Tips to take the stress out of moving day for your dog
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society | Dog Care | March 18, 2021
If you’ve ever had to move to a new house, you know there is a lot to think about leading up to the big day. Moves are exciting, but they can also be very stressful for us as well as our furry friends. To help the day go smoothly and reduce the impact on your canine pal, here are some tips:
Unpack the mystery of boxes
Bring packing materials like boxes, newspaper and bubble wrap out well before you start to pack, and introduce them to your dog with lots of treats. This will get them used to the new items, and give them a positive association with the disruption of packing items. Remember, things like bubble wrap can be dangerous to dogs if ingested, so keep an eye on them.
Pack your pet’s belongings last
Like cats, dogs will be watching what you do with their favourite toys and bed, so make sure to pack these items last, so they have a safe place to go if they do start to feel anxious. Check on them regularly, and offer pats and treats as the process goes on.
Enlist the help of a dog sitter
On the day of the move, if you have a trusted friend that your dog likes, ask them if they could keep your dog at their home until the move is over. If that’s not possible, ask a family member to take on the important job of “dog sitter” during the moving process to ensure your dog is comfortable, calm and doesn’t dart out the door while you’re bringing in boxes and furniture.
Walk off any stress
Take your dog for a nice long walk before you bring them into their new home. This will help reduce anxiety, as well as give them time for a bathroom break. While you’re doing that, have someone else set up their bed and favourite toys in a special, out–of–the way area of the home where your dog can relax while you unpack. The more energy they expel at this time the better!
Explore at your pup’s pace
Let your pup explore your new home at their own pace with lots of positive reinforcement through treats and affection. Having a diffuser like Adaptil, a calming pheromone product for dogs, can also be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.
Routines keep things relaxed
Keep to your regular schedule as much as you can and, if possible, take a few days off after the move. This will help your dog feel safe in the new space while you both adjust to your new surroundings together.
We know there are bound to be challenges on moving day, but being aware of your dog’s needs can go a long way to helping them feel calm and secure in their new home.
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