How To Write Your Dog’s Resume

Have you ever thought about having to write your dog’s “resume”? More and more landlords and commercial property rental agents are requesting a pet resume as part of the application process. If you’ve never heard of this you’re probably not alone.

Once you understand the need for a dog or pet resume, its benefits will become clear and you will see its benefits.

 What is a pet resume?

This is a document you prepare in which you “introduce” your dog to a prospective new landlord. Consider this: When you’re a landlord, everyone to whom you rent is an unknown commodity.

  1. Will the tenant host loud parties?
  2. Will the tenant destroy the property?
  3. Will the tenant be late with the rent?

These and many more questions come with the rental thought process for every landlord. Add a dog or cat into the mix and the landlord’s insecurity and fear of the unknown ramps up even higher.

When you write a dog resume you are introducing your pet to the prospective landlord and putting his best traits forward. You’re sharing his virtues with the landlord and you may want to point out if your dog has any “challenges” as well. Just as your children are not perfect all of the time, no landlord will believe that your dog is “perfect.”

In your pet’s resume you are helping lower the landlord’s concern over noise, damage and even the potential for your dog to bite someone. The best way to address a landlord’s concern over “will this dog bite another tenant” is to show the landlord that you have invested in a Dog Bite Insurance Policy. This shows the landlord you are committed to caring for any issues that may arise if there is an accidental bite. The policy may also limit the landlord’s liability if a dog bite occurs. It is a peace-of-mind document that shows the landlord you are committed to your dog, protecting others and ultimately protecting the landlord.

How to prepare your pet’s resume

When you’re putting your dog or cat’s resume together, let her personality shine. You may even want to make a fun video. If video isn’t your thing, take some photos of your dog and show off her playful personality. Give a description of what your dog is doing in the photo to help tell a story. Show how fun and harmless your fur baby is.

Even if a landlord has said “no” to a pet, he may soften his stance if he sees how cute your dog is.

  1. Add in basic info about your pet. His name, gender, age, weight. Let the landlord know that your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations and share his vet record as proof.
  2. Add in photos or videos. Choose photos where your pet looks happy and is “smiling” but not one where he looks over-excited. Make a photo collage of your pet in different situations – in the home, out on a walk, interacting with other people.
  3. Write your pet’s story. Even if you’re not a born writer, we’ll bet you can put your feelings about your dog into words that will have a positive impact on a potential landlord. Tell him why your dog means so much to you. Share his rescue story – if he was a rescue. Put bullet points and/or numbered lists into the resume to make it easier for your landlord to skim.
  4. Let the landlord know whether your pet is spayed or neutered. If you haven’t had your pet spayed or neutered, let the landlord know your reasons why. In the minds of many landlords, a pet who isn’t spayed or neutered is more likely to “mark” the apartment and cause damage.
  5. Let the landlord know if he has had any obedience training.

Offer to bring your pet over to meet the landlord as that face-to-face interaction may make him change his “no” to a “yes” and you and your pet will be allowed to move in.

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