House Hunting When You Own A Dog

House Hunting When You Own A Dog

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Your house is more than just a place to live. It’s your home. But it’s also a home to your dog. That’s why you have to be careful when house hunting. You’re not just finding a place for you; it’s for your dog as well. By following the tips below, you can have a successful time house hunting. First, you will need to figure out what to look for in a new place.

Finding The Right Home

When looking for a new house, you have a lot to balance: cost, square footage, commute times, neighborhood crime, and so on. But since you’re moving with your dog, you have to add in some additional factors.

To start, you need to make sure your neighborhood and community will welcome your dog. Check with the city and county to see if they have any limits on animals. For example, many mistakenly believe pit bulls are inherently dangerous and ban those dogs outright. Even if your local government has no problems, many housing associations place limits on the weight or size of resident’s dogs.

Once you’ve found a place that allows your dog, you also need to worry about the floor plan and neighborhood.

  • Is your new place big enough for your dog’s activity level?
  • Are there many dogs in the neighborhood? Some can be friends with your dog, but this situation can also turn into a giant barking problem.
  • How mobile is your dog? An older dog probably won’t work well in a house with many stairs.
  • Where are the closest vet, dog sitter, and groomer?

Just remember that there is no perfect home, so don’t be surprised if you need to compromise on some things.

Getting Through Moving Day

Once the new place has been found and bought, you have to get packing. Before you start putting your possessions in boxes, note that dogs can get upset over packing. They depend on a stable environment at home, and big changes like this can stress dogs out.

To help, here are some tips that can make packing and moving better for your dog:

  • Instead of planning on packing up everything in a few days, start packing a little bit each day. This slows down the changes for your dog. (It also helps you avoid being sore or super-stressed.)
  • Take your pet on many more walks in the week leading up to moving day. Exercise gets rid of tension and stress, and this will help tire your dog out.
  • When moving day comes, send your dog to a friend or sitter. Even if you’re not using a moving company, everyone will be happier not having your dog underfoot during the move.

Helping Your Dog Feel At Home

You did it. Moving day came and went, and now you’re in your new house. As you start to unpack and settle in, you should plan on spending more time with your dog. After all, they need to feel at home too, but they don’t understand this change is permanent.

As Redfin points out, start by checking for pet hazards. For example, are there any cords within reach that can hurt your dog? Do you need child-proof locks on the cabinets where you store your cleaning supplies? Are there small gaps or spaces where your dog can escape or get trapped in?

Once your safety check is complete, follow The Spruce’s advice and keep to your dog’s normal schedule as much as possible. With all the changes recently, your dog will feel better finding some routine and predictability.

It’s A House For Both Of You

This new place will be a home for you and your dog, so it makes sense to include your dog’s needs in this process. Start by making sure the new community welcomes your dog, then pack slowly over time. Once moved in, make sure the new space is safe for your dog. This way, you can both rest easily in your new home.

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