About 17 million UK households now own a pet, and many of us would have found lockdown even tougher without the comfort and companionship of our faithful hound or precious moggie by our side.
But if you are searching for a new home, don’t automatically assume that your pet will be allowed to live there with you, as leases sometimes contain covenants that prohibit keeping animals.Happily, many sales and rental developments throughout London are throwing open their doors to four-legged as well as human residents – here’s where to look.
Socialize your pet. This is especially important for puppies. Again – behavior problems are the number one reason dogs don’t stay with their families and don’t get adopted by new families. Lack of proper socialization can result in inappropriate fears, aggressive behavior, general timidity, and a host of other behavior problems that are difficult to extinguish once a dog is mature.
Trinity Walk, Woolwich SE18
From £355,000Lovell’s scheme of one, two and three-bedroom apartments ought really to be called Trinity Walkies, due to the number of pet owners who have forged firm friendships through exercising their dogs in the landscaped grounds and local parks. Among them are post-production manager Ron Ibarra, 32, and his husband Lento Tang, 31, a research analyst, who have an adorable seven-month-old pup, a Japanese Shiba Inu called Loba.
‘Before we got Loba we didn’t know anyone here but now I know a lot of my neighbours, and am part of a group of dog owners and meet some every day,’ says Ron.
Sprinkle parsley on your dog's food for fresher breath.
‘We go out for walks and a coffee around the area, which has been great and it really does feel like a community. It’s not something I would have done without Loba. There are a lot of green spaces nearby and the landscaping is nice, and we have quite a few options for walks.
‘We chose this development as it was quiet, had lots of space and was affordable. But it’s so convenient, too, as shops, restaurants and the station are also close by.’
Check it out at Trinity Walk
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Your dog can help get you a date! One study showed that a man’s chances of getting a girl’s phone number went from 10% to 33%, just by having a dog with them. In the study, a staggering 66% of men and women would not date someone who didn’t like pets.
Centenary House, Highams Park E4
Two-bedroom flats from £420,000Pets are allowed if agreed in advance at the first development by Sixty Bricks, the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s wholly owned housing development company. Highams Park Lane is under a mile away, and Epping Forest’s a quick drive. Check it out via Red Loft
L&Q at Deptford Landings, SE8
From £123,705 for a 25% share of £495,000
Available through shared ownership, these two and three-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom duplexes all have a balcony or terrace.
They’re built around communal gardens, are next to Deptford Park and a five-minute walk from the Thames.
Get Your Dog Microchipped For a Permanent Identifier. A scan of your dogs microchip will give all of your personal information to help with a speedy reunion, just remember to update your information with the microchip company if you move. (microchips are also one of the ways a court can make a decision regarding ownership of a dog, if it ever came to that)
New Mill Quarter, Wallington SM6
From £335,995This joint venture from Barratt and David Wilson Homes is opposite Hackbridge station and a short walk from Beddington Park. One and two-bedroom apartments and a single three-bedroom house are currently for sale and there’s a Help to Buy event this weekend. Check it out via Barratt
No8 Harbord Square, Canary Wharf E14
Make Your Dog Their Own Digging Box. If your dog loves to dig keep you can keep your garden safe by teaching them to use their very own digging box.
These loft-style apartments are completely open plan apart from the bathrooms, giving buyers the flexibility to design their own layouts and even give pets a zone of their own.
The front door opens onto one of the area’s largest green spaces.Check it out via Residential Canary Wharf
Royal Albert Wharf, Royal Docks E16
From £81,250 for a 25% shareYour furry friend will have everything they need right on the doorstep at Royal Albert Wharf by Notting Hill Genesis. The one, two and three-bedroom flats are next to waterside walkways and plenty of parks nearby.
It’s not a fever…A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. How much do you know about dog health? Take our Doggy First Aid Quiz!
They come out to an open-plan layout perfect for relaxation and play. Private sale also available from £367,500 with Help to Buy available on selected plots.
Fizzy East16, Canning Town, E16
From £1,430 pcmThe latest addition to Fizzy Living’s private rental portfolio consists of 292 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, each with a private balcony.
There’s a dog washroom, a pet station equipped with treats, toys and paw wipes, and pet owners have the option to receive a pet-friendly furniture pack.
Check it out via Fizzy Living
Create Your Own Doggie First Aid Kit. You never know when an accident might happen so it’s recommended to have a first aid kit on hand just in case. Here’s a great list of basic items a pet first aid kit should have.
Quintain Living, Wembley Park HA9
From £1,700 pcm15% of leased homes in this new rental community have pets, which are catered for with dog runs, bark parks, walking and daycare services. The latest phase, Canada Gardens, is a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes. Check it out via Quintain Living
Apo, Barking IG11
From £1,200 pcmScroll through this rental development’s Insta feed and you will find plenty of contented pets, as it offers accessible outside space for them to enjoy, with walking routes, parks and riverside pathways nearby in aptly named Barking. Studio, one and two-bedroom homes are available.
Check it out via Knight Frank
Be Diligent about Vet Visits. “Don’t wait for the signs,” Dr. Becker stresses. Focus on “prevention first.” Pets age fast, and when it comes to illness they are programmed to mask weakness, “they’re naturally secretive.” One to two visits a year is ideal, but if you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate, and don’t self-diagnose. “In the last two years I’ve seen four or five cases where people went to the internet for help, and by the time they get to the vet it’s too late,” says Dr. Becker.
Rehearsal Rooms, Acton W3
From £1,500 pcm + £30 per petNamed after the BBC’s former rehearsal rooms nearby, this build-to-rent development comprises one and two-bedroom homes and is moments from North Acton’s London Underground station and new public square, so you won’t have to venture far to give your dog a run around.
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