We offer to meet every single landlord, in person, at our current house. That way they can see exactly how we live and exactly how well behaved the dog is. Sadly, letting agents just let it fall on deaf ears and our suggestion never goes any further than them. The only 2 landlords we've ever managed to meet are, funnily enough, the 2 that have let us have a dog in our previous flat and the house where we now live. Letting agents seem to be just as much of an obstacle.
Sadly its because there are too many tenants and choices currently for landlords. I think you need to push a little harder though, i think you are doing the right things.
And whilst a landlord i also have a lab, and even though it has a short hair coat, i still have to hoover everyday.
The last tenant moved in and didnt tell me they had a cat, and on the second day after they moved in i had to visit with a builder to have new guttering supplied and fitted throughout the house, only to find the tenants boyfriend cutting a hole in the bottom glass section of the back door to fit a cat flap.
You can imagine my response.
Sadly not all tenants are the same.
correct me if im wrong its been a while since I rented but doesn't a landlord need to give 2 weeks notice/written permission to enter the property?