Being a good pet owner is an important responsibility, and it’s even more important when you’re moving into a new neighborhood. It can be difficult to adjust to the different rules, regulations, and dynamics of your new community, so here are tips from The Dawg Squad to help make the transition easier for both you and your pet.
Look for the Ideal Place First
Finding a new home for your family and pet can be a daunting task. It’s important to take the time to consider your needs and desires while also staying within your budget. When looking for a new place to live, it’s important to take into consideration the size of the home, local amenities such as schools or parks, and whether or not the property is pet-friendly.
Talk with real estate agents and research online listings to find potential homes that fit your criteria and budget (the median home sale price in LA is currently right at $1M). Take the time to visit properties in person, so you know everything about them before signing any agreements. With some patience and research, you’ll have no trouble finding a great home for you and your family
Introduce Yourself and Your Pet
Moving to a new neighborhood can be intimidating, but, as the American Kennel Club notes, introducing yourself and your pet is a great way to ease the transition. Having a warm introduction helps break down barriers, create connections and make new friends. Plus, it’s just polite! Introducing yourself and your pet lets your neighbors know that you’re invested in the community and excited to make a home there. It also gives you an opportunity to learn about the area or even get some tips from the locals.
Pick Up After Your Pet
Always, always pick up after your pet. Not only is it courteous and considerate of those living around you, but it also prevents any potential health hazards for animals, children and adults alike. This not only includes cleaning up the yard or sidewalk regularly, but also disposing of waste in a safe and responsible manner. DoodyCalls says to show respect for your neighbors by keeping your pets’ waste off their property.
Always Leash Your Pet
Even if your pet is well-behaved and you don’t think he’s likely to run away, it’s still important that he’s leashed when out in public spaces so he can’t wander off without your knowledge or cause any trouble (like getting into fights with other animals). Additionally, some cities may require all pets to be kept on leashes at all times when outside their homes — even those within private yards, so understand the local laws before taking your pup for a walk.
Own Up to Any Damage
Paying for the damages your pet makes to a neighbor’s property is an important part of being a good neighbor. Not only does it show respect and consideration for their property, it also shows good faith in ensuring that any issues your pet may have caused are taken care of and resolved.
Taking responsibility for any damage or destruction that your pet causes is a sign of not just respect, but genuine care and concern for the well-being of those around you. Paying for the damages is a small price to pay if it helps maintain peaceful relations between you and your neighbors.
Don’t Let Barking Become an Issue
Being a good neighbor means respecting the peace and comfort of others. When it comes to our pets, this means controlling excessive barking that may disturb others. Setting up boundaries on how much your pet can bark is essential in keeping the peace with your neighbors. This can be done through simple techniques such as training, topical treatments, and enforcing quiet times.
License Your Pet and Update Their Vaccinations
Licensing your pet and keeping their vaccinations up-to-date is an important step in being a responsible pet owner and good neighbor. When moving to a new neighborhood, it’s important to license your pet with the local animal control agency so that you can comply with any local regulations and ensure the health of your pet and those around you. Additionally, make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all his required vaccinations as some neighborhoods require proof from licensed veterinarians before allowing pets into the area.
Moving into a new neighborhood doesn’t have to be stressful if you’re prepared ahead of time, especially when bringing along furry friends, too. From finding an appropriate home first to making sure you always pick up after your pet, these tips should help you be a better pet owner and neighbor.
Contributed by Trey Lange