Dog owners absolutely love their furry and friendly companions. And the right home isn’t just perfect for parents and kids, it has to be right for the family pet, as well.
So, if you have dog (or are considering getting one) and are looking for a home, there are a few things you should keep in mind, about the home itself and the neighborhood. Look below for some tips to help dog owners as they search for the perfect house.
Inside the House: Look around and picture your dog living here. Is there enough room for the dog? Smaller dogs may not be very adept at handling stairs, especially if they aren’t carpeted, so a big staircase could be a danger. A small house can be homey and cozy, not to mention more affordable, but if you have a big dog, it can get in the way in a tinier living space.
In the Yard: Of course, you’ll want a yard for Fido to play in, and you want that yard to be secure. If the home doesn’t have a fence, find out if the town’s code allows for one. If there is a fence, look it over and make sure the gate shuts well. Also, dogs have a way of digging out from under fences that aren’t secured to the ground. Consider if the existing fence will need repairs, or if you may need to invest in a new one.
Getting Outside: You’ll also want to walk your dog regularly, as good dog owners do. If the neighborhood has a sidewalk, then walks will be easy. If you live in a high-traffic area without sidewalks, then walks around the neighborhood may not be safe.
That scenario doesn’t have to be a deal-killer if there’s a park nearby. And if your pooch likes to socialize with other canine companions, you’ll want to find out if there’s a dog park within a close distance.
Around the Town: Your dog is going to need to visit the vet now and then. Do a Google search and look into what vets are in the area. Look for online reviews and also find out things like office hours, and what options exist if a pet-related injury occurs during off hours.
You’ll also want to make sure there’s a good pet store in the area; consider whether you prefer a big chain or an independent store. Another service to consider is a groomer. Again, look for online reviews.
Following these steps will help you find the perfect home not only for you, but also for the four-legged member of your family.