Brantford House-hunting tips for dog lovers
Roger Caras said “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
If you share that philosophy in life, then you must consider your dog’s wants and needs as you search for your new home. Here are some points to consider:
First, consider the neighborhood.
The HOA: If you’re thinking of purchasing in a Brantford development with a Homeowner’s Association, check the rules and regulations. Some prohibit dogs entirely. Others restrict ownership to dogs of a specific size. Some ban certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, Dobermans, and Rottweilers. Still others set a limit on the number of dogs you may have in your household.
One prospective homeowner was stunned when he learned that he would not be allowed to build a fence for his dog, nor could he install an underground electric fence. Fortunately he learned this fact before he signed the purchase agreement.
You just never know what might be found in the bylaws of an HOA, so read them carefully.
The walkability: If you like to walk your dogs, will it be safe? Are there good places to walk? Are there dogs running loose who may not be friendly toward your dog? Are there barking dogs behind every fence?
Places to play: Unless you’re planning to buy a home with a large yard for playtime, is there a dog-friendly park nearby? If there’s a park, check to make sure it’s not covered in signs saying “No Dogs Allowed.” A nearby off-leash dog park would be a bonus, but admittedly, those are not to be found in every community.
NOTE to agents: Here would be a good place to personalize with information about dog parks in your city.
Once you choose a neighborhood, examine each house for its dog-friendly attributes.
- Is there a place for food and water dishes that are out of the traffic path? Kicking those bowls and scattering food and water over the floor does become annoying!
- Is there room for your dog’s favorite bed – or for a crate if he’s used to sleeping in an enclosed space?
- Are the floors dog friendly? Some dogs don’t like walking on slippery tile. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but a dog’s toenails do leave scratch marks.
- Is it easy for your dog to get in and out of the house? As dogs age, stairs can become a problem.
- Does the house have a dog-safe fence, or can you build one?
- Consider whether dogs are currently living in the house. If so, and if they aren’t well house-trained, your own dogs may feel compelled to “mark” spots in the house where other dogs have marked.
The size of the dogs in your life does make a difference in what you’ll need in your new home. Just one Great Pyrenees will take up considerably more space and need much more room to exercise than even six Toy Poodles.