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Hi, I'm Courtney!

Host of the Thank Dog It's Friday Podcast

Are you dating someone who's never had a dog before and you're about to move in together? Do you live with someone who's not very good with your dog? We're tackling all things living situations this week on the podcast.


Tony and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary (woot, woot) so we thought it would be a great idea to have him on the podcast for the first time.

We had a great chat about moving in with someone who's never had dogs before, because spoiler alert.. Tony met me when I already had THREE dogs and he's never had one of his own before.

So we go all over the place in this one and really chat about a lot of different living situations. So whether you live with your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, friend, family, whoever.. this ones for you as long as a dog (or five) are involved haha.


Here's a list of some of the things we chat about. Make sure to tune in for all the good stuff:

  • Our personal story and how we navigated living together with so many pets early on.
  • Uncomfortable conversations to have with partners or roomies that can help with bringing a dog along.
  • How finances can make things messy when you have someone who spends too much or too little on the dog.
  • Several house rules and safety tips that can be discussed with partners, roomies and guests.
  • How to deal with helicopter moms, paranoid or anxious dog parents and/or dog parents who are too chill about important things. 

  • What to do if your partner is struggling to connect with the dog.
  • How to address who's responsible for taking care of the dog during the work day.
  • How to give people grace who are struggling with the transition.
  • How to be on the same page when it comes to training, commands, and leadership.
  • We have a funny chat about deal breakers and dating people who are in alignment with your dog values.
  • How to avoid overwhelming or burdening your new roomie with all of the new pet responsibilities.
  • The ins and outs of non dog friendly housing and some insider tips to get around it (see resources below)
  • Plus, lots of talk about compromising and finding a new way to raise your dog that works for the both of you.


Resources Mentioned:

Emotional Support Animal Letter for Housing --> email me after you've applied so I can let them know you're with me ;)

My recent episode on the Wife of the Party Podcast all about my adoption experience.


Courtney's Links:

More episodes of the Thank Dog It's Friday Podcast

Dog Squad LA's Instagram & Facebook

Courtney's Personal Instagram

Courtney's online program The Dog Parent Experience


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