2 Tips For Easing Your Dog's Transition To Your New Home After Moving

Posted on: 25 July 2016

When moving to a new home in town with your dog, you may want to make the move as comfortable for your pooch as possible. Since even the smallest changes in your dog's routine or environment could lead to behavioral changes, you may want to try one or both of the following tips to ease its transition to your new home.

Keep To Your Dog's Routine As Much As Possible

One thing you want to try to do is to keep with your dog's routine as much as possible. If this is not done, your dog may act out in protest of the new changes. It may decide to tear up clothes or shoes that it would never have touched otherwise in an attempt to get your attention and to try to show you how frustrated it is.

For example, if your morning routine includes taking your dog for a walk at six o'clock in the morning, followed by breakfast when you return, continue to do so. Although dogs cannot tell time the way you do, they still have an internal clock that lets them know it's time for their favorite activities or feedings.

Also, try to stick to as close to the same bedtime as possible. Even though you may have a lot of unpacking and sorting to do, staying close to your and your dog's bedtime can help keep your furry child from becoming wired at night, leading it to destructive behavior after you do finally go to sleep.

Surround Your Furry Friend With Familiar Items

Another way to help make the move easier for your dog is to surround it with familiar items. Having these things around can help make your dog feel at home in a strange place. And if you have a male dog, the scents of your old home may help keep it from hiking and marking its territory to hide the new, strange smells.

Before you move, place your dog's favorite toys, blankets, or any other items it loves in a separate box or bag. Before you bring your dog into your new home, place these items in the living areas. When it enters the various rooms, your dog will recognize its possessions, helping to combat any feelings of unfamiliarity or uncertainty with the strange environment.

Following the tips above can help your dog transition to your new home with minimal discomfort leading to changes in its behavior. If you need further tips or advice about moving with your furball, you may want to speak with your local moving companies for more ideas.