Finding a new home is fraught with tough decisions. Do you want a two-story home? ‘How important is the neighborhood? Will a home be suited to your life plans?’ These are just a few of the questions you’ll need to consider.
Most considerations inherent to finding your home of the future revolve around you, your partner, and your children, whether born or expected. However, dog owners should also be aware of how a home’s features will impact their pet’s life. While it is not always possible to find a house that suits both human and canine needs, there is no harm in attempting to find one that does. Moving can be stressful, even for a pet, so be sure to prepare them as much as possible before the big day.
Yard, Yard, Yard. Did We Mention the Yard?
When it comes to definitive guides for dog-owning house hunters, one cannot be taken seriously unless it stresses the importance of a home’s yard to a dog’s spirit. Some dogs will remain primarily indoors while they are at home, but as Pet’s Best points out, even indoor dogs need space to stretch their legs and relieve themselves from time to time.
Dog parks are an invaluable asset to owners who relish granting their companion the chance to socialize with other dogs, but life sometimes prevents us from making the trip to the local recreational park. Many dogs also find it far more difficult to go to the bathroom on hard surfaces such as concrete or gravel, so having some form of yard – preferably a large, fetch-ready one – at your home base is one of the most important dog-friendly features.
Choosing a home is not a task which should be done flippantly. Conducting a bit of in-person research, not only on the house itself but surrounding neighbors as well, could be the difference between the home of your future and a quick-flipper which you quickly regret.
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A neighborhood occupied by several dog owners means that your own dog will likely get a healthy dose of social interaction without having to head to the aforementioned park to find its pals. It also means that you have a sort of built-in familiarization tactic, as many neighbors find that their most frequent interactions come when dog-walking.
On the flipside, countless stories document the lengths to which dog-hating neighbors could go should they take issue with a dog’s barking or bathroom habits. Without being alarmist, it cannot be emphasized enough that a dog owner should actively seek a neighborhood filled with other dog owners, for both their own and their puppy’s sake.
The Home Itself
The dimensions and interior features of a home are especially important for those who own larger breeds. A home with a series of tight hallways and rooms which fall on the smaller side should be prepared for unintentional, dog-induced damage which is almost certain to occur over time. While Vet Street lists some larger dog breeds that fare well in small spaces, avoidance of cramping a large pooch in an overly cramped living situation is preferable for most.
In addition, the choice of whether to go with a two-story or one-story home should be viewed through a dog-centric lens. Most owners are realistic enough to see when their beloved canine friend is reaching its twilight years, and burdening the dog with frequent trips up and down the staircase can be taxing on its joints and your conscience.
While dream homes should not necessarily be passed over due to the presence of stairs alone, such a feature may serve as a deal-breaker when it comes to choosing between two homes which you consider comparable.
Most dog lovers truly consider their own companion to be a member of their family. When it comes to selecting a new home, every member of the family should be considered, though it is understandable that human needs may be prioritized before the dog’s. With that said, the features which are conducive to a happy pup – a large yard, for one – tend to also be appealing to humans. A yard your dog can play in is also a yard in which your children can do the same. When it comes to informing your real estate agent of what you are looking for, don’t forget to consider the pooch.