Moving a dog to a new home
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Sometimes it becomes necessary to move to a new home. And, of course, the owners have concerns about how the dog will relate to the move and how it adapts to the new location.
However, most often, if everything is in order with the pet's psyche, moving with a dog is not particularly difficult. Nevertheless, for the dog, the safety base is precisely the person, not the housing, so if the owner is nearby, the dog quickly adapts to a new place.
However, any changes cause stress. In addition, for people moving is associated with hassle, they are inflated and fuss, and dogs are very sensitive to the mood of the owners. So at first the dog may be anxious and actively explore new territory. However, there are ways to help the dog adapt to a new place faster.
5 Ways to Help Your Dog Move to a New Home
- Relocation is a significant change in a dog’s life. So, you need to balance their predictability. The owner's task when moving with a dog to a new house is to provide the pet maximum predictability at least 2 weeks before moving and 2 weeks after the dog is in the new house. Do not change the dog’s day regimen, feeding time and walking without need. Be sure to immediately move the dog to a new home, put her favorite sunbed and put her favorite toys near her place. This will make it easier for the dog to get used to the new conditions.
- First time after moving take a walk on the same route, then gradually make changes.
- Whenever possible do not overdo dog before and after the move. Temporarily refuse violent games, running for the ball, constrictions, Frisbee, etc.
- Use relaxation protocols - this will help the dog exhale and relax.
- Give the dog toys and goodies that she can chew, chew or lick - for example, Kong. They help the dog calm down and reduce stress.
As a rule, this is enough to help the dog after moving to a new home.
If it seems to you that the dog is not coping with the new conditions and is experiencing too much stress, you can seek help from a specialist who will help develop an anti-stress program for your dog.