Are you planning a move soon, but are worried about your furry friend? Here are a few tips to help you make the move as seamless and stress-free as possible, for both you and your dog!
Moving with Your Dog to a New Home
Moving to a new home can be an exciting occasion, but while you’re happily planning color schemes and considering decor, your dog may be less than enthused over the disruption to his cherished comfort zone.
Many dogs thrive on repetition, routine and regularity.
They love their favorite spots around the house–the sunny patch near the south window, the window seat in the guest bedroom and the cozy spot next to the sofa in the living room.
They also love the comfort that comes from knowing where everything is, including their food and water bowls, comfy bed, and favorite toys.
From a dog’s perspective, moving to a new home can be an unexpected jolt to the predictable regularity of daily life, but you can ease this potentially stressful transition period for your pet.
Provide Attention and Exercise
Amidst all of the hustle-bustle of getting settled in your new home, you might find that you’re temporarily paying less attention to your dog, but don’t underestimate the importance of spending time with him during this stressful transition.
Take time to play with him, go for walks or visit a neighborhood park. Dogs love attention from their pet parents at any time, but your presence will be an especially reassuring sign of stability if he’s feeling anxious in your new home.
Exercise will also help tire your pet out and expend energy that may be otherwise used to get into things that he shouldn’t, like moving boxes.
Giving your pet extra love and attention will help remove stress related to your move!
Take Things Slow
Everything in your new home is foreign to your dog, and it will take time for him to learn all of the new sights, sounds and smells.
Start off by introducing your dog to a single room–one that is outfitted with all of his essential needs: food, water, a bed and his favorite toys–and let him become accustomed to the new room without giving him free rein of the entire house all at once.
You can expand his territory and allow him in additional rooms as he becomes relaxed and adapted to his new surroundings.
Just like with us humans, creating a safe space for your pet in your new home is important! You want them to feel like they belong there too, after all.
Play it Safe
Your pet’s safety is paramount, so take steps to ensure that he’s safe and comfortable during the moving process. Moving day–with boxes, open doors, moving vans and extra people–can be stressful for your dog, not to mention potentially unsafe.
Keep your pet in a quiet room, away from the commotion, or take him to a friend’s house or board him for the day. After you move into your new home, take your dog outside and carefully allow him to investigate your new backyard while on a leash.
At this point, he isn’t used to his new surroundings and could be at increased risk of getting lost if he were to wander off. Check your yard for anything that could pose a danger to your dog–including pesticides, tools or ways to escape.
It’s important that you check your new home, inside and out, to make sure there aren’t any ways for your pet to escape or get hurt. We love our pets and want them to be safe and sound, especially with all the changes that come about with moving!
Traveling presents its own set of challenges, so if the move to your new home involves long-distance travel, you’ll want to carefully prepare your dog ahead of time.
Get him used to his travel carrier or crate, take him for short rides in the car and, as always, he should have up-to-date ID tags on his collar. If your dog hasn’t been microchipped yet, now would be a great time.
Want to read more? — Moving with Your Dog to a New Home – Pet Talk Place
Have you moved with a pet before? What do you find works best to get your four-legged friend comfortable in your new home quickly? Leave a comment below!