The house is wonderful! Until you realize that the neighbor’s horses give your poodle an anxiety attack even from a healthy distance. You can’t forget Rover, Fido and Buddy when you start your house hunting endeavors. In fact, they have just as much say in the matter since it is going to be their new home, too.
You probably know to look for a big backyard for your Weimaraner to run and play, a cool climate for your husky, but if you’re afraid you may overlook some of your canine’s new home preferences, just follow our quick guide and he should be set to move in when you are.
May the Home Fit the Dog
Yes, I mean this literally. A big dog needs a big yard, or a good running trail and a health conscious owner. Your Chihuahua may become lost in the flowerbeds if you insist on the home with the exotic landscaping. And if you plan to have an indoor dog, consider the difficulty of stairs on older pets, and plan for areas to play inside for puppies and high energy dogs.
Sniff Out the Neighborhood
How does your dog get along with the neighbor’s dog? You may find yourself facing concerns ranging from canine hostilities to unexpected puppy litters. However, if you can find a dog-friendly neighborhood perhaps with dog parks, pet patio eateries, walking trails and more, then your dog may just be a social tool to help you settle into your new community.
If you insist on the home near the highway, then also insist on an invisible fence, dog run, or another secure means of keeping Rover from roaming out into traffic. And when you think you’ve taken all necessary precautions to keep your dog close to home, you should also consider micro-chipping and make sure you keep the address and contact information on file accurately updated.
You know how your sofa will (or has) held up to your dog’s wear and tear on it, but a new home offers a new chance to break in things such as carpet. You’ll want to consider allergens and dirt that your dog will help store in the carpet fibers, as well as the affect of doggie claws on the hardwood when you weigh your flooring options. Does the home you are eying come complete with a doggie door or a convenient place to add one?
And once the essentials are met, the real dog lover will be delighted to find a home with unique perks for pups. For example, a pet shower just off the back porch or mudroom/ laundry area can really help limit the amount of dirt tracked in from pets, kids and your own muddy boots.