You love your dog. He brings you joy. And when you are looking for a new home, you are unquestionably imagining how your little (or big!) treasure will frolic through the house. In all of the excitement, however, there are three things that you may miss that can make all of the difference in the happiness and safety of both you and your puppy: Fencing, Fields and Flowers!
“Good fences make good neighbors” is a classic Frost quote for good reason. It’s universally true. It’s really easy to underestimate the power of a good fence. It can keep your pets safely away from a neighbor’s pool or toxic plants, as well as keep your neighbors safe from your dog should it become anxious or territorial. If you find a dream home with an amazing yard for Fifi, but the fence has seen better days, it’s a wise strategy to have a chat with ALL the neighbors to ensure that you will be able to get a new, safer fence built right when you move in. Better to know now than have drama later.
And if you’ll have absolutely no yard or neighborhood space for Bruiser to run and let off pent up steam, you’ll need to know where you can take him both on and off leash to get him the exercise he needs. My personal favorite is the beach. Click here for a list of pet friendly OC beaches.
Most important, you must examine all the plant life in your new home and yard, as well as the plants along any route where you may take your puppy for a walk. Some of the prettiest and most common plants and flowers are highly poisonous to dogs. For example, I think I see beautiful Morning Glory covered arbors and fences in 1 out of 10 homes. But if ingested, these beautiful flowers can cause gastrointestinal upset. And if the seeds are consumed, even hallucinations! Mums, Barbados Aloe, Bird of Paradise and common California Ivy are all toxic to dogs. Click here to see the SPCAs list of plants known to be toxic to pets.
Finding a home for my clients often includes understanding and addressing the needs of their four legged family members. Having owned a Great Dane and other large breed dogs myself, I am especially equipped to help with these special requirements. Not only do we need to be mindful of the needs of your animals, but also how well they will blend into the new neighborhood. Your pet will be happiest in a home where they are safe from harm and accepted as members of the community.
Let me know in the comment section below about your own experiences bringing your dog into your new home and what other types of information related to living with pets that you would find interesting and helpful! (Also, don’t forget to click here to get all of my market trend updates, community news and tips for home buyers and sellers!)