Happy National Puppy Day!

National Puppy Day is March 23rd, and we’ve got some tips for living with your furry friends. Here are some of the top things to look for in a dog-friendly home:

1. A fenced yard

This one’s a no-brainer, but a fence does more than just keep your pup from wandering off. A fenced yard is a lifesaver when you don’t have time to walk your dog, or if weather has been rainy, but they need a little fresh air.

If you have the budget for it, bigger is better - dogs love to roam! Just make sure you thoroughly check the fencing around the yard before letting your dog have free reign of the backyard.

2. Hardwood floors

Although your pup’s scampering can damage the wood’s finish (you should plan for some area rugs), hardwood floors are much easier to clean up than carpet! Wood floors are easy to quickly mop or vacuum in the event of hair, or... worse.

And if your dog’s anything like Charlie (see below), they’ll leave hair wherever they go, and often!


3. A walkable neighborhood

This is always a plus, but it’s especially important if you don’t have a large backyard. In addition to looking for areas with a great WalkScore® - which you can look up on home detail pages on ZipRealty.com - think about great places you could walk your dog to: an off-leash park, a great trail, a marina, etc.

4. A sensible floor plan

Are you going to need certain spaces where your doggy is off-limits? Especially consider this if you have a very young child, or have valuables that you need to protect from chewing. Look for a floor plan that lets you easily section of parts of your home that you’d like to remain doggy-free. You could also consider investing in a baby gate for your puppy, especially when they’re training.

From all of us here at Zip, and our pups, happy puppy day!

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