It's not always easy to adjust to a new home. If you're a dog, it can be downright difficult. If you're going to be moving into a new home, you want to make the transition as easy as possible for your dog. The last thing you want to do is pack up and move without giving your dog some time to adjust to the changes. Here are some simple steps you can take to help your dog transition to its new surroundings.
Use Aroma Therapy
Dogs spend most of their time investigating their surroundings through scent. Right now, your dog is probably familiar with every scent inside your home. Unfortunately, your new home won't smell quite the same way. That's where aroma therapy comes in to play. As soon as you know you'll be moving, choose a new scent, one that you haven't used in your home before, but that you'll enjoy. Spray your home with the new scent, and continue spritzing the aroma around your home each day until you move. On the day you move into your new home, walk through and spritz each room with the aroma you've been using in your previous home. When you bring your dog into its new home for the first time, it will smell the familiar scent, and feel more relaxed.
Things are going to be hectic while you're trying to prepare for the move. Now's the perfect time to encourage crate-time. Set up a crate in your home, and have your dog stay there while you're packing, and cleaning. When you move into your new home, set the crate up again. Since your dog has already been spending time in the crate while you packed, it won't feel cast-off being placed in it while you unpack.
Walk the Neighborhood
As soon as you've unpacked your belongings into your new home, take the time to explore the neighborhood. Your dog is going to be confused by all the unfamiliar scents it smells when it goes outside. Taking a walk is the perfect opportunity to let it explore, and become familiar with its new neighborhood. To prevent your dog from dashing away, be sure to keep it on a leash during your walk.
Give it Time to Adjust
Your dog is going to need some time to adjust to the changes. Try to stay home with it for the first few days. This will ensure your dog that it's not alone. If your dog becomes withdrawn, or refuses to eat after moving into your new home, you should contact a veterinarian. It may be suffering from depression, or anxiety, which will need to be treated.