A Guest Post by Cindy Aldridge, Our Dog Friends
It’s time to move, and you’ve thought of everything. You’ve considered the best school districts. You’ve narrowed down to the city’s top neighborhoods. You’ve scoped out the local scene in your favorite selections. But have you thought about your furry friend, and what he might need?
Not all neighborhoods are the same when it comes to your canine companion, so it’s important to consider some things on their behalf before you go headlong into a bad situation for your pet.
Look for these signs to make sure you’re selecting a dog-friendly neighborhood.
- If you don’t see dogs out when you’re house shopping, this might not be the best fit for you. Instead, search for neighborhoods where people are walking dogs and you see dogs in yards.
- Make sure you have access to veterinary care and pet supplies nearby. If you’re relocating to a rural setting, you don’t want to be driving over hill and dale for supplies, so locate these, and confirm reasonable logistics, before you write your down payment.
- Is there a dog park nearby? Dog parks are a wonderful resource for your pets if they have a confined yard, as they provide ample space to give your pet much-needed, off-the-leash exercise. They won’t just benefit your pet, though; you’ll find you can also meet new people and socialize there.
- Make sure you’ll have places to walk your dog. Just as walking is good for your health, so too is it good for your canine friend. Young dogs need around an hour of exercise a day, so be sure to find some areas nearby a potential home for longer walks.
Once you’ve decided on your dream home and moving day is scheduled, remember you won’t want to cause undue stress in the relocation process; this includes packing up, moving day, and the unpacking, settling in phase. Use these relocation tips to make the transition as easy as possible for your pooch.
Packing. If possible, do not pack everything in the final days before the move. This will stress you and your pet. Instead, make packing seem more routine by moving boxes in weeks before and tackling it at a slower, more normal pace.
Moving day. Plan to board your pet on moving day. While it may seem easy to accommodate for your pet during this busy day, it causes a lot of undue stress. This chaotic scene can create the perfect scenario for a runaway. You won’t want to add the distress of losing your pet during an already tense time, so give them a day or two away.
Prepare a safe space before your arrival. If possible, visit your new home before moving day and prepare a den for Fido. This safe spot should include their favorite toys, eating dishes, and any blankets or bed they typically use. A den provides your pet a sense of security and peace of mind. A den will also prevent house-training issues in your new home.
Prepping your home. A good dog-proofing plan is critical to their health and safety. You’ll need to make sure you’ve readied the space by checking for poisonous materials. This includes organic hazards, such as plants in the backyard, and non-organic threats, like antifreeze on the garage floor.
Arrange for a vet checkup. A few weeks after your pet has made the move, you should see a local vet. This will ensure your dog hasn’t caught any unwanted ailments.
Always include your animal’s needs in your home search. Just as you want your child to be in the best school or you want your husband to be closer to work, you’ll also want your canine friend to feel at home and secure in their new space. Remember, devising a plan for your pet will prevent ailments, reduce the risk of runaway incidents, and most importantly, make sure both you and your furry friend are happy and thriving in your new dream home.
We hope you enjoyed this article: Finding a Perfect Home for You and Your Furry Friend!