Are you looking to save money on housing? You also want to enjoy the perks of a great environment simultaneously and that can be difficult these days. Have you ever considered the benefits of a mobile home park?
However, if you have a dog that you want to move along with you into a mobile home park, then some behavioral adjustments must be made. There are laid down rules about pets that must be followed. Dogs typically have the ability to adapt fast to a new environment, so there’s nothing to stress over to seriously.
This article is aimed at informing you about the right things to do when you’re moving into a mobile home park with your dog. This information will help you know your rights and help you with ideas of how to keep your pet content.
Things To Do When Moving Into a Mobile Home With Your Dog: Rules in Mobile Home Parks
The first thing you should do before making payment for the mobile home at all is to contact the manager or the owner of the mobile home park. The rules and policies about moving into a mobile home park with a pet are not the same in all parks. So, you might need to call around a few times before you finally find something that suits you.
Some mobile home parks are okay with moving in with puppies. Some parks would frown at moving in with big dogs. While some parks have a restriction on the number of dogs that you can move in with. Many parks restrict weight limits on dogs. They may require that the dog be a certain breed. So, the best thing to do is to contact the manager in charge of the mobile home park. Knowing what the park requires will help with any future trouble with your dog.
Parks typically charge additional lot rent per animal that you have as well. So be sure to check with the manager on the extra cost that your dog / cat will cost you. Typically $10 – $20 per month additional is what is charged per pet.
Train Your Dog: Many dogs just need some obedience training
One of the main features of a mobile home park is the fact that there are no boundaries between the properties. So, this is why most of the mobile home parks around usually have an “indoor only” policy for pets. This is because they do not want anything that will inconvenience the neighbors and other residents.
So, you have to train your dog on how to sleep, live, and stay indoor every time, except when you’re outside with them. When you are outside with them you can adequately supervise them. It is always important that you keep your dog on a leash or a chain as well. This way you will maintain control of your pet and not have any chance of losing him / her.
Put a Tag on Your Dog: It will help if you lose your pet
- Many mobile home parks usually insist that dog owners put a tag on their dog. Mobile home yards are very small and it doesn’t take long for your dog to end up in someone’s yard other than your own. Along with their name, mobile number, and home address/number written on the tag. Although, even if the park policy does not include this, this is just the right thing for you to do. I have found great sites online for dog tags that will give you the most affordable options.
Microchipping Your Dog: Ways to prove its your dog
For approximately $40 – $60 you can go to your local vet and have a microchip implanted on your dog. This microchip will link your dog to you. This is a one-time fee and does not require a monthly fee. If the dog becomes lost a vet can scan the neck of the lost dog. If it is micro chipped it will register with your information. This is a great way to keep your pet save. It just might be the reason you also get your dog back after it has escaped. Your dog can decide to run out of the door when it is opened. This is the number one way pets get lost. So, the tag will be your dog’s means of getting back home.
Crate for your dog: Is he/she safer in a crate
If you are a person who works during the day, like most people. Be sure to get a metal crate for your dog. These are pretty affordable you can find them at your local Walmart stores. Crating your dog will help to keep them confined to one area of your home. Then the neighbors might not hear them barking all day or jumping at the windows and doors. I like to put my dog in the crate and then place a blanket over the crate and turn on the radio. It tends to soothe the dog and she goes right to sleep.
Service Dogs: Following a different set of rules
When it comes to service dogs you will again want to check with the park managers / owners regarding their rules and regulations. Most, if not all, service dogs are typically allowed in more places that non-service dogs are. You might even resort to talking to an attorney when it comes to a service dog. Find out the newest rules and regulations for service dogs as they do change frequently. When you have a service dog you may need to provide proof. Proof the dog qualifies as a service dog is just a matter of going through the necessary steps. Make sure you have all of your paperwork readily available to show proof to the managers / owners.
So how do you keep your dog entertained when he/she is confined to such a small area: Here are some great tips to help:
- Take your dog to the park. Many parks now have penned in dog runs. You can let him/her play and run off some of the extra energy.
- Fence in your park yard to give your dog room to run. Be sure to check with the park office first to see what their requirements are for fencing. If the park doesn’t allow the yard to be fenced in there are many great portable pens available. These pens will help contain your dog but also give him/her that great outdoor experience.
Looking for experienced dog handlers: Tired of coming home to a dog full of energy
- If you work long hours during the week hire a dog walker or a friend to talk your dog for a walk. Just breaking up the day for your dog will make all the difference. When you return home from a long day of work and your exhausted your dog will be tired out as well. Looking for dog walkers with reviews, there are many websites out there that can help.
- Enroll your dog in obedience classes. This not only gives you time to spend with your dog but it also gives your dog a social experience with other dogs and people. You might just find out that your dog is super smart. They can typically pick up on new tricks that you never thought about teaching him / her.
What if my pet dog hurts someone: Should I consult an attorney
If your dog becomes unruly or is aggressive towards other residents or worse bites someone you could find yourself facing a mobile home park eviction. Just realize the parks often reserve the right to make the final decision about your pet and the safety of their residents. If you do have a dog that bites a resident be sure to consult with your attorney. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times this will become very important in your case. If your dog is on a leash and someone walks up to it and it bites them there will be different rules that will apply. Making sure that your pet is always contained or on a leash will keep you from having many if any issues with them biting other people or causing damage.
In conclusion: Dogs in any situation
Finally, if your dog is already used to living in an apartment with a big/spacious yard, then you have to get used to taking your dog out for a walk(s). This will help your dog to thrive in this new environment, adapt to the environment easily, and also serve as a form of consolation for the plenty hours the dog has to spend indoors. Although, if you have a very quiet dog, there’s a high chance that he/she will be allowed to stay around because they won’t make the neighbors go crazy. Be sure to check into all the pros and cons of living in a mobile home park before you commit that way you will have no surprises.