Help in finding a dog friendly landlord


Much of what it takes to win over a landlord is up to you.  Sell yourself as a responsible pet owner and your dog as a well-mannered companion.

Never try to sneak a dog into a no-pets-allowed complex.

Instead, show your good faith by providing a prospective landlord:

  • References from former landlords, pet sitters, veterinarians, and trainers who can attest to your dog’s good behavior and health.
  • Proof that your dog has been spayed or neutered and is up to date on its vaccinations.
  • A written promise to keep your dog on a leash or harness or in a carrier when outside your apartment.
  • Certification to show your dog successfully completed an obedience class or the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program.
  • A resume describing your dog’s good habits and behaviors and attesting that it is flea-free and takes monthly flea and tick medication.
  • A pet deposit.
  • An opportunity to meet your dog.  Exercise your dog first so it is relaxed.

(from Dog Fancy June 2002)

These sites might help in your search for a dog friendly landlord: (search on “Model Pet Ownership Policy)

Your local shelter might maintain a list of area apartments that allow dogs.  The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Open Door Program ( helps you create a resume for your dog.