Moving isn’t just stressful for you. It is also very stressful for your dog, who will have no clue what is going on. The stress of moving can be very damaging to dogs, and cause them to have behavioral problems, make “accidents” on the floor, and even cause health issues. Here are some simple tips which can make moving easier for your dog.
Think Like a Dog!
Take a moment to think about the moving experience from your dog’s point of view. What do you think would be most stressful? What steps could be done to alleviate the stress?
Research the New Neighborhood
Before you move, take a bit of time to learn about the new neighborhood. Find out where the nearest dog parks are, what the local laws are about keeping your dog on a leach, sand if there are any dog-friendly places in the area.
Is Your Dog’s Brand of Food Available?
Dogs should have their brand of food switched gradually by slowly adding in the new food while reducing the old food. You won’t be able to do this if your dog’s brand of food isn’t available. Call local stores to check that they have your dog’s food. If not, make plans to switch the food – such as switching before the move or bringing along a lot of your dog’s old food brand.
Don’t Toss Toys
It can be tempting to toss those old doggie toys and just replace them at the new home. But, it is better to hold onto at least some of the doggie toys. First off, you aren’t going to have time to go shopping for new dog toys right away (no matter how much you think you will be able to do this!). You don’t want to be left without any balls or chew toys for your dog during this stressful time. Further, your dog will be comforted by having some familiar items in the new place.
Keep Doggie Smells
Dogs rely on their sense of smell much more than we do. It can help comfort them to have familiar smells around. So, don’t wash their doggie toys yet or their carrier blankets. You may also want to put a smelly shirt of yours in the dog carrier and by the doggie bed in the new home so your dog has a familiar smell.