Oh, the excitement! You just got the keys to your new house. All you can think about is what colors to paint the walls, where you’re going to put what furniture and how amazing it’s going to feel to get settled in. But you might not have given much thought as to how your dog will feel about all of this. Follow these tips for making your little buddy, Fido, feel safe and secure during the transition to his new home.
Pack up slowly
Don’t wait until the last second to pack. If your dog stresses out at the sight of suitcases, he is even more likely so stress out if he sees you suddenly packing up all of your belongings into boxes. Start the process of decluttering and packing up some of the items you won’t need for a while as early as you can. If you slowly pack things up, your dog is less likely to stress out about the changes, since they will be gradual.
Don’t alter his routine
Since dogs are truly creatures of habit, you shouldn’t alter Fido’s routine during this transitional period. If he sees the boxes gathering andyou’re feeding him in a different room or at a different time, he is more likely to start worrying. Try as best as you can to feed him, play with him, walk him and love on him as you usually do. Continue to do these things the same way once you move in to the new house at least until he’s settled in.
Prepare the new house ahead of his arrival
You will definitely need to prepare the new house ahead of your dog’s arrival. Don’t wait until you’ve already moved in to make sure the house is safe for him. You don’t want him to get lost or hurt during the commotion of the move. If there isn’t already a fence around your backyard, having one installed is an absolute necessity. It costson average $2,670 to have one installed, and it will certainly be worth it because it will allow your dog to make good use of all of that open space without the danger of him getting lost.
Also, install any doggy safety gates that you might need in and outside of the house to keep him secure. You might want to hold off on installing a doggy doorbecause you might not want to give him the freedom of going in and out of the house just yet. Wait until he has adjusted to his new home.
Keep him safe and relaxed on moving day
Once you and the movers are on your way to the new house on moving day, have all of Fido’s things, such as food, bowls, bed, kennel and toys, ready to be placed in a special room reserved just for him. Have someone run in and arrange all of these items exactly as they were set up in your old house. When he enters the foreign house and immediately sees and smellsfamiliar things, he will feel comforted and hopefully relaxed.
On moving day, and also during the transition period, make sure you supervise him closely when you take him outside. Keep him on a leash, and make sure all of his tags are up-to-date. You don’t want him getting scared and running away. In preparation for the worst, work on getting his “come” commandas strong as possible.
Think about how your dog behaves when he is stressed. Now picture him acting that way on moving day and for weeks after the move. You definitely want your dog calm and collected during the transition to your new house. Leading up to the move, pack your things slowly and keep his routine the same. Prepare the new house by installing a fence and any doggie doors ahead of time. Set up a room for him in the new house with all of his necessities in it for moving day. A little planning can go a long way to making Fido feel safe and secure in his new home in no time.
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