Six Tips for Choosing a Dog-Friendly Home
As a pet owner, you probably feel your dog is a member of the family. When it comes time to find a new home, you’ll want to consider your dog’s needs just as you would other members of your household. There are many ways to make your pet feel even more at home.

Below you’ll find a handful of tips to ensure your pet’s needs are taken into account.

One: Outdoor Space

Dogs need daily access to outdoor space where they can run freely, jump and play. A back or front yard (or both!) will work equally well for your dog. The yard doesn’t have to be huge, but it should offer enough space so your dog can get exercise. Sure, you can take your dog for a walk, but a private outdoor space for your pet gives you a break when you don't have time to personally escort them.

Two: Consider Fencing

A fenced-in yard is best for families with a dog. This helps to keep your dog safely confined so they don’t wander off or trespass on neighboring properties. A fence is also an important feature as it prevents other dogs from coming onto your property and causing territorial disputes with your pet. There are many different fencing options to make your yard aesthetically pleasing while ensuring your pet is kept safe.

Three: Shade

Once you’ve found a home with a fenced-in backyard which benefits your pet, you’ll also want to ensure there is sufficient shade. Shade can be in the form of a large tree, a shed or a garage which can be accessed from within the perimeters of the fence. Your dog needs a place to cool off on hot days when you’ve left him outside to enjoy the sunshine.

Four: Bare Floors or Carpet

Many people with dogs prefer bare floors, while others prefer carpet. Bare floors, like wood or tile, are good for dogs who have occasional accidents or for larger dogs who may accidentally tear up the carpet with their nails. Carpeted floors are good for older dogs who will appreciate the padding beneath their paws. It should be noted that any area rugs will need to be secured with rug tape to avoid slippage and accidents if/when your dog runs around inside.

Five: A Swing Door

If you have a dog it’s convenient to have a swing door leading to the yard, versus a sliding door. As a pet owner, you know how many times your dog will want to go in and out during the day. It can be tiresome to open and close a sliding glass door repeatedly. Another advantage of a swing door is that you have the option of installing a doggy door. This allows your dog to come and go as they please.

Six: Doggy Dining Area

Pay attention to the layout of your new home. Is there a convenient place to put your dog’s food and water bowls? A tiny alcove or unused kitchen corner may fit the bill nicely. You won’t want to have your pet’s bowls too near the refrigerator door or other areas of high traffic. These should be placed somewhere your dog can eat at their own pace without being disturbed by regular family activity.

These tips for choosing a dog friendly dwelling will come in handy as you shop for your new home. Just as you consider property features for every other member of your family, the items mentioned above will ensure your house is dog-friendly and your pet is happy and healthy in their new home.