Moving home can be such a stressful time for everyone in the household. This doesn’t just involve the adults and the kids, but the dogs too.
When moving home with a dog it is no surprise that canines can feel all kinds of emotions when things are changing around them, or even just because we, their pack leaders, are stressed.
If you are moving, you have to be extra aware of how your dog is feeling about the process. The more aware you are of the signs that your dog is stressed, the easier it will be to help them feel less stressed, and ultimately help them settle with the change. There are also lots of things you can do to help your dog adjust well. In this two part guide we can help you understand how to ensure your dog is as calm and comfortable during the moving process as possible.
Signs Your Dog Is Stressed
- Lip licking
- Excessive yawning
- Excessive grooming
- Ears pinned back
- Paw raising
- Tail between legs
You may know your dog so well you know they just ‘aren’t right’.
There are plenty of things you can do to help your dog feel less stressed. However, it is important to seek medical help if you suspect it may be a medical problem they are having, rather than an emotional one.
How To Help Your Dog Manage Moving Home
Move Your Belongings Out Gradually
It can help to have somewhere to move your things to slowly so that your dog isn’t suddenly faced with an empty home. A cheap self storage unit can be a great place to temporarily place your things in as you move house, helping your dog to get used to the idea that things are changing.
By keeping the unit you can slowly move things into your new home as the dog gets used to that setting too. Some dogs do better with slow, gentle changes this way.
Try Not To Buy Lots Of New Things For The New Place Right Away
New things in a new home can be overwhelming for your dog. It can be stressful for them as there is so much that is unfamiliar.
If you can stop buying new things for a little while at least, the dog can feel settled in their new surroundings first.
Don’t Replace The Dogs Regular Things
The dogs blankets, bed, bowls and other accessories might be something you want to replace for your new home. It is important not to do this right away as these are your dogs ‘security’ items. The familiar items will be a comfort to him or her in your new home.
Keep To The Dogs Usual Routines
Dogs love their routines and they have enough change to cope with, without having a disruption to the order of their day. Continue to feed them at the same time, walk them at the same time and even stick to special treat times or play times if you have them. The more of the routine that is familiar, the more secure your dog will feel.
Hopefully, part one of this guide has already given you some useful ideas for moving your dog successfully to a new home. Join us in part two for more handy tips aimed at ensuring the whole family, including the furry members, settle in to a new place just fine.