Moving into your new home is exciting and stressful. However, for your pet, it may just be stressful, unless you take the time to make the home pet-friendly and acclimate them to the new space. Pets may regress to bad habits, like relieving themselves on the carpet or trying to sleep in the bed, when they are overwhelmed by a new home. Not to fret, there are ways to make this journey as great for your pet as it is for you. Here’s how to make your home more comfortable for your four-legged family member and acclimate them to their new living situation.
Of course, your first concern for your dog is their safety in the new space. Also, during the move, your dog’s security is paramount. In the hustle, they can easily get underfoot. Instead of letting them run loose, we suggest that you place them in a small space, such as a crate or bathroom. Make sure they have water, food, and access to familiar-smelling items, like their bed or some of your clothing.
Before you allow the dog to roam the house or the back yard for the first time you should look around to make sure that they’ll be safe. Ensure the doors can’t be pushed open, and that the gates and fences are secure. If your dog gets lost now, they may not be able to find their way back to your new home.
After the move is finished, it’s a great idea to walk your dog around the house and introduce them to the things that they need to know. For example, show them where the back door is so that they can let you know when they want to go out.
Keep Old Routines Intact
Once you’re living in the home, it is important to try to keep as much of their routine intact as possible in order to help them psychologically adjust. Of course, your schedule may also have changed significantly, so it may not be possible to keep the routine exactly. But, try to keep what you can, at least for a week or so.
Provide Lots of Love and Treats
In this time of stress, it’s smart to give your pet some extra love when you can. In fact, it may be a good idea to go out and buy training treats, the small low-calorie snacks most often used for training puppies. That way, you can give your pup lots of treats without worrying about their health.
Moving is not only stressful for your human family, but it can also be stressful for your pets. At Desozio Homes, we want to make selecting your forever home less stressful. Contact us today for more information.