When Buying A House And Moving In Remember Your Dogs Needs Too

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Moving to a new place is a big deal and leaves a lot to plan, but if you’re moving to a new home for a new job or just because you need more space, don’t forget about your four-legged friend! He is a member of your family, after all, and his needs are important, too.

Maybe you’re giving up your swinging pad for the suburbs to have more room for Rover to run around and enjoy a yard. If so, you’re not alone. A new study shows that among millennials, finding more space for their dog was among the top three reasons for buying a home. There are 80 million millennials expected to buy their first home in the next five years. Rental homes are much more restrictive to pets, so buying a home can often be the best move for dog lovers.

What to keep in mind when house hunting

Before you shop, think about your dog’s needs as well as your own. A fenced yard, easy-to-clean floors and a dog-friendly neighborhood should be high on your list. If a home doesn’t have a fenced yard, ask if it’s possible to add a fence; some neighborhoods have covenants against it. Carpeted floors might feel good on your bare feet, but they are difficult to keep clean if you have a puppy or elderly dog who might have accidents.

Make sure your real estate agent knows what you’re looking for: she’ll keep that in mind when picking out places for you to see. When you visit potential homes, take a look around the neighborhood. Are there sidewalks you can use, or is there a dog park nearby? A neighborhood with easy access to a park is a great place to have a dog. If possible, visit the neighborhood in the evening to see how many people are out walking their pups. Maybe ask a potential neighbor how dog-friendly the area is. You’ll get a feeling pretty quickly if you and your pet will fit in.

The big move

When it’s time to move in, make sure your dog’s items are packed up last and unpacked first. Having access to his beds, toys and blankets will give him a sense of familiarity and comfort. Don’t wash his items before you move! He’ll want to have the familiar smells of home when you do move into your new place.

If possible, take your dog to the house before you move in and walk him around the home on a leash to allow him to get acclimated. Allow him to sniff everything he wants. He is a scent-dominated animal, and he’ll want to get used to all the scents in his new home. If you can, take a short walk around the neighborhood to let him get to know the place.

It’s a good idea to keep him out of the way while moving and unpacking, lest he get into various boxes and cause destruction or hurt himself. Set up in a room and try to keep him in there so he’ll feel secure. Slowly, you can allow him to visit different rooms and get used to them.

Now is not the time to try new routines, unless it can’t be helped. Dogs love routine, and change can frighten them, especially the more nervous pooches. Feed and walk him at his usual time as much as possible; it will help him have a sense of continuity.

The most important thing to remember when moving is making a point to spend time with your dog. He needs lots of love and cuddles to calm his anxiety about a new place. During the move, you’ll be busy packing and unpacking, so taking the time to spend with your best friend will give you a much-needed break, too.

Soon, you and your four-legged friend will be right at home in your new digs, meeting new neighbors and chasing the new squirrels.

17th October

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This week has been so busy to make it easier I am just going to do a summary of the week rather than day by day.
Sunday was good I had the morning to myself with time to spend with the dogs.
The afternoon I had a couple of people booked in to see the hybrids and spend time with them.
Monday
The morning was full on I got everyone done and sorted out the builders.
Vicci came up with Buck and we were cleaning and power washing most of the day.
We didn’t stop much for coffee it was just constant.
Tuesday
Kirsty popped in with Lupus to have his nails cut and she helped us hold Buck for his nails that might sound easy but it took an hour to do the pair of them.
Had some things to sort out with the web site as it has just been updated.
I am thinking Taska could be coming into season as she has been really hard on Aimie when Aimie took Coosa’s food Taska gave her a severe scuffing and wouldn’t let up very quickly.

After Vicky left I went off to see Nath and Sophie.
Wednesday
I was busy with people on the phone most of the morning and then a quick bath as my neck was really hurting.
My next job was to get the cages sorted out in the van ready to go up to Worcester to meet up with Racheal to drop off a poodle pup and pick up Enya.
After the day’s work was finished I drove up to Worcestershire and met up with Rach and had dinner, I brought Enya home and Rach took my poodle puppy up to hers for the night to be picked up by his new owner.
I finally got home at midnight as part of the motorway was closed, I finished my dogs at 1.30 am and then bed.
Thursday
Second fix electrics in the house for the utility room, the painter was also here.
I had a couple of people booked in to visit the dogs and then Anna came over for the afternoon.
Friday
My internet started playing up I thought it was something and nothing but no obviously not.
I had a couple of visits booked in for mid and late afternoon.

Saturday
All the dogs were finished early as I wanted to get hold of my internet providers as the internet had been really slow and kept dropping out.
I contacted them and they couldn’t get it sorted so I went into town and bought a new router this didn’t help the issue so bt were informed to get an engineer out as soon as possible.
Hence no internet all weekend.
I had a few people booked in to see dogs for the weekend so Jacqui was checking my emails for me.
We had very heavy rain so the dogs were in for most of the later part of the morning and early afternoon.
When the rain finally stopped everyone was fed and had a run.
I was shredding newspaper and tiding up in the kennel.
We had a lot of rain until about 4 Pm when it dried up and everyone got out again.
Sunday
The rain was so heavy when I got up I took Shone’s group straight down to the bottom block with Fern and left them undercover.
I finished the top kennels and then came back down and picked up in the drive ready for a customer coming to visit his puppy.
All the re home girls from the last few weeks are doing really well, no problems with any of them so far.
I was doing the lunch time feeds I had intended to just leave Merlot and Patti in the front pen as the sky man was coming to put the dish back up somehow I forgot and let them out onto the drive within a few seconds they were mating right in the middle of the drive I had my fingers crossed they would be finished before he arrived.
Just in time the mating was over and gave me a few minutes to spare before the sky people arrived.
I had one other family view dogs in the later part of the afternoon and then evening feeding and lock up.

9th October

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Saturday night the outside dogs were very vocal which made for a bad night’s sleep.
Sunday morning was dry but very cold everyone out, clean and fed.
Top groups all done and then I cleaned out the fridge in the garage and then the one in the kennel and swapped them over as the garage one is bigger and better for the dogs.
It was now getting hot which was nice.
I got all the chicken cut up and fed a little earlier than normal.
I fed nearly everyone before Wendy and Brian arrived to move the fridges around for me.
Our next task was to get all the apples and pears from the tree up by the top kennel down, that was a bit of a task but between us we managed to get most of them down.
Wendy took us out for lunch it was nice to get out for a while and get a cooked meal for a change.
I got home and swapped over dogs and then popped in to see Bobby and Wayne to see how the painting was going they were melting up on the scaffolding.
I sorted out a bit of washing in the house and then came back up to spend time with the dogs.
I spend the afternoon with the dogs as I made sure I had no one booked in.
Evening feeds done and then Shone and her group up to the kennel and fed.
I had a late call so a customer came at 9 pm I was concerned as I have not had Shone’s group up in my room when people have been here before and as there were 5 people I thought Shone or Voodoo may get stressed but they were brilliant and the people were really good and quiet so all went well.
After they left I finished off my dogs and did the feeds for morning and then bed.
Monday
A nice morning but cold all the kennel dogs were done and the gates were opened by 7.45 for the builders as the plasters were in early.
I locked up the gates and left the puppies out on the drive while I did the top groups.
After they were finished I had a few phone calls to catch up with.
I changed all the vet beds for the pups and then went out with Merlots group to spend time with Patti.
I got the puppy crates and cages ready in the van leads bedding and water all done ready for my outing later.
Lunch time feeds all done and then dogs all out for a good run.
I loaded up the puppies, Autumn, Winter and off we went to pick up my sisters puppy and adult dog and then down to the eye testing clinic.
Great results for my two and my sister’s adult Sheltie but not good news for her new puppy, she was blind.
Dogs all loaded back in the van and off to drop my sister’s dogs home and then back home with mine.
Evening feeds all done and morning feeds ready.
Shone’s group up and fed.
Bobby had been in for a couple of hours painting the windows.
Tuesday
All the bottom kennels finished by 8 am and gates open after the builders arrived I locked up and left the puppies out while I cleaned the top groups.
Shone’s yard washed and then out to pick up bones.
I got home and did email’s phone calls and changed vet beds.
Lunch time feeds done and then the meat delivery arrived.
I did some paper shredding and killed another shredder.
Evening feeds done ready and then spent a couple of hours out with the dogs.
Off to see Nath, Sophie and Laura for dinner, Nath and I took Ralph for a walk we had dinner and then home to sort out my dogs.
Wednesday
An autumn start to the day fresh and windy but dry.
The kennel dogs done, normal builders in and top group done.
Towels and vet beds piled up ready for another days washing.
All the outside pens washed.
Lunch time feeds done.
A quick chat with the builders and then off to Argos for another shredder as I am running out of paper for bedding.
I got home and customers arrived to see the wolf dogs as they are staying in south Devon for a holiday.
After they left I sorted out more washing and then Bobby and Wayne arrived to do some more painting.
I stayed out for half an hour and had a chat with them.
Alan is a good way through fitting the utility room; hopefully soon it can be painted.
I did the evening feeds and then put most of the dogs in for the night.
I stopped for coffee with the lads and then finished off the dogs.
Thursday.
All the bottom groups done and then the builders and Hannah arrived to groom the dogs.
I finished the top groups and then got started on the washing.
A couple of people booked in to see dogs for future puppies.
I cut the chicken early as I was going to have to feed in between visits.
Paper work sorted out ready for three adult bitches going out this weekend.
My first visitors had left so I started feeding and then shredded loads of paper for bedding while waiting for the next visitors.
I took up bags of food for Coosa’s group as they are eating more biscuit this time of year.
My next visitors popped in for an hour and then after they left I went out with the dogs for a while and then got the evening feeds ready.
Everyone finished and fed just Narla and Shone’s group to feed and lock up Fern.
Friday
A busy morning getting everyone done before the builders and deliveries arrived.
Gates opened and top groups finished.
Washing already on the go.
Kiro’s yard cleaned.
My first visitors arrived and then another delivery.
It was going to be a day of dogs out and fit feeding in around visits
My first customers were looking at Labrador pups, the next for wolf dogs and then cracker was off out for the day with her new owner.
Peaches went to her new home that was so sad to see her go but I am sure she will be very happy if she is not she will come home just like any of my older dogs if they don’t settle then they come home again.
Lunch time feeds done and then the next visitors arrived to look at labradoodles.
The next customers arrived before these one’s had left so they stayed for a chat and then we looked at the labradoodle pups.
After they had all gone I had an hour to get sorted out before the next people to see the Labrador pups.
I changed vet beds again and then had a quick chat with the builders to sort out material orders.
I got the evening feeds ready and then saw my last customer of the day.
After they had left I locked everyone up and then brought Shone’s group up and fed them.
A few phone calls and then finished for the night.
Saturday
An early start as I had people booked in all day to see hybrids for future puppies and other pups.
Bobby was here painting.
Cracker went off for the day with David and then Biscuit went to her new home.
Kate came over and helped out for the day with pictures, feeding, washing and talking to people.
My last customer left just after 4 pm and then I had a couple of hours sorting out the dogs before evening feeding.
Everyone fed and shone’s group up for the night and finally finished just after dark.

2nd October

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Monday
Sorry for the late blog this week the Wolfzone web site has exceeded its bandwidth again due to heavy traffic.
I manged to get most of the dogs out for a run and food before the rain came down.
The puppies didn’t manage to get out so I let them run around the hall and kitchen for a while.
I did the top groups and then put Shone’s group down the bottom block as it was really wet.
I made a few phone calls and then got a couple of dogs booked in for an eye test in Tavistock.
I cut up all the chicken for lunch time feeding so when I get home I can feed straight away.
I took Winter and Biscuit to the vets Winter for a swab test and Biscuit to be spayed ready for her new home in a couple of weeks’ time.
I got home and unloaded the dogs and then got everyone fed in between heavy showers.
The pups got out for a run on the drive.
I had a brief chat with Alan to see how today went as we have our labourer back for a while.
All the dogs out for another run as it has now dried up for a while I hope.
Evening feeds done and then Shone’s group up for the night.
Tuesday
Some of the dogs got out in the dry but most got soaked.
All the top group finished.
I came back down and changed the vet beds in the puppy kennels.
None of the groups were going out at the moment it was just too wet.
I got the puppies out and played with them in the hall way, my poodle girl Seda is a crazy little monster she is so full of life and a little over the top.
I went up and cleaned out Coosa’s groups pen again as I hadn’t expected them to bother going out in the field if it was wet they normally just go inside and sleep.
A puppy left for her new home.
Lunch time feeds done some in the dry but again most got wet.
All afternoon it was dogs in and out each time the rain stopped.
Evening feeds done and then the top groups locked up.
Shone’s group up for food and then the puppies fed again.
Wednesday
A dry start all the kennel dogs done and then the gates opened for the builders.
Next was washing on and then the top groups done, Coosa’s pen needed disinfecting and hosing.
I finished them and then came down and swapped dogs over on the drive.
Next was a visit from a very nice couple from Bristol to meet Autumns litter.
After we had a chat and sorted out collection dates they left and I let dogs out and cut up the chicken ready for lunch time feeds.
Everyone fed and then more washing done I was expecting rain as it was overcast so I brought the vet beds in.
I spent time out with the dogs and then had half an hour in the house just sorting out a few bits.
Evening feeds ready and dogs swapped around.
I needed to get paper work ready for eye testing next week.
All the dogs had another run out in the field before the rain.
As it was now really wet I went back in to the house to do some tiding up to get a little straighter for when I finally move back in.
Shone’s group had to eat down the bottom block as it was too wet for them up at the kennel.
I woke up in the night feeling cold this may have been due to Voodoo was laying on my bed but what I hadn’t realised he had eaten most of the stuffing out of my duvet and ripped a big hole in the cover, he is so quiet I rarely hear him doing something in the night.
Thursday
All the dogs done some got wet and then the top groups finished, I washed Ferns pen as it was dirty and then gave Shone’s group some bones.
I got the washing all folded and put away.
I had a couple of puppies to clip feet and faces.
One of the poodle pups was going to Wales’s so I got the cage ready in the van and water and blankets all ready.
Lunch time feeds all done and puppies out for a run.
I had phone calls and emails to sort out and then the grooming list for Hannah as she was in on Friday.
In the afternoon everyone was out until 4 pm and then the rain came again.
I went off to Bristol, I got caught up in the rush hour traffic and a lorry had a blow out so I was an hour and a half later than expected but thankfully I was still there 20 minutes before the people I was meeting.
I picked up my new poodle and they left with their puppy.
I briefly popped into Nathan’s on the way home and saw Sophie for 5 minutes.
I got home and sorted all my dogs out and then was on the phone for about three hours, emails done and my dogs all fed, the new bitch settled in.
Friday
A bit wet to start but nothing too bad, the kennel dogs done and then the top groups, I went out with my new bitch and spent some time with her she is a little stressed and hasn’t eaten yet so I moved her in with Merlot and Biscuit as they are both quiet.
A quick trip to the dentist as half of my tooth broke off on Wednesday evening.
I got home and cut up the chicken ready for feeding.
I tidied up and did some more cleaning in the kennel.
I started the lunch time feeding and then popped into the house to get more washing done.
I went out with Merlot and the new girl I was sat on the bench trying to get her to come to me and Merlot peed all down my back, I was not impressed he has never done anything like this before.
After a change of clothes I went back out with Patti our new girl she is a little scared and unsure of the change in her life but I am sure she will settle down soon, if not she will have to be a house dog.
I had time to play with each group of dogs and then evening feeding.
Hannah held the dogs while I did the vaccines on the 12 that were due now.
Shone’s group came up and had food and then in for the night.
Saturday
I woke up to hear the rain what a great start to the day, some groups got wet but everyone was fed in their kennels as the rain was coming down so quick when all of a sudden the heavens just opened.
I did the top groups and then down to hose Kiro’s yard.
Biscuit had her new family come to visit her as she was not able to go home with them this weekend due to a large swelling from her spaying.
Bobby and Wayne arrived to paint inside the house as the weather was so wet.
Next customer didn’t turn up or bother to ring {nice people}.
I let the next lot of dogs out and then cut up the chicken.
I fed everyone which took nearly two hours as most groups eat outside, some were fed in the kennel and I hand fed Patti as she didn’t seem to have a clue what to do with raw chicken, I gave her cooked beef and tripe she loved that bless her.
Dogs were out whenever possible to try and avoid too many getting soaked I stayed around and did jobs in the office
I vaccinated the rest of the dogs that needed doing this week.
I popped in to see the painters and then got the evening feeds ready.
I locked up the top group and fed Shone’s group down the bottom block as I didn’t want them soaked.
Another week over.