As a dog owner, you want your furry family members to be safe, happy, and healthy. Buying a new home is a great opportunity to find a place that suits your entire family – including canines. By taking into account a few key factors in the house hunting process, your new home can be as comfortable for your dogs as it is for the rest of the family.
Features to Look For
More and more people, especially millennials, are buying homes with their dogs in mind. According to CNBC, a survey shows that “42 percent of millennials who had never bought a home said that their dog, or the desire to have one, would be a key factor in their decision to get on the property ladder.” There are a few features to keep in mind when looking for a dog-friendly house.
- Look for hard surface floors such as hardwoods, painted concrete or ceramic. Hard flooring is easier than carpet to keep clean.
- Look for an entryway that is ideal for dogs, including a tiled or other hard surface floor, separate from other areas, with room to store food, towels, leashes, and other necessities.
- Look for a fenced-in yard that is large enough for your dog to play. Also consider outdoor space around the neighborhood. Is the house on a busy street? Is the neighborhood easily walkable? Are there parks nearby?
- The ASPCA suggests thinking about your dog’s specific needs and the home’s accessibility. If you have an older dog with mobility problems or a puppy that needs to go out frequently, avoid a property with too many stairs.
Preparing Your Dog
The best way to make sure your dog adjusts well to your move is to plan ahead. Here are a few simple steps you can take:
- Update microchips and tags with your new location. With careful preparation, it’s unlikely that your dog will get separated from you during the move, but updating tags ahead of time will give you peace of mind and provide a safeguard.
- Stay calm leading up to and on moving day. Your dog can sense your emotions, which means if you’re anxious they will be too.
- If you will be using a kennel or crate for the move, get your dog used to it before moving day. Allow them to enter it ahead of time, giving them plenty of treats and reassurance. This will help them remain calm in the crate on moving day.
Helping Your Dog Acclimate to Your New Home
When moving day comes, the hustle and bustle of the moving process can be a lot for your dog to handle. Keep them in a quiet room in your home while loading up, or have your dog stay at a friend’s house for the day. This will help them stay calm and prevent the risk of them making a mad dash out the door.
As you’re moving, keep your dog’s favorite toys and beds easily accessible, and get those out as soon as you arrive. This will reassure your dog that you’re in a safe space, helping them acclimate to their new home. Allow them to explore the house, yard, and neighborhood slowly and on their own terms. Once you have started settling into your new house, try to keep to your normal schedule. A regular routine helps a dog feel secure, which is especially important after a move. Above all, just as you want to give them plenty of love and reassurance in the lead up to moving day, make sure to continue giving that affection as you and your dogs both continue settling into your new home.
When you set out to buy a new home, you most likely have a list of features you’re looking for in the perfect house. By adding to that list these key features that make a house more comfortable and safe for your canine companion, the moving process will be smoother for you and your dog, so you can be sure it will feel like home to everyone in no time.
Thanks to Cindy from OurDogFriends.org for providing this valuable information on finding the perfect home for our furry friends!
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