If there's one thing I knew I needed more of in early 2021, it was change. I was so used to months and months of monotony that when I had the opportunity to move from an apartment to a house, I jumped at it. Since I moved with my dog, Cider, earlier this year, I learned some tips that can help your dog adapt to a new home environment. Read on to learn more!
Five dog tips to help your dog adapt to a new home
1. Let your pet explore
If you have the opportunity, let your dog explore the space before you officially move in. I was lucky enough to have a month's overlap between moving out of my apartment and moving into my house, so I let Cider explore at her heart's desire. That way, when we officially moved into the new place, she felt the scents and the good grasslands.
2. Make your house a home
I recommend that you bring some familiarity with you. It's so tempting when you move to just start fresh, and it can include a new dog bed or toys. To help your dog adapt to a new home, you can help make it feel at home. While it's great to pamper your puppy, make sure you bring some of their favorite items so they know it's a safe space. For Cider, this meant lots of her favorite blankets.
3. Check out the neighborhood
What does your dog love more than walks, walks and more walks? Probably not much. When we moved to our new neighborhood Cider and I started exploring the area by going for walks three times a day and always choosing a new path. In addition, you get the bonus of getting to know your neighbors (of course at a safe distance).
4. Spending Quality Time Together
When helping your dog adjust to a new home, it is important to remember that they are also undergoing a life change. There are new scents, new naps and overall a lot of change. There is a good chance that you will also be overwhelmed by the move. Take some time during the day to spend quality time with your best friend so they know they are in a safe space with their favorite person. This can mean that they play with their favorite toy, engage them with a puzzle toy or even just hug on the couch.
5. Start on the right paw
Right now there is nothing more important than health and safety. To make sure you minimize the risk of spreading disease, be sure to go through your space and clean surfaces before moving in. It also gives you a great chance to wash dog beds, disinfect pet toys and clean food bowls. Believe me moving heavy furniture to a new home while wearing a face mask is not perfect, but it is the right thing to do for the safety of you and your community. In addition, your pet trusts you – if you get sick, it also affects their lives. So keep it clean, you should start with the right paw!
Best Practices for a Successful Relocation
If you are moving your pet from an apartment to a house, they will probably be proud of more space and places to crawl up next to you. After moving to my new home with Cider, I learned that there were things I could do to help before, during, and after the move.
Before the move, it was important to me that Cider was protected from everything unexpected during a month of transitional chaos. During a move, the doors will inevitably be open, large furniture placed insecurely and food not stored properly. Fortunately, Cider has medical insurance with a Trupanion insurance so I could at least have one item removed from the list. move. That way she was not stressed by all the activity, and we could keep the doors open while we moved all our belongings.
Finally, after the move, we noted where she was pregnant in the house. It helped us inform where her cozy places were and where we would place the beds – which she has too many of. Her favorite places are by her new fireplace and on the couch where she can keep an eye on me and my partner when we work from home.
You can help your dog adapt to a new home
By keeping your pet's comfort and safety in mind, you can also help your best friend feel calm when you move to a new space. Luckily for me and Cider, we moved to the same city.
If you have moved across states, or even to a new country, we would love to hear your story! Let us know in the comments your tips for moving with pets.
For more information on Trupanion's team members and their pets at home, read Change a Pet & # 39 ;s Life: One Pet Adoption at a Time
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