Moving house is not just stressful for humans, but your dog too. An animal is even more of a creature of habit than us as they are most comfortable in stable, secure environments, so the way we treat our pets when moving is a big priority. They need to feel as calm and relaxed as possible when changing environments, and here we give you a few tips on how to do that. Remember, the more planning you do, the easier and less stressful the entire transition will be for both you and your dog.
Dogs, like all pets, appreciate routines, so try to keep these as normal as possible. Keep to the same time they usually have walks and dinner, so a part of their life stays regular and stable. If your routine has to alter after the move, make sure you get your dog used to the new routine before moving, to reduce stress. When you know your new address, buy new pet tags and alter the changes on the microchip if you dog has one.
Walk Your Dog in the New Area
This might not be possible if you’re moving across the country or even further. However, if your new address isn’t far away, it’s always a good idea to introduce your dog to the new area before moving. This gives them a chance to get a feel for the new surroundings and smells.
Stay Calm for Your Dog
Dogs are very perceptive creatures; when you’re anxious or frightened, they will pick up on your mood. Keep calm and it will help your dog keep calm too. Offer lots of affection for your dog to help soothe them.
Keep Them in Sight
If you’re taking your dog out after your move, always keep them on a lead. Don’t let them out of your sight just in case they try to escape and return home. Check the outdoor area of your house for any holes in the fences or escape routes that they could find!
Make it Homely For Them
It’s a good idea to only introduce your dog to your new home when furniture that they are familiar with is in place, so they don’t feel so disorientated. Take everything nice and slow, and introduce them to the new house room by room. Put their bed in whichever room you designate to them, so that they have their own familiar part of home with them, and put down some food and water.
Take some calming remedies with you to the new house, just in case they become frightened. Try a lavender spray for its calming elements, or Rescue Remedy if your pet gets very nervous. These both come in spray form, but the spray noise has been known to unnerve pets, so try spraying the lavender wherever your dog’s bed is to help them keep calm.