New service looking to help renters build their dog's resume

Patrick Johnston, Postmedia Network

A dog wears a bow-tie collar from the Vancouver-based brand Danes & Divas. (PNG Archive)

A dog wears a bow-tie collar from the Vancouver-based brand Danes & Divas. (PNG Archive)

With pet ownership too often being a challenge for British Columbians looking to rent a home, one Canadian company thinks their service may be of help.

The man behind MyDogsResume.com says the service is a way for renters to show themselves as good pet owners to landlords.

"There is this massive challenge for pet owners," Garry Bradamore said. "MyDogsResume offers dog guardians a three-step program to educate and prepare them to be responsible, pet-friendly tenants, so they may secure a pet-friendly home."

The B.C. SPCA says 1,774 pets were given to the SPCA because their owners have moved into a residence that doesn't allow animals.

One solution, Bradamore believes, is for pet owners to be able to present potential landlords with a trustworthy record of their pet’s good behaviour and cleanliness.

"The aim is to encourage people to develop accountability," he said. With a resumé produced by his service, owners will able to say, ' "My pet is well-behaved and won't be a problem.' "

"Responsible pet-guardians pick up after their pets, repair accidental pet damage, have regular, scheduled health checks, grooming practices, walks and much more. Landlords and property managers want to know that the rent will be paid, property will be looked after and their residents will be respectful of one another."

The key to the whole thing is registering the dog's DNA with MyDogsResume. The registry is meant for landlords who use their service to be able to check in with a dog's history. MyDogsResume is targeted at landlords of smaller properties.

A spokesperson for Pets OK B.C., a renters advocacy group, said Bradamore's proposal made sense.

"Dog resumes are the best tool we have to convince landlords who may be on the fence," Eliot Galan said.

Bradamore also runs PooPrints, which is used to track dogs living with renters by their DNA. After a swab is made of the dog's mouth, the dog's data is entered into the registry. If a landlord finds uncollected dog poop on their property, they'll be able to determine which dog it came from, assuming it’s from a dog registered to their building.

"We're creating responsible pet owners’ practice," he said, suggesting landlords who have worked with his service have reported a reduction in pet-related cleanliness issues since beginning to use their service.

A handful of properties in each western Canadian province are using his service, he said.

pjohnston@postmedia.com