I like renting to people with pets because they will pay more money for that fenced pet yard.
They will stay longer as it is more difficult for them to move.
They will be less picky as they are already people who can deal with dog poop, hair, feeding and cleaning.
I get $250 pet deposit, fully refundable if no pet damage. I do not return the money until the property has been cleaned and is 100% ready to rent again.
I have written pet rules that tenants sign. I now charge $50 from that $250 if we have to clean up pet hair from furniture, couches, rugs, etc.
Dogs do cause more wear and tear. Nail scratches on doors and chewed-up fence tops by big breeds are the most common thing I see. Old English works well to cover scratches. I charge the tenant if we have repairs. I expect more carpet cleaning.
I second the “potential dangerous breeds” exclusion. I just saw a Pit Bull “turn on” for the first time. My son’s neighbor’s friendly, sweet Pit. Who jumped the fence to play with my son’s sheep dog. They played happily, ate dog kibbles out of two bowls, romped around for an hour or so.
Suddenly I heard dog screaming and rushed to the back patio. My son was holding the Pit Bull and bashing the dog’s head against the porch railing because the Pit had his jaws locked on my son’s dog’s back. Both dogs were lifted off the ground but the dog would not release. The dog screaming went on and on.
I don’t know why I thought of it, but instinctively I reached over the Pit’s head and covered his nostrils with my hand. He released. I felt he could not bite me as his mouth was already full of dog, and he had to breathe somehow.
My son rushed his dog to the Vet where she was treated for deep puncture wounds. The neighbor (with 3 small kids) got rid of the Pit Bull.
This attack took place out of the blue, for no apparent reason. Not in the Pit Bull’s yard, and with his familiar over-the-fence dog friend. Never trust a Pit. You don’t know when that instinct will turn on.