Written By: Jim McKinley
According to a 2017 report
, about one-third of homebuyers aged 18 to 36 said their desire to
have room for their pets influenced the decision to buy a home. Experts
following tips if you have or plan to get a dog.
Inside and outside space to zoom. Wider hallways and open spaces give dogs plenty of room to
play. See if your new home will accommodate an area you can fence off for the dog to call
“home,” especially when you’ve first moved in.
Backyard size. Some dogs require minimal space to toilet and zoom. Other breeds like lots of
room to stretch their legs. Examine home backyards for landscape designs that might be dog-
incompatible. If you’re downsizing, check for other areas where you can get your dog the
exercise they need.
Durable floors. Dog claws do a number on hardwood floors. Carpet’s practical, if it’s a durable
style that doesn’t show wear and tear. Also, it cleans easily, as muddy paws can stain lighter
The neighbors. What’s your dog’s personality like? Does he enjoy meeting furry friends to play,
or does he do better solo? If you’ve got an especially curious canine, or one who likes to bark,
you’ll want your backyard fenced to keep him—and other neighborhood dogs—safe.
The neighborhood. Prioritize paths for walking, dog parks, and dog-friendly outdoor areas.
Proximity to work. If your dog needs breaks during the day to toilet outside, or can make it all
day but needs to zoom after a workday, think about your home’s location in relation to your job.
Your dog’s age. Have an elderly pooch or young pup? You might want to steer clear of homes
with lots of stairs. Puppies and older dogs can both struggle with stairs.
Tell your realtor. Don’t forget to tell your realtor that you’ve got a dog or two. Realtors don’t
always ask, but if they know your family includes canines, they’ll can focus on pet-friendly
Moving Day and Beyond
Moving causes as much stress for animals as it does for their humans. Reduce your dog’s
anxiety, keep him safe throughout the move,
and help him transition
to the new home.
Plan ahead. Find a new vet and ask about the flea/tick/heartworm situation. Check local
ordinances to learn about leash laws and breed bans. Microchip your dog and update your
contact info on his collar.
Desensitize. If he’s not already crate trained, start crate training him a month or more before you
move, especially if she’ll be riding in a crate during the move. Condition her to the boxes you’ll
have piling up in your home. Leave suitcases out for a week or more so the pup doesn’t
associate them with you leaving.
Introduce him to the new neighborhood. If it’s practical, take your dog to meet the new
neighborhood — and maybe a few neighbors (human and canine), too. He’ll start to learn some
of the new smells so they’re not so unfamiliar when you relocate. Walk around the
neighborhood to accustom her to its sights and sounds.
If your schedule
will change in your new home, start transitioning your dog to the
new schedule before you move. Define behavior goals — like a no-barking rule or specific
bathroom or feeding schedule. Dogs thrive on routine, so establish one quickly and transition to
it as soon as you’ve moved.
Pet proof the new home.
You can start pet-proofing
your home by blocking off areas you want to
keep canine-free. Keep your dog leashed in the house as they adjust. Unpack their box of toys,
treats, bedding, and other items with familiar scents and set up their space right away.
House-Hunting and Moving Don’t Have to Be “Ruff”
Help your dog adjust
to his new home — commit to spending quality time with him every day.
Roll around on the ground with him. He knows your smell, and if you add your scent at his level,
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