All of us at Q Realty® love our animals! Sometimes we forget about how they will feel when moving into a new home. Our friend Aurora James at Dogetiquette.info has shared some valuable information with us so we can try to help your canine companion during the moving transition.
There are a lot of things on your mind and a lot of tasks that fill up your schedule when you become the owner of a new home. One of your top priorities, however, should be making sure your new home is a place where your dog can be safe and happy. Here are some things you shouldn’t miss.
Good fences make safe dogs
If your new home doesn’t have a fence, you must build one. According to HomeAdvisor, it costs an average of $2,731 to install or build a fence. So you should prioritize this measure and begin saving as soon as possible. Without a fence, your dog can’t get the outdoor exercise they require without the risk of getting loose, running away, or being injured by cars or other animals. If your new home already has a fence, you must make sure it’s dog-proofed. Depending on your dog’s affinities for digging and/or jumping, you may need to install a series of footers, rollers, and lean-ins.
Go walk around your backyard. Is it level? If so, then great. But if you find yourself stepping in any holes or you feel a significant shift in topography as you stroll, you may need to do some work. Dogs are at just as high of a risk for leg injuries as we are. Leveling off/filling holes in your yard is not a difficult task. Take the time. You’ll save money on vet bills and prevent your dog unnecessary pain.
Beware of plants
What was planted last summer is usually not included on the seller’s disclosure. There’s really no way of knowing what toxic plants lurk in your new yard – until they begin to bloom. As soon as you can, you should survey your yard for plants that are harmful to dogs. There are more than you think. If you know your dog loves to chew and eat plants, this is even more important. Here are some of the most common backyard plants that spell trouble for Fido.
Get to work dog-proofing indoors
Your fence line and plant situation aren’t the only things you need to dog-proof. Your home contains plenty of doggie dangers – especially in the unpacking period when things aren’t always secured and out of reach. Here are some ways you can make your new home safer for your dog:
- Make sure wires are secured and not exposed
- Use childproof locks on cabinets
- Store chemicals up high or behind child locks
- Keep dogs out of laundry areas and keep shoes/clothes inside shut closets (eating clothes is a major cause of blockages in dogs)
- Cover exposed air vents
Check here for more dog-proofing musts.
Give them their own chill space
Even older, housebroken, well-behaved dogs can be skittish in a new environment. Sure, you know the whole house is a safe place, but for your dog it’s an alien environment filled with more chaos and foreign experiences than they can handle at times. One way to help your dog better acclimate to the new home is to restrict their access at first and give them a chillout space. This is their space, complete with everything they could want: bed, toys, food, water, and chewables. This is a place they can go and feel safe for a while – especially when you host guests for the first time. This can cause anxiety.
It’s easy to put off dog-related household tasks when you first move in. It’s chaotic, and your dog has always been a good boy or girl. But a new environment can spell new dangers and new anxieties for your canine companion. Prioritize your dog’s safety and happiness.
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