FINDING THE RIGHT HOME FOR YOU AND YOUR PET

How do you find the right home for you and your pet?  What considerations do you need to be aware of?  What resources are availabile to you.  In this article, we’re going to provide all the information and resources you’ll need.  We want to be sure you and your fur babies arrive safely in your new home.

It’s no secret: We love our pets. More than just a fluffy companion, they become members of our families. Many people refer to their pets as their four-legged friends or their fur babies.

Because pet owners care deeply about their pets’ well being, it’s essential to keep their needs in mind when looking for a new home. From house hunting to moving, these tips help ensure a smoother experience for pets and their humans:

CHOOSING A LOCATION

Your first step is to decide where to live. Research your desired location and make a list of pros and cons. It’s also a good idea to test out the area before you make your final decision. That way, you’ll know it’s a good fit for both you and your dog.

One creative idea is to stay in a pet-friendly vacation rental property for a few days. Bring Fido with you and take some time to familiarize yourself with the location. That way, you can ensure the community is pet-friendly and you can truly get a feel for what it’s like to live there.

HOUSE HUNTING

Once you have an idea of where you’d like to live, the fun begins. It’s time to go house hunting with your dog in mind. When looking for homes, consider your pet’s needs.

Do you have an aging dog who struggles to climb stairs? Just like humans, aging pets can begin to suffer from arthritis. If you can’t stand the thought of your old pup being in pain each day, you might consider investing in a single-story home.

Do you have a large dog who likes to bark or run around outside? Anyone with a high-energy pet knows that having an outdoor space for your pup to play is a must. If so, look for a house with a yard instead of a cramped condo with shared walls. If you’re relocating to a bigger city where yards are scarce, focus on neighborhoods with nearby access to public dog parks or private dog runs. Both options can provide Fido with the exercise and social playtime he needs.

AND WHAT ABOUT YOUR SCHEDULE AND FINANCES?

Do you work long shifts during the week? Large windows will help keep your pet entertained all day long. Another option is to research local dog walkers in the area where you’ll be living. Many cities have professionals who can help care for your pup while you’re at work.

Also, look at the basics, like your personality, lifestyle, finances, and situation. Can you afford the home? Is it the right size? How high-maintenance will it be? By thinking about these considerations ahead of time, you’ll be more likely to find the best option for both of you.

MOVING AND GETTING SETTLED

Finally, it’s time to plan your move. In addition to packing your belongings and hiring movers, consider how you’ll keep your dog safe and anxiety-free on moving day. With one less thing to worry about, you’ll be less stressed and better able to focus on the bigger picture: your move.

You might talk to your vet about an anxiety medication or even use a pet-friendly dosage of CBD oil to help relax your pet on moving day. Secure your pet in a crate or a back room, where Fido will be safe and out of your way.

You can also hire a moving company, which is not only convenient, it can be a time saver, allowing you to keep a closer watch over your pet during moving day. By researching local moving companies online, you’re sure to find budget-friendly options that are also highly rated.

Alternatively, you could ask loved ones to watch Fido or pay a reliable pet sitter for the day. Just like with moving companies, a quick online search brings up many options in your area of location. Make sure you do your research and read reviews and ratings before booking.

NOW THAT YOU’RE IN YOUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD

One final tip: be a good dog owner. Introduce yourself to neighbors, then check in with them from time to time. If your dog stays indoors while you’re gone, ask whether they’ve heard any barking, scratching, or other bothersome noises from your dog. With proactive effort and open communication, you can ensure all two-legged and four-legged members of your family are happy and healthy in your new forever home.

Article by Jessica Brody of OurBestfriends.pet

Also check out our Pet Parents Place blog about traveling with your pet.

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