When it comes time to downsize, many of us are faced with the worry of what to do with our furry friend. Does he really need a backyard? The questions are never ending. But here at Stockland, you can enjoy the many perks of retirement living with your best bud right by your side. Make the most of the lifestyle you love and read on for our guide to life in one of our pet-friendly villages.
1. Get moving
Use your newly-confined canine companion as the ultimate spark of motivation. Even the sleepiest of pets need a daily dose of fresh air, and without a backyard to rely on, it’s now your job to keep him active. You’ll soon come to realise that this is a blessing in disguise. Make the most of your village’s extensive walking tracks and parks and relish in the newfound spring in your step – and your happy pooch’s!
2. Get social
There’s no easier way to create a connection with someone than via a shared interest. Get to know your fellow animal-loving neighbours and prepare to bond over the benefits of being pet parents. Get ready for puppy play dates, group walks and cat-sitting; the sky is the limit when it comes to sharing your love of pets.
3. Get peace of mind
No matter the size of your furry friend, they’re guaranteed to add an extra level of security to your home. Just like your very own alarm system, your little pet’s super hearing and protective tendencies ensure that they’re always alert, and you’re aware. Guard-cat, can’t you see it now?
4. Get cosy
Despite the fact that we’re blessed with a toasty Aussie climate, sometimes there’s nothing better than the comfort of a warm embrace. With your best friend tucked away inside your home, you’ll never feel alone. Catch up on your favourite show or snuggle up with a good book with a cuddly pal right beside you. What could be better?
5. Get busy
While babies and office life might be things of the past, it’s always nice to feel needed. Taking care of your cat or dog will bring a sense of satisfaction like no other. Your pet is sure to keep you on your toes, making sure you dive head first into everything life in retirement has to offer.
Where do they go to the toilet?
If you’re happy to venture outdoors at least three times a day, feel free to let your pooch relieve themselves on the grass – just be sure to dispose of all waste in the bins provided. If you’d prefer to toilet train your pet, opt for a Pet Potty (that can be purchased both at pet stores and online) and position it over the drain on your balcony. Disposable charcoal matts are also an option for indoor use.
How do I introduce my pet to my new home?
Adjusting to a new environment is difficult for everyone, including your little friend. To avoid overwhelming your pet, refrain from bringing them into the chaos of the move. If possible, leave your pet with a friend or family member until everything is unpacked, before allowing them to settle in to their new home in peace.
How can I keep my pet occupied when I’m not around?
In order to ward off boredom, gift your pet with an array of toys and treats to play with while you’re out. Purchase a brand new toy purely for this purpose, bringing it out for alone time and putting it away upon your return. If your pet suffers from anxiety, consider purchasing an anxiety jacket to keep them cosy and calm. Another great way to create the illusion that you’re at home is leaving the TV or radio on a low volume during extended outings.
*Most villages will allow residents to keep certain types of pets ( companion or assistance animals) provided prior approval is first obtained from the Village Manager and it does not cause nuisance to other residents. Please check with the Village Manager to confirm the village’s current pet policy.