Article from guest Blogger Cindy Aldridge from Our Dog Friends
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Moving is an exciting time for anyone, though it comes with a lot of unknowns, which cause stress. Will I like where I live? Will my family? Will my dog?
Your dog is likely to be happy wherever you are. But to make him comfortable, you want to keep him in mind when you’re house-hunting and prepare him as best you can for the big move.
Dog friendly neighborhood
When you’re out shopping for a new home in your new city, keep an eye on the neighborhood. If it’s a dog friendly one, you’ll see a lot of pooches out for their daily walks, especially after work hours. If there are lots of dogs about, then there are lots of dog-loving neighbors, too. They will be much more likely to help you if your dog ever gets loose.
Check if there’s a park or a dog park nearby. Visit the dog park on a weekend morning, when it’s most likely to be busy. Are the owners relaxed and enjoying themselves? Do they pick up after their dogs? Are the big dogs picking on the little ones? Feel free to ask the dog owners questions about the park and the surrounding area. You might actually make a new friend -- for you and your pooch.
Check out the local ordinances. Some cities have restrictions on size and breeds. HOAs can also have restrictions, so make sure you read all the fine print before buying. Know if there are special vaccinations your dog needs before the move. If the area is high in fleas and ticks, know what he needs to keep him safe and healthy.
Dog friendly home
Does your potential home have a fenced yard, and if not, can you afford to install one? A fenced yard can save you a lot of cold nights standing in the yard waiting for your dog to potty. If you’re OK without a fence, is there ample room to walk your dog around the yard or down the street for his bathroom break?
When touring a home, keep an eye out for the amount of space. If you have a large dog or multiple dogs, you want to have enough room for you, your family and your pets. Some giant breeds are perfectly OK with small areas, but you still want to be able to relax comfortably.
If you have an older or disabled dog, you don’t want a house with a lot of stairs or obstacles that can impede his or her movement. If your dog can’t do stairs but you want him to sleep with you, make sure your bedroom would be on the same floor. Older dogs can also have a hard time with slippery floors. Though hard floors are great for pets and easy to clean up, they can cause issues for an elderly dog. Be prepared to put down rugs so your pooch feels comfortable moving around.
Adjusting to your new home
Dogs are generally adaptable to most new situations. When your dog arrives at his new home, allow him to sniff around the house and property. He wants to get to know all the smells of his new place. Make sure you have all his toys and beds readily available, and don’t wash them before the move. He will feel more relaxed if he has familiar scents to enjoy.
Introduce him to your new neighbors. This allows them to get to know your pooch and understand that he’s friendly. Also, it gives you an opening to meet new neighbors. Don’t allow your dog to run free in your new neighborhood, even if your dog is good about returning home. In a new environment, he might get lost easily.
The most important thing to remember is to give him lots of love. You dog only wants to know that you’re there and you love him, and loving on your dog is just as beneficial for you. Show your dog lots of affection, and he’s bound to feel right at home.