Moving house can be rough, especially with a pup around. Not only for you with organising everything and making sure nothing gets left behind. But also, for your fluffy four-legged friend.
Dogs can sense when a big change is about to happen. Plus, what could be bigger than going to a new home? Nothing for them.
Therefore, you would want to make the move for them (and yourself) as easy and smooth as possible. Luckily, the Best Move Company team has a few tips to do the trick.
Tip 1: Prepare Your Dog for The Move
Preparing your dog for the big move should happen a week before the event happens.
This will give them time to get used to it without overwhelming them and freaking them out. Changes in routine may cause dogs anxiety which is, obviously, something you would want to avoid.
Therefore, place packing boxes around the house.
Do not make a big deal about this setup and allow your dog to sniff around them and explore.
You may even throw in a few treats for them to find among the boxes or as a reward when you see them exploring. This can give them a positive connection to the boxes and therefore the move itself.
You should also set-up a safe space for them that will be away from the chaos of moving day where they can relax and not get overwhelmed.
When you pack up the house, try to keep the pet’s routine as much as possible. When you feed them, when you walk them, etc. You should also take them for a walk in the new neighbourhood. This is so they can experience the smells, sights, and sounds before they move in.
However, when you take them for this walk, make sure they are on their leash regardless of how well-trained they are. Dogs can run away and go missing in new locations.
If you are, currently, dealing with the unfortunate event of a missing pet you can contact local organisations to help. According to experts Pawmaw.com, seeking help to let others know that your beloved pup is missing can make a difference in over 60% of cases.
Tip 2: On The Day
Moving day will be busy and stressful so you may have to get a temporary dog watcher to make sure your pet is calm when the rush of boxes fly out of the door. We should keep them in their safe space for as long as possible or until you are finally ready to go. You may also want to make sure they have their favourite toys with them in the old house, move them (with the dog) to the car, and then to the new property.
When you arrive at your new house make sure that they get a chance to explore it. You may also take them for a walk around the area as a way to introduce them (and yourself) to the new location. But make sure that they have another safe space just for them where they can eat, and sleep in the new home. This will give them a positive experience as well as help them to remain calm.
Tip 3: After You, Both Move-In
Your dog may feel some anxiety and that is okay for the beginning. Show them love and patience as they get used to the new surroundings. But, make sure that they do not sense that you are worried about them since this could make it worst.
Establish their routine as soon as possible so that they can get used to it. You should also make sure that you take them for their walks regularly as this is good physical exercise and a chance for them to get to know the place.
How To Tell If Your Dog Has Anxiety
After you have relocated to your new house you should keep a close eye on your pet for signs of anxiety. Some animals may take longer to get used to a new space and anxiety could come about because of the huge change they have just experienced. The tales that your dog could have anxiety could be:
- Their tail is tucked and not up
- They shake
- They hide a lot
- They seem to lack energy
- They want to escape
- They lick more often
If you notice that your dog is showing the above symptoms then you should ask a vet for advice on what you can do to ease their anxiety. However, spending more time with them can help. The vet may suggest that you give them Alprazolam or Diazepam. These are pills that should be able to calm your pet down. Therefore, reducing their anxiety.
There are also other products that you could try such as a calming collar or a Thundershirt. Plus, there are also CBD treats. These are made from cannabis (without the harmful THC in them). However, sometimes the best thing you can do is give them time.
Humans and dogs can take between 20 and 40 days to get used to new surroundings, and a slightly new routine. While you should try to keep close to their old routine as much as possible changes do happen since it is a new area. The smells, sights, and sounds are different which is what the dog needs to get used to.
Moving is tough but with the above steps, it should be less so on your dog. But, keep an eye on them to show that you care and that they do not get too freaked out. Try to spend as much time as you can with your pet in the new house. This will give them a sense of comfort knowing that while the location is different you are still the same owner. You can also try to make them go on walks and do more exercise to reduce their stress. Hopefully, they will begin to love their new home as much as you will soon.