How to Create a Pet Resume
- by Sandra McHendrie
To secure rental property for you and your pet, it's important to see your animal through the landlord or body corporate's eyes, taking steps to address their concerns in advance. A pet resume is an excellent way to do this.
What to include with your application:
Pet references from previous landlords
Information on your pet's behaviour and obedience
Proof that you maintain your pet
Assurance that you'll pet-proof and maintain the property
Before you start:
1. Breed Choice
Still considering a pet? Choose the breed carefully. Strata by-laws can specify dog size, non-shedding, and obedience training!
2. Obedience Training
Take your puppy or even an older dog to puppy pre-school and obedience training. Keep your certificates to show that your dog is well behaved.
3. Preventable Health
Treat your pet regularly for worming, and flea and tick prevention.
Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date and keep copies of your vaccination certificates.
Keep your pet’s de-sexing certificate. De-sexed animals are generally perceived as easier to manage.
If you visit a groomer regularly, keep proof of your visits. Maintaining your pet well will suggest you’ll maintain your property well!
What else can I include in my pet's resume?
Breed, age, activity level, and temperament.
Characteristics that make your pet suitable for city living.
How important your pet is to your family.
Whether your cat uses scratching posts or mats.
Where your pet will be kept.
References from your vet and trainer.
References from previous landlords and/or neighbours
Microchip and registration details.
Pet or health insurance details.
Cute photos of your pet.