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Article courtesy of Cindy at Dog-Friends
Making a move to a new home can be difficult on everyone in the family, including your pets. Adjusting to so much change can be hard even on the most easygoing of dogs, but if your pup’s already a bit anxious, it can be overwhelming for him. This can bring on a lot of stress for both of you, so it’s important to make sure you can find ways to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.
Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to help your dog get used to the idea moving. Having a plan in place for the weeks leading up to the big day is the first step, so sit down with your family and go over what will need to happen to ensure a successful and stress-free move so that everyone is on the same page.
Here are a few tips on how to move while keep your dog safe and happy at the same time.
Dogs are smart creatures, and when they see boxes and packing materials sitting out, they know something’s up. Try to keep the packing limited to one or two rooms until the last few days before the move, and leave your dog’s belongings out as long as you can. It’s also a good idea to keep to the same routines as much as possible, so try not to change up your dog’s diet and exercise routine.
Keep his things
You may be tempted to buy all new things for your pet to go with your new home, but it’s best to let him keep his favorite toys and bedding for a little while in order to ease him into the transition. It’s also a good idea to put his food and water dishes, leash, and bed in a place that’s similar to where they were in the old house to reduce confusion, especially if your dog is older.
Install a fence
If your new home doesn’t have fencing, consider installing a fence to keep your dog safe while he’s outside. Not only will a good fence allow your dog to enjoy his outdoor time in peace, it will keep him from slipping away if he spies another dog. HomeAdvisor states that the average price to install a wood fence is between $1,281 and $2,737.
Introduce him to the neighbors
If possible, take your dog to the new home before the move and let him run around the property and get used to the new smells. If the neighbors are home, introduce him and try to get a feel for their thoughts on having a new dog next door. If they’re animal people, great! If not, it will be extra important to make sure your pup minds his manners when he’s outside.
Pet-proof the new home
A new home comes with new places to explore, so make it a point to go through both the exterior and interior to make sure everything is safe for your pup. Check your yard to make sure there are no poisonous plants, look for exposed wiring or carpeting that has frayed edges that can be chewed on, and watch for anything else that might harm your dog.
Help him adapt
Even weeks after a move, it can be hard for some dogs to adapt to a new place. If he previously used a crate, it can help him adjust to the new home by giving him a safe, familiar place to retreat to when he feels overwhelmed.
It’s also important to make sure you give your dog lots of love and attention during this time. Moving to an unfamiliar place can cause anxiety and fear in dogs, especially if they were rescued, and sometimes they need a little extra care until they can get used to the change.