Moving can be stressful for every member of the family, including your dog. Taking some simple steps before and during the move can help your canine friend settle in and feel comfortable in your new home.
Maintain Your Dog’s Routine
Dogs are creatures of habit. Knowing what to expect makes them feel safe. Moving will bring a lot of changes, but keeping the daily routine as consistent as possible, both before and after the move, will help your dog stay calm.
Let Your Dog Explore the New Neighborhood
If you’re going to be moving to a house nearby, consider taking your dog on one or more walks around the new neighborhood before you move. That will help your dog get used to the sights, sounds, and smells so the area will feel familiar when you finally move there.
Create a Safe Space
Your house will probably become chaotic while you’re in the process of packing things up. Set aside a space in a relatively quiet area where your dog can relax with some favorite toys while you prepare for the move.
Find Someone to Take Care of Your Dog on Moving Day
Don’t have your dog around while you’re moving from one house to another. The chaos and confusion would overwhelm and frighten your pet. See if a family member or friend can take care of your dog. If that’s not possible, find a pet sitter or doggie day care to look after your pet for the day.
Let Your Dog Explore the New House
Once you have transported your belongings to your new home and settled in a bit, allow your canine companion to do some exploring. Your dog may be eager to check out every inch of the new house, or he or she may be frightened and may want to hide. Be positive and upbeat and offer petting, praise, and treats, but don’t try to rush the process. If your new house has a yard, let your dog run around and play a game of fetch to blow off steam and begin to feel at home.
When you bring your dog to the new house, make sure that his or her bed and favorite toys are waiting. Seeing those objects, as well as food and water bowls and other things that are familiar, will help your dog feel at home and make a smooth transition.
Keep Your Dog Safe
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