Moving to a new home? Make the transition easier on your dog
When you’re shopping for a new home, there are a lot of things to consider. What type of home do you need? Big or small? Free-standing or condo? City or suburbs? If you have a dog, you’ve got an extra layer of consideration. What kind of home does my dog need? How can I best enjoy my dog in my new home?
Buying a home for you and your dog isn’t that much different than buying a home for yourself. You know what you like and you’ve likely made a list of things you want. Now make a separate list of what the perfect home would look like for your dog. Talk to your real estate agent about the things you might need for a dog. Here are some things you should consider.
The yard. Does your pooch need a lot of room to run and play, or is he content with a small yard or no yard at all? Having a fenced yard makes a huge difference in convenience for a dog owner because taking your dog outside in the snow and rain is no fun. But if you don’t want to bother with yard maintenance, you might not want that. If you’re moving to a home with a small yard, is the neighborhood nice for walking and will you plan to walk your pooch regularly?
If the home doesn’t come with a fence, consider getting one installed. The average cost of fence installation is about $2,670, but it depends entirely on the type of fence you want and how large your yard is. If you already have a fence that’s not going to contain your pup, consider getting a new, nicer one. If you notice that the neighboring houses don’t have fences, make sure to ask your real estate agent if a fence is allowed. Some homeowners’ associations don’t allow them.
The neighborhood. Is your neighborhood dog friendly? An easy way to find out is to take your dog for a walk around that neighborhood before you buy. Do you see lots of people out walking their pups? Are there parks and dog parks nearby? Do the neighbors have dogs? Most dog-friendly neighborhoods will have veterinarians’ offices and dog-supply stores nearby, too.
The moving process. Once you’ve found your dream home, don’t forget about your pup during the moving process. On moving day, get your dog out of the home. Consider having your furry friend boarded or leaving Fido at a friend’s house to reduce his stress. Seeing all his furniture being taken away can be hard on him. If you can’t get him out, introduce him to the movers and let them give him some treats. This will help him feel better about the situation. Then put him in a small room with his bed, toys and bowls. Keep the door closed so he doesn’t see the moving process.
Settling in. Once there, let him sniff around the house a bit on a leash so he can get to know it and its smells. Put him in his own spot, with his bed, toys and bowls in the new house while the movers are bringing in your stuff. The familiar smells of his things will comfort him.
During the entire process, don’t forget to make time for your canine companion. Take frequent breaks to pet him and reassure him that he isn’t losing you. It will also help ease your stress a bit. When you’re in your new place, Fido will get used to it and soon be calling it his forever home, too.
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What kind of home does my dog need? - https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/moving-your-pet
The average cost of fence installation - https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/fencing/install-a-fence/
during the moving process. - https://www.aarp.org/relationships/pets/info-06-2011/pet-moving-tips.html
The familiar smells of his things - https://iheartdogs.com/how-to-make-moving-stress-free-for-your-dog/