The size of the dog matters to some complexes but not at SKY Properties, Inc.
    • Some apartments will place a size and weight limit on animals. This cuts back on some problems, but not all. Some believe that very large dogs and very small dogs could have conflicts. The belief that a small dog would cause less potential damage to a unit or its common areas is not always accurate.
  • The breed of the dog often matters
    • While this is not always a problem, some apartments will not allow a dog that is a certain breed because of insurance restrictions. Insurance companies have some very strict guidelines on what they will allow on the property.  This is based more on statistics than on any certain dog.
    • This debate has gone on for years and there is no end in sight.  Insurance companies and therefore owners who want insurance do not want to be involved in breed-specific problems. They will probably have a list of breeds (such as Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, and Dobermans)
  • Expect to pay more
    • You will be expected to clean up or repair any issue your dog may create
    • When you move, the apartment will likely require a deeper cleaning
    • Pet rent is now often common because maintenance at the building will be higher or there are special things specific for pets like a dog wash or clean up bags and disposal stations are provided or play areas.

Service Dogs

The law requires that any service dog, trained to perform a service for a disabled person, must be allowed in rentals, restaurants, on public transportation, and in public buildings. He or she must be certified with papers and have to an identifying harness. However, this does not mean that a emotional support animal is a service animal - they have to be qualified and allowed in a different way that abides by Fair Housing Laws in California and other states. 

Choosing the apartment

There are many apartments in urban settings where it is easy to walk to your local shops, restaurants, banks, parks and entertainment. You will not have to look far for a dog groomer, doggie daycare or inn.  There are

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The Humane Society

It is a great idea to check in with the local Humane Society. They have plenty of information for you. They can recommend a good vet. They may know people who will pet sit if you are going to be away for a day. When it comes to the dogs in the area, they are your go-to source.

Other considerations

  • Before you move, take your dog to the vet for a “well dog” check-up. If your dog is on medication, ask for a three month supply. This will give you time to find a vet you are comfortable with.
  • Have the vet give you a copy of the dog’s medical records, the well-dog fitness report, and the list of medications he is on. Be sure the report lists the brand of the flea and tick prevention medications he uses, and make a note of the food you use. All of this is good information for your new veterinarian and will make the move less stressful for the dog. If you carry pet insurance on your dog, be sure to ask if the vet honors the insurance.  Vet should also provide proof that animal has been vaccinated as required for where you are moving to.
  • If you have papers on the breed of the dog, take those along for the vet and the apartment manager.
  • Certificates that show any special training your dog has received are also good to have on hand.
  • Note: be sure you keep a copy for yourself. Even if you have to pay for additional copies, do not give away your only copy of the dog’s file.
  • Finally, if you can get a statement from your last landlord that states your home was left in good repair, and the animal caused no problems - this may be helpful in finding a new place.