[Homeowner Haven] Making the Transition: A guide for dog owners



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Making the transition: A guide for dog owners

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Words: Cindy Aldridge @ Ourdogfriends.org

It's an exciting time to begin looking for a new home to buy, and there are so many things to consider throughout the process. You may be looking at a certain size home within a specific price range. You may have your heart set on a particular area of town, or you may be hunting for the right house with a pool. Whatever it is your heart is set on, if you have a pet, then you need to keep their needs in mind as well. Let's take a moment to discuss some things to look for in a new home with your pup and how best to help them transition.

What to Look for in a New Home

One of the most important things that your new home will need is a good size yard for your doggo to run around in and a secure fence surrounding it. Typically, the larger the dog you have, the larger the yard you need. However, you really need to also consider your pup's breed and energy - some smaller breeds may have a lot of energy to burn, while some larger breeds may be lazy and slow; only you know your dog's needs best.


Another important factor to consider when looking at a new home is the flooring. Carpet tends to be the dirtiest option, clinging to your pet's dander and outdoor debris. Find a durable, hard floor that will be easy to clean. If your dog is older, you may also want to consider finding a house that is one story, as climbing stairs may be hard on their joints.

Planning Your Move

Once you have found and purchased your dream home, you will then need to plan and prepare for your big move. One of the first things you will need to do is deep clean and pack up your current home. A deep clean is especially important in a house with pets, as your pup has likely left fur, dander, and even urine at some point. Focus especially on the floors, using enzymatic cleaners on carpeted areas and work to buff out scratches on hard floors. You'll also need to consider how to best pack up your home. If you are moving to a new home close by, you could choose to save money by packing and moving yourself. If you are moving farther away and choose to hire a moving company, make sure to set aside your pup's necessities - their bed, food, leash, and medications - and keep them with you.

Moving Day

When moving day arrives, it's going to be a busy and stressful day. With people constantly coming in and out of the house, not only is it stressful for your pup, but there's also a risk of him getting out and running away. The best plan for your doggo is to make arrangements to have them dropped off with a friend for the day. According to I Heart Dogs, it's important to make sure that all of your dog's ID tags are up to date and leave the contact information for your veterinarian in case of emergency. If you don't have a friend that is able to watch your pup for you, there are pet sitters available that you may want to consider. Research your options thoroughly online to make sure that you're leaving your pet in good hands.

Help Your Pup Adjust

Once you're all moved into your home and settled in, it will likely take your pup a little longer to adjust. According to Bark, you can help the adjustment by trying to keep a few things familiar. Keep your same routines of waking, feeding, and playtime. Keep their same bed and familiar lovies and toys. Take the time to give them extra attention and love. Moving into a brand new home is a big change, and it's not uncommon for a dog to experience anxiety. While your veterinarian can prescribe medication to help with anxiety, it's best to use that as a last resort.  Instead, try soothing your dog and giving them lots of exercise.


Moving with your pet can take a lot of work, it might often seem stressful. However, with the right preparation, you and your dog will be happy in your new home!