Be Leader of the Pack. Write a Killer Pet Resume. Because Landlords Want to See Pet Resumes
Consider it as four-legged networking for your pet
Not all landlords are asking for pet resumes, but more renters are getting them. Even if the landlord doesn’t request it, having your pet prepared can help you be the leader of the pack. Creating a pet resume showcases your pet parent responsibility and care in an entirely new light and can help elevate a landlord’s consideration for you and your pet. It may sound ridiculous, but a pet resume shows your future landlord that you take pet ownership seriously, and helps alleviate concerns about pet behavior and health. Treat it like you would your own resume for a job application – you’re highlighting your pet’s best qualities, and aiming to have your landlord love your pet as much as you!
“If an applicant provided me with this information without being prompted, it would speed up the screening process and make me feel more comfortable with the applicant—thereby increasing their chances of getting accepted,” said Lucas Hall, chief community manager at Cozy.co and an experienced landlord himself.
Timing can be critical. Make sure your potential landlord gets Fido’s resume at the right time. Generally speaking, a renter should try to get the pet’s info in the landlord’s hands when they are starting the evaluation process,” Hall said. Ideally, you should bring a copy of the resume with you while you view apartments. If you find a great spot, you’ll be ready to get a leg up on the competition.
Be sure and let your pet’s personality shine through
Whatever you decide to include, you want your potential landlord to smile when he looks at your pet’s resume. Many landlords are hesitant when it comes to large dogs or breeds deemed aggressive. Adding a bit of your pet’s unique flair to the resume can help your potential landlord get past those breed or size concerns.
The key is fun and lively copy and happy or silly photographs of your. Show the happier, more playful side of your dog. The copy should reflect what a fun loving creature your dog is too. Note your pet’s funniest or cutest quirks.
The Why and What of Your Pet’s Resume
A pet resume provides an opportunity to present potential landlords with a summary of your companion animal’s best qualities and examples of your responsibility as a pet owner.
You need to show your potential landlord that you’re a responsible and mature pet owner, and that your furry friend is well-trained and healthy. The best way to do it is by drafting up a pet resume. This is mostly applicable to dogs, but can certainly help securing a place for your cat too. Here’s what every pet resume should include:
To start your pet’s resume begin with the basics:
- Pet’s name
- Proof of vaccinations
- Disclosure of any incidents
- Current photo – quality, good photos make the difference
Pet’s Photo: A cute and goofy picture is worth a thousand words! Start off with the most adorable photo you can find. Bonus points if it’s at a dog park or outside, since landlords will worry about pets being cooped up indoors causing trouble. Double bonus points if your pet is being cuddled by a small child – look how sweet and docile they are!
Description: Describe your pet’s age, breed, and temperament. Mention if you’ve lived with it in an apartment before. If you pet is a breed that may be restricted, here’s where you can fudge things a little by saying it’s a mixed-breed. Unless you paid a boat load of cash for a pure-breed anyway, it’s probably not far from the truth.
Training: Here’s the part to talk about whether you’ve ever taken your pet to any formal animal training. Definitely include if they are house-broken and respond to voice commands. If they haven’t had any training, local shelters, many pet stores offer their own training classes – mention that you’ve signed up for one of those.
Crate Trained: Make sure to mention that your dog is crate-trained and you will bring your crate and confine your pet to their crate if you leave, have been through basic manners training classes, are not nuisance barkers, etc. I also say they are free to ask me any questions about the dogs if my info hasn’t covered something they’re concerned about.
Activities: Describe what your pet’s schedule is like – how often you take them out to the bathroom, take them to play outside, or on walks. Landlords want to know that your pet isn’t going to be running around and making noise all day when you’re not home, so make it clear that they get lots of exercise. This is also a great time to mention if you have a dog walker and how often they come by.
Health/Grooming: Let your landlord know that your pet is up-to-date on all their shots and vaccinations, whether they’re spayed or neutered. Be sure they’re current on vaccinations and heartworm and flea/tick prevention.
References: Just like a real resume, include references from past landlords that knew your pet. Provide phone numbers and toss in a couple lines about how they never had any problem with damage or noise. Offer proof that you have been through basic manners training classes, are not nuisance barkers If you can get an old neighbor to be reference too, just to show that your pet isn’t a nuisance, even better. Add your vet’s contact information, prior trainers, and any former landlords who can verify what remarkable pet you have. You may also want to attach reference letters from current and previous landlords and/or neighbors; certificates of completion of obedience/training classes; references from your pet’s trainer or groomer; and a health certificate from your vet.
About me / us: Here’s where you can really lay it on thick. Talk about how important your pet is and that they’re a part of your family. How long that you have been together and what you love to do as companions. Volunteer to add extra rugs to protect hardwood floors and assure that your pet will be left with someone else when you’re out of town. If you have renter’s insurance that covers pet damage, definitely mention that. Tug at their heartstrings, and they’ll have a hard time saying no.
Virtually introduce your pet in action: Enclosing a short video can add a fun touch. Be sure to include one of your pet interacting with other people and other animals.
In General. Address the areas below in your pet resume:
- Mention anything about your pet’s age, activity level, and/or breed traits that help make your dog or cat a “good tenant”.
- Emphasize characteristics that make your pet suited for city living. Tell the landlord something special about your companion animal’s personality, and how much you care about your pet.
- Give examples of your pet’s good behavior, and your responsibility. Has your dog been to obedience school or had special training?
- If your dog has lived in apartments before and is accustomed to it, be sure to say so.
- If you have more than one cat, let the landlord know how well your pets get along and keep each other company while you are away.
- If your cat uses a scratching post, say so and make sure to note that your cat is litterbox trained.
- If your pet is quiet, calm and/or less active, point that out. There can be a big difference between a 10-year-old dog and a frisky puppy. If you have an active dog, explain how you fulfill his/her exercise requirements.
- Explain how you keep your pet clean and free of fleas.
- Let the landlord know your dog or cat is spayed or neutered and explain this makes for a well-behaved, healthier pet.
- Also note that your animal is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations, and mention who your pet’s veterinarian is.
- Describe your arrangements for your pet when you go to work or on vacation.
- Explain that you always clean up after your dog, and/or dispose of cat litter properly, and make sure you do.
- If you are a member of an animal protection organization, be sure to mention it in your pet resume.
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