Behavior Advice: Helping Your Dog Adjust To a New Home

Moving With Dog?

Moving. It’s a necessary part of life. And while we as humans get this, it’s not something pets really understand. Keep in mind, that if moving to a new home is stressful for you, it may also be burdensome on your dog. Pets generally have a hard time adjusting to new surroundings just like we do.

Luckily, there are some things that you can do to help make the transition from one place to another easier for your dog. The Barking Lot came up with a few tips to keep anxiety low and spirits high for yourself and your pet despite any new changes.

Familiarize Your Pet with His New Digs

There are several ways to help your dog get accustomed to the new place. One of the best ways to do that is by walking him around the community and allowing him to meet the new neighbors. If there are dogs nearby, give him an opportunity to meet them as well. This way, you expose your pet to his environment and give him the chance to make a few friends in the process.

Put his toys, water bowl and crate in the same room as the old house. Try not to throw away or replace any of his things. Keep the familiar, familiar.

Reinforce Dog Training

Go over any commands you’ve been teaching your dog to make sure he understands what you expect when you move. Apartments and townhomes could have rules different from what he used to. If your pet is currently on a loose leash, try working on some new commands prior to leaving so it’s not completely foreign to him when he arrives.

Help Reduce Anxiety

In some cases, pets can develop separation anxiety from moving like they would if they were left home alone. Others might even take on the emotions of their owners.

For the first few weeks, be sure to spend as much time as you can with your pet. If you can’t be home immediately after the transition, consider professional dog boarding or have a family member care for him until you’re all settled in.

Keep The Same Routines

Sometimes it’s hard to keep the same schedule as before the move. Your family might get up and go to bed at different times. You may even need to travel longer or shorter distances to work or school. At least for the first few weeks, try to keep your dog’s routine as close to normal as possible.

Give Your Dog A Little Extra Love

Walk, hug and play with your dog a little more – even in the midst of all that’s going on during the move. It will help ease some of the tension surrounding the move and create a greater bond between you and your pet.

We hope that these tips will help make the moving process go smoother. If you need someone to watch your dog while you move, always remember that the Barking Lot is here to help!

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