Get to the suburbs, get a dog and GET OUT!
Moving to the suburbs? There’s one thing you shouldn’t leave the city without: a dog.
If your family already includes a four-legged member then get ready—the suburbs are a perfect place for pups. And if you don’t have a dog…yet? Now is the perfect time to adopt a new pup—or, at the very least, dog-sit for a city friend in the not-too-distant future…
While it may sound crazy—moving to the suburbs is a lot to tackle without adding a dog to the mix—there are tons of reasons why bringing on this key addition makes sense right now. Having a dog in the suburbs is the ultimate secret weapon for helping city families make fast friends. Leash up your pup and get out and, no doubt, you’ll strike up conversations, meet fellow pet owners and get a sense for your community fast—all thanks to Fido…
Still need convincing? With a dog in the suburbs, you’ll…
1. Get out—literally
Chances are, your new town has or is close to at least a few dog-friendly parks, green spaces, beaches and, even, dog parks. Grab a leash and get going, and be sure to chat it up with at least a few fellow dog owners—you never know who could be your next—or first—suburban connection.
2. Explore the area
While you could drive around town, it’s hard to really get a sense of things when you’re cruising down Main Street at 40 miles per hour. Instead, pop a leash on your pup and get exploring. Say hi to neighbors, check out dog-friendly restaurants and bars, and get a local lay of the land. And—bonus—people love dogs, so chances are you’ll be stopped at least a few times giving you a chance to meet your neighbors.
3. Meet at daycare drop-offs
Doggie daycares are increasingly popular in the suburbs. If you decide to drop your dog, you’ll no doubt have plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with your new neighbors during pick up and drop off.
Remember, if you’re stuck for conversation starters you can always revert back to the dog—ask fellow daycare parents what dog park they frequent, their go-to groomer and where they board their pups when they’re out of town.
4. Have doggie play dates
Really, there’s nothing better than doggie playdates. New friends and adorable dogs having a blast – what could be better? As you meet new dog owners at daycare or, simply, around town, invite them over for a playdate or, better, make plans to meet up in a nearby dog-friendly park. Your dogs will get a chance to run around and play and you’ll have an opportunity to meet new people—it’s a win/win!
5. Pound the pavement
The whole family will enjoy getting out and about with the dog. Check out some area hiking trails, walking paths or other scenic spots and head out on an evening or weekend. Feeling brave? Knock on your next-door neighbor’s door—the neighbor who’s always out and about with their dog—and get recommendations.
6. Spark tons of effortless convos
Dog people love to talk dogs—so why not use that to your advantage? Grab the leash and get out. If you hit a dog-friendly hotspot—a park, dog run or even a local downtown or dog-friendly restaurant—chances are you’ll spark at least a few convos with fellow dog owners or dog lovers.
Choosing the right town to call “home” is the most important decision you’ll ever make—why go it alone? Get in touch and our expert Suburbs Strategists will help you navigate the ‘burbs and find the right town to call “home.”