How to Keep a Dog in an Apartment That Does Not Allow Dogs


Keeping a dog in an apartment that doesn't allow dogs is risky and sometimes illegal. An understanding super might bend the policy for you if your pet is well behaved. But you can't count on that when you move into a new place, and you may need a strategy to circumvent the rules.

  • Pay your rent on time. This will help to reduce the visits that the landlord makes to your apartment.

  • Buy a small dog. Small dogs can usually get the exercise that they need in an apartment. They are also easier to sneak in and out of an apartment and are generally less messy.

  • Hide all dog related items and take your pet to a pet sitter or a friend's house if your landlord is coming into your apartment. Hide large items such as a crate in a closet.

  • Teach your dog to stay quiet. Barking is a sure sign that you are keeping a dog in your apartment.

  • Train your dog to use the bathroom on paper or in a litter box. This will make it easier for you to clean up after the dog.

  • Put your dog in a crate when you are asleep or away from home. This will minimize damage to your apartment.

  • Carry your dog out of the apartment in a carrier that looks like a regular bag. If possible, only take your dog out of your apartment at night or when nobody is around.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have enough money saved for a quick move just in case your landlord finds out about your dog.
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