Running into a problem with landlords telling you "No puppies allowed"? The following might be worth a try.
First - you are going to have to TRULY put yourself in your landlord's shoes. Landlords can be legally held responsible if something happens to one of their tenants - particularly a child - because parents go after anyone or anything that they perceive as a threat to their child's health and well-being; and not only a physical threat, but an emotional one (such as a dog barking all night and preventing the child from sleeping).
Only by putting yourself in his shoes, will you be able to address his concerns and (hopefully) put them to rest.
If the rental policy states that the dog must be 1) at least one year old, 2) spayed/neutered, 3) licensed and 4) innoculated (vaccinated):
1) At least a year old. That means that your landlord is thinking the dog is no longer a "puppy" and therefore is concerned with "puppy issues" which could be:
2) spayed/neutered. Your landlord is thinking about the problems of unfixed dog issues, which could be:
3) Licensed. That's a no-brainer, the landlord wants responsible owners, and responsible owners will always have their dog's licensed; and because it's the law.
4) Vaccinated. Unless specific vaccinations are listed, that could mean anything from just a rabies vaccination (which is the only one required by law), or both rabies and "boosters" (ie vaccinations for parvo, parainfluenza, adenovirus, distemper, etc.) The boosters are not required by law, however any responsible breeder will make sure their dog has them (unless there are special circumstances involved, ie dog has reaction to vaccines, older dog not in good health, etc.)
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Type this up:
Dear <Mr./Mrs. landlord's name>,
Thank you for giving us a copy of the pet policy. We realize that responsible pet owners are terrific tenants, and want to assure you that we are very responsible owners. I am an experienced pet handler, having had pets my whole life.
We have been approved by a Dachshund breeder for a puppy. This is his/her name, address and phone number. ______________________. After we contacted her, she corresponded with us for several weeks, interviewing us in fine detail as to our qualifications for ownership of one of her little Dachshunds. We spent many hours discussing health, obedience training, proper care, etc.
Our Dachshund puppy will not be left alone for any extended period of time during the day, and never left alone at night. I have experience in training dogs which will be left alone, and know how to keep them safe, occupied, content and quiet during that time. Dogs are homebodies that enjoy a secure, predictable environment, and we intend to provide that safe haven for the Dachshund as we would for a child.
We will be using a small puppy-pen (similar to a playpen) until the Dachshund is fully housetrained; the puppy pen will be placed on waterproof material. The puppy will already be trained to use pee pads (which have moisture-proof backing) and they will be placed in the puppy pen for additional protection to the flooring.
Our little Dachshund will be on a leash or carried when we are in common areas of the building. Outside the building, our Dachshund will be kept on a leash and will have a collar/harness and license tags on during those times.
We will be walking our Dachshund frequently, and will carefully pick up any "critter litter" for proper disposal. The "critter litter" will be wrapped in paper towels, double-bagged in plastic bags and sealed before being disposed of properly.
Our Dachshund will be spayed/neutered, licensed and fully vaccinated. As responsible pet owners, we are concerned not only with the pet overpopulation problem but also the health benefits to our Dachshund, and will have this surgery done. Our veterinarian suggested that it be performed at the age of 6 months before the puppy reaches adulthood. Our Dachshund will have regular veterinarian visits for vaccinations and checkups to make sure that he/she is kept in excellent health.
Our Dachshund will be well-behaved, obedient and leash-trained. We want to assure you that we are responsible pet owners and will take proper care of our Dachshund. We will be conscientious about keeping the apartment clean and will be extremely considerate of our neighbors and the property. We do want to emphasize that we will be extremely vigilant in cleaning up after our Dachshund at all times. We enjoy a clean, well-kept building and grounds and will do our utmost to help keep your property looking its best.
With consideration to the above, may we offer an addendum to our lease which would permit us to have the Dachshund puppy with the addition of a refundable pet security deposit of half a month's rent.
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Then attach references, if possible, from previous landlords, pet employers, breeders, etc.
If the landlord agrees - get it in writing. Get everything in writing - the addendum, the refundable deposit - all of it. Never accept only a verbal okay. If the apartment building ever changes ownership, you will need your documentation.
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PLEASE do be aware that Dachshund puppies are generally NOT good candidates for folks who live in apartments or condos - especially if they work or go to school. This would mean the puppy would be alone for hours at a time and is more than likely to go on a non-stop barking spree. As stated in the FAQ Doxies & Dogs page, Dachshunds are HUNTING dogs - they were bred to work. They are extremely active, highly intelligent and can bore easily - and a bored Dachshund puppy is likely to bark, become destructive and revert to retaliation peeing.
Having a Dachshund puppy in an apartment or condo has been done by several of our puppy owners, but it took a LOT of time and work; much more than a normal puppy owner would be willing to go through.
It would be especially important for anyone considering a Dachshund puppy (and who lived in an apartment or condo) to get two puppies. The puppies would be able to provide companionship for each other and greatly lessen the difficulties arising from being bored. Please see the "One Puppy or Two?" page on the website.
And even aside from the companionship issue, can you imagine having a human baby and leaving him ALONE for hours and hours? A baby puppy needs constant care and love - just as much as a human baby. Isolating the little one in a crate or keeping him alone for hours and hours is cruel.
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