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5 Things to Look for in a Dog-Friendly Home

When households bring a dog into their lives, they are shouldering a responsibility that could last many years. With that in mind, it is not surprising that many home buyers and renters want to have the most comfortable space possible for their new family member the next time they move. With these five tips, pet owners will know what to look for in a dog-friendly home.

  1. Know the Neighborhood Rules & Regulations

Every neighborhood has a vibe that people who want to fit in should try to follow to a reasonable degree. Many communities and cities also have rules about what kinds of pets people can have in their homes, and where they can bring those pets.

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Additionally, many neighborhoods or condos have HOA’s that may regulate how many dogs you may have, the size of your dog, and noise restrictions.

Home buyers and renters who own dogs should consider not moving into homes or locations that have these sorts of restrictions. Dog owners should invest some time and effort into researching what guidelines and regulations are for their potential new home. If possible, they might also spend some time in the area to see if there are people out walking dogs and enjoying the weather; it’s always nice to have fellow pet owners nearby for playdates or pet sitting.

  1. Focus on Flooring

Pets spend a good deal of time on the floor. This means that the flooring in the home is often the most important aspect to consider when trying to make a dog-friendly home. There is no one right choice in flooring for dogs, but there are a few issues buyers and tenants should try to avoid. Carpet can be easily ripped or stained by dogs, but hardwood flooring is susceptible to scratching by larger dogs with long nails.

When people start searching for new homes, they should look for dog-friendly homes with pet-friendly flooring already installed. If that’s not possible, consider installing flooring that may hold up better, such as a vinyl floor or bamboo. Also, newer types of engineered hardwood floors that require less maintenance are becoming popular for dog owners. Renters might ask the landlord about ways to maintain the flooring to minimize damage to flooring.

  1. Plan for Playtime

Dogs need a lot of opportunities to run around and play. Larger, more boisterous breeds may require hours of engagement and chances to burn off their energy. A home that permits larger breeds space to play, in the form of a large backyard or a nearby dog park, helps them stay healthy. It’s important to also think about the way your dog will use the space inside the home, and whether or not some or all rooms will provide enough space for a dog to feel comfortable moving around.

  1. Consider the Dog’s Needs Over Time

Much like humans, dogs may have needs that evolve as they age. Every breed has its own concerns related to aging, but mobility and joint problems in dogs are common issues to keep in mind – especially in larger breeds. Renters and home buyers who consider a home with multiple levels of stairs might consider a one-story home. Additionally, soft surfaces like carpet can be a more comfortable option for aging dogs and won’t be subject to as much wear and tear as it would with a puppy.

  1. Potential Wear and Tear

Even people who buy homes may not live in them forever. After a few years, homeowners and tenants may decide that it is time to move out. This is where bringing in a relatively objective third party is helpful.

Dogs, especially larger breeds, can contribute to the wear and tear on a home. Home sellers should consider having their home inspected by someone who can identify stains, smells, and damage before listing. The process will allow them to create a plan to properly clean and renovate before the home is vacated or placed on the market.

As a result, future buyers or renters will not be turned away by the condition of the home. In the same vein, future maintenance and damages should be considered by renters if they want to get more of their security deposit returned at the end of their stay.

A comfortable dog is a happy dog. By working in advance to find a home that will work ideally for your dogs, you can make sure that you minimize any damage to a home, promote healthy living, and make it easier to transition to your next happy dog-friendly home.

Guest Blog Contributor: Ryan Tollefsen of the Unity Home Group®