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Things to Consider When Moving While Owning a Dog



moving with your dogThere are few things in the world more stressful than moving, but unfortunately there’s always something to make that just a bit more complicated: Dog ownership. Those with dogs have to go through quite a bit more when they decide to move from one place to another, and it makes the decision of a new place go from a simpler “yes I like this location” to “where can my dog live?” If you’re about to move, or think you’re going to have to move in the near future with your pooch, here are a few things to consider.

Will Your Dog Be Welcome?

The simplest aspect about moving to a new place is to find out whether or not a dog is even allowed to live there. Many apartments or rented homes have very strict no dog policies, even if they allow cats at times. The reason is that dogs tend to be messy, destructive, and loud. No, not your dog of course, but dogs in general have that attached to their species, and most of the time those rules have no exceptions to them. Even if dogs are allowed, there may be a size limitation, and if your dog is vaguely in the middle of that you’ll want to check beforehand whether he’d be okay or not.

Is It Convenient for Your Dog’s Life?

Keeping a dog isn’t just as simple as having it live with you. It needs space to run and it needs a place to do its business. Will you have a yard? Will there be some grass nearby at least that it’s dog friendly? Just having an apartment allow dogs isn’t enough sometimes if it’s cramped and there’s no place outside that they can easily use when they need to go to the bathroom. Make sure that the place you’ll be living not only accommodates you, but your dog as well.

How Will Your Dog Get There?

This may be a more minor aspect to consider, but do you know how you’ll physically get your dog to the new place? If you’re just moving within the same city, that’s not really a big part to think about of course, but if you have a delay where you’ll need to stay in a hotel while your new place is set up or if you’re relocating to a house a plane ride away, do you know how your dog is going to get to the same destination?

Do You Have Any Friends or Family Nearby?

Besides figuring out whether your dog will be allowed to live with you and how easily a dog can actually live in your new residence, have you considered who around you will be capable of petsitting? A lot of people forget this last crucial piece of knowledge, as it can define whether you’re able to go on vacations or not without either having to plan for a hotel that’s for some reason pet friendly or be forced to pay a large sum for a kennel service. Ultimately the preferred choice is to have someone nearby that can watch your dog when you’re out of town, but knowing no one will make that difficult.

So then, have you done all the necessary planning for your new residence? Will your pup be happy, or will they be a nuisance right off the bat? Don’t forget to factor them into your plans!


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