So, you’ve managed to secure a rental property that you love, in a fantastic location, that also allows pets – congratulations! Now, to make sure you can make years of happy memories in your new home by keeping your pet happy – and less likely to cause any pet damage. It’s about making sure your pet feels stimulated, with plenty of exercise and companionship – so that you don’t need to search for a new home anytime soon!
Toys and treats
This one may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many little tricks there are to keep your pet entertained when you’re not at home.
Sometimes toys are fun when you’re around to play with, but what about when they’re alone? This is where you can get a little creative with ideas.
For example, keep your dog busy while you’re at work by sticking some treats into a food dispensing toy, make frozen popsicles from chicken broth for your pet to lick, hide treats around the house just before you leave or set up a cardboard box for your cat to play with! Even the simplest things can create hours of fun for your pet. If you’re running out of ideas – Google it! You’ll always find heaps of suggestions online.
Most people who rent with pets get up early to walk their dog, then rush home after work for some more quality time. However, if you work long hours, you may want to consider getting some help to reduce your pet’s pent-up energy and avoid boredom. Even just getting someone to pop into your home at lunch to give your pet some cuddles or fresh air can make a huge difference.
The range of different pet services available in Australia are endless, from dog walking, to pet sitting, grooming and feeding, but the most important thing is that you can trust the person you’ve left your fur baby with. So, don’t be afraid to look for recommendations and check out some reviews first.
Companionship is key
Is your landlord and Owners Corporation okay with you having more than one pet? Most animals are social and having a buddy to play with can make a big difference to their overall wellbeing. It can also reduce the pressure on you knowing that your pet is never alone or suffering from boredom at home.
If this isn’t possible, there’s always the option of pet-sitters and walkers to help keep your pet company when you’re not at home. In the meantime, you could also try leaving the radio on, or letting your pet look out a window for some stimulation. Sometimes it’s the smallest things, like companionship, that achieve the greatest results when it comes to keeping your pet happy.
Flexible working has become a highly sought-after benefit in the workplace, and if you work for a large organisation, it’s likely (depending on your role) that this benefit may be available to you.
Why not check to see if you can work from home sometimes? Even if it’s one day each fortnight or month, it’s more time for you and your four-legged friend to spend some quality time together, even if it’s in front of your computer.
Regular vet checks, a nutritious diet and pet insurance are ways you can help protect your pet’s health long-term. While this tip seems a bit obvious to all responsible pet-owners, we believe that it’s your dedication to caring for your pet’s health and wellbeing that makes you such a valuable tenant. To us, your commitment to your pet’s needs is a strong indicator of your willingness to care for something that’s important to your landlord too – the property they worked hard for.