After spending too much time viewing houses and going through the closing process, it’s finally done. Your new home is officially yours! It’s time to start packing things up, hire movers, and update your mailing address.
But what about your dog? Your furry friend won’t understand why they’re moving. This can lead to some anxiety and behavior problems, but thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help the situation. You can start before you even load up the moving truck.
Before You Move
Helping your dog transition well into the new home take some planning. Even though packing is an exhausting and complicated process, there are a few things you need to do for your pet. The Animal Rescue League notes that you should get all the supplies your dog’s needs, such as extra food and any prescriptions. How motivated will you be to go shopping on moving day?
You also need to talk to your family about the need for routine. Dogs prefer predictability because it’s safer. When their routine gets disrupted as much as moving can do, it’s no wonder dogs display negative behavior during this time. Get everyone to work together and keep with a routine before and after the move. For example, if you used to feed your dog when you eat, do the same even on moving day.
Arriving At The New Place
When it’s time to bring your dog into your new home, you really need to be there for your furry friend. They will likely get very excited at first, but as the days pass, your dog will get very confused why you’re not at the old place.
Cesar’s Way explains that one of the best ways you can help your dog is to remain calm. While that may be hard on moving day, remember that your dog looks to you for comfort and stability. If you’re clearly upset, your dog will get that — and they’ll get upset in turn. In addition, adding some extra walks would be good for both of your moods.
The first day in the new home is crucial, and you cannot just ignore your dog even though there’s a lot to get done. To help your dog acclimate to the new place, take your dog to the bathroom as soon as you arrive. Then bring them inside and take a tour together. Although you have to unpack, you’ll want to spend extra time playing with your dog. This helps them feel safe and secure in the new place.
Pet-Proofing Your Yard
One of the benefits of owning your home is having a backyard for your dog. Not only can they do their business out there, it’s a great place for your dog to run around in. Before you can do that, however, you need to pet-proof your yard.
Take a walk around the fence (both inside and out) and thoroughly inspect it. Look for any gaps, remembering that dogs can often squeeze through spaces that look way too small. If your fence is in serious disrepair, you may have to replace it. Home Advisor explains that building a fence costs approximately $2,718 for the average installation.
Happy Dog Means Happy Owner
Moving is already a stressful process, but it can be improved when you take care of your dog. By sticking to a routine, keeping calm, and pet-proofing your yard, you can help your pet acclimate quickly to the new place. And when the dog feels comfortable there, so will you.
Post By: Cindy Aldridge of Our Dog Friends