Moving with your Dog: 5 Ways to Help Dogs Adjust to a New Home

By | June 15, 2018

We all know that moving to a new place can be a stressful task for us. But our pets also face a lot of difficulties when these transitions occur. As humans, pets can also get accustomed to their environment and can become quite resistant to change. As they can’t express their emotions as humans do, they should be provided with extra care and attention if you have to move to a different place. Here are 5 ways that can help you ease your dog’s transition to a new home.

Maintaining Old Routine

As humans, dogs don’t have the habit of looking at a clock to complete their work. They have a biological clock which they’re accustomed to and it demands fulfillment of certain needs at that particular time. So, it might be a cumbersome task for you to manage your new home and your puppy, but try and maintain the old routine that your dog is accustomed to. This will help him feel secure in a sense where he will feel change only in terms of the new environment and not in terms of routine.

Bring Favorites

You might be quite excited to buy your dog new bedding or new toys to use in your new house, but this might not be the best idea. Instead, you can bring your dog’s old bedding, toys, crate, water dishes and other familiar items and put them in same places as they were in your old home. Favorites can help your pet feel in control and at home more quickly.

 Minimize Anxiety

Some pets might love to be around you while you move from one place to another while others might like to stay in their bed or in a crate, away from all this madness. You can also ask help from a friend who is willing to look after your dog when you are busy setting up your new home. It’s best that you make this decision for your dog, depending on what type of pet you have and how they might react to these situations.

Keep Them Safe

Moving to a new place might keep you busy for a few days. If your dog is anxious he might get in your way and hurt himself. They might even run away to someplace if you don’t pay proper attention. You can avoid these situations by giving your dog a safe place to stay. You can also tie a collar with all the necessary information that would be required if your pet gets lost in the new neighborhood.

Be Patient

Different breeds of dogs react differently when you move to a new place. You have to be very patient while your dog settles in their new environment. Depending on the dog he might take a week, or a few weeks or months to settle in your new house. Don’t lose your patience and get angry or hit your dog if they commit mistakes in the initial days after your transition. Remember, your patience and love is the key to help your dog settle quickly in their new home.

It is better to give your dog some space to settle in the new environment. It’s not fair to expect perfection from the beginning. So, love and cuddle your pet as much as you can, take them on long walks so that they get familiar with your new neighborhood. Follow the above-mentioned ways and you will see how easily your dog settles into your new house.