Dog Health Guide

You’re Moving And Your Dog Is Confused!


Anyone that has ever experienced a move knows that it is a hectic time. It seems no matter how carefully you plan things you somehow manage to hit obstacles along the way. But at the same time, moving is exciting because it is a new beginning in a new place. Having that to hold on to makes the chaos and confusion worth it in the end.

Your dog may the last thing on your a€˜to doa€™ list at this time; and that is understandable, to a degree. But there are some rather simple steps you can take to avoid your dog feeling neglected.

As you visit the new home consider taking your pet with you. Allow him to walk through the house and the yard. Talk to him soothingly, telling him that ita€™s going to be his new home. Although he may not understand the words exactly, he will understand your emotions behind the words. He will understand that you are saying this place is okay.

When you are packing you might want to confine your dog to a special area or room of the home. This is often done in order to keep the dog out from under the feet of movers and to relieve any worries of him running out the door unnoticed. Ita€™s probably a good idea.

But on the other hand, that means your dog is not in the middle of things, like everyone else is. He is missing out on seeing the furniture and boxes being loaded. So to add to his confusion about why he is being confined, when he is allowed out he is surprised to find that the furniture is missing from the house.

Ideally you will have him in an area that is out of the way but is still very accessible to everyone. Perhaps a corner of a room would work. Be sure that he has food, water, toys, a bed, and even some treats, but most of all, stop by and spend a little time with him whenever you can. Try to make him feel as though he is a part of the moving experience because, after all, he is being moved too.

Keep his comfort in mind during the actual move, and attempt to minimize his stress as much as possible. When you arrive at the new home you will likely need to follow a similar procedure as you did when packing. Your goal is to keep your pet out of the way but to make him feel a part of things at the same time.

Be prepared to supply him with his favorite food, toys, and other familiar things as soon as possible.A  Allow him time to explore his new home and introduce him to a€˜hisa€™ area. With a little added attention your dog will adjust to his new environment just fine.

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