Happy Dog, Happy Home: Tips for Helping Your Pet Feel Secure in Your New Home

Dated: 09/18/2018

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Anyone who’s ever owned a dog knows that they have distinct personalities, as people do. In fact, most owners could point out their pets even when paired with a member of the same breed and exact body type. Dogs react to stress and external stimuli like people do, either positively or negatively. And just like people, dogs need to feel reassured and secure in order to flourish and be happy. Moving to a new home, apartment, or condo can be a difficult and stressful transition, just as it can be for people. As a member of the family, your dog relies on you to help him feel as safe and at home as possible. There’s a lot you can do to help make your move go as smoothly and painlessly as possible for your pet by following a few simple steps.

Lay the groundwork

When moving to a new community, it’s always a good idea to do a little research about pet restrictions, leash laws, noise statutes, and if any breeds are prohibited (some communities won’t allow rottweilers, pit bulls, and other potentially aggressive breeds). Find out if there are dog parks near your new home and whether people typically walk their dogs around the neighborhood. You don’t want to walk your dog among neighbors if it’s frowned on or not allowed by your new homeowners association. If possible, spend some time with your dog in the new neighborhood. This can prove very useful if your pup is a skittish, excitable breed. Remember, dogs respond to smells as well as sounds, so a period of acclimation, however brief, can do a lot to help prepare the way. If you’re moving into an apartment or condo community, carefully read the rules concerning dog waste and dog barking. Some rental companies can identify whose dog left waste that’s been left behind, which could leave you in line for fines or even eviction.

Prepare your pooch

Make sure your dog is prepared to move. Have his shots updated and take any registration paperwork with you on moving day. Check to be sure your pet has proper identification information on his tags and have him microchipped in case something goes wrong and he manages to get away during the chaos on moving day. You won’t be able to pay close attention to what’s going on during the chaos of the move, so consider having your pooch boarded, keeping him with a friend or family member, or reaching out to a dog-sitting or dog-walking service. 

The trip

If your dog is coming with you on the big day, consider placing him in a soft-sided crate to help calm him down during the move. It’s a good idea to condition your dog for the move by packing up and loading a few boxes and suitcases at a time. Take him on a good, brisk walk before you hop in the car and head to your new home. If you’re able to get some dog sedatives from your vet, keep them handy in case your pup gets too overheated. 

Pet proof it

Take along your dog’s favorite toys, bed, blankets, and anything else that’s familiar to him. Once you arrive, pick out a spot for him. This will be his sleeping place, the spot for his water and food dishes, and a haven for him while he’s getting used to his new home. If your new home doesn’t have a security fence, you’ll need to have one installed so your pet can run free in the backyard. A typical fence costs an average of $2,731 to install. 

Be gentle and considerate with your pet on moving day. It’s going to be an unsettling experience for him. The more you can do to prepare, the easier the transition will be.

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Credits to: Cindy Aldridge

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