Relocating to a new home is difficult enough for a human, but it can be an extremely trying experience for a dog. They have no idea where they are going, why everything looks different, smells different, or why the ball they buried in the yard is no longer there. Also, they have no concept of why everything appears different.
Even while dogs, on average, are better at adapting to new circumstances and habitats than cats are, it is still a significant disruption for dogs. It needs to be managed properly to reduce the amount of stress it causes in dogs.
In this article, we will discuss ways you may ease your dog’s transition into their new home and help them feel more at ease there.
Talk to your dog
Because you are a dog owner, you know this is not quite as ridiculous as it may sound. Even though your dog has no idea what you are talking about, they can recognise in which tone you are speaking to them. They will get strained and anxious if you talk to them tensely and nervously. On the other hand, if you act excited about something, they will become excited about that item. If you speak quietly and gently, people will become calm and relaxed.
Maintain as much semblance as possible of their regular regimen.
Do not vary from their typical schedule if at all possible. Nonetheless, it is understandable that there will be occasions when this cannot be done. Dogs tend to be creatures of routine. They are aware of when it is time to get up and go for a walk; when it is time to eat or snuggle up in their luxury dog beds, and when it is time to pee. If you maintain consistency in this regard, there will be one fewer item for them to be perplexed and worried about.
Consider travel plans
One of the most stressful aspects of the process for a dog is the trip to its new home. If you are only moving a few blocks away, it is not a big deal; however, if you are moving to a different city, state, or even a different country, you need to think about the calmest and kindest way of getting your pet there. If you are just moving a couple of blocks away, it is not a big deal. It is possible that riding in a car with them for an extended period of time will be too taxing for both of you, and on top of that, they will prevent you from transporting luggage in your vehicle and demand a number of breaks. In situations like these, the assistance of a professional pet shipping service can be really helpful. They will take over for you and have experience in calming animals throughout transportation, regardless of the distance being travelled.
Give them things that are familiar to them.
It may be tempting to take advantage of the opportunity presented by your move to replace those old, worn-out food and water bowls with gleaming new bowls or to finally get rid of that ragged old bear that your dog has sucked and chewed on to the point where it has lost an inch of its life. However, resist the urge to do so. Nevertheless, it is not the appropriate time to act. Your dog already has a lot of new experiences and challenges to overcome. Permit them to take comfort in the things familiar to them and that they enjoy doing.
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