Moving can be stressful for every member of your family, including your dog. You can explain what is happening and why to your kids, but your canine companion may have no idea what’s going on and may feel confused and afraid. Here are some tips to help you dog settle in at your new home.
Bring Objects That Are Familiar to Your Dog
Your pet is used to its bowls, bed, crate, and toys. It associates those objects with safety and security. You may be tempted to replace a damaged bowl or chewed-up toys when you move into your new home, but your dog will appreciate having the old ones around, no matter what kind of condition they’re in. Seeing familiar objects and smelling the scent of your old home on them will help your dog feel safe in the new house.
Stick to Your Usual Routine
Knowing what to expect makes dogs feel safe. When you move into your new home, maintain your old routine as much as possible. Feed and walk your dog at the same times, or as close to those times as you can. That will create a feeling of security for your dog and will make the experience of being in an unfamiliar place less overwhelming.
Spend Quality Time with Your Pet
Moving is a busy and stressful time. It can be easy to get caught up in unpacking and then realize that several hours have gone by. While you’re focused on getting settled, your dog may feel ignored and neglected.
Right after a move, your pet will need comfort and reassurance more than ever. Make it a point to spend quality time playing with your dog, going for walks, and cuddling. If you have to go out and leave your dog home alone, make sure that treats and your pet’s favorite toys are available.
Explore the Neighborhood Gradually
Your dog will be curious about its new environment, but being exposed to a lot of unfamiliar sights and sounds at once can be overwhelming, especially if your new neighborhood is very different from your old one. Take walks around the area so your dog can see the houses, people, and animals, but pay attention to your pet’s reactions and head back to the house if your dog seems overly stressed.
Keep Your Dog Safe in Your New Home
Animals that are in unfamiliar environments often get curious and want to explore or become frightened by unfamiliar noises and run off. It’s essential to keep your dog confined to your yard to protect it from cars, other dogs, and additional dangers.
DogWatch offers outdoor hidden fences that can be used to confine a dog to a specific area, without having to install a physical barrier. We also offer training products, including leash trainers and no-bark trainers, that can help your pet learn appropriate behaviors. Contact us today to learn more.