Tips on Making the Big Move with Your Dog

Posted by Barbara Corcoran on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 5:18pm.

1. Speak with your landlord in person

It’s always harder to say no to someone face to face, especially when they can see how much you love your pet. If you just mention it over the phone or, worse, never bring it up, the landlord will feel like he or she has been tricked and is likely to refuse the lease or move to evict you.

2. Have a pet résumé on hand

Show your new landlord that your pet is healthy, clean and well-behaved with up-to-date vaccine records and letters of reference from your previous landlord and vet.

3. Show them the money

Offer to sign a separate clause in your lease, stating that you are responsible for any damage your pet might create, and put down a higher deposit to cover potential problems.

4. Look for parks

Make sure your dog has enough space in your new pad or an outdoor area nearby where they can run off some energy.

5. Ship your pet to your new place

If you’re moving far, check out the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association. Their Web site, ipata.com, has lots of great tips on how to ship your pet safely and easily from your old place to the new. But if you’re just heading uptown a few blocks, a pet chauffeur taxi will do.