When you’re on the hunt for a new home, you want to make sure it’ll be a good fit for every member of the family—including your pup. Of course you’ll be looking at the outdoor space, but it’s smart to think beyond the property line. After all, the neighborhood itself can make a huge difference in your—and your fur kid’s—quality of life. A few signs you’ve crossed the border into dog heaven?
- There are more groomers in a two-mile radius than hair salons. Walk-in appointments welcome!
- When you overhear people talking about scheduling play dates, they’re talking about their dogs—not their kids.
- Forget doggie bags; the local restaurants have doggie menus.
- The shops are pup-friendly too, with treats and bowls of water at the ready. How about a glass of water (or even better, champagne) while I shop?
- You have to wait in an endless line at Starbucks to use a restroom, but the streets are basically lined with pet waste stations—lucky dogs.
- Gourmet doggie food trucks are a real thing.
- The dog park is bumping day and night. It’s a regular mutt market (sorry).
What to Look For
On a more serious note, there are certain factors to keep in mind as you start house hunting with pets in tow. First, think about what type of home will work best for your pet (lots of stairs = tough for seniors; tiny apartment = not great for a high-energy dog). Then share that info with your Real Estate professional, who can point you to dog-friendly listings you’ll love too. Other things to be on the lookout for:
Neighbors with Dogs: They’ll be more understanding of the occasional bark-fest (and maybe even willing to share their go-to dog walker).
Pet Shops: Lots of pet-oriented businesses means plenty of other dog parents live in the area—and that you won’t have to walk or drive miles when you accidentally run out of kibble.
Ample Sidewalks: No one wants to walk on the shoulder of the road, especially on late-night walks. Bonus points for pet waste stations.
Neighborhood Parks: Especially in urban areas—check if there are off-leash hours and dog runs, or at least grassy areas where pups are welcome.
Meetup Groups: Look for active Meetup groups for your breed or type of dog. You and your pup just might make some new friends.