Article by Cindy Aldridge
Let’s face it, moving is stressful! Despite the joys that come along with moving to a new, beautiful home, the hassle that comes along with it can be exhausting. It’s important to remember that this adjustment period isn’t just difficult for your two-legged family members; it’s hard on your pup as well.
From moving day, to easing his transition and making his new home safe, let’s look at some ways you can work to make sure your dog is as comfortable as possible in his new home.
Make Moving Day Stress Free
According to the ASPCA, there are some important things that you can do to make moving day more comfortable for your dog:
- Bring moving boxes into the home well in advance of move day.
- Keep your dog in his favorite room and plan to pack it last.
- Make sure he gets plenty of exercise and mental stimulation during this time.
- Nerves can lead to runaway dogs on moving day, so be sure to keep your pet in a safely secured room, or better yet, leave him with a family member or friend. Hire a pet sitter if necessary (most sitters charge between $14 and $19 an hour).
- If your pet is normally anxious, you may consider using a DAP (dog-appeasing pheromone) which will reduce stress and anxiety.
Making Your Pup Feel at Home
New sights, sounds, and smells can all lead to some anxious moments for your canine, as dogs are by nature territorial animals. This means that moving to new surroundings can present significant stressors. There are some things you can do to ease that transition:
- Stick to your typical routine for feeding, exercise, playtime, and bedtime.
- If your dog had a doggie door at your old place, make sure to install one at your new home.
- As tempting as it might be to spoil your pet with a new bed or treats, now won’t be a good time to do that. Before bringing him into his new home, make sure you have some of his go-to favorites already in place, such as bedding, toys, and food and water dishes.
- Be prepared for changes in behavior as you relocate to your new setting. This may include changing eating and bathroom habits, more barking, or new protection behaviors. If these new behaviors persist, seek advice from your veterinarian.
- Give extra attention whenever time allows. Making your pet feel more loved while he is feeling anxious is a great way to make him feel more settled in his new unfamiliar surroundings.
Make Your New Home Safe
Each year over 100,000 pets are poisoned in their very own homes. This comes in the form of sugar-free gum, antifreeze, their owner’s medication, and even flea and tick treatments. When you’re setting up your new home, here are some things you should consider:
- Get covers for your electrical outlets and power-strip cords.
- Secure cabinets with childproof locks.
- If kitchen trash cans aren’t behind a closed pantry door, make sure the trash can has a locking lid.
- Lock your toilet lid to prevent a small pup from drowning.
- Secure the yard with a wooden fence. According to HomeAdvisor, it costs between $1,566 and $3,900 to install a wood fence in Apex.
- Make sure all toxic chemicals, medications, cleaners, etc., are kept up high on out-of-reach shelves.
- Keep small toys, game pieces, and other choking hazards safely stored.
- Make sure any household plants are not toxic.
- Keep electrical cords and phone wires covered.
Your canine friend has likely provided you with years of unconditional love. Now is the time to show him your love in return. Take the time during your move to make sure that he is well cared for. Moving won’t just be stressful for you, but for him as well. Make the most of it with some careful preparations that will help ensure everyone enjoys your new home.