You just closed on your dream home, the movers are on their way and everything seems to be moving in the right direction. However, your dog is sensing something is a little off and cannot sit still. Although moving can be an exciting process for the family, dogs might be thinking otherwise. Moving with a dog can trigger separation anxiety which sometimes leads to agitation and escape attempts. Since your dog’s routine is likely to change for a few days, take note of these helpful tips from Gavish Real Estate for an easy transition into your new home when you move with dogs.
This ensures that your dog still has the chance to play with toys while you are busy packing the home. It is also a good idea to leave the room your dog plays in untouched until the end to reduce your dog’s fear of any upcoming changes.
Remember to not neglect your dogs needs when preparing for your move. Amp up the walking as much as you can to avoid high energy and destructive behaviors. Your dog is likely to cooperate with you the more they’ve exercised.
Whether or not you allow your dog to roam free in the house, it is important to keep certain areas off-limits. Consider shutting doors to certain rooms you’re interested in highlighting or invest in a doggy gate. Also be sure to organize your boxes into one location. Knowing where all your belongings are will make it easier when a showing comes around. Less stress for you and your dog.
Changing your schedule around is not ideal when you have a dog. Remember, being off-schedule for a week or so is okay for humans but when it comes to your dog, not so much. Keeping your dog as close to their routines as possible will help build trust with their environment and reduce fear.
While you might be preoccupied with the move and packing, it is important to keep your dog mentally occupied and less bored. Less stress for you, and more fun for your dog. There are some great brain game DIY’s for your dog on Pinterest, but if you’re looking for something easy, then hide a treat under one of three cups and have your dog watch you as you move all the cups around. Once your dog discovers the right cup, reward with a treat.
Moving things in and out of a new home can mean doors and gates are left wide open. To avoid losing your dog in this situation, consider finding a friend or family member to watch them. If no one is around to help you out, find a dog walking company or a boarding facility with great reviews. To ease your mind the day of the move, plan far enough ahead to give yourself time to check these people or places out.