Sunday, May 16, 2021

How to Make Your Dog Comfortable in a New Home



Buying a new home comes with a short-lived excitement when you start thinking about packing, marking boxes, and the entire moving process. It is a stressful moment not just for you but your dog—who was already used to their old home. Moving with a dog from one home to another requires thoughtful preparation as the change could make them feel insecure and anxious. Part of the planning should involve keeping their custom dog kennels, setting a place for them immediately, and keeping their old routine as soon as they enter the new home. Here are a few tips to help you make your dog feel comfortable in your new home.

Get them to continue with their old routine.
All the changes associated with moving to a new home can be stressful for your furry-feathered friend, and the least you can do is keep their old routine. The fundamental aspect of sleeping in a massive bed in a different space, walking around a new living room, or dealing with an extremely large or tiny compound is not something your dog will be happy about. Therefore, consider maintaining the same general routine to get them settled faster. For instance, keep feeding hours the same, walking or exercise time the same, and bedtime the same. If you have to change several things may be due to work or other commitments, try to keep most of the old routines.

Give lots of attention, care, and love.
Your dog needs you more than anything else during this stressful period. Instead of worrying about mix-ups with the packing boxes, spend more time with your dog. Be more generous with your affection and use encouraging, caring, and comforting words. Take a couple of minutes to give your dog belly rubs and toss their favorite toys around.


Set up their space right away.
Your first step into helping your dog cope with the new change is setting up space for them and showing them immediately they enter the new house. Prepare their bed, blankets, toys, food, and water bowls where you want them to be in the new home. If you bought or ordered a customized dog kennel for your pup, be sure to use their bedding and other items that smell familiar. It is not recommended changing everything at the same time. If you have to decorate their new room, add furniture or change their bedding, wait for a couple of weeks for your dog to get used to the new home.

Allow them to exercise.
Just like us, dogs feel better when they exercise. The last thing you want is to have your already anxious dog release all their energy on you, your family, or other pets in the house. Keep their exercise time the same and don’t introduce new things yet. Just keep the old games and if you have a bigger backyard, allow your dog to run and jump all over to get used to the new space. Don’t forget to explore the neighborhood and allow your dog to meet and make new friends.

Be patient.
The best way to help your dog transition successfully in your new home is being more compassionate and patient with them. It’s not going to be easy for any of you, and once in a while, you may have to deal with aggression, separation anxiety, and excessive barking. They also might pee at the wrong places due to confusion. Realize they’re having a difficult time, and always keep your tone low and train them patiently. All will be well.




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