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House Hunting as a Pet Owner


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Moving is stressful enough — and the growing anxiety your pet feels as the stacks of boxes get higher and higher only makes it worse!


According to a recent survey, 87 million households have pets — which means a lot of pet owners move each and every year. It’s not surprising that 68 percent of house hunters say their home-buying decisions are impacted by pet policies. Moreover, 43 percent of families would be willing to move for a pet, especially if it meant a fenced-in yard, more room, and the ability to change flooring types.


Here are three things to keep in mind when you are house hunting as a pet owner.


1. Look for a pet-friendly yard.


If you have a dog, you know the importance of outdoor space. When it comes to a pet-friendly yard, you want to look for:


  • Potential for a fence: It’s okay if a fenced-in yard isn’t on your priority list as you’re searching for a new home. However, you want to find an outdoor space (and a homeowner’s association, if applicable) that allows for a fence. In most cases, five feet is high enough. If your dog is a jumper or if wildlife is a concern, you may want to opt for a taller option.

  • Room to play: If possible, you want a yard that’s big enough for your four-legged friend to enjoy. If not, though, look for a house with walking trails, open fields, or dog parks nearby.

  • Safety features: Be sure to remove any toxic plants and avoid dangerous lawn treatments. Additionally, create a shaded area for your pet and give them access to a bowl of water.

2. Consider indoor features for your furry friend too.


If you have a big dog, durable flooring is important. Look for bamboo, cork, vinyl, or tile for scratch-resistant and easy-to-clean options. When it comes to bathrooms, make sure you have a shower or a tub that allows for indoor baths. Check for safe stairs too, especially if you have older animals. Consider a stair runner and night lights if needed.


3. Help your pet adjust to their new home.


Soon after moving, create a safe space for your pet. Add a soft bed, their favorite toys, and a bowl of water. As you unpack, take breaks to throw a ball or walk your pup. Take your time as you both explore your neighborhood, letting them sniff and get familiar with new smells. Give them a special treat (like a Kong filled with peanut butter) or a new chew toy for long stretches when you’re setting up your new space.


Did you know that The Urban Dog Group is a Pet-Certified Real Estate Agent?


This certification means that we specialize in finding the perfect spots for pet owners in Central and Southwest Florida. Whether you’re looking for a home near a pet-friendly beach or a ranch house with a big backyard, we can help you as you search. Reach out to us today!



Let The Urban Dog Group help you with your real estate needs. Contact Christine Elias at caerealestate@gmail.com.

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