Often times it’s hard to find a dog friendly rental. It’s even more difficult when that dog is a Pit Bull. Sometimes the reason given is insurance issues. Then there’s those that are just flat out against any “bully breed” in general.
After some extensive research online the results were not very helpful. It was suggested that anyone in Maine looking for dog friendly housing check out www.homeproperties.com. Another frequent suggestion was craigslist where you’d have the option of finding homes or apartments that are privately owned. Places like complexes or condos are more likely to have restrictions.
Good Tip - When inquiring about a place don’t automatically mention the breed. In other words don’t say, “Do you allow Pit Bulls?” You can imagine what the answer would probably be each time. Instead word it something like this, “What is your pet policy?” You should be able to get a sense of how to proceed by the way they answer. If asked about your dog’s breed be honest.
It won’t be easy. However, if you’re persistent and don’t give up you may find that one landlord that is willing to give you both a chance. That’s all you need to prove yourselves. Be proactive and positive. Don’t be negative and defensive.
Show the perspective landlord why you (and your dog) would be good tenants. Make a point to have the landlord meet the dog. Be prepared for any reaction. Remember no matter what the reaction is you have to be polite, professional and show a positive attitude. You don’t want to give the anti bully people anymore fuel for their fire. Assure the landlord that they have nothing to worry about. Ask them if they have any questions or concerns. Explain to them what you’re willing to do to prove that this arrangement can work for all parties.
Suggestions for helping your argument:
- Vaccinations are UTD.
- Obedience Training
- Good Citizen Program.
- Be sure your Pit Bull is housetrained.
- Offer to pay an additional pet deposit.
- Always clean up after your dog.
- Curb excessive barking.
- Never let them free roam.
- Prove to everyone (neighbors included) you’re a responsible Pit Bull owner.
If you’re still not having luck convincing a landlord don’t give up. Try placing Rental Wanted ads. Be upfront and honest about what you’re looking for. You never know someone may just see your ad and be understanding of your situation.
Whatever you do don’t give up. Please don’t back down and decide to get rid of your beloved dog. It may take time but with research and patience you should be able to find that perfect place for the both of you.