Even if your pet isn't a revolutionary protester that wants to occupy, you're going to most likely have to take them outside - unless you have a goldfish or a lizard or something. In any case, it can be a bit tricky to have a four legged friend in Manhattan. This is why we've put together a list of the top tips for pet owners in the Big City.
Tips for Manhattan Pet Owners
Here's a collection of advice and tips for pet owners in Manhattan - especially people with a dog.
- Keep it Small - While large or even medium sized dogs are a lot of fun, if you don't have a lot of space in the city, you're not going to be able to have one. Additionally, some apartments look very carefully at your animal as they have limits on size and weight.
- Good Dog Bed - Another good idea is to look at dog beds and to get one that doesn't take up a lot of space but still allows your pooch to have somewhere they feel comfortable and can sleep. This can go a long way in keeping them off the couch and other furniture in your home.
- Exercise Routine - Try to take your dog out at the same times every day. When you do this, you can help train them to not have accidents in the apartment and ruin your expensive carpet. And be sure you remember to take a couple baggy with you to clean up the mess left behind.
- Offer a Deposit - If you're moving into a new place and think you may have problems with the landlord not being animal friendly, think about offering to give a bigger deposit than normal. This can be a good way to sway a landlord's opinion so they let you bring your dog with you.
- Don't Mention Breed - While you don't want to lie on an application, of course, if the breed of your dog is not mentioned, it might be a better idea not to bring it up yourself. As long as you're not lying on an application, this shouldn't cause you any problems.
- Nearby Dog Park - This isn't possible for everyone - especially if you're already in a place and don't plan on moving anytime soon - but for anyone moving, finding an apartment with a dog park nearby (5 to 10 blocks) is a great idea so that you don't have to worry about your dog getting enough exercise in a safe environment.
As you can see from the list above, there are a lot of different ways you can make sure you're able to keep your dog as part of your personal Manhattan lifestyle. Having a pet in the city doesn't have to be a big hassle. While not as good as being out in the 'burbs or in the country on a farm where there's a lot of space, there's no reason you can't have a dog or other animal and live in Manhattan.