It can be really hard to find the perfect New York City apartment for a family. Especially if your family includes a dog. This subject has lately been something of a hot one in dog training kaffeeklatsches. Brooklyn trainer Renee Payne recently spoke to The New York Times about the vetting process for dogs applying for apartments.
Ms. Payne developed a “Co-op Questionnaire for New Dog Residents” six years ago, after a board member of a Park Slope co-op came to her in desperation. It had taken the board a year to evict a resident who owned a beagle that barked its head off day and night, and Ms. Payne then worked with board members to take them through a series of tests that could predict problematic behavior.
Manhattan-based trainer Andrea Arden blogs on her site that she suggests pet owners be prepared with a full on curriculum vitae. She writes:
Creating a resume for a pet may sound eccentric to some, cute to others. But, the goal is to provide relevant information to a potential landlord and instill in them a degree of trust that you are a responsible pet parent and that your dog or cat will be a welcomed addition to the neighborhood.
To follow is an example of a pet resume for my little dog, Nora.
Job Goal: To be a great pet neighbor. Housetrained, quiet, social with people and other dogs.
Previous Experience: Lived in a rental apartment with approximately 20 units for 3 years with no complaints.
Education: Graduate of Andrea Arden Dog Training Puppy Kindergarten, Basic and Advanced Manners Classes, Tricks, and Agility.
Awards and Honors: AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) 2002, cover dog for Dog-Friendly Dog Training (Wiley, 2007)
References: Previous landlord and neighbor recommendations are attached with relevant contact information.
But this isn’t just a New York City phenomenon. In San Francisco, Bay Rentals gives a template for the ideal pet CV.
What a fine chap this Rover character seems! Although it doesn’t seem like he’s done much in the way of internships.
I’m still pondering what exactly Amos’ resume would say. Does the keep-it-to-one-page rule apply?
What would your dog’s resume state?
(Illustration by Robert Grossman)