Finding the Right Pet-Friendly Community

by Melissa Shuten 06/16/2019

If you’re thinking about downsizing but haven’t made the move yet, now is the right time to hammer out a list of community requirements that best fit you and your pet’s needs. Many modern condo and townhome communities work to make a whole neighborhood within their properties. Look for places with lots of green areas, trees, barbecue and picnic setups, benches, etc. Make sure there are comfortable places for you to hang out outside with your dog. Check out the dog run or dog park at your new condominium, is it big enough for your dog? Is the area well kept? Do other dog owners seem to be responsible and help maintain the space? Find a community with lots of walking paths for more entertaining walks with your pup or look for a new home near a public park or greenbelt that gives you easy access to more dog-friendly activities. Your dog might miss the free range they had at your more substantial property, but they can significantly benefit from more interaction with new people and new puppy friends as well. Before you start your home search, work with your real estate agent to develop a checklist that includes your dog. 

Walks, Walks and More Walks.

Employing new independent play options won’t be enough on its own to help your dog be happy in your new home. Especially if you are transitioning an outdoor dog to an entirely indoor lifestyle, you'll need to set aside time in your new schedule to get them outside. One walk a day might not be enough any longer. Take your dog for an extended walk, not just to go to the bathroom, before and after work. Whenever you have a more extended period take them on a good long walk, go to the nearby park to get your pet the exercise and stimulation they need. Play ball and lots of running games to help them derive the most out of their time in larger outdoor spaces. Let them sniff around a bunch and play with other dogs at the park to help stimulate them fully.

Time with you and out of the house. 

An easy way to add stimulation to your dog's life is to just spend more time with them outside the house, whatever you're doing. If you don't have another walk in you for the day or enough time to go to the park try just hanging out with them outside somewhere on your community’s property. Let them observe and sniff around while you read a book or take your laptop outside to keep working at a picnic table and take the dog out with you. Take your dog on outings for them, but also with you when you run quick errands. Load them up when you go to get gas, run to the post office and the hardware store. Feeling like they've had different activities throughout the day can significantly help stimulate your pet and give them a satisfying life experience.

Your local real estate agent is here to help make your life better by finding you the right home and community. Work with your advisors to make your next lifestyle transition a great one.

About the Author
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Melissa Shuten

Find Your Slice of Paradise! I've lived in the St Pete Beach area since 2003. I love everything about Pinellas County and the Beaches! I can help you find your piece of Paradise whether it is your permanent Home, Vacation Home or Investment Property! I specialize in Single Family Homes, Condos, and Townhomes. I began my career in Real Estate in 2012. In my years with Re/Max, I've won the Executive Club Award and 100% Club Award. Since I've been in Florida, I've lived in Gulfport, St Pete Beach, St. Petersburg and now South Pasadena, so I know all of these areas very well! I currently serve on the Board of Directors with the Island Place Condominiums (Harbourside in South Pasadena). I do a lot of volunteer work around the area, mostly with not for Profit Groups. My hobbies include Running and Group Fitness. I am a member of the St Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club. I was born and raised in NE Ohio, Alumni of The Ohio State University and lived in Dallas, Texas for many years before relocating to the Sunshine State! My favorite saying is "I Live Where You Vacation"! If you are searching for an agent that will work for YOU, whether you are Buying or Selling...Call me Today!