How do you make an apartment more cozy? Well, a furry friend could just do the trick. Whether you love huge, fluffy dogs like Great Pyrenees or you’re more a toy breed kind of person, dogs are man’s (and woman’s) best friend for a reason. However, if you’re going to have a pooch around, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a dog friendly apartment. These 5 must-have items for a dog-friendly apartment will get you through even the messiest of situations.
Of course, you should always check with you landlord or leasing company for their pet policy before getting a dog, but once you’ve been approved and paid whatever deposit is required, it’s time to think ahead. While you know the basics like food, leashes, treats, and a bed, you’ll also want to think about the apartment as you add the newest member to your tiny family.
If you’re making your list, add these five things.
Pet Stain Remover
Nature’s Miracle Advanced Formula Severe Stain & Odor Eliminator, $13.99, PetSmart
You may have the world’s best behaved pup. He or she may be an angel, but the likelihood of no messes in your apartment is low. If you’ve got any carpet or rugs in your new place, it’s time to snag some pet stain remover. No one wants a reminder of potty training a puppy left on carpet for the rest of forever.
Bissell Powerforce Compact Pet Hair Vacuum, $53.81, Amazon
Animals shed. Unless you’ve got a breed like a labradoodle, you’re likely to find clumps of hair on everything from your clothes to your couch to your floor. A pet vacuum will make sure that when guests come over, they don’t leave covered in the hair of your new pup.
FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs, $15.99, Amazon
Another way to help keep your apartment dog-friendly? A FURminator. Not only will this handy tool not break the bank, but it helps release your dog’s undercoat to prevent future shedding. Basically, it’s a win for you, your apartment, and your dog.
Poop Removal Bags
Pogi’s Poop Bag Dispenser, $3.99, Amazon
You’ve got toys, a bed, food, and all the perfect accessories, but don’t forget that your dog is going to have to go outside every now and then. If you don’t want your neighbors or your landlord to hate you, you’re going to need a poop removal method. Dispensers that attach to leashes are certainly the most easy and discreet way to take care your pooch’s business.
Petco Classic 1-Door Dog Crate, $39.99, Petco
You’ve probably heard of crate training, and if so, you know it’s the perfect way to make sure your furniture and belongings stay safe in the early days of dog ownership. Not only do crates provide a place for your pup to feel like he or she has their own space, but it keeps them from harming your apartment (especially during those potty training days).
If you’re planning to add a dog to your life, these 5 items will help make you have a dog friendly apartment for both you, your pup, and your landlord. Everything is better with a fluffy pup around. It’s just all about being prepared.