You know how stressful moving into a new home can be, but did you know that it’s also stressful for your dog? They don’t know what’s going on, they’re not on the known territory anymore, and all their favorite stuff are packed in the boxes. Here’s how to help your dog adjust to moving to a new home.
If you can, take your dog to the new home beforehand so they can get to know the new space. Let them play and sniff around and have some fun together. Take a walk around the new neighborhood, too.
Pack the dog’s area last and unpack their things first in the new home. Try to hide the boxes as much as you can. Take breaks and play with them so they don’t become too anxious. It’s not a bad idea to have someone take care of your dog during the moving day if they’re used to it.
Set up your dog’s bed, toys, and other stuff in the same way as it was in the old home, preferably in a quiet room. Leave the dog there and check on them often. Most dogs will relax after a few days, but some need a little more time. Create a positive atmosphere and play whenever you get the chance to help them relax and adjust.