How to Find the Right Dog-Friendly Home

by Phil Milbrand 06/09/2019

You've probably seen tons of information on finding the best home for the needs of the adults, children and even elderly members of your family, but what about your four-legged family members? Not all dogs are created equal, and if you're going to be a good dog owner, it is important to think of your pets' needs as well. Don't have a dog yet, but want one? Plan in advance by purchasing a home that will already have everything you need.

Outdoor Features

If you have or want to have outdoor pets, it is essential to ensure you have enough space. Some cities have specific space requirements depending on the size or breed of your dog, but even if they don't, you want to be sure your dog isn't uncomfortable. A dog who is used to large running spaces can go nuts with only access to a small townhouse patio or yard. No matter what size of yard you choose, remember that you will be in charge of cleaning it up. Pet defecation is more evident in a smaller yard; especially if you have a large dog. Plan to train your dog to use only a particular area of the yard as his "bathroom" and prepare the are with scoopers or bags so you can regularly clean it up. 

Your dog will also need a space to call his own that's far enough away from the bathroom area. Try setting up a covered area or a dog house to give him somewhere to go. If you live in a high-precipitation area, make sure your dog as a dry refuge when it's pouring out. Similarly, in snowy climates, make sure your dog house is well insulated and equipped with a warm bed to keep them comfortable all winter long.

Indoor Features

For indoor only or indoor/outdoor dogs, your interior layout and features come into play. Smaller dogs with furry feet often get going super quickly indoors and can slide around on tile or wood flooring. Plan for that by including rugs in walking spaces and keeping low walls clear of dangerous objects into which your dog might slide. Interior dogs can be especially hard on a carpet. For best results, ensure you have a heavy-duty rug that can take some damage and is easy to clean, such as the same carpet you would choose for small children. Watch the length of your dog's nails, since overly-long sharp nails can gouge your flooring and paint jobs.

Tell your real estate professional about any pets during the buying process so they can assist you in finding that special property for your four-legged friends.

About the Author
Author

Phil Milbrand

Armed with one of those easy going, engaging personalities that immediately puts people at ease, Phil has always thrived in environments where people come first. Prior to real estate, Phil spent much of his career in the hospitality industry.  Restaurant management turned into a passion for brewing beer which later found Phil owning a brew pub all his own.  Nothing made him happier than educating patrons about his beer while sharing stories his beautiful home in Tahoe, California.

Upon meeting Julie, however, the single life up in Tahoe lost a bit of its luster.  Phil moved to Marin to be closer to her and eventually proposed. Next, he took on an endeavor which would eventually change Phil’s life & career – he started the process of finding the perfect home for himself, Julie and their dogs.

As Phil puts it, “buying our first home really opened my eyes to the world of real estate.”  And, he’s never looked back.  Real estate mixes Phil’s natural love of serving people with his drive to succeed in his own endeavor. Phil brings a love of the business and knowledge of the outdoor Marin lifestyle to all the clients he meets.

When you work with Phil, you get an honest, fun realtor with a passion for the business.  He finds true gratification in finding his client the right home and doesn’t just point out the obvious selling points.  Instead, you'll not only find good value, but you’ll learn about the hidden gems of the neighborhood, like where the best hiking paths are, where to find a locally owned brew pub, where to hear live music or how to book a sailing trip on the Bay.  He’s a happy guy that makes buying or selling real estate a happy process…If you need a captain to help you set your course on buying or selling your dream home, call Phil to guide you to your destination.