Moving into a new home can be stressful for both pets and their owners. Between packing and moving all of the furniture in and out, it definitely proves to be a task on its own. However, moving doesn’t only affect us, but our dogs as well.
Dogs like being familiarized with their surroundings, as they have grown accustomed to it and know it entirely. Suddenly making a big chance to his routine, such as a new home, can definitely produce anxiety and confusion to your dog. Keep in the mind the following things to prevent and minimize stress for your dog when moving:
1) Try to maintain his routine as much as possible
Your dog will already feel somewhat upset throughout the moving process due to unfamiliarity, which is why you should try to stick with his regular routine, such as usual mealtimes and exercise schedules. This will help him feel a little more at ease and comfortable with the whole situation.
2) Keep his favorite toys and belongings around
Similarly to minting his usual routine, keeping his things nearby will make him feel more relaxed and at home. Simply having these items around, which may include everything from favorite toys and blankets to crates, will not only remind him of his home, but will also carry the scent of it.
3) Keep your dog out of the moving process
Living in a new place will be hard to get used to as it is, so getting your dog involved in the whole moving and transporting process. Your dog will not understand the situation and will likely be stressed by seeing all of the items he’s familiarized with being taken away.
4) Be patient
Changes in environment and surroundings will likely take some time to get adjusted to, so maintain an open mind and remind yourself to be patient throughout the process. Your dog will need to grow comfortable and accustomed to a new home, specially if the change is a major one, such as from a big yard to a small apartment or suburbs to the busy city. If your dog doesn’t seem to get acclimated by an extend period of time, consult with a certified specialist.