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When you are faced with the opportunity to move, there is a certain thrill in the limitlessness of possibilities. However, for your dog, the unexpected change is less than thrilling. Dogs do best when they live with routine, and everything about moving from strangers coming into your old place to the new smells and sounds of your new place can be stressful. Since you love your dog, you want to do everything in your power to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. Below is some pertinent advice on how to reduce your dog’s anxiety during a big move.
Tell Your Agents About Your Pup
If you are working with a real estate agent to sell your current house and/or an agent to find a new one, let them know about your dog. The agent selling your house needs to know about the dog before showing the place to prospective buyers. You don’t want them leaving a door open and letting your pup out. If your dog does not take kindly to strangers in the home, it would behoove you to board him or have a pet sitter take him whenever the agent is showing the house.
A real estate agent helping you find a new place can keep your dog in mind when it comes to looking for a home. As a dog owner, there are certain things you want in a new home such as a fenced backyard. They can also look for areas that feature dog-friendly amenities like hiking trails or dog parks. A pet-friendly real estate agent can also keep you updated on things such as local pet ordinances, HOA rules and whatever other regulations the area may have regarding pets.
Picking a Good Location
If you are one of the millions of Americans who work remotely, the proximity of your home to your office is not as important. However, if you do not work from home, it’s a good idea to find a new place that is close by to your place of business. Dogs need to be let outside frequently. They need to relieve themselves 3 to 5 times a day, depending on their breed and size. If you are not home in time to let them out, they will likely develop bad habits like going indoors.
If you are unable to come home in time to let them out, you will need help. Hiring a dog walking service or checking him into doggie daycare gives them enough breaks to stay healthy while also providing exercise and/or socialization.
Other Things to Consider
Your dog is likely to experience anxiety the day your movers come to pack up the house. Unfamiliar people, loud noises, and the change of environment can all trigger negative behaviors. To help ease your dog during the transition, consider boarding him the day or days people will be moving.
Once you are finally at the new home, take extra care when introducing your pup to the environment. Set clear boundaries for places where he is not allowed. Doing so from the get-go will prevent confusion. Create a safe space for your dog where he can go to when he is feeling overwhelmed. Supply him with a warm, cozy bed, lots of blankets, and his favorite toys so he knows it’s a space especially for him. Finally, use positive reinforcement as your dog grows more comfortable in the house. Treats, affection, and activity all help your dog transition with ease.
The excitement you feel at the prospects of moving is more like anxiety for your dog. To ease the transition, make sure your real estate professional is aware of your pup and use them as resources to find a house and neighborhood that fits his needs. Pick a place that is close to work so you can be home enough to let him out, or else plan to include a dog walker or doggie daycare in your budget. On the day of moving, consider boarding your dog so he doesn’t get freaked out by the strange people, sounds, and smells. Finally, once you are at the new home take measures to ensure your dog is comfortable so he can enjoy the move as much as you.