Today I have the pleasure to introduce Cindy Aldridge who has kindly accepted my invitation for her to share her vast knowledge about dogs with you and me.
A long time ago, dogs were friendly tools for farming, hunting, or home security. While those are still great reasons to have a pet dog, many people rely on canines for companionship, affection, and just plain fun.
That’s why many people are focusing on their dog when they look for a new home. No matter the reasons behind the move, it’s important to consider your dog’s needs as well as your own. There are several ways to do this, and it starts by knowing what to look for in a new neighborhood.
Picking A Home For Both Of You
There are many factors to consider when buying a new home, such as commute times, square footage, and so on. Before you put any money down on a place, you need to ask some questions to find a house that works for your dog as well.
Does your new community have any laws limiting a pet dog’s breed? For example, many ban pit bulls.
Does your new home have a homeowner’s association or landlord? Both can limit the breed, size, or noisiness of a pet dog.
Is there enough space for your dog in the house and yard? High-energy breeds need room to run around.
Once you know that your dog will be welcome, there are a few other questions you need to consider:
If you’re letting your dog out in the backyard, is the fence good enough to keep them there?
How busy is the street? If you have a dog that escapes often, this could be a problem.
How old is your dog? Older pets often have trouble climbing stairs, so a multi-level home might not work.
How far away are the closest dog park, groomers, and vet? This is especially important if you’re moving to a rural home.
Getting Through Packing & Moving
You’ve found the right place, and the ink is dry on all the documents. You have a new home to move into! Before you start packing like crazy, remember that your dog needs stability and predictability. Packing up everything in 1-2 days can be very stressful for your dog.
That’s why you need to pack slowly. Taking your time by packing a little bit each day will not only make things easier on your dog, it helps you avoid burnout and stress as well. As you get closer to moving day, make sure your dog is leash-trained and crate-trained. Both will be vital in controlling your dog on moving day, including the trip to your new place. If your dog is not trained for either, consider going to a professional trainer for help.
For the actual moving day, it’s usually best to keep your dog with someone else. Try a dog sitter, friend, or even a boarding kennel. This way, your dog skips the most stressful and confusing part of the move.
Acclimating Your Dog To The New Home
After moving is done, you’ll need some time getting used to the place. The same is true for your dog, but since they don’t understand what’s going on, it’s worse. That’s why you need to spend some time and energy helping your dog acclimate to the new home.
Redfin explains that you need to get back to your dog’s normal routine. If you walk your dog each morning, keep that up. Feed your dogs at the same time as well. Your goal is to help your dog predict what will happen and when to reduce its anxiety.
You’ll also want to spend some time playing with them and taking them for walks around the neighborhood. Nothing helps your dog feel better than exercise and spending time with you.
Make This Move Successful
Every move is stressful for both you and your dog, but at least you can do some things to help. Ask important questions before picking a new home, then pack slowly over time. Once you’ve moved in, help your dog acclimate to it so you both can enjoy living in your new home.