Now that the real estate market (and the economy in general) has begun to improve, you’ve been thinking about buying a new house. Your job is secure, and your family could use a change of pace. That’s why you’ve been looking at real estate websites and wondering what kind of house you should buy.
Before you settle for anything, you need to think about how a new home impacts your dog. Pets are part of the family, too. And buying the wrong home can become a serious problem when you are a dog owner. Read on to learn more about finding a dog-friendly home and how to help your pet acclimate to the new space.
Finding A Pet-Friendly Home
What should you look for in your new home? The Balance says you should look at the home’s layout, including the yard. For example, is your dog old? Older pets often have trouble with stairs, so maybe a ranch-style home is better for you. Where will your dog sleep, eat, and play? Is there room for storing your dog’s belongings? You also need to inspect the backyard as that’s where dogs often do their business. Finding a new home with a well-maintained fence can make a big difference.
Even if you find the perfect house for you and your dog, you need to make sure they’re welcome. PawBoost explains that some communities restrict what dogs an owner can have, such as no pit bulls or no dogs over a certain weight. The last thing you need is to buy a new house and then discover your dog cannot live there. Speak to your homeowner’s association or city government before you buy.
Handling Moving Day
After a lot of research and negotiation, you finally found the perfect place. The closing is coming up, so you need to get packing! Moving when you have a dog can be a bit tricky at times, but there are things you can do to make this day go smoothly.
As you start packing up your belongings, leave out your pet’s stuff for as long as possible. Packing in short bursts (do a little each day) can also decrease the anxiety your dog feels when they notice parts of their home are disappearing. You also need to visit the vet and get copies of all your dog’s shots and medications.
It’s probably best that you board your dog on moving day. There are just too many things going on. But as Rover.com explains, you can avoid kennels and board your dog with a dog sitter. With your dog out of the way, you’ll be able to move faster and safer — but your dog is also happy playing with the sitter.
Acclimating To A New Environment
You did it. Everything is inside your new home, and it’s time to bring home your furry friend. Be aware that, for your dog, this is going to be confusing. They don’t understand what moving is, never mind why you had to do it. That’s why you’ll need to spend a little time helping your pet dog acclimate to the new home.
The AKC recommends you take your dog on frequent walks around the neighborhood. This helps them understand the new area. Keep up with regular meals and what times they happen, and spend more time than usual playing with your dog.
Since you want to increase the familiarity for your dog, you should put off buying new toys or food just yet. You might like a fresh start, but your dog prefers predictability right now.
A Home For Both
By taking your dog’s needs into consideration, you are more likely to love your new home. Look carefully at the layouts before buying, then bring your dog to a pet sitter on moving day. Once at your new place, let your dog slowly adjust to the new environment. A happy dog means a happy owner, after all.
Written by Cindy Aldridge