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If you’re looking for a new home, you already know it has to be in the right neighborhood, with the right amenities, and of course, the perfect countertops. But have you thought about whether your new home will be perfect for your pup? Just like you, your dog deserves a great home. So, before you begin hunting for a new house, be sure to keep these tips in mind to make sure you find one that’s just right for you and your furry family members.
You may think that considering your dog when buying a home is a little odd. But a recent study showed that millennials are buying houses for their dogs more than previous generations, so you’re not alone. After all, our dogs are becoming more like family, so it makes sense to keep them in mind. So, when you’re making a list of house-hunting priorities, make sure to keep your pet’s needs in mind, too! Here are a few things you may want to think about:
- For dogs, it’s all about the yard. Is the backyard fenced? If not, can you afford to fence it? Fences aren’t cheap; in the Corona area, installing a wood fence will likely cost you between $1,526 and $4,005. It also helps to know that certain fences may be better for keeping your pup in and unwanted animals out of your yard. Also, some flowers and plants can be toxic to animals, so know which ones are present in your new yard.
- If your dog is elderly or disabled, he may have trouble getting around homes with a lot of stairs. You may need to add ramps or carry your dog if you’re able.
- Check out the neighborhood. Are there sidewalks for walking your dog? Drive by after 5 p.m. and see if there are dogs out for their evening strolls. If you can, take your dog for a walk in your potential neighborhood so you can gauge whether neighbors are welcoming to your dog.
- Figure out how dog-friendly the surrounding area will be. If there are pet supply stores, veterinarians, grooming services, and other dog businesses nearby, you’re likely in a dog-friendly zone. Being able to easily access those services will also make life much easier for you and your pup.
Finding a new home is pretty easy on your dog, but moving can be tough. So make sure your move includes steps to ease the transition for your furry family member. If new people make your dog nervous, consider introducing the movers to your dog and maybe even let them feed your dogs some treats to soothe his nerves. It may also be a better idea to keep your dog secured in a room with some comfort items so you can prevent any nervous energy or escape attempts. Finally, pack up your dog’s favorite things last and unpack them first. Don’t be tempted to wash those dogs toys and beds, either. Dogs need those familiar smells to feel safe and comfortable.
As soon as you arrive at your new home, let your pup explore but be sure to supervise. Take him to through the house and into the backyard and allow him to process all those new smells. You may want to use a leash to avoid any escapes or unwanted behavior. Moving can make animals extremely anxious, and you never know when your dog may try to bolt.
When the movers arrive at your new place, follow the same routine and make sure your dog is settled into a room with a few toys. This will help your dog feel less anxious and also prevent any accidents. Don’t allow him to run loose in the house until you are sure all the potential dangers are out of the way, such as cleaning solutions and medications.
It may take a few days or even a few weeks, but eventually, you and your dog will begin to feel at home again. Just be patient and remember that your dog is happiest when you are together! So start exploring and planning new adventures in your new home and neighborhood.
Cindy Aldridge is passionate about dogs and pets and loves sharing her thoughts and insights on being a responsible dog owner. When she isn’t busy writing, she spends all her time with her two fluffy golden retrievers.