Moving to a new house and location is stressful on most people, when you have pets that just adds to the stress, and it can stress out your pet as well. This article is going to explain how you can make things easier on your next move.
When you decide to move, your dog could have a hard time understanding why the change was made, and why it is environment looks different. This is known to cause dogs to become stressed out, not behaving as they normally would, and at times running off and getting lost because they are scared and trying to find the old place. Dogs have also been known to get sick and depressed when their owners have moved to a different location.
Below are seven tips that you can use to help reduce the stress:
1. Maintain your routine
The week prior to moving into the new location, keep the same routine as always, this includes any walks, normal eating habits, and so on. Don’t do anything differently than you usually would. Doing this will help keep them stress free before the move, and you will not stress them out by packing up.
2. Visit the vet
Before making the final transition, take your dog to the vet to make sure all shots are updated, if there are any health changes or issues, talk them over with the vet. If your pet is showing signs of stress, they may put them on a weak sedative until they adjust.
3. Appeasing Pheromone
This is a device that you may consider investing in that works as an air freshener for dogs, letting out a scent that will help calm and relax your dog in it’s new environment. Like Lavender does for many, it will help relieve fear, anxiety and even stress.
On the big day, you should separate your dog from the rest of the house where you or the movers may be carrying boxes and things out. By seeing the environment changing and strange people taking stuff out, it could stress out your dog or get it agitated. This can prevent any accidental injuries.
5. Bedding, Toys, etc.
You should allow your dog to retain it is toys, any bedding on other usual things until just before you are heading out for the last time. This will help keep him/her calm. Also, if your dog is not used to traveling and you are moving far, don’t feed or water it for half a day before the move to prevent accidents on the way, including travel sickness. It is also a good idea to ask your vet about medication in case this happens.
6. Friends and Family
If you have friends or family that your dog gets along with well, you could consider having them watch him/her while you are moving as well. This way you can prepare as needed without having to stress over your dog stressing so much.
7. Getting used to the environment
When you get moved in, start regular walks around the yard and neighborhood. This will help your dog get familiar with the area. You should keep them secured on a leash, so there’s no sudden exploring when you turn your head.
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