There are many different reasons why a pet may need to move into a new home. Perhaps you’re adopting them, or maybe you’ve had them for years, yet you’re selling your home and moving to another one. Whatever the reason is for changing your pet’s environment, it’s important that you take the right measures to help them adjust to their new living environment.
After all, dogs are creatures of habit and routine, and they thrive on the familiarity of their surroundings. Uprooting them can be a stressful experience for everyone, including you. To help ensure the transition goes smoothly, here are some of the best tips for helping your dog adjust to a new living situation.
Take it Slowly
Rather than throwing them into the deep end in one go, experts recommend a slow and gradual approach. Introduce them to their new space by confining them to one small area of the house and little by little, introducing them to the rest.
This gradual approach will make the space feel less overwhelming and unfamiliar. To help them feel more at home, you should consider bringing familiar items like their bed and toys. These familiar items and smells will help them feel more secure and comfortable.
Create a Routine
Just like children, dogs thrive on routine. Try to maintain their regular schedule as much as you can. The more they can anticipate when they’ll be fed, when they’ll be walked, and when it’s time to play, the safer they’ll feel in their living environment.
While it may not always be possible, you should try to stick to a routine as closely to it as possible. This is particularly relevant for older dogs who are used to doing things a certain way. If you change everything suddenly, you will find that their adjustment is much more problematic.
Explore the Surroundings
Once you’ve helped them feel secure and comfortable in their new home, it’s time to explore the outside of your home. Allow them to smell the surrounding areas and discover places that are appropriate for them to explore.
If your neighbors have pets, consider socializing your pet with them while on a leash and introduce them. The more you can help your dog build positive associations with the interior and exterior of your house, the fewer challenges you’ll find yourself confronted with.
Whether you’re helping your pet adjust to a new living situation or teaching them how to fetch, patience is required. The more patient you can remain and the more you can use positive reinforcement, the faster your pet will catch on.
Remember, every animal is unique, so you may find that certain tactics work better than others depending on the temperament of your dog.