How to make your new home perfect for your pet
After the hectic chaos of moving to a new home, it becomes time for you, your family, and your pet to adjust. For dogs, moving can be particularly stressful because they do not understand what has happened to the family. Their world has been turned upside-down, and now they are living in a place that looks, smells and feels foreign and unfamiliar to their senses.
Because adjusting can sometimes be a hard thing for your pet to do, here are a few tips that may help the transition process be a little easier for Fido.
First, once you move into your new home, you will want to make sure you get your dog new tags. Sometimes pets can become worried and run away or they may become curious about their new surroundings and want to explore. Whatever the reason, getting your pup new tags is a precaution that you will not regret doing.
Next, make sure your pet has their toys, bones, doggie bed and blanket in an easily accessible spot. These are familiar items that are precious to your pet, and having them around will help give your dog a sense of security and belonging.
Make an effort to familiarize your pet with your new home and neighborhood. Let Fido roam freely around the house and explore the family’s new territory. Take your dog on walks around the neighborhood regularly so they can become familiar with the area and learn that this is their new home and neighborhood.
One of the best things you can do for your dog after moving into a new home is to pay them attention and assure them often that everything is all right. Spending time with your pet and taking the time to play with them shows them that you care and that they can have fun in their new home, though it is unfamiliar and frightening.
Unpacking all the boxes can take time, but the sooner you get it done, the sooner life can return to normal. This will also help your pet adjust to being in their new home when all of the furniture and common household items are settled into their new place. Once their bed and food and water dishes are placed in their permanent new spots, a small bit of your doggie’s normalcy will return.
Also encourage your kids to sit on the couch next to Fido and watch TV with them, take him on walks, and play with him. When interacting with the kids, your dog will imitate the confidence and security that emanates from your children as they play with the family pup.
Moving can be a hectic and stressful time for the whole family. Make sure that you don’t forget your dog in the full swing up settling down and getting family life back to normal. Pay attention to your dog and set them at ease. If your dog is upset and worried because of the move and new surroundings, it can rub off on the family as well. By unpacking as quickly as possible and setting your dog at ease, you will be able to settle in quickly and enjoy your home as a family.