Dog owners know that major life decisions don’t only involve themselves, they involve the pooch, too. Such decisions include selling an old home and purchasing a new one, with both processes involving some special considerations when it comes to your dog.
Unfortunately, dog ownership and the sale of your home are not as compatible as one may think; the process of moving into a new home can be equally nerve-wracking for your pup as it is for you. However, with a few modifications to your already-planned routine, the life of a home-swapping dog owner can be rendered far less stressful.
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Selling: Pretend Not to Be a Dog Owner
Being proud of your dog is only natural. However, the period in which you are showing your home to potential buyers is one in which you should not flaunt your pup as the prize that it is. Trulia highlights how dog ownership can stall the sale of your home. Having your dog in the home during showings is a no-no, as such a scenario is rife with peril. Whether it is a poor first encounter or mere unease amidst dogs, potential buyers should not be given any additional reasons not to say ‘we’ll take it.’
Fox Business offers a nugget which should be obvious, but too often is dismissed as inconsequential. Repairing damage and eradicating any stains or odors which are due to years of dog ownership must be done before showing your home, as these flaws could serve as validation to already-skeptical buyers that the home is less than ideal.
Lastly, storing dog bowls, toys, and other related items out of the home-viewer’s sight is critical. Be careful to check the yard for any items which you may have missed. As tough as it may seem, pretending that you are a non-dog owner during the showing period is best. After all, you can restore all of your pup’s creature comforts before bringing it back home – it will be as if they never left.
Making Your Dog at Ease in Your New Home
Blue Cross for Pets has some valuable suggestions for making a dog feel like less of a stranger in its new home. One interesting tactic is to wipe a rag on the dog’s mouth and face, subsequently touching the rag at the dog’s height around the house. This is meant to reduce feelings of insecurity which may arise as a result of the house’s many foreign scents.
Wide Open Pets adds that preparing the home with the dog’s most familiar and beloved items and toys – its bed, bowls, fetch toy, etc. – will immediately help to induce some semblance of familiarity, and therefore calm.
Ensure that you have scouted any potential hazards to your dog in the new home, applying necessary safety measures to prevent potential injury. Lastly, maintaining order in your dog’s life through the continuation of routines such as coordinated walks, outdoor play, and a feeding schedule is of the utmost importance, as it will help reduce a dog’s anxiety.
The only way to help your dog forget the comfort and familiarity it had with your old home is to create a proper new one. By making the dog feel welcomed and immediately entrenched within its old routine, you can create this new home from the outset.
Moving is often unavoidable, and even when it is by choice the whole process can be plagued by uncertainty and inevitable feelings of loss. Your dog, unable to process the English language or the complexity of what necessitates a move, is likely to feel the upheaval even worse than you. However, as an owner it is one’s responsibility to facilitate a dog’s transition after you have sold your old home. Fortunately, a smooth transition means little more than maintaining your old routines