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Finding the Right Home and Planning for a Smooth Move with Your Pooch

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Relocating is a lot different when you have a dog because you have to think about them with each decision. For instance, you want to make sure your new home and neighborhood are dog-friendly, that your pup is safe and comfortable during the move, and that they can acclimate well to their new surroundings after moving in.

Though it’s a lot to think about, as long as you do a little planning, you can find the perfect home and have a smooth moving experience with your canine companion. Below is some advice to get you started!

THE HOME SEARCH

Here are a few things to consider while you’re looking for your next home:

Looking for a Dog-Friendly Property 

What you need in a home will depend largely on the size, age, and energy level of your dog. For instance, if you have a Dogue de Bordeaux, you will need to make sure your home has enough square footage to comfortably fit you, Fido, and any other family members. If you have a Pomeranian, square footage might not be as big of a deal. Also, if your dog is older, you will want to be sure to make any necessary modifications to accommodate them (e.g, keeping their living space downstairs, purchasing ramps and other equipment).

If your pooch is high-energy, a large yard area where they can freely roam is ideal. If you purchase a home that doesn’t already have a fence, that should be one of your first projects to tackle. The national average for a wood fence installation runs about $2,753. However, the price will depend on the type of wood used and the size of the yard. For example, the average cost of lumber is between $7 and $15 per foot, and labor can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 per foot.

Evaluating the Neighborhood

Don’t forget about the neighborhood. Even if your house is perfect for your pup, living in a neighborhood that isn’t dog-friendly can be a major bummer. Try to meet some of your neighbors to get a feel for their attitudes toward dogs, and see if there are any other dogs in the neighborhood that could be friends with your pooch (or be a problem).

Arranging for the Move

Whether you’re moving locally or long-distance will obviously play a role in the mode of transportation you use. Nonetheless, you also need to consider Fido when planning the move. If possible, try to drive, whether it’s in your vehicle or a moving truck. Your dog will be happier and more relaxed if they are with you in new environments.

MAKING THE MOVE

Once you’ve found your home, it’s time to start the moving process!

Keeping Your Pup Safe and Comfortable

If you’re driving to your new home, make sure your pup has a comfortable ride. A travel carrier, crate (large crates can be purchased for under $60), bed, or blanket should do, as long as your dog has a comfortable and secure space for themselves. If they will be riding in a travel crate, consider lining the inside with one of their blankets for added familiarity.

Also, be sure to take breaks on your trip for Fido to do his business and stretch his legs. If you must fly to your new home, make sure you research airline policies and guidelines so that you can make the trip as painless as possible for you and your dog.

Helping Your Pet Acclimate

When you’re settling into your new home, try to keep your dog’s primary routine intact (e.g., feeding times, potty times, playtimes). Also, make sure they have a little living space of their own and that you show them plenty of affection and patience. All these things will help them acclimate to their new home.

Try to find a home and neighborhood that suit the needs of you and your pup, and drive to your new home if possible. Be sure to keep your dog safe and comfortable during transit and help them acclimate to their new environment. It may be a little extra work, but having Fido by your side as you start this next chapter in your life will be well worth it!