How to Find an Ideal Home for You and Your Pooch

How to Find an Ideal Home for You and Your Pooch

By Cindy Aldridge

House hunting is daunting, especially when you’re trying to be mindful of your furry family member’s needs. There are so many factors to consider and so many homes out there, and it’s easy for things to start blending together — especially if you’re also working, packing, and prepping for a move. So, here’s some helpful advice for figuring it all out so that you and your dog will have a place where you both thrive.

House-Hunting Tips

Smart Searching

Detailed search criteria can make the housing search far simpler. Consider thoughtfully delving into what makes Fido tick. For instance, many dog owners like the idea of a fenced yard. There is convenience in letting your dog out to potty and it prevents wandering, which is a high risk with certain breeds. It’s important to think beyond simply picking a fenced yard, though, as there are different kinds of fencing and various dog needs. Some dogs need room to run, and some dogs are diggers, requiring a design with that characteristic in mind. Contemplate the aspects of your dog’s lifestyle and habits, and then plan accordingly.


Peace of Mind

If you need to spend lengthy amounts of time away from your current residence while house hunting, especially in the case of a long-distance move, a pet sitter can be an important resource. Whether it’s a neighbor, friend, or you hire someone from the web, it provides peace of mind for you and comfort for your dog. You’ll find that a pet sitter can be a boon on moving day as well since, in the chaos, dogs can become upset and even sometimes slip out.


Moving Tips

Choose a Great Mover

Hiring a moving company can be a daunting proposition, and the last thing you want is for your and Fido’s belongings damaged or lost in the move. With that in mind, research area movers carefully, checking online reviews, getting referrals, and comparing estimates. Note that the Better Business Bureau suggests being alert to moving scams. Get everything in writing, ask lots of questions, be wary of unusual requests, and prepare an inventory of your belongings.


Packing Things Up

Packing for a move might seem pretty straightforward, and in some respects it is, but your dog’s belongings require some forethought. Keep your dog’s personal items (bed, toys, and bowls) in their usual place, and pack them last. Since the environment will already be unsettled, it’ll be important to your dog to have his familiar things close and normal. Wait until the very last to pack his things, and when you get to your new home, unpack his belongings first.


Establish the New Space

Set up a space for your dog that’s as similar as possible to what he had before so things seem familiar. Even if you’re tempted to get him new items for the new house, avoid doing that, and don’t wash his things until he has time to settle in for a while; according to U-Pack, those familiar scents can help your dog feel more at home. Similarly, you can offer your dog something that smells like you when you can’t be nearby, as that can help him feel at ease.


Keeping Routine

Maintaining your dog’s routine throughout the moving process can help him feel less anxious and stressed out. The structure of knowing what to expect and when to expect it can be very important to your dog, particularly during a time of upheaval. If your dog doesn’t have a pretty sound daily schedule, develop one long before the move, keep it up throughout the process, and then carry it through long-term in the new home.


Our dogs are precious family members, and you want him to feel safe, welcome, and part of things in the new place. So, find a property that suits both your needs, and arrange help with the move as needed. Good choices can help your pooch settle in at the new place quickly and easily, and you’ll both feel right at home in no time.

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