Dogs are creatures of habit, so moving to a new home can be stressful. However, it does not necessarily have to be full of drama. Here are some steps to take when moving your entire family to a new home.
Before The Move
- Ensure that your dog is up to date on their shots.
- Update Fido’s ID tag if necessary. Also, contact the microchipping company (if this applies) to ensure they have your new address.
- Get the numbers for 24-hour and regular veterinarians in your new city (if this applies). Also, make sure you have all numbers for your current vet. Program all of these numbers into your cell phone.
Try To Manage Routines And Your Energy
If you are acting fearful, nervous, and frazzled, Rover will pick up on this and take on these emotions. Do everything you can to be calm and confident during the move.
Before and during the move, keep walk and mealtimes consistent. This ensures your dog’s continued emotional and physical well-being.
Introducing Your Dog’s New Home
- Immediately create a safe and secure space with their bed as well as any beloved toys or blankets.
- Make sure all doors and windows are closed to avoid any escape attempts. Your pooch may become disoriented and want to find their old home.
- If possible, keep most or all of the human furniture to which your furry friend has become accustomed. Too much change will exacerbate any disorientation.
Continuing The Process
Your dog will likely be eager to explore their new home and there’s usually no need to discourage this. You can even make it fun by hiding small treats or a bit of kibble in different places in your new home.
Try to avoid having too many visitors during those first days and weeks in your new home. It’s important to keep Fido as emotionally and physically secure as possible.
Above all, be patient and understanding. While there’s no need to put everything about your life on hold after you move, know that your dog may experience separation anxiety. If symptoms seem serious, consult with your local veterinarian.