Living in your Condo with a pet
Tuesday Mar 19th, 2019
People aren’t the only ones opting for a condo life in Toronto; pets have been finding homes in the sky as well and at an alarming rate. The realization is dawning over more and more developers that instead of shunning pets, they would be in a far better place if they promoted pet ownership. To gain a competitive advantage, developers are offering everything from outdoor pet parks with fake tree stumps to in-house doggie spas with showers and rooftop dog runs. Still, there a lot of factors to consider if you want to share your living quarters with a furry friend:
1. First things first; whether you are looking to purchase a luxury condo for sale in Toronto or aspiring to keep a pet as a condo owner, it is indispensable to keep yourself fully informed about your buildings regulations and laws about keeping pets in the home. Some condo associations are pretty strict and non-tolerant towards pets, except perhaps some caged pets, such as hedgehogs, lizards, or birds. Some don’t allow dogs at all but are OK with cats. Increasingly however, more and more buildings are becoming pet friendly, as long as you fulfill your end of the bargain and adhere to certain anti-nuisance and training rules.
2. Some older buildings have may have a no-pets rule in writing, but it is not uncommon to find numerous pets living in the building anyway. While it seems easy enough, someone could always find a reason to lodge a complaint against your pet. If you are asked to sell or remove your unit in the wake of such a situation, you will have no legal recourse. Even buildings that are favorable towards pet owners can have you saying good bye to your furry friend if the board rules against you.
3. You can run into an argument over your pet with a neighbour. In such an event, the best course of action is to go to the condo board, which can take a number of actions depending on the severity of the dispute. The condo board may placate the matters by resolving the dispute through mediating, requesting the pet owner to improve supervision or enroll the pet in pet training, or in the worst-case scenario, removing the pet and in turn the owner from the building. We have witnessed one such incident in Toronto when a Rottweiler menaced the neighbors regularly. Not only was the owner evicted, they were asked to sell their unit.
4. If you are thinking of buying a pet as a condo owner, size matters less than bark level and activity. This is why you are better off having a great Dane in a studio apartment. They are so adorable, though a tad lazy. High-energy dogs aren’t a great fit for the city and cannot flourish until they find a spacious place to run sound and play. Make sure to take them for a walk every day.
5. When it comes to the size, choose a less active breed, such as Great Danes, Chow Chow, St. Bernards, Lhasa Apsos, Bichon Frises, Bulldogs, or spaniels. Bigger species are more suitable for urban life. Since toy dogs are generally brimming with energy, they may not be the best choice if you are pressed for space at home. Of Course, exceptions are to be expected with adequate exercise and proper training, which can bid adieu to most issues that are rampant with dogs. Before deciding on a pooch to bring home, be sure to do your diligent research to make sure it is the best fit. Furthermore, if your dog sheds a lot, hairballs can add to the hassle of cleaning.
6. Cando balconies were designed in line with pets. A small dog or a kitten can easily fall through. When you are out on the balcony, make sure you pets are in front of you. Even better, keep them away from balconies. Consider installing clear acrylic sheets or plastic garden fencing around the balcony for added safety. Not to mention, if your pet has an accident on the edge of the balcony, you will incur the wrath of the tenant below you.
7. If you are a pet owner looking for a luxury condo for sale, know that lower is better. It’s a struggle anxiously waiting for the elevator on the 20th floor to arrive, hoping against hope that your Dog doesn’t have an accident. The lower your condo, the easier it is to just trot down the stairs.
8. In a condo building, you don’t share just share walls with your neighbors; you share the ventilation system as well. While we may become accustomed to how our own home smells like, go to painstakingly lengths to analyze how your home would smell to an outside and keep it fresh and clean. Mop up all dirt or accidents as soon as they happen and scrape out the litterbox daily. Any lingering odors can be taken care of by specially formulated enzyme sprays. When you have to lock your pets in, try crate training to avoid coming home to a nose wrinkling odor.