Find the Right Home for You and Your Pooch!
By Cindy Aldridge, Guest Blogger | December 28th, 2017
If you're looking for a new home, you’re looking for the place you plan to spend two-thirds of your time (or more), so you want it to be perfect for you. But you’re not the only one -- you want it to be the best place for your four-legged best friend, too.
After all, your pooch is part of your family, and you want him to be happy and comfortable in his home. If you were moving with children, you’d be looking for a kid-friendly neighborhood or the best school districts. So why wouldn’t you apply the same search criteria for your pup? When you’re ready to start looking, tell your real estate agent that you have a dog. They will consider that when finding homes for you to see.
Do you require a fenced yard? Some pet owners are perfectly content to live in a condo and take their pet out for regular walks, but some would rather have the space for their pup to run free in the yard. It depends on your lifestyle and the type of dog. It’s best to know your priorities before you begin the search process.
When you look at a home, make sure you check out the neighborhood. Look for parks and dog parks, where your pup can run off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Look for sidewalks, too: You’re going to want to take him for walks, so make sure your neighborhood accommodates that. If you can, talk to the neighbors and ask if there are a lot of dogs in the area. If you see dogs out for their daily strolls, that’s an indication that the area is dog-friendly.
Keep an eye out for pet-supply stores and doggie day care centers. If they’re nearby, there are likely a lot of pets in the area. If you can walk to them with your dog, even better. Even if you never plan to use a doggie day care, it’s good to have a nearby option available.
Inside the home, be aware of the floors and the stairs. The best floors for dogs are hardwood, tile or concrete. The easier they are to clean, the better: Dogs have accidents, especially if they are young or old. Stairs can be an issue when your dog gets older, so make sure you can carry him up and down if you’ll need to one day.
Once it’s time to move, you should introduce your dog to his new home, if possible. Take him for a visit, and let him walk around the home on a leash. He’ll want to smell the place up and down so he can get to know it. Allow him to explore the yard (after you’ve checked the fenceline for holes and the ground for dangerous debris), and take him for a walk around the neighborhood. It’s a good way for him to get acclimated to his new surroundings.
Pack his belongings last, and unpack them first. Don’t wash any soft toys, beds or blankets, because the familiar smells will help him feel at home. Try not to deviate too far from his normal schedule. Feed and walk him as close to his usual time as possible -- dogs thrive on routine.
Soon, you and your pooch will be settled into your new home and ready for more adventures. You’ll love meeting new human and dog friends around the neighborhood and visiting them at the dog park. At the end of the day, you’ll snuggle together knowing you’re making priceless memories together.
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