Moving is a particularly stressful time for pet. The new smells, home floor plan, and other unknowns can make your pet feel uneasy, and even anxious, until they’ve had time to let it all soak in.
As a result of stress and anxiety, it isn’t uncommon for pets to experience a host of problems like forgetting their toilet training, having incontinence issues, diarrhea, or misbehaving.
If you’re moving house, here are some steps you should take to ease your dog’s transition.
1. Be patient
Give your dog time to explore the new place. They’ll probably want to hide away for a while. This is normal since the environment is very new to them. Just make sure they know where their food and water is.
2. Replace dog tags
There’s a chance your dog might run out of your new home. Make sure that their tags are replaced with your new contact information, and don’t forget to update their microchip information. When roaming in your yard, you want to keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t wander away.
3. Have a routine
As soon as you’re in your new home, set some things up right away so your dog is able to get into a new routine. Place their feeder in a similar location as your old home and feed them at the same times everyday. Arrange their beds, crates, and toys the same way so it still feels familiar to them.
Also, don’t forget to walk them regularly. It’s going to be a change of scenery for them, but it’s a great way to get acquainted with the neighborhood. The quicker you can get them into a routine, the better your dog is able to adjust in the new place.
4. Keep doggy comforts close
A new home to you may mean buying new toys for your dog and replacing his old blankets. However, this is not the time to introduce him to new items. You want his items to smell familiar to him. Keep his old favorites so he’ll quickly feel more at home. You’ll want to put these items in one box so you can easily access them if needed.
5. Use up that energy
Walks are not just great for maintaining a routine, it also helps your dog to use up that extra energy that might be making their anxiety worse. Go for longer walks than usual. If you can squeeze it in your schedule, spend some extra play time with them at home.
6. Find a veterinarian
Research veterinarians near your area. You may ask your new neighbors for recommendations. Once you do, take your dog in for a checkup. You can use your dog insurance to visit the vet in case of an emergency. In any case that it happens, your dog will be at ease since they’re already familiar with the vet.
7. Stay at home
Avoid going out on your first few days in the new home. Your dog wants to be close to you during this uncomfortable time. Give them some extra love. This will go a long way in making them feel at home.
You can train your dog to be left alone but you have to do it gradually. Start with just a few minutes and go up from there. If you must absolutely go out, have a friend or family member that you trust watch over your dog for you.
8. Try anti-anxiety meds
If none of the above steps work, your dog may need anxiety medication. This is required especially if they are prone to anxiety. Before your move, ask your vet for a prescription in case your dog requires it. It’ll take the edge off the move and allow them to relax.
In Conclusion, with a little bit of planning and patience, you’ll have your dog feeling at ease in your new home in just a few weeks.
Kristina Marshall is a stay-at-home blogger and proud owner of an adopted rescue dog named Korra. Having written for many online publications, Kristina is now focusing her time on helping animal shelters and rescue operations.