Moving is always challenging — even if you’re just moving yourself, a human. But moving with a furry friend can be particularly difficult, especially if you’re moving in a big city like New York. If you’re planning to move with pets, fear not! You won’t have to leave beloved Fido behind. Just keep in mind the following tips, and your transition should go as smoothly as possible.
Find Out the Landlord’s Policy First
Every landlord has their own policies regarding pets. Some landlords don’t allow any pets at all, while others allow some types of animals and still others will require you to pay extra to have animals. Before you sign a lease, find out the landlord’s pet policies. That way you’ll be able to make sure that your pet can move in with you and that you’ve got all extra fees covered. Note: MetroNest is pet-friendly and their policy is handled on a pet-by-pet basis. Pets will be interviewed along with the applicant to determine if the animal can conduct itself properly. At any time we can ask you to remove your pet if its conduct is deemed objectionable.
Keep Pets from Annoying Neighbors
One key to successfully keeping a pet in an apartment building is ensuring that your pet does not annoy your neighbors. This means that you should make sure that your pet doesn’t bark at odd hours (or throughout the entire day if you’re gone), scratch at doors or do other things that could be considered a nuisance. If you have a pet that misbehaves (or is annoying), consider hiring a trainer to help or taking the pet to daycare while you’re not at home.
Keep Your Pets Occupied
If you work all day long, you shouldn’t leave your pets at home totally unoccupied and inactive all day long. So, think about how flexible your schedule is and determine whether you’ll be able to come home in the middle of the day to exercise and engage your furry friends or whether you might need to hire help. There are many professional, trustworthy dog walking (and pet sitting) services throughout the city who will provide a person that will come get your dog, take him on a walk and feed and play with him so he’s not stir crazy, cooped up and restless when you get home.
When you’re finding an apartment, consider the size of the place, especially if you have a large dog. With a large dog, it can be helpful to try to find a larger space. However, if you can’t find a large space to rent in the city, you can live in a small space with a large dog successfully, especially if you take some mindful steps to make the situation more comfortable.
First, establish a routine with the dog that allows the dog to get out and move around. Take him to the park, drop him off at doggy daycare or go on regularly scheduled walks so he knows he’ll always have a chance to relieve himself (this can help avoid accidents in the house!). Also, you should make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise throughout the week. Since your home won’t have much room for the dog to move about in, you should try to find your nearest off-leash dog park so that he has a chance to run free.
Having a pet can greatly enhance your life, and even if you’re moving to a big city like New York, you don’t have to give up your furry friend. Instead, by being mindful about where you choose to live, how you train your pet and how you establish a routine in your home, you can have a life that is comfortable and enjoyable for both you and your animals. With parks in close proximity to our apartments, and units with outdoor space, MetroNest is the place your furry friend can happily call home.