As life moves forward and changes transpire, sometimes we are put in a position that requires us or inspires us to make a move. Sometimes, that can be a hard task to endeavor when you are considering others besides yourself. The task is no easier when that special being your are considering is your most loyal companion. Here is a list to consider when making that big move with your canine pal.
Walking Space: An important question to ask and examine is where you will walk your dog. You’ll want to consider having a green area nearby, whether it be a park or grassy square, that allows and encourages your canine pal to “take care of business.”
Climbing Stairs: If your dog is older or has difficulty climbing stairs, moving to an apartment or loft that is not on the ground floor may become tricky and difficult for your pup. Whether you like it or not, another thought to consider is how accessible an emergency exit would be for little Lassie or Spot. It is important that your pet has a feasible way to exit to ground level regardless of whether they are stretching their legs, or taking a bathroom break.
Flooring: For those with accident-prone puppies, you may be familiar with the difficulties of keeping a carpet clean. When deciding on a new home, it is important to take into account the type of flooring and how this can affect your pup and the cleanliness of your humble abode. A carpet is more difficult to keep clean as it traps odors and fur. However, if you have an older dog, a wood floor or tile floor is more difficult on joints and can lead to accidents and slips for the older canine.
Window Location: Paying special attention to window location is another important factor when deciding on a new home. Low-lying windows will lead to greater incidents of reactionary barking from your pup. However, if you don’t mind the noise, or have neighbors, the same windows can provide an engaging activity for your dog as they keep their eye on what’s happening outside.
Neighbors: If you are considering a new home or apartment, you should also be considering the neighbors. This is also important to examine on your pet’s behalf. If other dogs live nearby, this could lead to problems in the future if your dog gets a bit over-excited in the presence of new dogs. Lots of barking and noise problems can be avoided if you take this factor into consideration beforehand.
Location of Utilities: If contemplating a move into an older apartment or house, you may have to factor in the location of heaters or other gas-related utilities. Poorly concealed objects such as these can pose a threat to your pet if they are running around or throwing chew toys every which way.
Security: The last factor to note is how secure the exits are in your new home or apartment. A poorly secured window or loose-locking door can lead to a pet that has the means to quickly dart out on his or her next adventure. Make sure your new home is just that for your pup – a home, a safe, restful sanctuary that provides comfort and happiness.
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