Moving House With Your Dog28th June 2019
Moving house for anyone is a stressful time, especially for your pets who won’t know what is going on. Owners have many worries about their dogs as they easily become one of the family over the years. Stress in dogs can cause physical and uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Excessive panting
- Tail between their legs
- Excessive pacing
- Ears pinned back
- Lip licking
There are a few steps you can take to limit the amount of stress your dogs will go through, as a dogs life is often based around routine and familiarity. Here, we have compiled a list of things you can do to make the whole process go smoothly!
- Pre-move visits
If you’re moving quite a distance from your old house and neighbourhood, it may be worth visiting your new home with your dog so they can get used to the surrounding area. Reinforce good behaviour in your new home with extra treats and praises, also playing with them in the garden or relaxing in the living areas will help your furry friend adjust quicker during this transition. By doing normal activities with your dog in the new home, they’ll get used to the sights and sounds more quickly and they will be able to leave their scent behind so it’s not such a shock when you move there permanently.
Keeping the same routine is crucial to keeping stress levels low during the move. Keeping the walking and feeding times consistent will help your dog feel comfortable in an unknown environment, as a sudden change could heighten their anxiety and stress, which can cause a variety of health issues.
- Keep their stuff unwashed during the move
Washing their things such as bedding, toys and blankets will rid it of their scent, which is how they recognise their stuff. Taking their belongings to the new house unwashed will help them settle in quicker and recognise the new home as their own.
- Give them attention
Obviously this step won’t be hard! Give them as much attention as you can and spend lots of playtime together, even go over old house training routines, as well as teaching them a new trick or two! Dogs love to be around their owners and play with them, but more often than not they get accidentally neglected during a house move due to the extensive list of things that need to be done. But taking time out to give your dog the love they deserve it will help relieve their anxiety and stress and make them feel safe and secure in their new home.
Darvills Storage are dedicated to providing a fully comprehensive storage service to all our customers in West Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. We offer a huge range of services for domestic moves and can advise you on managing stress for you pets during the move. For more information on our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.
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