How to Buy, Sell, and Move with Your Dog

Moving With Fido: How to Buy, Sell, and Move with Your Dog

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Selling and buying a home is a stressful experience on its own, but when you have a dog, it gets even more complicated. What should you do with your dog when you’re having an open house? Is it okay to take your dog to showings? Here are the answers to all your questions about buying and selling a house with a dog.

Buying a New House

Your dog is a part of your family, so it’s natural that you want a home he’ll love as much as you do. Perhaps you’re thinking about adopting a dog at Dakin Humane Society sooner rather than later. That’s why nearby dog-friendly parks and restaurants are in your home buying must-
haves. That said, bringing Fido along for the house hunt itself isn’t a good idea.

No matter how well-behaved your pup is, you don’t want to risk him having an accident or causing damage in a house you’re viewing. Plus, you never know when a homeowner might be allergic (or simply dislike pets in their house). If you want to bring your dog, make sure you check with the realtor ahead of time to ensure it’s allowed. And never bring dogs to open houses — with so many people around, it’s simply not worth the risk.

Of course, not all home viewings are planned. Sometimes you’re simply on a walk when you discover an open house you can’t pass up. If you have your dog with you, ask a friend to watch him while you check out the house, or drop him off at home before visiting the open house.

Selling Your Home

Not everyone loves your dog like you do, and some people, pets in a home is a major drawback. While you shouldn’t lie about having pets, your home could sell more easily if you remove obvious signs of your dog from the house.

Have carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned to remove lingering pet odors, vacuum religiously between showings, and remove your pet’s stuff before your realtor brings prospective
buyers to the house. Most importantly, keep your dog out of the house during showings. Attempting to confine him to a crate or spare room will only disrupt the tour.

For quick showings, take your pup for a long walk to kill time. If you’re having an open house or have back-to- back showings, consider boarding your dog for the day or taking him to a doggy daycare.

Moving In

Moving day is where the pet challenges really begin. Dogs tend to sense when changes are afoot and grow anxious, which makes them more likely to act out or escape. Your normally sweet dog could start barking or nipping at the hired moving crew, or be so afraid to leave your
side that you can’t get anything done.

Keep your dog safe and out of the way by arranging for dog boarding during the busiest parts of the moving process. At the very least, arrange to have your dog elsewhere when moving crews are handling furniture and heavy boxes. Once everything has settled down, you can treat him to a trip to the dog park. Scheduling pet sitters and doggy daycare on top of moving house may sound like a hassle, but it’s much simpler than trying to get things done with a curious pet in tow. And if you feel bad for leaving your dog with sitters during the move, there’s no need. Moving is just as stressful for your dog as it is for you, and keeping him out of the way means he gets to relax and have fun until the scary parts are over.

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Tamara Gilmore is a business consultant. She started dog walking and dog sitting in college and has 20 years experience. She built a dog walking business that she has put on hold as she becomes more of a consultant.