Recently we have just moved a few houses down the block and with last moving experience, this dog anxiety awareness begins to rise. A lot of you may not know that dogs gets uncomfortable and even shows signs of anxiety with new environment, even just bringing them to your friend’s house could be the trigger.
Luckily my dog was mature enough and experienced a few moves with me, with the most challenging one – we moved from South Island to North Island New Zealand.
We just settled in our new house last weekend, and my furry baby is doing just fine. So I thought of sharing a few tips on how to minimise relocation anxiety of your dog:
- Bring your dog to the new place before the actual move
Yes so my dog could sniff sniff sniff around, get to know the place and maybe allow him or her to go on the lawn to leave some marks there. Allow them to get to know the new place.
- Offer attention regularly
My dog wouldn’t leave me alone at the new place in the beginning; he would drain his energy up and still follows me up and downstairs over and over again. This is when you know that he is feeling insecure and a little anxious. So I would stop whatever that is on hand, bend down and pet him on the head. Hold him up, rub his belly and kiss him on the face regularly. Show your dog your love and attention so that they know there is nothing to be scared about.
- Keep his belongings around
Brought his foldable dog crate with me to the new house was definitely a smart move on the day. As soon as I unfolded it (thanks to BINGO for a great foldable design!), this little pal knows to get in straight away. I placed his bed and his favourite toy in his locked crate with him so that he could be calm, and I could keep the main door and garage door open without the worry of how he may run off anytime.
- Do not wash his blanket
Very important indeed! Do leave his smell on the place where he usually sleeps. After a long day for both me and my dog, he finally gets to sleep tight in his good old fluffy blanket. No hassles at all, he behaved just as it was one of usual nights, make his own bed and curled up in seconds. This is how I was so sure by not washing his bedding would definitely be a big help.
Moving soon? Good luck! 🙂