Dog lovers all have one thing in common: They’re obsessed with their furry friends. If you’re moving to a new pet-friendly apartment or neighborhood, this knowledge is definitely something you can use to your advantage.
After all, Fido is more than just a loyal companion for you – he can also help out when it comes to meeting your neighbors. Neighbors are great for tons of things, from taking your puppy out when you have to work late to giving you a cup of sugar when you realize you don’t have any in the middle of baking cupcakes (crisis averted!).
Dog lovers are a special sort of community within this community of neighbors, and meeting them is going to make your life a whole lot easier. The trick is knowing where to start.
MeetUp With Other Dog Lovers
Believe it or not, one of the first places you can turn to to meet other dog lovers is the Internet. Meetup.com is a website that allows people to organize local groups based on shared interests. For example, people in your neighborhood with active dogs may get together every Saturday to go hiking with their pups.
Search through the website to find a group (or five) that’s perfect for you and your furry friend! If you don’t see anything that strikes your fancy, feel free to start a group of your own.
Go For a Walk
One of the easiest ways to get to know other dog lovers in your area (not to mention, the lay of the land in your neighborhood) is to take your pup for a walk. You’ll likely come across other dog owners entering and exiting your building during those early morning hours, and you can strike up a conversation.
You already have a shared interest, so finding something to talk about with your neighbors will be a breeze! Carry some extra dog treats in your pocket and offer them to pups you meet on walks, (ask permission first) this is a friendly introduction to both your neighbors, and their furry friends.
Head to the Dog Park
Where’s the one place that all dog lovers gather? That’s right, dog parks. If you’re new to the neighborhood, simply type your zip code into a website like DogPark.com or the Dog Channel’s dog park locater to find an off-leash area near you.
When you get there, chat with other dog owners as Fido runs free. If you’re looking for conversation topics, start by asking them about their furry friend – everyone loves talking about their dogs.
You can also inquire about local dog-friendly businesses or what their favorite things to do in the neighborhood are – just let them know you recently moved in and are looking for tips.
Frequent Dog-Friendly Businesses
Speaking of dog-friendly businesses, these can be great places to meet other dog lovers in your area. Head to a local pet-friendly cafe, grab a cup of joe, and read a book. If there’s another dog owner sitting near you, feel free to start up a conversation.
However, if you’re on the shyer side, merely frequenting the same dog-friendly business each week is a step in the right direction. You’re bound to start seeing the same people over and over again, and eventually someone may ask you about your dog. Take this opportunity to get to know a friendly new face and potential dog park buddy.
Join a Dating Site
If you’re looking for something that’s a little more than friendship, you may want to consider joining a dating site specifically targeted to dog owners. This is a great way to not only meet singles in your area, but dog lovers as well.
After all, experience has taught you that if they don’t like Fido, it’s not going to work out. Check out sites like DateMyPet.com or YouMustLoveDogsDating.com.