Moving House? Tips For Dog Owners

Your home is also your dog’s home, so it makes sense that if you have to change houses you take your pup’s needs into consideration. When shopping for a new home, pick something that has enough room for your dog, amenities for him to enjoy, and is close enough for you to get home to him as soon as you need to. Take these things into consideration while house hunting.

Is the house safe for your pet?

A fenced-in yard is essential for pet owners. Dogs have a natural prey drive that can cause them to dart out the door or go after a squirrel in sight. Even with a fenced in yard, you should monitor your dog’s behavior while in the yard to make sure they don’t dig holes under it and escape. While it’s not always under our control, try to find a place in low traffic area. If your dog does escape, you want to lessen the chance of an accident.

If you have an older dog with mobility problems, stairs are probably not the best idea. Even if you look at a one-story home, stairs leading down from the deck into the yard may present a problem. Of course, you can always install a dog ramp for stairs if you really fall in love with a place.

Is there enough space?

If you have a large dog, he’s going to feel cramped in a tiny townhome. A dog needs enough room to roam around and find peace and quiet. On the other hand, a super large house may not be the best idea for a tiny dog. However, regular kenneling can keep them from becoming destructive or getting lost.

Is the neighborhood pet friendly?

Puppies need socialization, so if your dog is still developing, it’s in your best interest to find a place near a dog park you can easily take him to. You can also tell if a neighborhood is pet friendly if there are if there are dog waste stations along walking trails and sidewalks.

Even if there are no waste stations, always carry waste bags when your walk your dog. Pet feces contaminates water and contains harmful parasites. Most cities have laws and/or ordinances requiring dog owners to pick up after their pups.

Are you close enough to get home in time to let him out?

Adult dogs need to be let out at least 3 to 5 times a day. If you plan on being the one to let your dog out midday, you need to find a place a short distance from your place of work. If your dog needs to be let out during the day and you aren’t close enough to let him out, hire a dog walker that does the job for you. Some people also opt to put their pup in “doggy daycare” where professionals watch him all day, let him out periodically, and there are plenty of other dogs to socialize with.

Acclimating your dog to your new home

Once you’ve picked the perfect place, you’ll want to make the transition as smooth as possible for your dog. Dogs love consistency, so a new environment can be stressful for them. Once you’re settled, set up his bed, dishes, and toys in places that are easy for him to access. Allow him to spend time in private adjusting and don’t overindulge him. Dogs can sense when you’re acting weird and it can make them act out as well.


Moving when you have a dog takes a little extra work. You need to find a new home that fits both of your needs. Take your dog’s safety into consideration and find a place with a secure fenced-in backyard. Your house’s size should be appropriate for your dog and it’s a good idea to find a neighborhood that is dog friendly. You’ll also need a place close enough for you to go home to let him out, or else plan to spend money on a dog walker or doggy daycare. Finally, set things up to be familiar and don’t overindulge your dog while he’s becoming acclimated. You want to keep things as normal and routine as possible.

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