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Ease the Transition
Dogs are territorial animals that naturally become attached and protective of their surroundings.
When moving houses, your dog can become disoriented and stressed. He sees the world he knows changing before his eyes. Understanding this can help you ease your dog through a better transition and avoid unnecessary anxiety or health problems.
According to the Humane Society, moving to a new home can precipitate separation anxiety, which can prompt dogs to escape or run away. Assess your dog’s tendencies and personality when inspecting the new yard and property. You might need to make adjustments to ensure your pet’s safety.
Before leaving your dog alone in the new yard, carefully survey the premises for any hazards or trouble spots where your dog might find an escape route. If they feel lost or get bored and lonely, dogs can jump or dig in order to escape. To better safeguard your dog, consider:
● Is your dog a jumper?
● Does your dog like to dig?
● Can he fit through railings in your fence?
● Is there anything around that might help him jump out?
A safe and well-installed fence in your new property can give you peace of mind and eliminate your dog’s chances of escape. A typical fence installation will be priced around $2,670. It is a worthwhile investment, as it ensures your dog’s safe confinement within your property. It also helps you avoid those worrisome drives around the neighborhood calling his name.
Keeping the Stress Level Down
In addition to keeping your dog safe in the new property, there are ways to mitigate the stress he might experience from his changing environment.
Keep routines. If possible, once in the new home, try to maintain similar walking/exercise schedules and feeding routines. As The Spruce suggests, this structure will help with the transition and avoid creating more confusion.
Bring his old toys.
While you might be tempted to buy all new stuff for your pooch, the familiar smells of his most beloved toys and blankets will keep him cool and collected.
Step up the love. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the moving process and neglect those extra minutes of attention. During and after the move, give him a little extra affection. One of the best things you can do, says The Bark magazine, is to commit to some quality time with your dog every day despite your busy moving schedule.
Spot the Stress
Even taking all of these precautions, your dog may still experience some level of stress and anxiety, so know what warning signs to look for. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, it might be an indication that they are experiencing some form of anxiety:
● Excessive barking
● Lethargy and lack of energy
● Changes in diet or eating habits
● Diarrhea or lack of appetite
Spotting these signs can help you act early and prevent the stress from affecting your dog’s health or becoming bad behavior. Increasing exercise and mental stimulation, giving your dog a few extra walks around the new neighborhood, and providing a safe space for him can help ease him into the new home.
Dogs are highly adaptable and will soon grow to love the new house. Moving is stressful enough but taking some time to consider their state of mind will make the transition better for everyone.
Remember that dogs love their home as much as you do, and all they need is a little guidance and support before they are back to their tail-wagging selves.