Five things to know before owning a pet

Bringing your fluffy friend home for the first time is an exciting moment in a person’s life. It’s important to make sure you comply with your apartment building rules to keep pets, otherwise you and “Fido” could find yourself in a lot of trouble.


1. Always check the building rules
The rules contain a lot of important information relating to you and your apartment, including details around keeping pets. It’s very important to read up on your by-laws to make sure your new fluffy house mate is allowed to move in.
The building rules should be easily accessible online or through your committee.

2. If in doubt, ask a committee member
If there’s anything in the building rules that you’re confused about, don’t be afraid to approach a member of the committee for an explanation or a second opinion.
Ask someone on the committee to clarify anything you find confusing. If this person doesn’t know the answer, ask your strata manager, as they will be up-to-date with the rules and regulations relevant to your building.

3. Pet selection
There’s a very big difference between a goldfish and a golden retriever. Some pets can be quite relaxed animals that don’t require much exercise, however other animals (like large dog breeds, for example) need daily exercise and a lot of room to move.
Make sure you research the animal you’re looking to get to make sure they’re the right fit for your apartment and your lifestyle.

4. Safety & security
You may think your puppy is incredibly well behaved, but if he catches a whiff of your neighbour’s grocery shopping in the foyer, he might suddenly get distracted and run right over, knocking over who knows what.
Ensure that your front door is always shut and keep your pet on a leash when taking it through common areas of the building.

5. Always clean up after your pet
No one likes picking up doggy droppings. However, if you decide to get a pet, this comes with the territory. If your puppy decides to do his business in a building’s common area, it’s your responsibility to pick it up and dispose of it.
Whenever you take your pet for a walk, be sure to carry disposable bags with you, and potty train your pet as soon as possible to minimise mess inside your apartment.

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